1. Rydian

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    How To Get Your 3/DS/i Online.

    Want to get your DS, DSi, or 3DS online?
    Tried one of those WiFi sticks and couldn't get it working?
    Have a wireless router but don't know the proper settings to use?

    This guide will show you the basic steps for allowing DS connectivity.

    Determine what wireless router you have, if any.
    It's possible for you to have a router and not see any wireless signal. The wireless could be disabled (or it could be a wired router), or the SSID could be hidden (meaning it won't show up in normal scans). On the other hand, just because there's a wireless signal in your house doesn't mean it's your router. Wireless signals can often extend within the range of the next house over, so it's not uncommon for you to pick up the wireless signals your neighbors are putting out.

    The best way to determine if you have a wireless router is to ask somebody else in the house, but if they don't know you can go to a wired computer (such as a desktop) and trace the cable back to the box. Routers connect to PCs using ethernet cables, which is like a fat phone line. Trace this cable from the PC to the device it's connected to. On that device should be some sort of brand name and a model, for example "Linksys WRT54G". If you google this model you can quickly find if it's a modem, wired router, wireless router, or a gateway (modem+router in one).

    If it's a wireless router, continue with the guide.
    If not, consider picking up a wireless router for $40 or so depending on where you look.


    Log into your router's settings.
    1. XP users click the start menu, then click on "Run". Type CMD and press enter.
      Vista/7 users click the start menu, then click in the white box near the bottom. Type CMD and press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER (to run it with elevated rights).

    2. In the command prompt, type ipconfig and press enter.

    3. You might see multiple groups of options, in general the one with the most info filled out is the one you want. You need to look at the default gateway. That's most commonly the local IP address of your router, and it's how you'll log into it. You do NOT want the IPv6 gateway, just the normal one.
      [​IMG]

    4. Open a web browser, and type that IP address (as listed) into the URL bar (as if you were visiting a web site). If it was the right IP address you'll be presented with a login box of one form or another.
      [​IMG]

      [​IMG]

    5. The username could be "admin", "administrator" or blank, and the password can be anything from "admin" to "administrator" "pass" to "password" or "password1", or something else if you've set it differently. Ask whoever set up the router what the password to get into it is, or check this page.


    Enable the wireless and make it visible to the DS unit.
    Wireless may be disabled on your router, or the SSID may be hidden.
    1. Navigate around the router's settings pages until you find the right place to change the wireless settings. Key words to look for are "Wireless", "WiFi", and "WLAN". I can't show you an exact route because it can differ greatly between router models.

    2. Once you find it, make sure that wireless is enabled, and that the SSID is not hidden. The SSID is the name/ID of the network, so if you change it then your network's name will change, and if it's hidden devices can't find your wireless for easy connection.
      [​IMG]

      [​IMG]


    Set the correct security settings.
    1. After changing the above settings, you want to find the wireless security page. There should be a setting to set the encryption type, and the type you choose will depend on what you play.
      • Playing DS games... WEP.
      • Playing DSi-enhanced games in a DS/Lite... WEP.
      • Playing DSi games in a DSi or 3DS... WEP or WPA (PSK).
      • Playing 3DS games in a 3DS... WEP or WPA (PSK).

    2. After you choose the type, it'll ask you for a pass phrase. Input a random pass phrase and it'll generate one or more keys for you.

    3. These are the access codes for your wireless network, so write them down! They will only contain numbers 0-9, and letters A-F. Save the changes, and if you changed the settings (they weren't on WEP or WPA before) you may need to reconnect your computer to the router and give it the new key since the info changed.
      [​IMG]

      [​IMG]


    Connecting on a DS/Lite.
    1. The DS and DS Lite don't have the WiFi settings menu in the firmware, so you'll need to launch a game with WiFi connectivity and choose to access the wireless settings menu.

    2. Press Nintendo WiFi Connection Settings. Three connections will be listed. Press one that says NONE, or click underneath an existing one to erase it's settings. Connection 1 is preferable as many homebrews and such will not use connections 2 or 3.

    3. Press Search For An Access Point. The DS/Lite will scan for wireless signals, and it should display a list, including yours. Tap on your connection and enter in the WEP key when it's requested. The connection should test and be successful! If not check the troubleshooting steps.


    Connecting on a DSi/XL.
    1. From the main menu, go to System Settings.

    2. Go right two pages, then press Internet, and then press Connection Settings.

    3. You should see three connections. If you're using WEP, use one of these. If not, press Advanced Setup to access connections 4/5/6 (which can use WPA security). Press the one that says NONE, or click an existing one to get the option to erase it's settings. Connection 1 is preferable as many homebrews and such will not use connections 2 or 3.

