Nintendo DS Wi-Fi at home?

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  1. Clinton McClure

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    Does anyone know for sure if the DS can link up at home using a wireless router or does it have to be at certain hotspots, ala McDonalds?

    I don't have one but my nephew is wanting one for Christmas and one of his dad's concerns is connectivety. I understand how the multiplayer works wirelessly between two units but I'm a bit fuzzy on the Nintendo Wi-Fi setup. Can anyone explain?
     
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    Yes. You might need a special hardware thing, but you can play online at home.
     
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    From what I understand, you can use your wireless router at home. If you don't have one but do have an internet connection, you can order a cable to connect the DS to your PC's USB port to go online. Can USB ports pass your internet connection to another device? I don't remember where I read this, but they also said that the cable will be available only through Nintendo.
     
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    keep in mind the USB dongle that Nathan A is talking about is compatible with WINDOWS XP only! So if you use the Windows 2000 or 98, it's not going to work.

    Check out http://www.nintendowifi.com/ it has a list of what wireless routers are compatible with the DS. FYI I use the D-Link DI-624 which is rated 5 stars for compatibility.
     
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    I have no idea if my router is listed or not, but I had no problems getting it set up. Theoretically it should work with any router that speaks 802.11b though. Incredibly simple to set up though. The USB thing is a good last resort for those without wireless, but really, a wireless router can be had for less than 40 bucks these days, so you'd probably be better off with one of those than the dongle.
     
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    Nope it works on home wireless routers, i play all the time while laying in bed [​IMG]

    It even alows you to enter in WEP key for system if it is locked down with WEP.

    Easy as can be to hook up. enjoy mario kart is a blast.
     
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    I enjoy playing Mario Kart DS at home using my Netgear wireless network. Nintendo Wi-Fi is great when others are available to play.
     

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