DS WIFI FAQ (Keep Bumped)

#1tienchihaPosted 10/23/2005 6:11:41 AMmessage detail
Welcome to this on-board FAQ about the Nintendo DS Wifi online multiplayer. Here is a list of compiled facts that have been put together for your enlightenment.
Please enjoy!

What we know

Well, it has been confirmed a long time ago that the DS will be able to connect to the web, but the time is coming to start preparing. Since the Nintendo DS has it built in, you Will Not have to buy anything to connect INTO the DS. No wires and none of that USB 3 foot cable people have been talking about on the boards. What we know as of today is that Nintendo has not made their new system compatible with dial up and is only compatible with broadband. The reason for this is because dial up online games have extreme lag, and it would be twice as worse on a handheld system since it doesnít have a hardcore processor. So dial up is not compatible with the DS. Another thing that we know is that the DS will only be able to connect to people you know because it has been confirmed that Nintendo is going to issue a 9 digit code that you will use just as you would use a Telephone Number. You give the telephone number to people just as you would a phone number, but this border can be crossed by simply IM'ing your number to someone you meet on the boards or by simply posting it on the internet. This has been confirmed. So now that this is straightened out lets move on.


What you will need for home connection

Most people will want to connect to someone in the comfort of their own home and this is possible. What you will need are the things below.


1. A fairly new computer, or any computer that can access broadband internet.
2. An 802.11 g or b router or the USB Wifi Connector that Nintendo is releasing later on this year. If you want to know what a router is or the connector, look below in a below section.
3. A DS
4. The game itself.


It has been confirmed that you donít have to access the internet website to connect to someone else. For example: you donít have to access the Mario Kart DS website to connect to someone else. All you will have to do is choose the Nintendo Wifi Connection option through the game, and thatís it!


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#2tienchiha(Topic Creator)Posted 10/23/2005 6:14:03 AMmessage detail
^^^

What you will need for a portable connection

It has been confirmed that you can connect your DS to any hotspot that is not protected. But to prevent any arrests, Nintendo has stated and confirmed that they will co-op with WayPort to set up Wifi hotspots in over 6,000 McDonalds worldwide. On top of that, Nintendo confirmed that they will be opening up their own hotspots. Remember. This service is completely FREE. There will be no monthly fees and no obligations, it will be free!

What is a Router

A router is used to connect (network) multiple computers using only one internet service provider (ISP). So in short, if you wanted to connect the computer in your bedroom, the computer in your living room, the computer in your den, and the computer in your master bedroom to one internet connection; all you would need is one router and an individual receiver for each computer and viola you are connected. Basically what a router does is send out a signal that wireless devices can pick up. Some routers send off different signals than others. That is why you have the 802.11 g signal and the b signal (there are many more I believe, but those are the ones that are important in this FAQ). The DS can only pick up signals from routers that give off those signals so be sure you have the right one before you try to connect a month from now.

What is the USB Wifi Connector


The USB Wifi connector serves as a router that sends out the signals mentioned above. This is confusing a lot of people so please read carefully. The USB Wifi connector wasnít supposed to be used as a substitute for a wireless router, this is supposed to be used as a portable Wifi connector (hence its small size and price). If you buy this device and you are on your way to your broadband happy friendsí house, you can slide this thing in the USB port and you can play online. This can be used to substitute the router, but that isnít its intention. Nintendo is trying to make the DS as portable as it can get.



REMEMBER, CONFIRMED is the word of the day!

PLEASE UPDATE AND BUMP UNTIL THIS IS STICKIED


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#3Dragon DrakePosted 10/23/2005 6:32:34 AMmessage detail
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#4bengalibengaliPosted 10/23/2005 6:36:13 AMmessage detail
The Nintendo USB wi-fi connector can only be bought from Nintendo.com

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#5tienchiha(Topic Creator)Posted 10/23/2005 6:51:11 AMmessage detail
Thanks
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#6tienchiha(Topic Creator)Posted 10/23/2005 6:53:27 AMmessage detail
Does anyone think I should add something else?

