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Wii and network connection?

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii Chat' started by ylomnstr, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. ylomnstr

    ylomnstr WiiChat Member

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    Hey guys. First time posting. I just scored a Wii from sears.com and it shipped today. I should have it next week. I'm ordering the component cables from play-asia.com.

    Do I need to buy anything seperate to connect to the internet with the Wii? Or can I just plug an ethernet cable right into it? I see everyone selling the LAN adapter. What's that for? Do I NEED that to connect online? Thanks.

    Rob
     
  2. csiguy4u

    csiguy4u WiiMaster

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    If you want to connect your Wii via lan cable instead of wirelessly, duh.
     
  3. hyde

    hyde O.o

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    Wii Friend Code: 0153-8778-5368-6652
    0153-8778-5368-6652
    Oh and please post this in wii online area.
     
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    ylomnstr WiiChat Member

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    So it's got a built in wireless adapter? But you need the lan adapter if you wanna go wired instead of wireless? That sounds backwards.
     
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    csiguy4u WiiMaster

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    No, there is no adapter. Wireless is built in functionality. You only need an adapter if you want to use the Lan. Wireless > Wired.
     
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    lansaguy WiiChat Member

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    If you have a wired router then you need the lan adapter that plugs into (I think) the USB port on your Wii, running to an ethernet port on your router. It's most likely that a $50 wireless router would make more sense than buying the lan adapter.
    You don't NEED to connect to the internet but you will be missing out on updates, free stuff, network multi-play, and the ability to download classic games. If you have broadband access already then go for it. Nintendo makes it easy.
     
  7. pinky

    pinky paintballer at heart

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    its smarter to go with wired because your not cometing with other stuff thats wireless wen i was doing my update at bestbuy (idont have high speed) i could only do the first on because my wii had to compet with ever computer and other wireless thin in the store
     
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    PotatoWedgie WiiChat Member

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    In your exact scenario, sure. But many wireless networks aren't set up by idiots, and you don't have to worry about interference.

    Wired is becoming obsolete; I'd definitely not say it's the smarter option.
     
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    mym6 WiiChat Member

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    For home use wireless is the way to go for a device like this. Why have extra cords. Still can't beat the raw throughput of a wired network yet however.

    pinky is partially right though, a wireless router shares the bandwidth between all wireless clients. So if you have an older 802.11b router, you're sharing 11mb/s between all clients connected wirelessly. The real world speeds off an 802.11b router is in the neighborhood of 5-6mb/s. Lets say you get 6mb/s and you have 6 wireless clients and they're all using the connection at the same time (unlikely, but plausible). That's only 1mb/s for each client and many people have quicker broadband than 1mb.
     
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    Highly doubt Best Buy is still using 11 mb/s wireless networks :D
     

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