How to Set Up a Wii Internet Connection

by Contributor ; Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • Wii LAN adapter (wired network only)

  • Ethernet cable (wired network only)

When you connect your Nintendo Wii to the Internet, you can play games with people around the world, download games, update your system, send email to friends and browse the Internet. The Wii is built for use with a wireless network. If you do not have a wireless router, you need to purchase the Nintendo Wii LAN adapter, which does not come packaged with the console.

Wireless Network

Go to the Wii Menu and click on the round "Wii" button on the lower left corner.

Click "Wii Settings." Click the right arrow to go to Page 2 of the Wii Settings menu.

Click "Internet." Click "Connection Settings."

Click "Connection 1." Click "Wireless Connection."

Select "Search for Access Point." Click "OK."

Select the access point you want to use. Click "Save," then "OK." You may be prompted to enter a password for your wireless Internet connection. Enter the password and click "OK" to perform a connection test.

Wired Network

Turn the power on your Wii off.

Attach the Wii LAN Adapter to the USB port on the back of your console.

Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the port on the LAN adapter and the other to a port on your router or modem.

Turn the Wii on. Click on the round "Wii" button on the lower left corner of the Wii main menu screen.

Click "Wii Settings." Click the right arrow to go to Page 2 of the settings.

Click on "Internet." Click "Connection Settings."

Click "Connection 3." Click "Wired Connection." Click "OK." The Wii will perform a connection test.

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