Nintendo USB WiFi Access Range

Discussion in 'NDS - Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection' started by Chompies, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. Chompies
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    Heya,

    I am thinking of buying one of those Nintendo WiFi dongles so I can play games over the net. Before I do though, does anyone know what the access range is for one of those dongles? ie. How far away can I be from the dongle before it cuts? The reason is, my room is at the back of my house and my study (computer) is at the front and I don't want to buy it and find out the access point won't reach my room.

    Cheers!
     
  2. lanleague

    lanleague GBAtemp Regular

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    I am also interested in knowing about this.
     
  3. cubin'

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    I have a feeling it's not going to reach to the back of your house but I'm unsure on the exact range.
     
  4. clivefrog

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    you could always buy a 5m usb extension cable and plug the dongle into it, that should give you the extra range you need
     
  5. lanleague

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    It'd be great if Nintendo could just update the DS Lite to enable WPA security. Then we wouldn't need this.
     
  6. Chompies
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    Alright, since no one knew the answer.. I decided to go out and buy one.

    I tested it, the range is around 10metres.. not far at all.

    =(
     
  7. coolbho3000

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    The range of the DS cripples the dongle's, I bet it'd reach much further with another device such as the Wii.

    The dongle is basically this: http://www.buffalotech.com/files/products/...g54-ai_DS_1.pdf with a rebranded driver. There's no official range for that, so...
     
  8. OSW

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    er... i don't see why the range of the DS would cripple the dongle's...
     
  9. Chompies
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    Yeah, I don't see why either.. The range the dongle provides is what limits the connection.
     
  10. coolbho3000

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    The Wii downstairs in the basement could reach the dongle just fine from the second floor, however the DS couldn't.
     
  11. PrinceIcee

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    the nintendo wi-fi usb connector will give u about 15 feet. not very far at all, i kno, but a linksys 7320, a 50 dollar wireless router will give u a much better wi-fi experience and ranges through walls and cielings, up to 35 feet. for 15-16 more dollars, it's worth it.
     
  12. PrinceIcee

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    I'm a member of the official nintendo Nsdier forums.