15 years ago
I found this in a Wiki entry on Tomato, a firmware alternative
similar to DD-WRT:
"B/G Mode: This may be Mixed (B+G), B-Only (restricted to 802.11b),
or G-Only (restricted to 802.11g). If you set this to B-Only or
G-Only, connection attempts from the other protocol may be seen as
interference. Recommend leaving this set to "Mixed"."
I've read somewhere that using both B and G in your LAN will slow
things down a lot, or at least slow the G devices down a lot. So I
just assumed that setting the router to G-only would be best. But
this quote suggests that's not the case.
I've also read somewhere that if there are a number of nearby
networks, it may be better to be on the same channel with them as
opposed to being on a different channel where they will be seen as
interference. Apparently interference slows things down more than
recognizable competing packets. Is the router setting issue the
same kind of thing?
If it matters, my router is a Buffalo WHR-HP-G54, and the only
wireless device on my LAN is a laptop using G.