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Nintendo Wii connection guide

Summary: This step-by-step guide explains how to configure your console settings to make a wireless Internet connection.

This guide helps you connect your Wii to the Internet using either a wired or wireless connection and offers help with common problems using a wireless connection.

  1. Connecting using a wired connection
  2. Connecting using a wireless connection
  3. Common problems with wireless connections

 

1. Connecting using a wired connection

Connection check list:

  • Nintendo Wii
  • Wii LAN adapter
  • Either a broadband modem or wired router (with a spare Ethernet port)
  • Network Ethernet cable

Steps:

  1. Connect an Ethernet cable from your modem/router.
  2. Turn your Wii OFF and plug the Wii LAN adapter into the USB port at the back of your console.
  3. Plug the Ethernet cable from your modem/router into the Ethernet port on the Wii adapter you plugged in during Step 2.
  4. Turn your Wii ON.
  5. Go to the main Wii menu and click the Wii button in the bottom left-hand corner.
  6. You'll now see the Settings screen. Click Wii Settings.
  7. On the Wii System Settings 1 page click the right arrow (>) to take you to the Wii System Settings 2 page. On the Wii System Settings 2 screen click Internet.
  8. Click Connection Settings.
  9. Click an empty connection slot (this will be shown as 'None').
  10. Then click Wired Connection.
  11. Click OK on the next screen.
  12. Your Wii will then briefly attempt to make a connection with your wired router.
  13. When a successful connection has been made you will see a screen saying 'Connection test was successful'.
  14. You've now connected your Wii!

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2. Connecting using a wireless connection

Connection check list:

  • Nintendo Wii
  • A wireless broadband router or wired router with a wireless access point attached

Steps:

  1. Go to the main Wii menu and click the Wii button in the bottom left-hand corner.
  2. You'll now see the Settings screen. Click Wii Settings.
  3. On the Wii System Settings 1 page click the right arrow (>) to take you to the Wii System Settings 2 page. On the Wii System Settings 2 screen click Internet.
  4. Click Connection Settings.
  5. On the list click Connection 1.
  6. Then click Wireless Connection.
  7. Click Search for An Access Point.
  8. Your Wii will then briefly check for access points, then show a screen saying 'Choose the access point you want to connect to'. Click OK.
  9. You will then be shown a list of access points your Wii has found. If the list doesn't show the network you want to use you can click Try again.
  10. When you find a network you want to use click on it.
  11. You'll now see a screen saying 'Do you want to save these settings?' Click OK.
  12. You'll then see a screen saying 'Connection settings have been saved'. Choose OK to start a connection test.
  13. Your Wii will now test the connection.
  14. If the connection is successful you will see a screen saying 'Connection test was successful. Perform a Wii system update now?'
  15. Your Wii may sometimes say that an update is available when it isn't. If this happens you will see a message saying 'There are no updates available for this Wii since it already has the most current system software'.
  16. Go Back to Wii System Settings. Click on WiiConnect24.
  17. Then click on WiiConnect24 from the list.
  18. Click On and then Confirm.
  19. On the Wii System Settings 2 page click the right arrow (>).
  20. On the Wii System Settings 3 page click Wii System Update. You'll now see a screen saying 'Connect to the Internet and perform a Wii system update?'
  21. Click Yes.
  22. Your connection will be tested – this will take a few seconds.
  23. You should then see a screen saying 'There are no updates available for this Wii since it already has the most current system software'.
  24. You've now connected your Wii!

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3. Common problems with wireless connections

If you receive errors during connection or get slow download times you should:

1. Try changing your router's broadcast channel
The majority of routers broadcast on channel 6, however to change the download speed it is worth changing your wireless router to either channels 1 or 11. You should be able to find your channel settings in your router's setup section - check in 'Wireless Settings'

You should also check whether your router broadcast settings are set to 'G', 'B', or 'Mixed'. The best results are usually found by using 'Mixed', but you should try 'G' and 'B' too, to see if these improve your network connection.

2. Check where your router is placed
Make sure that your router is situated in a central location in your property, not on the floor or close to a wall.

3. Check and minimise interference (where possible)
Interference can be caused by:

  • Electrical devices/household items - Move your router away from any objects which could cause interference when being used. These include, mobile and cordless phones, some microwaves, wireless keyboards and headphones, mirrors and metal objects such as cabinets. Try and avoid running electronic devices using the 2.4GHz frequency whilst you are trying to make a wireless connection with your Wii.
  • Other wireless router activity - There may be other people in your area causing interference with their routers. When you searched for an available access point did you see other network names come up on screen?

4. Buy a hi-gain antenna/wireless repeater

  • A hi-gain antenna - helps to concentrate a network signal in a certain direction. You may find this helps to point a stronger signal to your Wii, if your wireless connection constantly drops or is slow.
  • A wireless repeater - this boosts the wireless range, again providing a stronger signal which will help to cut through interference.


5. Check that your router is compatible for use with your Wii
There are some known issues with particular makes and models of router, which are listed below. You may need to download a system update to be able to successfully make a wireless connection to the Internet.

  • Belkin
    F5D6231-4 ver. 1000
    F5D7230-4 ver. 4000
  • Linksys
    WCG200 ver. 2
    WCG200-CC
    WCG200-CC ver. 2
  • Netgear
    CG814W
    CG814WG ver .2
    CG814WG
  • RCA
    DCW725

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This page last updated 12th October 2007

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