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#1 karpenter63

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 08:56 PM

Hey guys, I own a wii console, as well as a DS, and I have been trying, not that hard mind you, to connect both systems to the internet at my home with no success at all. I'll tell you what I did, and I hope that somebody will be able to help me out and allow me to get on the internet.

1. The first thing I tried was to hook on thru my wireless router. It is a Westell versalink model 327w. Here are my problems: When I search for the connection, both the wii and the DS are able to find it, but when they do, there is a locked padlock, signifying that the router is locked with a WEP code. I typed in what I thought to be the WEP code, and it has never worked. I think that it may be because I don't actually know the WEP code, so what I was thinking is that I could just unlock my internet connection. If I were to do that, would that accomplish anything? Would I ruin the internet on my computer? Do I need to change any settings on my computer so that it doesn't try to use a WEP key? If I do, how do I do it?

2. Secondly, I bought one of those Nintendo Wi-Fi USB connectors, and it doesn't work either. Let me rephrase that, it connects to the internet, and it sends out a signal, but the program never fully installs. When I run the the latest program downloaded off the Nintendo website (probably v1.60 or something like that) it works fun, until about 2/3 of the way through when an error message appears that says "Internet Connection Sharing Error". What do I do about that? I have looked on the the interweb, and anything that shows up, even on the Nintendo website is in a language I don't understand.

Please help me out here. I am not stupid, so I can understand some techno-babble, but I am not entirely versed in the complexities of its speech, so please answer this question in layman's terms.

Whoever helps me connect to the internet, I will be eternally in your debt.

Thanks in advance.

Edited by karpenter63, 29 November 2007 - 08:57 PM.

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 09:51 PM

1. Use the USB wifi adapter thingy
2. Make sure you have the program installed fully and correctly
3. Make sure your computer doesn't suck, check the settings to make sure it will work
4. Make sure your Wii is close enough to your computer to be receiving the signal
5. Read the instructions to make sure you did everything right
6. Call Nintendo and ask for help, or perhaps look at the correct website, that should be in English, or both
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 10:19 PM

Use the proper WEP code is my suggestion. It can probably be found on a sticker on the side of your router (you should have to type the same code in to connect your computer to the internet).
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 10:29 PM

For a computer guy I don't know too much about networks and networking. However if I'm deducing the problem and potential solutions if you unlock the web access then it should be an open signal. Thus your computer should be able to pick it up with no problem and your other devises should as well.

However this poses a problem for you. With an open signal anyone can piggyback and that WILL suck your bandwidth dry depending on how many people hitch on.

Just my few 2 cents.
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#5 karpenter63

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 10:51 PM

For a computer guy I don't know too much about networks and networking. However if I'm deducing the problem and potential solutions if you unlock the web access then it should be an open signal. Thus your computer should be able to pick it up with no problem and your other devises should as well.

However this poses a problem for you. With an open signal anyone can piggyback and that WILL suck your bandwidth dry depending on how many people hitch on.

Just my few 2 cents.


How do I unlock it? If i do, will I need to change some setting on my computer's internet settings to make it accomadate no longer having a WEP code?
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 11:47 PM

You need to change the wireless security settings of your router. To do that you need to type in and connect to it's network address (http://192.168.1.1 or http://dslrouter/) from any of the computers connected to it through the network using cables rather than wireless.

The default login information for that particular model is
User: admin
Pass: password

Unless of course you or someone else changed them during the initial install.

Or you should switch to WPA-PSK security

Personally I don't trust WEP as a security measure since it can be cracked in under 10 minutes now. The only foolproof protection measure is the use a Permit-Only MAC Address filter so that only machines you know are allowed to connect.

For more details on this read pages 60-65 of the router manual: http://www.westell.c...section=support

Steps:
1. Disable WEP
2. Save Settings
3. Make sure all of the machines you want on your wireless network are able to connect to the the router
4. Write down the MAC address of all of the wireless machines you want to have access to the router
5. Add them to the wireless MAC address filter list
6. Enable wireless MAC address filter

On a higher quality router it will show you the MAC addresses of all of the machines connected to it, thus making it easier to add them to the filter list. But I don't see any such feature in the manual for yours so you'll have to get it from the network connection status on each machine that's connecting wirelessly.

Edited by CaptainSlug, 29 November 2007 - 11:51 PM.

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 06:15 PM

Or you should switch to WPA-PSK security

Personally I don't trust WEP as a security measure since it can be cracked in under 10 minutes now. The only foolproof protection measure is the use a Permit-Only MAC Address filter so that only machines you know are allowed to connect.

FYI

Mac address spoofing can be done just as easily as others.

there is no such thing as wireless security.

Our company refuses to use wifi for this reason. For a home, mac address filtering is more than enough, but FYI, the only way to keep your system from being penetrated, is to unplug your computer from the internet.

Just my two cents so that people know. I'm a sysadmin for a prominent architecture firm near my house.

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Edited by Richomundo, 04 December 2007 - 06:16 PM.

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