With mobile broadband Internet technology ever more readily available, connecting a Nintendo Wii to the Internet is more practical then ever. Depending on the particular cellular or laptop plan, this method of Nintendo Wii connectivity may be an affordable way to begin using online gaming at home, and it is a logical method to ensure that you can enjoy online Wii gaming when travelling to an area where the reliability of the Wi-Fi connection is unknown.
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Things you need
- Cell phone or laptop
- Wireless plan with Internet tethering or mobile hot spot capability
Purchase a cell phone or laptop with either the capability for Internet tethering or mobile hot-spot connectivity. These are often add-on options that can be included in your monthly service for a fee each month.
Set the cell phone or laptop to either mobile hot spot mode or Internet tethering mode by going into the settings menu or the individual applications which run these programs. Check to make sure that the system is working, that the signal is strong, and then position the phone in an area near the Wii game system, plugging the phone to the Wii using a USB cable, if connection is necessary for the Internet tethering.
Power on the Wii system and ensure that it is in a favourable location near the Internet device and is not surrounded by metal or another material that might affect the strength of the signal.
Enter the "Wii Options" menu from the main Wii screen, and then select "Wii Settings." Open the "Connection Settings" menu and select "Connection 1." Click on the tab which says "Search for Access Point." If the Wii finds the connection, you may be required to input the security code for the wireless network, which you should be able to find in your device's security settings.
Tips and warnings
- If there is no connection, restart all the equipment and try again; contact your Internet provider company's customer support.
- You may need to remove the Wii main unit from its location near the TV until the wireless signal is connected, at which time the unit may work perfectly fine once returned to its old position next to the TV, though you may have to repeat this process each time you connect to the Internet.
- If your bill is calculated by the volume of data used, be careful about spending too much time using your mobile broadband to play online with the Wii, or you may go over the data limit and be required to pay overage fees.
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