Connection Sharing with Wii

October 2, 2008 at 23:08:12
Specs: WinXP Pro SP2, Opteron 165/2GB RAM
Ok, so here is the situation:

I'm at school and my dorm has only a wireless connection to the internet. The wireless network requires authentication (school username/password). I would like to connect our Nintendo Wii to the internet but because of the authentication requirement and lack of a browser on the Wii, I cannot do so directly.

The method I'm currently trying to employ is such:
My desktop PC has two wireless cards installed. One is connected to the school network, and I hope to use the other to 'pass the internet connection along' to the Wii. I have tried creating an ad hoc network called 'wii' and the Wii is able to see it. However, when I try to connect, the Wii tells me that it cannot find an access point. Of course, this makes sense since ad hoc networks don't use access points. So, my question is this - is there some way to configure the Wii so that it can connect to the ad hoc network, OR is there a way to use the second wireless adapter to act as an access point for the Wii to find and connect to? If I can do that, will I be able to share the internet connection from the first wireless card for the other?

Any help is greatly appreciated, and any other suggestions for how to connect the Wii to the internet will also be appreciated.

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October 3, 2008 at 11:42:06
Save your time, get EVDO.. much better and you might already have it on your cell phone, check with your cell phone provider - they also called Tethering - here is a link to more info

you can buy a EVDO router and plug the Wii in that.. call the day - I used them
at all my remote sites, no more DSL linnes for me.LOL

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October 3, 2008 at 13:24:38
JackR, two EVDO recommendations in three posts? You a EVDO salesperson?

06metzp if you had done a search on the topic you would have found that the concenus is the wii does not support ad-hoc networking. You need a wireless router or AP.

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October 3, 2008 at 14:08:25
Thanks for the responses.

I did search around some but was having trouble finding anything for or against the solution I'm attempting. Mainly, I found people saying "just buy a router, it's easier and worth the money!" which is good advice in situations where wireless routers can be added to the network. Given my circumstances, this solution does not work.

Would it possibly work to somehow set up my second wireless card to be used with some kind of software access point? What programs would you recommend for that and how do I set them up?

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