Why can StreetPass not just work?

Discussion in '3DS - Nintendo Network' started by Rednoc Nivert, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. Rednoc Nivert

    Rednoc Nivert Member

    Mar 9, 2015
    United States
    I have Homepass working off and on. Occasionally when I start it it'll give me a couple street pass hits. Is there a way to just have it on indefinitely and have it regularly pumping streetpasses my way? Or is that just too much to hope for? I'm using the windows native method.
  2. Nephiel

    Nephiel Artificer

    Nov 3, 2002
    FWIW I have an old router from my ISP, I put OpenWRT on it, repurposed it for HomePass with this, and it seems to be running fine. I just close the console and get up to 10 hits, every 5-10 minutes, every time.

    I believe the main problem with HomePass being unreliable is due to the variety of methods and hardware people use. Consumer hardware is not expected to be able to change its MAC address. Software and drivers have to resort to hacks and workarounds to do it, and they are often buggy. The OS/antivirus/firewall may react badly to what it sees as suspicious behavior. And then some wireless adapters are just picky and don't even work reliably under normal conditions.

    On top of that, for Homepass to work, the 3DS is supposed to be able to connect to internet through the Homepass, even if it doesn't have any wireless network configured (it might even download firmware updates through it, I've seen it happen). So an ad-hoc wifi hotspot isn't enough, it must also be bridged.

    edit: bridged and without password. So security could also be an issue.
  3. Ryccardo

    Ryccardo WiiUaboo

    Feb 13, 2015
    If it matters, my New 3DS 9.5 relatively often skips real Nintendo Zones.
    I suspect it has to do with the fact that you naturally approach an access point from the edge of its range, and conecting even for an instant marks it as "ignore for indirect streetpass for 8 hours"...
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