Wireless Router: Manual Setup (for more complex setups)
Note: Manual Setup is mainly for those users who have a more complex home network. Most people will not need to use this process; only those who need to specify their primary and secondary DNS, or have static IPs assigned to their wireless router should have to use this setup process. Unless you know for sure, it is highly recommended that you first try the ‘Search for an Access Point’ method described here.
If you need to use the Manual Setup process, follow these steps:
- On the Wii console's main menu, click on the 'Wii button' in the
lower left corner.
- This will take you to the settings screen. On this screen, click on
- In the 'Wii System Settings', click on the blue arrow on the right to reach the second screen of options. On this screen, click the 'Internet' button.
- Select 'Connection Settings'.
- Select an open connection, indicated by 'None', as shown:
- Select ‘Wireless Connection’.
- Select 'Manual Setup'.
- The following set of screens require you to input settings from your PC or router to establish a connection. The screens can be accessed by clicking the blue arrows on the sides of the screen:
Your SSID or Service Set Identifier is a sequence of up to 32 letters or numbers that has been assigned to the Access Point of your wireless network, and acts as the name of your wireless network. If you know your SSID, enter it exactly as it appears in the settings of your router. For more information on locating the SSID of your router, please consult your router's manual, your router's manufacturer, or the internet service provider that installed your router.
Types of Security
WEP, which stands for Wired Equivalency Privacy, and WPA, which stands for WiFi Protected Access, are two types of security settings used by wireless routers to protect wireless networks. Depending on how you have your wireless network configured, you may need to set your Wii console to use either WEP or WPA security — or disable WEP or WPA on your router — to use the Wii console at this Access Point.
If you are using WEP or WPA, you will need to enter the 'Key', or passphrase, used for securely accessing your Access Point. For more information on how to locate your WEP Key or WPA passphrase, please consult your router's manual, your router's manufacturer, or the internet service provider that installed your router.
Once you know your WEP KEY or WPA passphrase, you will need to enter it after clicking the button labelled with your wireless security type, as shown:
Auto-Obtain IP Address & Auto-Obtain DNS
The next two screens, shown below, are for setting a specific IP address on the Wii console.
Locate the TCP/IP properties on your personal computer. Accessing the properties of the TCP/IP properties screen may vary from one operating system to another.
Microsoft Windows Users
(Macintosh information immediately follows these instructions)
There are two ways to access Windows' TCP/IP settings. The first is via the Control Panel, and the other is via the Command Prompt.
Control Panel: Accessing Windows' TCP/IP settings
Click the Start button in the lower-left corner of your computer screen, then select Control Panel. Select Network and Dial Up Connections, select Properties for your Local Area Connections. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) from the list of components and click on the Properties button. You should see a dialog box similar to this:
TCP/IP Screen - Windows
Windows Users: If Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically are both selected, then select Auto-Obtain IP Address and Auto-Obtain DNS on the Wii console's screen and go to step 9 to test your connection. If not, see "Setting Static IP and/or Static DNS" below.
Command Prompt: Accessing Windows' TCP/IP settings
Alternatively, Windows users can access their computer's TCP/IP settings by doing the following on their PC:
- Click the Start button in the lower-left corner of your computer screen.
- Click Run.
- Type 'cmd' into the box and press Enter.
- Type 'IPCONFIG/ALL' and press Enter.
(Windows instructions immediately precede these steps)
Access your System Preferences, select Internet and Network, and click the Network icon (small globe). The following screen should appear:
TCP/IP Screen - Macintosh
Macintosh Users: If Using DHCP is selected from the Configure: menu and the dialog box labelled DNS Servers is blank, then select Auto-Obtain IP Address and Auto-Obtain DNS on the Wii console's screen and go to step 9 to test your connection. If not, see "Setting Static IP and/or Static DNS" below:
Setting Static IP and/or Static DNS:
Now that you've obtained your computer's IP address, you can now create an IP address for your Wii console. Increase the last three digits of the IP address of your computer by one number (if it is 111, for example, change it to 112 or the next number not already in use by a device on your network) and enter this number into the manual settings screen of the Wii console.
- Enter the information for Subnet mask into the Wii console exactly as it appears on the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) dialog box.
- Enter the information for Default gateway into the Wii console exactly as it appears on the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) dialog box.
- If Use the following DNS server addresses is selected, then do the following:
- Enter the information for Preferred DNS server into the Wii console exactly as it appears on the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) dialog box.
- Enter the information for Alternate DNS server into the Wii console exactly as it appears on the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) dialog box.
MTU, or Maximum Transmission Unit, specifies the largest unit of data that can be sent over the network. While this setting is not generally required for the Wii console to communicate with a wireless network, if you are having trouble connecting or maintaining a connection, setting this value to '1500' may help. When set to ‘0’ it will automatically default to '1500'.
- Click 'Save' followed by 'OK' to save your connection settings...
- ...and select OK again to start an automatic connection test.
If the test succeeds, Internet Setup is complete and your Wii console is wirelessly connected! For information on other online features, see the Wii Operations Manual Channels and Settings.
If the test fails, please click here for troubleshooting information.