--Nintendo WiFi Connection FAQ & Info-- *GAMES, help, routers, more!*

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#1 Posted by cubedman990 (5354 posts) -

Nintendo WiFi Connection
FAQ & Info Thread

Welcome, fellow Nintendo DS gamers! This thread was designed over a year ago, and is currently in version 4.

Basically, this was set up to be a spot for Nintendo DS Gamers to come to find out about the Nintengdo WiFi Connection.

Please read the first page before asking any questions (to cut down on duplicate questions)
Also, please note that I am not alwayson GameSpot myself, so any others are free to answer questions, as long as they know what they're talking about.

IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS, PLEASE PM ME!

Table of Contents

I. The Multiplayer/Nintendo WiFi Connection
II. WiFi/Hotspots
III. Routers/The Nintendo WiFi USB Adapter
IV. Encrypted Networks and Your DS
V. "Nintendo WiFi Unveiled" Interview
VI. Typical Wireless Network Diagram
VII. www.nintendowifi.com: Features
VIII. Nintendo WiFi Connection-compatible Games
IX. FAQ
X. Friend Codes...? [NEW!!]
XI. Links
XII. Credits
XIII. Thread Updates


Nintendo DS Multiplayer Modes

Back at E3 2004, Reggie FIls-Aime promised online gameplay possibilities with the Nintendo DS at its unveiling. However, there was much doubt that Nintendo's plans would continue, because of their total disregard for Nintendo GameCube's online capabilities.

At the 2005 Game Developer's Conference, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata confirmed that the "Nintendo WiFi Connection" is well under way in development.

After less than a year after the system's release, the Nintendo WiFi Connection launched in the United Stateson November 14, 2005.

There is much confusion surrounding the game's multiplayer modes. Popular magazines list the local wireless multiplayer mode as "WiFi", when it's really not. That is just local wireless play.

The other multiplayer mode, as you know, is truly WiFi; The Nintendo WiFi Connection. The only thing you need to connect is a DS, a Nintendo WiFi Connection-compatible game, and a wireless router or USB adapter with a brodbad internet connection.


WiFi / Hotspots

WiFi, or Wireless Fidelidy, is basically wireless internet.

Anywhere where there is a wireless router offering a connection, there is a hotspot. "Hotspot" is just a term used to say "WiFi is offered in this area". Therefore, you must be in a hotspot to play on the Nintendo WiFi Connection.


Routers and the USB Adapter

Wireless routers take an internet connection and split it up into radio waves that your DS can communicate with internet servers with. (This also works with PCs with wireless network cards). The USB adapter does the same, but only works with the Nintendo DS (and possibly Revolution). Buy the USB Adapter here!!

Got a 2-Link router? They tell you how to set it up with the DS!

Routers vs. USB Adapter

Using Routers
Pros:

- Can be used with computers
- Can have more DSes connected than the USB adapter
Cons:
- Ranges from $37 to well into the hundreds.
- You need to program your DS to communicate with it
- Possibly big, bulky

Using the USB Adapter ($34.99)
Pros:
- Possibly cheaper than router
- No setup to play online (turn on the DS and play)
- Small, can take it anywhere easily
Cons:
- Can only be used with Windows XP.
- Only 5 DSes can connect at one time.
- Can't be used to connect computers to a network
- Can only be bought online at Nintendo's Store (as of now, Reggie says they have plans to retail it in stores)

Which one do I recommend? Well, that's up to you, and how each one fits your situation!


Graph coming back when images are allowed.
PLEASE NOTE: Sometimes routers change versions without any notification, and therefore may or may not become compatible with the WFC. Be sure to check out nintendowifi.com's list of supported routers frequently for the most detailed information. This information was relayed to me by a Customer Service Rep at NOA HQ in Redmond, WA during a call.


Encrypted Networks and Your DS

The DS supports only WEP Encryption. Therefore, you will need to enter your WEP key into the DS.


To find your WEP key, (in most routers), you need to type the router's IP address into a browser and there you can modify and find its settings, including the WEP key.

For troubleshooting, click here.


"Nintendo WiFi Unveiled" Interview

Sorry for any inconvenience, but this interview is so large that it is a nuiscance to have in this thread because of the character limits. But I have put it into a text file here.

