【Tutorial】How to run Loadiine 4.0 offline using a iPhone and a Mac/PC

Discussion in 'Wii U - Hacking & Backup Loaders' started by jebediah, Dec 25, 2015.

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  1. jebediah
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    Dear loadiine users and cravers,

    I was one of the newbies who unexpectedly updated their Wii U trying to run Loadiine, and who painstakingly searched for an outdated replacement console. At the time I couldn't connect to my router using manual DNS settings, so I thought I could make the Wii U go online just for a few minutes and turn it off should a message confirming the start of the update process come up. I don't know how things happened but I ended up with an updated Wii U anyway, and I don't want to experience this feeling ever again :)

    Given the somewhat strong but somewhat not perfectly tight reliability of the DNS method to prevent future updates, I took upon myself to find a way to serve the Loadiine hack locally while keeping all devices involved offline, which is the only way to be absolutely sure the console will not update.

    I have 2 ways available I'd like to share, one is by using your jailbroken iPhone, the other is using your Mac. I like the iPhone setup because it's very portable and complimentary to what Android users can do.

    The 3 challenges were (1) get the Wii U to validate local hotspot connection that is meant to get offline after initial setup, (2) keep the iPhone's hotspot alive even after we turn the 3G connection off to avoid any update downloading (solved by PDANet and MyWi, don't know about TetherMe), and (3) keep the iPhone hosted web server alive even with 3G off (solved by iFile's Web Server functionality)

    Choose your method according to what you have available:

    Using just an iPhone (jailbroken only)

    Using just a Mac

    Contributors are welcome to improve this tutorial. I will update the tutorial as contributions are made and my testing proceeds.

    Hope this helps some!
     
    Last edited by jebediah, Jan 4, 2016
  2. Tesa

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    If you're using a mac I'm assuming it's some kind of macbook, so why do you proxy everything through your phone instead of just creating the Hotspot directly on your Mac? (same goes for every other notebook)

    If you're talking about desktop pcs you should have access to your router and you can just block the mac-adress of your wii u so it won't have Internet access and serve the files through your desktop pc.

    Edit: just tested it on a macbook pro retina and local Hotspot works perfectly fine for me (through the settings / sharing) are you sure you're not trying to create a computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) bridge instead of setting up a Hotspot?
     
    Last edited by Tesa, Dec 25, 2015
  3. OctopusRift

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    wow. nice job!
     
  4. jebediah
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    Good point but one reason I use the phone is because at the time of the first setup you would need a wired internet connection to your computer so it can broadcast that connection via wifi to the Wii U (can't receive and broadcast the connection with a single wifi adapter). The second reason is I assumed the computer generated hotspot wouldn't be accepted as a valid access point to connect to by the Wii U, but I only tried to do so while the computer was offline (because I lack a wired connection). However, I did go through the Create Wireless Network option on the Macbook, which I think is designed as ad-hoc. Is there another way to create a hotspot on a Mac which would broadcast in the same fashion as a router access point? You seem to have achieved that.

    Not all routers can do that (such as mine) so this tutorial is intented for those whose router doesn't have this ability.

    Could you please explain what steps take you there on a Macbook? This will be useful to those with a wired connection (required at first setup only). Actually, this can also create a more simple setup where you tether a USB wired connection from the phone to the computer, while the computer takes care of broadcasting a network and serving the files, not needing the phone in the future.

    Seems like I'll be updating the tutorial very soon thanks to your help.
     
  5. jebediah
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    Tutorial updated and pretty final now. The iPhone and Mac don't have to be used simultaneously anymore, just pick your preferred device and follow through either method.
     
  6. Kafluke

    Kafluke GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Any device that can host a webpage can be used for accessing entry points through Wii U browser. This is mostly for non HaxChi users (forever offline baby)

    There are android apps, raspberry pi tutorials and even self contained SD wifi adapter guides on here. But you don't need a guide. Just create a php host anywhere on your network. Hell even IIS works fine.
     
  7. xtheman

    xtheman GBAtemp Guru

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    The last post from this thread was from over a year ago...
     
  8. Sonic Angel Knight

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    There is a loadiine 4.0? :wtf:
     
  9. Kafluke

    Kafluke GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Crap you're right. Why did I see this in the front page? My bad