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    College internet?

    Hello everyone who owns a wii,
    First I wasn't sure if I should post this under FAQ's or error codes so I decided to start a new thread. Anyways, I'm at college and want to connect to wifi but cannot. I check to find an access point, found the one I use at school with security, but for my internet I need to enter my name and password and for the wii it tells me to just enter a password. There is an unlocked internet as well but either way, when I test my connection it won't work. I don't remember the error code but I think it might be 51030 or something to that liking. If anyone else knows of how I can make this work it would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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    Here's a workaround to the wireless internet problems that crop up, it'll just be dependent on your computer skills and amount of equipment you have laying around. You need to turn your PC into a router, basically..

    First of all, you'll need a computer with both a wireless card and standard RJ45 NIC. Linux preferred.

    Given your situation, if you can log into your college's network on your PC to authenticate, you can then bridge your two wired/wireless connections with internet connection sharing. So, if you've got wired connectivity in your dorm, use the wired method, and share the connection over wireless to create your own access point without any of the hinderances of the college setup. Your PC will have already authenticated you as a legit user.

    vice versa, if you have the USB/ethernet adapter for your Wii, you can opt to share the wireless signal you pick up from school over a wired cable. If you don't have a hub/router you may need to pick up a crossover cable, but it can be done.

    A pain in the ass, but it can be done with the right hardware and some free time. If you're in a dorm, and you have a Wii, then you probably will make friends quickly - find the computer geeks and they will be glad to help with a project like that.

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    Ok, im in the exact same boat. Heres the deal.

    College networks dont use the same wep and I've confirmed from my school and nintnedo that you cant login through wii for that type of security protocol. Normally for my to access my schools wifi, you need to enter your user name and password in the internet browser and you just cant do that on the wii.

    Second, as for bridging the ethernet (wired) connection to share it through your wireless card with the wii. I've worked at it exhaustively and by setting up an adhoc network, I got the wii to view the network but it still fails the conneciton test and from what I've gathered from speaking to nintendo, it likely isnt possible. (Heres how to do it if you still want to try. http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/418/4

    The best bet that I'm doing is getting the nintnedo wireless usb adapter and that works fine. It would be real nice to use the schools wifi or even bridge the connections from your own laptop but both of those don't seem possible.

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    Nothing's impossible. Sometimes its just a pain in the ass.

    If you have a spare NIC laying around, throw it in your computer, bridge the two connections, and put another router downstream from your comp.. your internet access will already be authenticated. You just need to have it set up so that you can provide DHCP to your computer(s) and Wii. If you want very specific instructions, PM me.
    Last edited by Mark OTVII; 02-21-2007 at 10:28 PM.

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    This should only be a problem if the WiFi is locked down right? I am in a residence hall and we have WiFi (one is right outside my door) but it is not locked down; you don't need anything to connect to it. So I should be fine correct?

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    i dream of xenu Mark OTVII's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshieca
    This should only be a problem if the WiFi is locked down right? I am in a residence hall and we have WiFi (one is right outside my door) but it is not locked down; you don't need anything to connect to it. So I should be fine correct?

    *should* be. the access point may not need wep/wpa keys, but your school may authenticate you as a legit user in other ways, ie., some schools go by the MAC address of your network card. others require a secure login via web browser before connectivity is established.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark OTVII
    Here's a workaround to the wireless internet problems that crop up, it'll just be dependent on your computer skills and amount of equipment you have laying around. You need to turn your PC into a router, basically..

    First of all, you'll need a computer with both a wireless card and standard RJ45 NIC. Linux preferred.

    Given your situation, if you can log into your college's network on your PC to authenticate, you can then bridge your two wired/wireless connections with internet connection sharing. So, if you've got wired connectivity in your dorm, use the wired method, and share the connection over wireless to create your own access point without any of the hinderances of the college setup. Your PC will have already authenticated you as a legit user.

    vice versa, if you have the USB/ethernet adapter for your Wii, you can opt to share the wireless signal you pick up from school over a wired cable. If you don't have a hub/router you may need to pick up a crossover cable, but it can be done.

    A pain in the ass, but it can be done with the right hardware and some free time. If you're in a dorm, and you have a Wii, then you probably will make friends quickly - find the computer geeks and they will be glad to help with a project like that.
    Wow, reminds me of the stuff i'm currently doing in my networking lab, instead i'm using Win Server 2K3, I guess any OS would work, it just requires the features to run as a router and DHCP broadcasting (to assign IP adresses), DHCP isn't required, but it would make things a whole lot easier, if not, you need to set a static IP not only for the transmitting card, but also for the Wii, it's funny that Mark OTVII mentioned about getting a crossover cable, in my lab, I had to make a set of them for the classes routing servers


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    If you have a router lying around and you don't want to mess with the wireless at all, then you could always just pick up this:

    http://www.ebgames.com/product.asp?c...duct_id=802615

    Like they have been saying, as long as you get everything authenticated before it gets to your Wii then your network won't care what info is passing through it.

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    Dunno the rules about bumping a thread but given the confusion of the majority of people in dorms, on a mac, .... bump.

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