Typical Wireless Network (by yellonet)

Link: http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y27/cubedman990/JPG_WiFiRevoDS.jpg

#2 Posted by cubedman990 (5354 posts) -

NintendoWiFi.com - Features

www.nintendowifi.com is an amazing website. It looks cool, and its got great features. Here are some of the collest (that I've found):

- Find compatible hotspots near you (from Nintendo this time)
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About the USB Connector
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Nintendo's FAQ
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Game Tech Support
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Nintendo's WiFi Connection Forums
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The Game Hub (coolest feature ever!)
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The Current Nintendo WiFi Connection Status
-
Supported Routers

The Game Hub, like I said, is an amazing feature. If you are a My Nintendo (which is free) member, you can link your DS WiFi Connection ID to your account and track your scores, how much you play each game, top scores for a game, how often you've played in the last 2 weeks, what games you play online, and overall activity by day/night over last two weeks.
It is truly an amazing website, filled with information to help anyone who needs it.


Nintendo WiFi Connection Games

Nintendo WiFi Connection games are in development, but here are the already-released ones:

- Mario Kart DS
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Tony Hawk's American Sk8land
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Animal Crossing: Wild World
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Metroid Prime Hunters
- Star Fox Command
- Tetris DS


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What do I need to buy to play online?
A. All you need is an online-compatible game. But you also need brodband internet
and a 802.11b or 802.11g wireless router.

Q. Can I play a game online against someone in another country?
A. Yes, if you are both connected and in the same game. There is no region differences
with any component of the Nintendo DS, excluding different power supplies.

Q. Does DSL service count as brodband internet?
A. Yes

Q. How will you get through a firewall/password-protected internet connection?
A. Yes, WEP Encryption is supported. Firewalls will need to be configured to allow your DS access.

Q. If I went to a store right now and bought a DS and brought it to Starbucks,
would I be able to play online?

A. Not unless you have Mario Kart DS, Tony Hawk's AMerican Sk8land, Animal Crossing: Wild World, or Metroid Prime Hunters!

Q. What about Metroid Prime: Hunters? Will this be WiFi or LAN only?
A. At one point, MPH was confirmed to be LAN-only. But according to the
Official Metroid Prime Hunters website,
NST has decided to delay the game to 2006 to incorporate WiFi compatibility.

Q. Will I get cancer from the wireless?
A. No, WiFi uses Radio Frequency signals, which don't harm us humans.
(Same as the DS's LAN play, WaveBird wireless controllers, cell phones,etc.)

Q. What if I have 56k and/or don't have a wireless router?
A. You can go to www.wififreespot.com to seach your state for free WiFi
hotspots offered (US only)... Or you can go to a friend's house with WiFi and play.


Q. Will I need to connect my router DS?
A. Nope, there is nothing to connect besides the router to the computer + modem, unless you get the USB adapter.

Q. Where is my WEP key?
A. In most routers, you can find this by entering your router's IP addrsess into a browser and accessing its settings.

Q. Does my friend code change between games?
A. Yes, every game that you have will assign you a different friend code when you connect for the first time.


Friend Codes....?

Friend codes are the way you can play online with your friends. They are unique, 12-digit numbers assigned to you the first time you connect with a game. In order for you and someone to be friends, you both need to have each other's friend codes (ala "Tracking Users" on GameSpot).


Links

- Buy the USB Adapter here!!
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www.nintendowifi.com - Official Nintendo WiFi Conenction website
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Find compatible hotspots near you (from Nintendo this time)
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About the USB Connector
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Nintendo's FAQ
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Game Tech Support
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Nintendo's WiFi Connection Forums
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The Game Hub (coolest feature ever!)
-----
The Current Nintendo WiFi Connection Status
-----
Supported Routers

- Wikipedia.org - Look up any terms and you'll find them!
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www.wififreespot.com - Look up free WiFi Hotspots in the USA (not guaranteed compatible, however)
- 
Wi-Fi.org's FAQ On WiFi
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Nintendo WiFi Connection Movie Theater Advertisement
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The Nintendo WiFi Connection (UCB)


Credits
-00stick
- AnimeArtist

-Alleycat81
-tinkie27
-Omocowa
-To the mods who have floated this thread and the older one: BanY, Robbie_IV, and MrCHUP0N
-BanY who created the original Nintendo DS board, (aka Nintendo DS ver. 1), now known as Nintendo WiFi Connection, which was the reason I joined GameSpot's community!
-Sinerster
-yellonet


Last Update + Info

Updates: Monday, August 28, 2006
----Sorry, I haven't been around; I updated the WiFi games list

Updated: Tuesday, January 3, 2006
-----Added text titles to thread because images were disabled.
Updated: Wednesday, January 4, 2006
-----Added 2Link's link to setting up the DS with their routers

 


This thread was originally found on Nintendo DS board (UCB), then moved to The Official Nintendo DS Board, and The 100% DS Board. Made over a year ago, back when I was level 3 or 4!

