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    How do I connect my Nintendo Wii to my home network?

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    • To connect a Nintendo Wii to your home network you need to have a working broadband connection and a router.

      If you have not set up a broadband connection before attempting these steps, or if you are having problems with your broadband connection apart from connecting your Wii, please resolve these issues first.

      To connect your Wii to your home network, refer to the relevant section below depending on whether you want to connect via a wired or wireless connection.

      Connect your Wii via a wireless connection

      Before you can connect your Wii to your wireless network you need to have a wireless router and you need to know your wireless network name and wireless password.

      If you don't know what your wireless network name and wireless password is, see What is my wireless network name and wireless password? and follow the instructions for your router.

      If you know your wireless network name and wireless password, you can connect your Wii to your network by carrying out the steps below:

      1. Turn on your Wii, wireless router and your television.
      2. Select the round Wii button in the bottom-left of the screen.
      3. Select Wii Settings.
      4. Select the right arrow to view more options.
      5. Select Internet.
      6. Select Connection Settings.
      7. Select Connection 1, or any of the available connection slots.
      8. Select Wireless Connection.
      9. Select Search for an Access Point.
      10. Wait for the search to complete and click OK when prompted.
      11. Select your network.
      12. Select the textbox, enter the wireless network password and select OK.
      13. Select OK again.
      14. To save the settings, select OK.
      15. To test the connection, select OK.

      Connect your Wii via a wired connection

      If you want to connect your Wii to your home network via a wired connection you need to buy a Wii LAN (Local Area Network) adapter. If you have a Wii LAN adapter and you want to connect your Wii to your home network via a wired connection, follow the steps below:

      1. Turn off your Wii and your router.
      2. Connect the Wii LAN adapter's USB cable to a USB port on the Wii.
      3. Connect the other end of the adapter to your router via an ethernet cable.
      4. Turn on your Wii and router.
      5. On your Wii, select the Wii button in the bottom-left corner of your TV screen.
      6. Then, select Wii Settings.
      7. Select the right arrow to move to the 2nd page of settings and select Internet.
      8. Select Connection Settings.
      9. Select a free connection.
      10. Select Wired Connection.
      11. Select OK to test the connection.

      The connection test failed

      The test should complete successfully. If not, you should consult your Wii manual, go to theNintendo Wii support site or contact Nintendo for further assistance.


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