How to Connect Nintendo DS to the Web

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How to Connect Nintendo DS to the Web
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The Nintendo DS and DS Lite have built-in Wi-Fi capabilities for playing wireless head-to-head games. The DSi goes one step further and has an Opera-based DS web browser that is a downloadable add-on. The DSi offers multiple ways to connect to a Wi-Fi connection, whereas the DS and DS Lite can only connect while playing Wi-Fi-enabled games.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

    DSi: AAOS Connection

  1. 1

    Use the stylus to tap on the "System Settings" (wrench) icon, and select "Internet."

  2. 2

    Tap on "Connection Settings," and pick "None" next to "Connection 1." If your DS has previously been configured to connect to the Internet, pick either Connection 2 or Connection 3 to configure a new setting.

  3. 3

    Tap the "AOSS" icon below Search for an Access Point.

  4. 4

    Press and hold the "AOSS" button on your wireless router until it blinks.

  5. 5

    Tap the "OK" button to begin the connection test on your DSi. If it connects successfully, set-up is complete.

    DSi: Search for Access Point

  1. 1

    Tap on "System Settings," and click on "Internet."

  2. 2

    Tap on "Connection Settings," and pick the first "None" available from the connection list.

  3. 3

    Tap on "Search for an Access Point," and choose the access point to select it from the list.

  4. 4

    Enter the security key, and tap "OK."

  5. 5

    Tap "OK" a second time to confirm and save your settings.

  6. 6

    Begin the connection test by tapping "OK." If the test is successful, you are connected.

    DSi: WPS

  1. 1

    Tap on "System Settings," and click on "Internet."

  2. 2

    Tap on "Connection Settings," and pick the first "None" available from the connection list.

  3. 3

    Click "Manual Setup" from the bottom of the list.

  4. 4

    Type in the settings for the SSID, security key, IP address, DNS, Proxy and MTU value as needed. Refer to your wireless router's configuration for these settings.

  5. 5

    Tap "Yes" to perform a connection test. If the test is successful, you are connected.

    DSi: Advanced Setup

  1. 1

    Tap on "System Settings," and click on "Internet."

  2. 2

    Tap on "Advanced Setup," and pick "Connection 4," "Connection 5" or "Connection 6."

  3. 3

    Tap on the "WPS" icon, and pick either "Push-Button Connection" or "PIN Connection."

  4. 4

    Push the "WPS" button on your router if you picked "Push-Button." It can take up to two minutes for the connection to be established. The lamp will blink when the connection has been established. Run the connection test to save the settings. If you picked "PIN Connection," enter the PIN displayed on your DS into your access point. Tap "Next" once the PIN is entered to begin the connection test.

    Nintendo WFC games (DS and DS Lite)

  1. 1

    Start the WFC (Wi-Fi connection) game.

  2. 2

    Go the game menu, and select Gameplay Mode to find the WFC menu. The location of the WFC menu varies by game.

  3. 3

    Choose either "WFC Settings" or "Set Up." Which one is available will depend on the game you are playing.

  4. 4

    Tap the "Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Settings" box.

  5. 5

    Tap "Connection 1." You can have up to three different Wi-Fi settings saved on your DS.

  6. 6

    Tap on the "Manual Setup" box.

  7. 7

    Enter the settings for the SSID (Self Set Identifier), WEP and WEP key, IP address, Subnet Mask, MAC address and DHCP server. Use the keyboard panel to tap in the information.

  8. 8

    Tap the "Test Connection" box to save and test your settings. If the test is successful, your DS is now connected to your Wi-Fi network and you can return to the game.

Tips and warnings

  • You have the option of installing the DS web browser, which is based on the Opera web browser.

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