How Many Watts of Electricity does a Wireless Router use?

Real power-use measurements from a wireless router.

How Much Power does a Wireless Router use

Wireless Router: 2 Watts


  • A wireless router transmits and receives packets of information from the internet via radio waves.
  • varies, from almost nothing when not transmitting, up to two watts.

Power Use

  • Watts: 2
  • Kilowatts: 0.002 Kw.

Operation Cost

  • cost per minute: 0 hundredths of one cent (0 ¢)
  • cost per hour: 2 hundredths of one cent (0¢)
  • cost per day: 0¢
  • cost per month: 4¢

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Power use of these items was actually tested. Individual items will vary, but these are the actual measurements.