#3 Posted by cubedman990 (5354 posts) -
[Reserved for future updates]
#4 Posted by cubedman990 (5354 posts) -

[Reserved for future updates, mostly interviews and other information. Not trying to be overkill, but I just realized how large that interview was, and how big future ones may be.]

#5 Posted by matthew_senn (2350 posts) -
Thanks for this really comprehensive list. *high five*
#6 Posted by Goten_king (4327 posts) -
thanks! this answered all the questions i had left after reading all the others! thanks so much
#7 Posted by NGCMaster711 (4679 posts) -
Thanks for all that info.
#8 Posted by sp0inK (18755 posts) -
Good job! Thanks for this thread =)
#9 Posted by cubedman990 (5354 posts) -

You're all welcome! See what good floated threads do for you? lol This has been up there for a while now, since this board was created. Like I said, it was originally found on Nintendo DS ver. 1 (now Nintendo WiFi Connection (100% N- Wi Fi)). I'm glad others are seeing it now:!: Remember, any questions you have can be directed to this thread.

#10 Posted by thegamernl (772 posts) -
Hiya,

I got a question, when I'm playing with a friend (multiplayer) we both have a European DS, when I import AW:DS from USA, am I still able to play multiplayer with a friend?

Bye,
Gamernl
#11 Posted by sp0inK (18755 posts) -
Hiya,

I got a question, when I'm playing with a friend (multiplayer) we both have a European DS, when I import AW:DS from USA, am I still able to play multiplayer with a friend?

Bye,
Gamernl
thegamernl


Yes you can, as long as the GAMES are the same version. :D
#12 Posted by cubedman990 (5354 posts) -

[QUOTE="thegamernl"]Hiya,

I got a question, when I'm playing with a friend (multiplayer) we both have a European DS, when I import AW:DS from USA, am I still able to play multiplayer with a friend?

Bye,
Gamernl
sp0inK


Yes you can, as long as the GAMES are the same version. :D

Yeah, the DS hardware itself is region-free, but the games' multiplayer modes are not.

So your friend will also need to import AW:DS from the USA.

#13 Posted by sp0inK (18755 posts) -

[QUOTE="sp0inK"][QUOTE="thegamernl"]Hiya,

I got a question, when I'm playing with a friend (multiplayer) we both have a European DS, when I import AW:DS from USA, am I still able to play multiplayer with a friend?

Bye,
Gamernl
cubedman990



Yes you can, as long as the GAMES are the same version. :D

Yeah, the DS hardware itself is region-free, but the games' multiplayer modes are not.

So your friend will also need to import AW:DS from the USA.



In case you're wondering, it supports single cart as well.
#14 Posted by cubedman990 (5354 posts) -
[QUOTE="cubedman990"]

[QUOTE="sp0inK"][QUOTE="thegamernl"]Hiya,

I got a question, when I'm playing with a friend (multiplayer) we both have a European DS, when I import AW:DS from USA, am I still able to play multiplayer with a friend?

Bye,
Gamernl
sp0inK



Yes you can, as long as the GAMES are the same version. :D

Yeah, the DS hardware itself is region-free, but the games' multiplayer modes are not.

So your friend will also need to import AW:DS from the USA.



In case you're wondering, it supports single cart as well.

Yeah, I was...uh...just....kidding when I said that, yeah....heh....heh...

lol

#15 Posted by sp0inK (18755 posts) -
[QUOTE="sp0inK"][QUOTE="cubedman990"]

[QUOTE="sp0inK"][QUOTE="thegamernl"]Hiya,

I got a question, when I'm playing with a friend (multiplayer) we both have a European DS, when I import AW:DS from USA, am I still able to play multiplayer with a friend?

Bye,
Gamernl
cubedman990



Yes you can, as long as the GAMES are the same version. :D

Yeah, the DS hardware itself is region-free, but the games' multiplayer modes are not.

So your friend will also need to import AW:DS from the USA.



In case you're wondering, it supports single cart as well.

