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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.
But... apart from that this is a great little device, and as other people have noted it's also handy for taking with you to places where there's a computer with an internet connection but no wi-fi.
I've been using it with Animal Crossing with no problems whatsoever, once I'd got the Firewall sorted out.
Oh yeah, and it gets a bit warm when you use it, but that's normal on this kind of device apparently.
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