B/G Protection on RT-AC66U

Discussion in 'Routers' started by tbosa, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. tbosa

    tbosa New Around Here

    Aug 14, 2012
    Hello. I've searched and cannot find a direct answer to what the little check box for "b/g protection" next to the "wireless mode" drop down box in all ASUS routers' firmware does for a person. Does it mean it "protects" wireless b by making sure the router stays compatible for B devices? Or, does it mean it adds some kind of extra security to the B and G wireless transmissions? I don't have any B devices in my house and unless this setting does something else for me, I'd rather disable it.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. tipstir

    tipstir Very Senior Member

    Aug 16, 2008
    South Florida
    Protection mode refers to a mechanism for the G radio. Since a legacy B radio device would not decode radio signals at G rates, a protection mechanism was developed for the new G radio and the B radio to co-exist on the same network. When protection mode is enabled, every packet sent on the G rate would require initiation of the sender.
  3. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

    May 18, 2008
    Enabling "B/G" protection ensures that the AP waits long enough for these slower protocols.
  4. professordave

    professordave Occasional Visitor

    Jan 22, 2013
    Suppose there are no b clients, but there are several g clients.

    I currently run without this checkbox.

    I have an ac66u, no ac clients yet, just some n and some g clients.

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