    4. Press Search For An Access Point. The DSi/XL will scan for wireless signals, and it should display a list, including yours. Tap on your connection and enter in the WEP/WPA key when it's requested. The connection should test and be successful! If not check the troubleshooting steps.


    Connecting on a 3DS.
    1. Press on the wrench to access system settings, and press Internet Settings, then Connection Settings.

    2. You should see three connections. Press the one that says Not Configured, or click an existing one to get the option to erase it's settings. Connection 1 is preferable as many homebrews and such will not use connections 2 or 3.

    3. Press Manual Setup, then Search For An Access Point. The 3DS will scan for wireless signals, and it should display a list, including yours. Tap on your connection and enter in the WEP/WPA key when it's requested. The connection should test and be successful! If not check the troubleshooting steps.


    Troubleshooting
    Can't connect properly? Keep dropping out or losing connection? Try these troubleshooting steps.

    • Changing the wireless channel.
      It's possible that there's some interference in the exact wireless spectrum your router is set to broadcast on, so you can log into your router's settings and change it's "channel". There's generally 7-11 channels to pick from, and while many guides say to pick channels 0 or 1, the point is to NOT use a channel somebody else nearby is using. So you should pick a channel that's a few numbers higher or lower than the current channel. If this still has interference, try another channel.

    • Physically moving.
      Wireless can go through walls, but that doesn't mean it makes it through unharmed. The more solid objects a wireless signal has to go through, the more it degrades. Try to move yourself so the least number of walls are between you and the router.

    • Upgrading the router's firmware.
      Sometimes there just may be a bug in the router's coding. If you go to the site of the company that made the router (such as D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, Buffalo, whatever) and go to the support page for your router, you'll often find where to download the latest firmware, and instructions on how to give it to the router. Generally you'll download a .BIN file (by itself or zipped), and then you log into the router and upload that file into it somewhere, but these instructions may vary. Always make sure to do this from a wired connection, not wireless!

     
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  2. iggloovortex

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    nice tut rydian. hopefully this will get spotted by teh nubz?

    EDIT:Perhaps in the DS Lite connectivity spot you could briefly list examples of games that have the wifi settings?
    Pokémon, Call of Duty, etc.
     
  3. Rydian

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    Good idea, I just linked to the wikipedia list.
     
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    yay i had a good idea!

    for my next trick, how about you put the instructions in named spoilers?
     
  5. Rydian

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    Spoilers inside spoilers don't work, so the images would be with the actual text, but I'll try it to see how it looks.
     
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    ok cool [​IMG], cause i have no idea how to put a titled spoiler [​IMG]. lol
     
  7. Rydian

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    Okay, done.

    blah blah blah

    Code:
    [spoiler][title: Like this.]blah blah blah[/spoiler]
     
  8. CannonFoddr

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    Nice ... glad it also includes the bits about DSL/DSi - WEP/WPA differences

    One OTHER problem newbies may have is if a Firewall blocks them - I'm not sure what the code numbers are when 'testing', but perhaps under the troubleshooting section you should have something like 'Q: My DS is connected to the WiFi network but I can't connect online..'...'A: Your router may have a firewall built in that's blocking it - check your firewall settings (if applicable)'

    A quick Google came up with this that MIGHT help
     
  9. Rydian

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    WFC is done over HTTP and uses Port 80, if outgoing 80 was blocked they wouldn't be able to surf the internet.

    If the DS itself is blocked that's likely MAC address filtering, which is more along the lines of "Ask whoever set up your wireless about it"...
     
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    Maybe I was mistaken then - but I'm sure I had a lot of trouble with my DSi connecting to the internet despite it connected to WiFi (according to the router setup page) until I turned off the Firewall - however my [very old] laptop (with a USB WiFi Dongle) could connect & browse ok.... weird

    To be honest I'm still not sure what I did to get the Dsi running properly with the firewall on in the end either
     
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    Great and needed tutorial. I got my 3ds connected to the net no problem. My sons dsi is a different story. I'll have to try some of your tips. It reads the wifi no problem but will not connect.
     
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    Sounds familiar (shame I can't remember what I did)... when you say 'will not connect' I assume you mean during the 'testing connection' - are you getting any error codes ??

    I also assume you're using a wireless router & not the Nintendo USB dongle (Now THAT was a bugger to get working) - if so what's the make/model of the router ??

    Oh one last thing I just remembered - What's your router security WEP or WPA ??

    If it's WPA - when setting up the DSi DON'T use connection 1,2 or 3 - use the 'advance setup' button and select 4,5 or 6. IIRC - the 1,2 & 3 are only WEP, while 4,5 and 6 are both WEP/WPA

    I can only assume that on the 3DS that it's been 'updated' so that all connections use WEP & WPA & that's why yours is OK
     
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    Thanks.. this might be useful when I'm at my friend's house and my DS won't connect to Wi-Fi there.
     