Yeah, I was...uh...just....kidding when I said that, yeah....heh....heh...

lol



Huh what?
That message was supposed to be for thegamernl

#16 Posted by thegamernl (772 posts) -
Ehrem So USA AW:DS (lol =P) multiplayer-on-a-european-ds with ANY game no can do?
Lol ur confuseing me *sorry*
#17 Posted by sp0inK (18755 posts) -
Ehrem So USA AW:DS (lol =P) multiplayer-on-a-european-ds with ANY game no can do?
Lol ur confuseing me *sorry*
thegamernl


It doesn't matter what region your DS is, you just need the same region for the GAMES in order to play multiplayer.
#18 Posted by CorporatBologna (295 posts) -
wow, thanks. that new interview helped alot.
#19 Posted by yoda242 (357 posts) -
Thanks, great FAQ. Good job!
#20 Posted by Coldzboy (1955 posts) -
wow, thanks. that new interview helped alot.CorporatBologna
#21 Posted by tyxp (81 posts) -
how can DS be wi-fi?? i doesn't have a wireless 802.11 thing built in like the psp does. any answers plez send me a message
#22 Posted by ColorblindMonk (2851 posts) -

I think I got 2 questions

1. I have a Toshiba Cable Modem from Time Warner. Will that work?

2. Is the rumor about a DS USB cable true?

#23 Posted by sp0inK (18755 posts) -

how can DS be wi-fi?? i doesn't have a wireless 802.11 thing built in like the psp does. any answers plez send me a messagetyxp


:|

Yes, it DOES have built-in WiFi in the system, how else do you think we are able to play multiplayer games wirelessly?

#24 Posted by mrandyk (642 posts) -
How am i supposed to use my DS via wifi way out in the middle of nowhere in south dakota with my 56k dial up internet and not hotspots even close to where i live.
#25 Posted by matthew_senn (2350 posts) -

You might not be able to use online without a broadband connection. You'll need a 802.11b or 802.11g compatible wireless router also. I don't think that the games will use that much bandwidth, but exact details will surface when online happens.

#26 Posted by cubedman990 (5354 posts) -

[QUOTE="tyxp"]how can DS be wi-fi?? i doesn't have a wireless 802.11 thing built in like the psp does. any answers plez send me a messagesp0inK


:|

Yes, it DOES have built-in WiFi in the system, how else do you think we are able to play multiplayer games wirelessly?

You know, I could have sworn the thread title says "Read Page 1 & Ask Questions". But I guess I'm wrong...
#27 Posted by cubedman990 (5354 posts) -

I think I got 2 questions

1. I have a Toshiba Cable Modem from Time Warner. Will that work?

2. Is the rumor about a DS USB cable true?

ColorblindMonk

1. No. You need a 802.11b or 802.11g wireless router. Not just a cable modem. The routers turn the internet into RF signals.

2. Not a USB cable persay, but supposedly you can use one of Nintendo's specified routers (link http://cube.ign.com/articles/611/611192p1.html) to connect. We don't knwo much more than that...

#28 Posted by jkant (9 posts) -
Great faq.
Why not add information about WiFiMe (www.aaronrogers.com/nintendods/wifime.php)?
While wating nintendo services you can play downlodable free demos by nintendo and some good free homebrew game...
bye
#29 Posted by soniclover12 (873 posts) -
will we be able to buy like a cord that hooks to the back of our cable i dont have a router and i know i wont be able to buy one i dont want to go somewhere to play either i want to play online at my house so i can play online whenever not just when i go to the mal or starbucks or my friends house
#30 Posted by matthew_senn (2350 posts) -
will we be able to buy like a cord that hooks to the back of our cable i dont have a router and i know i wont be able to buy one i dont want to go somewhere to play either i want to play online at my house so i can play online whenever not just when i go to the mal or starbucks or my friends house
soniclover12
I'm pretty sure that you'll need a wireless router to play. If you never get one and you live close to a neighbor with one then you might be able to bum the connection off them.
#31 Posted by Yunask (826 posts) -

wow, this is probably one of the most informed topic about ds online lol

goodjob!

*gives cubedman990 a trophy

#32 Posted by kaelinring (89 posts) -
gr8 info, keep us all posted
#33 Posted by blizzmaster (235 posts) -
k
#34 Posted by izirak_pwnz (113 posts) -
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#35 Posted by Travigamer (967 posts) -
If I was in the mall and I wanted to find someone to play SM64 DS. Could we both go to the Vs. mode and play/find each other OR would one of us have to hit the DS Download and play while one of us wait in the Vs. mode to find each other. Because it would make more sense for both of us to be in Vs. mode for our Ds to find each other. But I don't think thats it.
#36 Posted by sp0inK (18755 posts) -

If I was in the mall and I wanted to find someone to play SM64 DS. Could we both go to the Vs. mode and play/find each other OR would one of us have to hit the DS Download and play while one of us wait in the Vs. mode to find each other. Because it would make more sense for both of us to be in Vs. mode for our Ds to find each other. But I don't think thats it.Travigamer


Yes, one of you will have to wait in the lobby while the other enters the download play menu.
This only applies if you're playing it with Single cart.

