One of the fun things about the Nintendo DS system is the ability to play games with other people using the Wi-fi system. It allows players to play certain games jointly (or with games like the Pokemon DS games, trade Pokemon characters) as well as talk to each other through the system’s little microphone.
Here is what you need to do to set up your Nintendo DS’ Wi-fi capabilities.
The first thing you need to do is to ensure that the game is on online-enabled game because some of them aren’t.
Go to the main menu screen while in the game and select the Nintendo WFC option.
Then go into the Nintendo WFC Settings Options.
Next Select Wifi Connections Settings. It will show you three different connection settings which will enable you to setup at three different locations, say at home for example, a friends house, or a known Nintendo hotspot (local coffee shop for example).
Each of these three boxes will probably read None if you are not yet hooked up to a Wifi connection. Otherwise they will say Ready.
Click on the Connection Number 1 Box(or any other empty box if you choose).
Select Search for An Access Point. Your system will now automatically try to locate any available Wifi networks in the immediate area and will list any that it finds. If you are extremely lucky, you will get a connection that shows a green lock which means you can log on immediately and start playing.
In many cases however, you will probably get a red lock showing that any networks in the immediate area are secured. You will then need to enter a 10 digit number (this is also knows as the WEP Key) in order to be able to log onto that network.
Input the 10 digit WEP key that you use for your wireless router at home. If you are unsure of what that number is the first thing you can try is your home phone number (area code included) first, because many people have that as their wireless router default number.
If that doesn’t work, you can contact your Wireless Router Support Center to find out what your 10 digit WEP key is. Simply look at the name of the company that is on the router and then look up their phone number on the internet.
Lastly if none of the above options work for you because you are connected to a broadband network by a cable instead of having a wireless router, there is a Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector that you can purchase that will enable you to use the Nintendo DS Wi-Fi capabilities. It averages anywhere between $20 to $30 and can be purchased at your local electronics store or online.
It works by inserting the connector into one of your PC’s available USB ports and inserting the accompanying CD onto your computer. It will then act like a wireless router and give you Wi-Fi capabilities.