  14. Rydian

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    Cannon: The DSi/XL tries to connect to nintendo's servers to test the connection, if there's some DNS issue it might not connect. Also I totally forgot you needed connections 4/5/6 for the DSi for WPA, added that.

    Kingdom, if you change the wireless security settings then all his computers/devices will need the new key, so it might be a hassle.
     
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    Ill sneak his DSi out tonight and check it. Im using an actiontec provided by verizon. My wii and 3ds connect no problem. Lite and dsi is a no go. I did use to work off from the dongle and never had any issues with it until it just quit working.


    Looks like its gonna have to wait till tomorrow. The little tool must have been playing around with the parental controls and put a password on the settings.
     
  16. Snailface

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    Excellent tutorial, Rydian! I thought it looked a little busy, though, so I tidied it up a little for you.
    It's just a suggestion. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />


    <div align='center'><!--sizeo:5--><span style="font-size:18pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u>How To Get Your 3/DS/i Online.</u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    Want to get your DS, DSi, or 3DS online?
    Tried one of those WiFi sticks and couldn't get it working?
    Have a wireless router but don't know the proper settings to use?

    This guide will show you the basic steps for allowing DS connectivity.</div>

    It's possible for you to have a router and not see any wireless signal. The wireless could be disabled (or it could be a wired router), or the SSID could be hidden (meaning it won't show up in normal scans). On the other hand, just because there's a wireless signal in your house doesn't mean it's <i>your</i> router. Wireless signals can often extend within the range of the next house over, so it's not uncommon for you to pick up the wireless signals your neighbors are putting out.

    The best way to determine if you have a wireless router is to ask somebody else in the house, but if they don't know you can go to a wired computer (such as a desktop) and trace the cable back to the box. Routers connect to PCs using <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ethernet_RJ45_connector_p1160054.jpg" target="_blank">ethernet</a> cables, which is like a fat phone line. Trace this cable from the PC to the device it's connected to. On that device should be some sort of brand name and a model, for example "Linksys WRT54G". If you google this model you can quickly find if it's a modem, wired router, wireless router, or a gateway (modem+router in one).

    If it's a wireless router, continue with the guide.
    If not, consider picking up a wireless router for $40 or so depending on where you look.
    <ol type='1'><li><b>XP users</b> click the start menu, then click on "Run". Type <i>CMD</i> and press enter.
    <b>Vista/7 users</b> click the start menu, then click in the white box near the bottom. Type <i>CMD</i> and press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER (to run it with elevated rights).

    </li><li>In the command prompt, type <i>ipconfig</i> and press enter.

    </li><li>You might see multiple groups of options, in general the one with the most info filled out is the one you want. You need to look at the <i>default gateway</i>. That's most commonly the local IP address of your router, and it's how you'll log into it. You do NOT want the IPv6 gateway, just the normal one.
    <img src="http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/2513/17039177.png" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    </li><li>Open a web browser, and type that IP address (as listed) into the URL bar (as if you were visiting a web site). If it was the right IP address you'll be presented with a login box of one form or another.
    <img src="http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/5883/28237473.gif" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    <img src="http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/2532/17424581.gif" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    </li><li>The username could be "admin", "administrator" or blank, and the password can be anything from "admin" to "administrator" "pass" to "password" or "password1", or something else if you've set it differently. Ask whoever set up the router what the password to get into it is, or check <a href="http://www.phenoelit-us.org/dpl/dpl.html" target="_blank">this page</a>.</li></ol>
    Wireless may be disabled on your router, or the SSID may be hidden.<ol type='1'><li>Navigate around the router's settings pages until you find the right place to change the wireless settings. Key words to look for are "Wireless", "WiFi", and "WLAN". I can't show you an exact route because it can differ greatly between router models.

    </li><li>Once you find it, make sure that wireless is enabled, and that the SSID is not hidden. The SSID is the name/ID of the network, so if you change it then your network's name will change, and if it's hidden devices can't find your wireless for easy connection.
    <img src="http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/2482/47379375.gif" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    <img src="http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/829/99914838.gif" border="0" class="linked-image" /></li></ol>
    <ol type='1'><li>After changing the above settings, you want to find the wireless security page. There should be a setting to set the encryption type, and the type you choose will depend on what you play.
    <ul><li>Playing DS games... WEP.</li><li>Playing DSi-enhanced games in a DS/Lite... WEP.</li><li>Playing DSi games in a DSi or 3DS... WEP or WPA (PSK).</li><li>Playing 3DS games in a 3DS... WEP or WPA (PSK).</li></ul>
    </li><li>After you choose the type, it'll ask you for a pass phrase. Input a random pass phrase and it'll generate one or more keys for you.

