I built my own table about six months ago, and installed my Triton 2-1/4 with the dust guard attached. I have it mounted with the hose coming off the back side of the router, and attached to my shop vac with a standard 2-1/2 inch hose. I plan on buying a Y splitter soon, so I can attach a hose to the top fence and the bottom at the same time. Right now, I either use two shop vacs, or let the top chips fly and sweep up after.
I made an outlet box and attached it to the front of the table, where I have the router and shop vac plugged in. When I throw the switch, the router has the soft start feature, so the shop vac kicks in first, then the router comes up to speed. Works great!
When I built this setup, I never thought of removing the dust guard. I might try it to see if it works better, but I like trying to keep the mess to a minimum as I go.