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Help Mii (Wii + Internet)

whuppinswhuppins Registered User regular
edited July 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
OK, first thing: I know nothing about the specifics of the Wii or any other Nintendo hardware mentioned herein. I also don't have firsthand access to the stuff, as this problem is being relayed to me via e-mail from my brother. I do have basic home networking knowledge, though (i.e. how to set up and maintain a wireless home network).

So, back at my folks' house, my brother just bought a Wii and is trying to get online. They have cable internet but no router as they only have the one desktop. Previously, he had purchased the USB WiFi Connector for his DS, which as I understand it, works as a mini-wireless router by sharing the PC's internet connection. Apparently the thing has worked fine with the DS.

His problem is that after installing the drivers, etc. for the connector, he can't get a connection. When he tests the connection, he gets an Error 52240: "It is likely that the router in your network has a default IP address of either 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1. This will need to be changed to 192.168.2.1. For details on changing this setting of your router, please consult your router's manual, or contact the manufacturer of the router."

So, yeah. No router, but apparently the thing's bitching about router IPs. Anyone who has actual experience with the Wii and the WiFi connector care to comment? The only additional thing I think I should add is that they run McAfee's firewall software on pretty tight settings. There may be some intereference there but, as I said, I can't get to the actual box to check.

Some questions of my own:

- Is the connector thingy required for the Wii to connect to a wireless network, or is it just for people who don't have an existing wireless network at home? In other words, if all else fails, could I tell him to chuck the connector in the trash and just buy a wireless router?

- Is there a USB or ethernet port on the back of the Wii? AFAIK, there's no real reason for him to connect wirelessly; if he got a router could he just plug the Wii into it?

- He talks about "testing the connection"... to someone familiar with this process: Is he talking about testing it from the PC, or from the Wii?

- Also, any idea why he would be installing the drivers when he had supposedly already had it hooked up for his DS? Is there additional setup required if you're using it with the Wii?

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    KatoKato Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I can help with a few of your questions.
    - Is the connector thingy required for the Wii to connect to a wireless network, or is it just for people who don't have an existing wireless network at home? In other words, if all else fails, could I tell him to chuck the connector in the trash and just buy a wireless router?

    - Is there a USB or ethernet port on the back of the Wii? AFAIK, there's no real reason for him to connect wirelessly; if he got a router could he just plug the Wii into it?

    Yes...it's just for those that do not have a wireless router. If he got a wireless router, he can trash it. If he got a router with no wired capabilities, there is a Wii connector thing that plugs in to the Wii USB ports and has a ENET connection on it that you can run a cable to the router.

    Not sure on the rest of it since I've never used the USB Wifi dongle myself.

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    whuppinswhuppins Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    OK, cool, it sounds like if he bought a router, he could then go to either a wired or a wireless solution without having to worry about the connector. Not bad.

    Still, to save him $40 and a trip to Best Buy, anyone know how to properly hook the Wii up to Nintendo's USB WiFi Connector?

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    KatoKato Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    One thing to note though....that Wii connector that hooks up to the USB in the back of the Wii and provides an ethernet connection is like...20 bucks or something. It doesn't come with the Wii :(

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    whuppinswhuppins Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Yeah, I figured. It's kind of an "if all else fails" thing -- if he ended up buying a router, I'd want to get it working with wifi before trying to plug in. Or better yet, get it working without a router at all...

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