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USB Access Point (Nintendo DS & Wii)

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii
 Ages 3 and Over
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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Game Information

  • Platform:    Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Accessory

Product details

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  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Release Date: 25 Nov. 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,831 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Don't have a wireless router but want to play your original style Nintendo DS or Nintendo DS Lite online from home? You can use the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector. The USB Connector is a dedicated wireless access point that plugs into a USB port on your PC. It uses your PC to access your existing high-speed Internet connection. Multiple original style Nintendo DS and/or Nintendo DS Lite systems may be registered to the USB Connector and up to five DS systems can enjoy online game play at the same time. The Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector will only work with the original style Nintendo DS or Nintendo DS Lite.

Manufacturer's Description

There's always someone ready to play! Now you can take on your friends wherever, whenever! By connecting to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, you can match yourself against friends, recent rivals, or even others in your skill level, both domestic and worldwide.

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144 of 146 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, but needs better support 1 April 2006
Some people have wondered why they'd get a Nintendo wi-fi adaptor (especially if they already have a normal wi-fi router) and here's the two main reasons why:
1. If you want better security on your wi-fi connection: The Nintendo wi-fi adaptor has better security than using a DS on a normal wi-fi router. The DS can only cope with an older poorer form of security, so if you want a DS to work with a router you have to drag the whole security level down on your wi-fi network. If you use the Nintendo adaptor, any existing wi-fi network is untouched, and the adaptor has better security anyway because it will only talk to DSes, it has a shorter range than routers, and it will only work while the PC is switched on. Also, if you're not using the DS it's easy to just pull the adaptor out of the USB socket for total security.
2. If you want a relatively hassle-free way of getting wi-fi on your DS: The installation procedure for the Nintendo adaptor is very simple indeed, just pop the disc in and follow the instructions. However, here's where I hit the adaptor's only real snag: I had to alter a fairly obscure setting on my Firewall software in order for the adaptor to work properly. (If it's any help to others with a similar problem, I had to set my Firewall to see the Nintendo adaptor as a "trusted network adaptor".)
The reason this product loses a whole star is that Nintendo's support for the adaptor's problem was highly misleading and actually made me far less likely to be able to fix what was wrong. When I looked up the error code on Nintendo's official wi-fi website it claimed the code indicated an error in my broadband modem's firmware, and that I'd have to buy a totally new one. Luckily I didn't take this advice and found it was just a Firewall setting problem.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done Amazon 3 Mar. 2008
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I purchased the Nintendo WiFi USB for use with my nintendo Wii on the 1st March 08 and was amazed to receive it on the 3rd March 08
After having a nightmare with a cheaper USB link i took the plunge and went for the Nintendo USB,and followed the on-screen instructions on my PC,after 10 minutes i had my internet connection.
i would recommend this product to anyone with Windows XP or Windows Vista
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very worthwhile purchase. 13 April 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This quite expensive for a portable console accessory.. but it really is worth it, it will help you get alot more out of the compatable games, and the fact you can fully enjoy them then- the multiplayer, makes it worth the initial cost.
I have MarioKart and Animal Crossing, and both have the online implemented in a very safe and easy to access way.
You just plug the USB thing in, and after the initial installation on the computer, connect and all the compatable games should be able to connect without any problems...
So far I haven't had any problems with the USB thing, a few times I've failed to connect, but trying again seems to sort it out!
You don't need this if you have a wireless router already, and you need broadband for it to work at it's best. I haven't tried dial up, but I played with someone on Animal Crossing who did, and there was pretty bad lag.
There is an unnofficial one available which is cheaper, but I don't know how good it is.
The problem with this is that it doesn't work with Macs, and I think needs Windows XP, so look into this before you invest!
Neither of these were a problem for me, so I can't say.
You can find hotspots around if you keep your eyes open, but this is alot more convenient than sitting in the train station!
There is a good selection of online games- Mariokart, Animal Crossing, Tony Hawk, Metroid, Tetris are the one's avaliable now or this spring, and hopefully a Four Swords Zelda will rear it's head sometime.
I can highly recommend this if its compatible with your computer, as there is already a good selection of genres, and playing games like MarioKart online freshens them up again if you've already finished them.
The 2 games I've played have been made very safe online thanks to the "friend code" system.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
When I moved to university for my third year I was disappointed to discover I no longer had the ability to wifi as the router of the house I am sharing is set to the WPA security setting. So it was a relief after suffering through a few weeks of wifi withdrawal symptoms (:|) to find out about this baby! It works well on the whole, only occassionally yielding an error message on the game I use it with (Animal Crossing: Wild World) but then I just try again and it usually works; the worst I've had to resort to was a computer restart. Ignore looking up the error codes - they're usually nonsense.
Since I don't really know of any alternatives in my situation I'd have to recommend it if you want to keep your router on the WPA setting (which is more secure than the WEP alternative) but still have the abilitiy to wifi. One major advantage is if you play your DS close to the computer in which you've inserted the usb connector, you will always have the full signal. You no longer have to be within a certain distance of your router. This is especially convenient if you use a laptop.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy 10 Aug. 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you want to connect your DS / Wii to the internet and cannot face setting up an internal wireless network this is for you. I had set it up and connected to my Wii within 15 minutes. Very easy to setup (just put the CD in and follow the instructions) and no problems connecting (my Wii is the other side of my house and the connection is full strength). Cannot fault this product.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent thanks
Published 6 months ago by Yvonne Agneau-Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
This never worked, and phone support was non-existent
Published 7 months ago by Catalina Cosafina
2.0 out of 5 stars Watch out
This does not work with wanado which i had at the time. Put to one side and now wifi is built in DS's i have no use for it
Published 17 months ago by TurboTurtle
1.0 out of 5 stars Discontinued support makes this a disappointing purchase
There really is no reason for Nintendo to discontinue support for this item. It was a lovely bit of kit, my son could get online with his DS via the PC. Read more
Published on 8 April 2013 by M Poole
3.0 out of 5 stars Do you really need to buy this?
Hi All,
I was browsing the products for a wifi adapter for my DS Lite in order to have access to the wifi element of my Pokemon games after many failed attempts of trying to... Read more
Published on 29 April 2012 by ZoeMarie
1.0 out of 5 stars Wi-Fi USB not available anywhere!
Why can I not get one of these anywhere? Have tried Game, HMV etc but no-one has one. I cannot seem to connect my Dsi to the router, don't know whether its incompatible or just me... Read more
Published on 7 Mar. 2011 by Hj Battersby
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, if fiddly
Faced with the prospect of having to move into student halls shortly and not having any way of getting my DS or Wii online due to the lack of wireless accessibility, I turned to... Read more
Published on 2 Sept. 2010 by Nik Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Nintendo accessories
Got what I wanted, good value. Bit of problem getting it to work at first.
Published on 22 July 2010 by Sue
1.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS OUT OF ORDER
I had bought this as a birthday present and it didnt work on installation, the computer said connect dongle. Then we checked and it is compatible with 4 routers. Read more
Published on 17 Jun. 2010 by Alexander Duffell
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expected
Had to install software about 3 times before it would work, not as straight forward as you would want, worked for about a week then causes critical shut down error frequently so... Read more
Published on 30 April 2010 by T. Brissenden
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