ResNet: Wireless-B No Longer Supported

General Information

Wireless B (IEEE 802.11b) connections have been disabled on the ResNet wireless system. The wireless B protocol is several years old and very few devices (if any) are manufactured to only utilize the B protocol. This protocol is also slower than wireless G or N (the newer protocols), and can slow down connections around them. 

For example, if someone is connected to a router using a B connection, the transmission from that person's device to the router is slower than someone who is connected with a G or N connection. Since routers can only accept one transmission at a time, those people using G or N connections have to wait while the slower B connection takes place. Thousands of these transmissions happen in a second, and while that seems fast, over time the slower B connection will cause a bottleneck for other devices having to wait for it.

Finally, because so few devices were connected to our network using solely the B connection, we believed it was in the best interest of the ResNet wireless system to disable to B protocol in order to increase wireless speed for everyone. 

If you have a computer that only supports wireless B, you must purchase a G or N wireless adapter in order to connect to the wireless network. The adapter your purchase can support either 2.4GHz or 5GHz connections.

Nintendo Wii and DS Devices

Because the ResNet wireless system does not support B wireless connections, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS gaming consoles will not be able to connect to the ResNet wireless system since they require a B wireless connection. 

Our recommendation is to purchase an Ethernet adapter for the Wii, which can be purchased online from the Nintendo store or at other major retailers. 

More information can be found on Nintendo's website.


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