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#7bengalibengaliPosted 10/23/2005 7:01:52 AMmessage detail
Q: How will we - in terms of equipment - wirelessly connect our Nintendo DS to others?
Fact: Nintendo has stressed the importance of ease-of-use. They have partnered with IGN Entertainment and GameSpy to bring this technology and network to the Nintendo DS. In addition, Nintendo has partnered with Buffalo Technology to utilize its AirStation One-Touch Secure System (AOSS) technology. The technology will be incorporated into Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection device(s) including Buffalo's Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector which can be purchased and attached to an Internet-connected PC in order to share the PC's online connection with nearby Nintendo DS units. The device will be on sale in Japan for a suggested retail price of 3500 yen. The USB Connector works like this:



You plug the connector into your internet-ready PC.
A window pops up that you click with your mouse.
Your Nintendo DS can then connect to it as a Wi-Fi access point.
The Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector includes software that notifies users when their Nintendo DS devices are within range. Once the initial connection has been established, subsequent connection is automatic.

Nintendo said connecting using the Wi-Fi USB Connector will be done without the need to input an ID or password (these will be automatically generated and stored in your DS). Users who already own a wireless router developed by Buffalo (equipped with AOSS technology) or NEC (equipped with Raku Raku Musen Start technology) will also benefit from the simple connection process. Meanwhile, connections to the Nintendo DS online service from home with a wireless router not already mentioned is rumored to require minor adjustments to its settings.





Nintendo said the network would not be made available to dial-up Internet users. The Wi-Fi USB Connector is said to be compatible specifically with a "high-speed Internet connection such as cable or DSL."

For those lacking a high-speed connection and/or PC, Nintendo has said that 1,000 access points will be created throughout Japan at retail gaming stores and other locations. Nintendo of America said it will similarly create several thousand Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection hotspots throughout the United States. Nintendo also points out that DS owners will be able to use the 3,000 plus "FREESPOT" access points being set up by the Free Spot Council, a Japanese organization that works to expand the availability of wireless LAN access points throughout Japan and the rest of the world. Nintendo is a sponsor of this organization.

"Every aspect of DS is designed to be friendly to all audiences. Therefore, Wi-Fi should be easy for everyone, too. Our goal is to make this process simple and seamless. Users shouldn't have to give it a thought. Wi-Fi connections will feel like local area network connections because they will use a common API. We will let DS owners enjoy Wi-Fi without the difficulty of entering an SS-ID or WEP key." - Satoru Iwata, March 10, 2005 @ GDC

On April 19, 2005, Broadcom announced it would provide wireless technology for Nintendo's next-generation gaming systems. Read the full press release here.

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#8bengalibengaliPosted 10/23/2005 7:03:02 AMmessage detail
Q: What happens if your network is WEP encrypted; how will you be able to use your DS on your secure network or another Wi-Fi hotspot that requires a password?
Fact: Iwata said during his GDC speech, "Wi-Fi connections will feel like local area network connections because they will use a common API. We will let DS owners enjoy Wi-Fi without the difficulty of entertaining as SS-ID or WEP key."

Nintendo uses the name "profile" to describe the various locations that you will use to connect to Nintendo's service. For example, one profile could be your home, another could be your work, while the third could be a Nintendo free hotspot. If you play at home, you might require a profile that uses WEP encryption but doesn't need a username or password. If you play at work you might require a profile that needs both a username and password. Each of these profiles must be set-up on their first use. After this first connection, you will merely need to select which profile to use and it will then automatically detect the connection.

Q: Will the Nintendo DS require firmware upgrades via the DS network?
Fact: N-Sider learned that all updates will be built into the software.



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#9tienchiha(Topic Creator)Posted 10/23/2005 7:29:43 AMmessage detail
Thanks lets get this thing stickied
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#10bengalibengaliPosted 10/23/2005 7:31:36 AMmessage detail
If you want more tell me.

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