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Connecting A Nintendo Wii To The Internet

Charter Internet will allow your Nintendo Wii console to connect to the Internet for online play. The following steps will help you connect your Nintendo Wii gaming console.

There are two methods available to create a connection from your Nintendo Wii to the internet, the easiest way using your wireless router is through the "Search for an Access Point" function of the Nintendo Wii console. This method is highly recommended.  The other is to directly connect your console to your router or modem.

Before continuing, verify your connection to the internet is working through your router. If your connection is not working contact your router manufacturer before attempting to connect your Nintendo Wii console.

Click here  for instructions on connecting your console to your TV.

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Automated Setup

Search for an Access Point

1. On the Wii console's main menu, click on the “Wii button” in the lower left corner.
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Click Wii Button

2. This will take you to the settings screen. Click “Wii Settings”.
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Click Wii Settings

3. In the “Wii System Settings”, click on the blue arrow on the right to reach the second screen of options. On this screen, click the “Internet” button.
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Click Internet

4. Select “Connection Settings”.
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Click Connection Settings

5. Select an open connection, indicated by “None”, as shown below:

Click Open Connection

6. Select “Wireless Connection”, as shown below:

Click Wireless Connection

7. Select “Search for an Access Point”, as shown below:

Click Search For An Access Point

8. At this point, the Wii console will search for any identifiable Access Points nearby. Once this search is completed, you will be directed to choose the Access Point that you wish to connect to, as shown. Click “OK” to display the list of available Access Points.

Click OK

9. Select your Access Point from the list of available Access Points. If your Access Point is not displayed, contact your wireless router manufacturer for support.

If your connection appears as a closed padlock, as shown below on the connections labeled as “Internet 3&rduo; and “Internet 4”, then the Access Point requires a security code or pass phrase. The security code or pass phrase can usually be found on the security tab of your wireless router settings. If you do not know the security code or pass phrase and do not know how to login to your router to get it, contact your wireless router manufacturer for support.

If your connection signal appears yellow or red, the stability or strength of the connection is not optimal, contact your wireless router manufacturer for support.

Select Access Point

10. Click “Save” followed by “OK” to save your connection settings, as shown below:

Click Save then OK

11. Select OK again to start an automatic connection test, as shown below:

Click OK

Once the test succeeds, Internet setup is complete and your Wii console is wirelessly connected.

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Manual Setup

Note: Manual Setup is for those users who have a unique home network set up. Most people will not need to use this process; only those who need to specify their primary and secondary DNS. Unless you know for sure, it is highly recommended that you try the "Search for an Access Point" feature first.

1. On the Wii console's main menu, click on the “Wii button” in the lower left corner.
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Click Wii Button

2. This will take you to the settings screen. Click “Wii Settings”.
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Click Wii Settings

3. In the “Wii System Settings”, click on the blue arrow on the right to reach the second screen of options. On this screen, click the “Internet” button.
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Click Internet

4. Select “Connection Settings”.
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Click Connection Settings

5. Select an open connection, indicated by “None”, as shown below:

Click Open Connection

6. Select “Wireless Connection”, as shown below:

Click Wireless Connection

7. Select “Manual Setup”, as shown below:

Click Manual Setup

8. The following screens illustrate how to input settings from your PC or router to establish a connection. The screens can be accessed by clicking the blue arrows on the sides of the screen.

SSID:

Your SSID or Service Set Identifier is a sequence of up to 32 letters or numbers that has been assigned to the Access Point of your wireless network, and acts as the name of your wireless network. If you know your SSID, enter it exactly as it appears in your settings of your router. If you are unable to locate your SSID contact the manufacturer of the router.

Click the Blue Arrows

Type of Security

WEP, which stands for Wired Equivalency Privacy, and WPA, which stands for WiFi Protected Access, are two types of security settings used by wireless routers to protect networks.

Depending on how your wireless network is configured, you may need to set your Wii console to use either WEP or WPA security -- or disable WEP or WPA on your router -- to use the Wii console at this Access Point.

If your wireless router is not using WEP or WPA, you can skip to step 9.

If you are using WEP or WPA, you'll need to enter the "Key", or pass phrase, used for securely accessing your Access Point.

MTU Value:

MTU, or Maximum Transmission Unit, specifies the largest unit of data that can sent over the network. While this setting is not generally required for the Wii console to communicate with a wireless network, if you are having trouble connecting or maintaining a connection, setting this value to “1500” may help.

9. Click “Save” followed by “OK” to save your connection settings, as shown below:

Click Save then OK

10. Select OK again to start an automatic connection test, as shown below:

Click OK

Once the test succeeds, Internet setup is complete and your Wii console is wirelessly connected.

Should the test fail, contact Nintendo Wii Support at 1-800-895-1672.

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