    </li><li>These are the access codes for your wireless network, so write them down! They will only contain numbers 0-9, and letters A-F. Save the changes, and if you changed the settings (they weren't on WEP or WPA before) you may need to reconnect your computer to the router and give it the new key since the info changed.
    <img src="http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/3922/83650351.gif" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    <img src="http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/535/85576416.gif" border="0" class="linked-image" /></li></ol>
    <ol type='1'><li>The DS and DS Lite don't have the WiFi settings menu in the firmware, so you'll need to launch <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nintendo_DS_Wi-Fi_Connection_games" target="_blank">a game with WiFi connectivity</a> and choose to access the wireless settings menu.</li><li>Press <i>Nintendo WiFi Connection Settings</i>. Three connections will be listed. Press one that says <i>NONE</i>, or click underneath an existing one to erase it's settings. Connection 1 is preferable as many homebrews and such will not use connections 2 or 3.</li><li>Press <i>Search For An Access Point</i>. The DS/Lite will scan for wireless signals, and it should display a list, including yours. Tap on your connection and enter in the WEP key when it's requested. The connection should test and be successful! If not check the troubleshooting steps.</li></ol>
    <ol type='1'><li>From the main menu, go to <i>System Settings</i>.</li><li>Go right two pages, then press <i>Internet</i>, and then press <i>Connection Settings</i>.</li><li>You should see three connections. If you're using WEP, use one of these. If not, press <i>Advanced Setup</i> to access connections 4/5/6 (which can use WPA security). Press the one that says <i>NONE</i>, or click an existing one to get the option to erase it's settings. Connection 1 is preferable as many homebrews and such will not use connections 2 or 3.</li><li>Press <i>Search For An Access Point</i>. The DSi/XL will scan for wireless signals, and it should display a list, including yours. Tap on your connection and enter in the WEP/WPA key when it's requested. The connection should test and be successful! If not check the troubleshooting steps.</li></ol>
    <ol type='1'><li>Press on the <i>wrench</i> to access system settings, and press <i>Internet Settings</i>, then <i>Connection Settings</i>.</li><li>You should see three connections. Press the one that says <i>Not Configured</i>, or click an existing one to get the option to erase it's settings. Connection 1 is preferable as many homebrews and such will not use connections 2 or 3.</li><li>Press <i>Manual Setup</i>, then <i>Search For An Access Point</i>. The 3DS will scan for wireless signals, and it should display a list, including yours. Tap on your connection and enter in the WEP/WPA key when it's requested. The connection should test and be successful! If not check the troubleshooting steps.</li></ol>
    Can't connect properly? Keep dropping out or losing connection? Try these troubleshooting steps.

    <ul><li>Changing the wireless channel.
    It's possible that there's some interference in the exact wireless spectrum your router is set to broadcast on, so you can log into your router's settings and change it's "channel". There's generally 7-11 channels to pick from, and while many guides say to pick channels 0 or 1, the point is to NOT use a channel somebody else nearby is using. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":P" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> So you should pick a channel that's a few numbers higher or lower than the current channel. If this still has interference, try another channel.

    </li><li>Physically moving.
    Wireless can go through walls, but that doesn't mean it makes it through unharmed. The more solid objects a wireless signal has to go through, the more it degrades. Try to move yourself so the least number of walls are between you and the router.

    </li><li>Upgrading the router's firmware.
    Sometimes there just may be a bug in the router's coding. If you go to the site of the company that made the router (such as D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, Buffalo, whatever) and go to the support page for your router, you'll often find where to download the latest firmware, and instructions on how to give it to the router. Generally you'll download a .BIN file (by itself or zipped), and then you log into the router and upload that file into it somewhere, but these instructions may vary. Always make sure to do this from a wired connection, not wireless!</li></ul>


    <!--QuoteBegin-Changelog+--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Changelog)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteEBegin-->5/17/2011 - Spoilered the sections due to size.
    5/17/2011 - Initial version.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
     
  17. Rydian

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    Heh, good idea, never through about newlines in a spoiler title to expand it.
     
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    That was a happy accident. It automatically went to two lines when I centered the title. Weird, huh?
     
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    The closing center tag adds a rogue linebreak, it's actually a bit of an annoyance. The list tags fuck with linebreaks as well, they like to eat them...
     
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    Great advice I went into advance set up and selected 6 and bingo its working just fine. He will be happy cause now he will be able to use the Pokemon Dream World. Thanks for the help this tutorial is top notch.
     
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