#37 Posted by Travigamer (967 posts) -
Boo aww man thats weak :(. Thanks for the quick reply spoink! :wink:
#38 Posted by Castorz (2271 posts) -
Sorry if this has been asked before, but some games allow you to play wireless system link with only 1 cart. Will it the be the same thing for online Wi-Fi, say I have a DS with no games, can I still go online and play on someone else' s Goldeneye: Rogue Agent game for example?
#39 Posted by matrixdude666 (24 posts) -

For those who missed it, Metroid Prime Hunters was delayed to add among other things Wifi connection Suport (the story can be found in gamespot news)

Peace

#40 Posted by sp0inK (18755 posts) -
Sorry if this has been asked before, but some games allow you to play wireless system link with only 1 cart. Will it the be the same thing for online Wi-Fi, say I have a DS with no games, can I still go online and play on someone else' s Goldeneye: Rogue Agent game for example?Castorz


Goldeneye isn't even WiFi Online enabled :|
And about your question, i don't think anybody knows, but i seroiusly doubt it'll support single cart.
#41 Posted by Castorz (2271 posts) -

[QUOTE="Castorz"]Sorry if this has been asked before, but some games allow you to play wireless system link with only 1 cart. Will it the be the same thing for online Wi-Fi, say I have a DS with no games, can I still go online and play on someone else' s Goldeneye: Rogue Agent game for example?sp0inK


Goldeneye isn't even WiFi Online enabled :|
And about your question, i don't think anybody knows, but i seroiusly doubt it'll support single cart.

Ahh..oops... That' s odd, the console version has it so I thought it would carry over to portable, anyways, thanks for helpin' out a DS n00b..:P

#42 Posted by Big_player (6187 posts) -
is it going to be free to play online
#43 Posted by karriston (3631 posts) -
is it going to be free to play onlineBig_player
Depends what game. All nintendo made games will be free, but some 3rd party games may not be......I think.
#44 Posted by cubedman990 (5354 posts) -
[QUOTE="Big_player"]is it going to be free to play onlinekarriston
Depends what game. All nintendo made games will be free, but some 3rd party games may not be......I think.

Yup, The service itself will be free, but third party publishers may choose to charge for online service if they wish. Nintendo says none of its games on the DS will cost money to play on the service.
#45 Posted by aj_911 (690 posts) -
I'm Pissed!!! My old house was in a free wi-fi hotspot:evil:!!!.............I gotta yell at my parents now. That neghiborhood was awesome. I didn't even want to move.........:cry:....
#46 Posted by sp0inK (18755 posts) -
I'm Pissed!!! My old house was in a free wi-fi hotspot:evil:!!!.............I gotta yell at my parents now. That neghiborhood was awesome. I didn't even want to move.........:cry:....aj_911


Just go buy a wireless router for 50 bucks.
#47 Posted by cubedman990 (5354 posts) -

sp0inK: you deserve a cookie for answering all these people's questions! I'm not usually in this board, mostly in the Revolution one. Thanks!

This is sp0inK's cookie. NO ONE ELSE CAN HAVE IT!

#48 Posted by sp0inK (18755 posts) -

sp0inK: you deserve a cookie for answering all these people's questions! I'm not usually in this board, mostly in the Revolution one. Thanks!

This is sp0inK's cookie. NO ONE ELSE CAN HAVE IT!

cubedman990


Omfg thanks! :?
#49 Posted by MentalRej3ct (374 posts) -
I have question. I have Wi Fi laptop but I use my own LAN Modem. I noticed it said "Wireless Networks Detected" so I checked that, and I noticed someone in my neighborhood already has a wireless router (netgear and linksys) which I can use running on a 56k. Will I be able to use my DS wirelessly with that?
#50 Posted by sp0inK (18755 posts) -
I have question. I have Wi Fi laptop but I use my own LAN Modem. I noticed it said "Wireless Networks Detected" so I checked that, and I noticed someone in my neighborhood already has a wireless router (netgear and linksys) which I can use running on a 56k. Will I be able to use my DS wirelessly with that?MentalRej3ct


If you are able to sucessfully connect to THEIR home network with your laptop, i think that your DS will be able to so do as well.