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How to Connect Nintendo Wii to Wi-Fi

Updated on January 8, 2016
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Max holds a BS in Mass Communications from SIU and an MA in Communication from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

The Nintendo Wii comes with a built-in wireless module that lets you connect the device to a wireless router. Connecting your device to the Internet lets you download new channels to the device, such as Netflix, and search the Internet through the Wii's Web browser. You can also download updates to the device via a Wi-Fi connection. Connecting your Wii to an available wireless network can be done through the Wii Options menu in a matter of minutes.

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The Wii Options button is located in the lower-left corner of the Wii home screen.Select "Wii Settings."Select "Connection Settings."Select "Connection 1."Click "Wireless Connection."Click "Search for an Access Point."After selecting your wireless network, enter the password associated with that network, if there is one.A message appears telling you that you're successfully connected to the Internet. You'll also be prompted to check for a system update.
The Wii Options button is located in the lower-left corner of the Wii home screen.
The Wii Options button is located in the lower-left corner of the Wii home screen. | Source
Select "Wii Settings."
Select "Wii Settings." | Source
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Select "Connection Settings."
Select "Connection Settings." | Source
Select "Connection 1."
Select "Connection 1." | Source
Click "Wireless Connection."
Click "Wireless Connection." | Source
Click "Search for an Access Point."
Click "Search for an Access Point." | Source
After selecting your wireless network, enter the password associated with that network, if there is one.
After selecting your wireless network, enter the password associated with that network, if there is one. | Source
A message appears telling you that you're successfully connected to the Internet. You'll also be prompted to check for a system update.
A message appears telling you that you're successfully connected to the Internet. You'll also be prompted to check for a system update. | Source

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Instructions for Connecting Wii to Wi-Fi

  1. Select the "Wii Options" button in the lower-left corner of the Wii home screen. The Wii Options button is a circle with a blue outline that says "Wii" in the middle of it. A screen appears with Data Management and Wii Settings options.
  2. Select "Wii Settings." The Wii System Settings 1 window opens.
  3. Select the blue right-pointing arrow on the right side of the Wii System Settings 1 screen to navigate to the Wii System Settings 2 screen.
  4. Select "Internet," which will be the third option in the list. The Internet screen opens.
  5. Select "Connection Settings," which is at the top of the list of options. The Connection Settings screen opens.
  6. Select "Connection 1," which appears at the top of the list. The Connection 1 screen opens.
  7. Select "Wireless Connection," which is the first option in the list. A new list of options appears beneath Connection 1.
  8. Select "Search for an Access Point," which appears at the top of the list of options. A message appears stating that the Nintendo Wii console is searching for access points. Click "OK" when asked to choose which access point you want to connect to. A list of access points appears.
  9. Scroll down the list until you find the name of your wireless router. Click the name of your wireless router. If you have a password set up on your wireless router, a screen appears prompting you to enter it.
  10. Enter your wireless router's password and then click "OK" on the next two screens to proceed.
  11. Click "OK" when asked if you want to save your settings.
  12. Select "OK" when a message appears prompting you to test your wireless network connection. The Testing Connection message appears on the screen while the test is taking place. A message appears in a while dialog box telling you the test was successful after it's complete. In this same dialog box you'll also be prompted to check for a system update.
  13. Click "Yes" to checking for an available system update. A message appears warning you that any updates may remove unauthorized content from your Nintendo Wii console or cause your console to stop operating. If you've modified the hardware inside of the Wii console or the software that powers it, hold the "Power" button down for four seconds to force the Wii to shut down, voiding the update search. If you do have to do this, your Wii will still recognize the Wi-Fi connection, you just won't be able to update your console.
  14. Click "I Accept" at the bottom of the agreement to continue checking for an available update if your Nintendo Wii console isn't modified. If an update is available, install it. If no update is available, click "Wii Menu" to return to the Nintendo Wii's home screen. The Wi-Fi connection is now successfully set up on your Wii.

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