How To Connect Your 3DS To The Internet

by Gaetano Prestia Featured 16 Comments 16 Votes 26593 Views 31/03/2011 Back to Articles
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Everything You Need To Get Connected

In order to connect your Nintendo 3DS to the Internet, you will need the following items along with your 3DS:

  • A game that can be played online
  • A broadband internet connection
  • A wireless access point (via wireless router) or ethernet-enabled internet connection

The below image showcases the most common connection set-up for a Nintendo 3DS.

How To Connect Your 3DS

1. Turn your 3DS on and tap the "Wrench" icon to access the System Settings.

2. Tap "Internet Settings"

3. Tap "Connection Settings"

4. Tap "New Connection"

5. Tap "Manual Set-up"

6. Tap "Search for Access Point"

7. A search for wireless networks within range will begin. All discovered networks will be displayed on the screen.

8. Look for the name of your wireless network. You must have a created and named wireless network in order to connect your 3DS to the internet.

9. If the lock icon next to your network is open, click "OK" to save the settings and "OK" again to test the connection. If the lock is closed, follow the steps below to enter the WEP / WPA security access key.

10. If the lock is closed, this means your internet connection is secured and can only be accessed after inputting the correct security key. If you don't know or can't remember your access key, contact the router manufacturer.

Use the keyboard on the bottom touch-screen to enter the security key.

11. Tap "OK" to save all of the settings.

12. Tap "OK" again to test the connection.

Connect With The Wi-Fi USB Connector

In order to connect your 3DS to the Internet using a Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector, you'll need to first:

  • Install the latest version of the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector software.
  • Set up a connection file on your 3DS and grant permission through the registration tool.

You can download the latest software from the Nintendo website.

The following is a guide using Windows XP or Vista.

1. Tap the wrench icon on your 3DS.

2. Tap "Internet Settings"

3. Tap "Connection Settings"

4. Tap "New Connection"

5. Tap "Manual Setup"

6. Tap "Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector"

7. Plug the USB connector into your 3DS and PC. Click "Next"

8. Click on the "Registration Tool" on the Windows toolbar

9. On the 3DS tap "Next"

10. The screen will say "Setting Up"

11. A screen with the 3DS nickname will pop up on the PC. Click on "Grant permission to connect."

12. A blue icon will appear on the PC next to the 3DS nickname.

13. Your 3DS should be connected to the internet.

Internet Security Compatibility

Not all 3DS and DS game cartridges are compatible with WEP / WPA security.

 

  • Nintendo 3DS Game Card

WPA security compatible.

 

  • Nintendo DS Game Card

WPA security NOT compatible. WEP security only.

 

  • Nintendo DSi Game Card

WPA security compatible.

Finding Your MAC Address

1. Tape the wrench icon on your 3DS to access System Settings.

2. Tap "Internet Settings"

3. Tap "Other Information"

4. Tap "Confirm MAC Address." to display your MAC address.

Browsing The Internet With Your 3DS

An internet browser is currently not available for the 3DS, but is planned for an update in late May. This guide will be updated with information about the 3DS internet browser when it becomes available.

Playing Online With Friends With Your 3DS

Friend codes will only need to be entered once on the 3DS for 3DS games. You will need to register the friend via local wireless or the internet.

Depending on whether your friends have allowed it, you can check the status of your friends in your friends list to see who is playing what.

Nintendo DS games can be played online with the Nintendo 3DS, however, 3DS friend codes will not work with DS games -- you will need to use your DS friend codes, which will work on the 3DS.

Updating Your 3DS Firmware Online

Performing a 3DS System Update   |   Finding Current 3DS Firmware

Performing a 3DS System Update

1. Tap the wrench icon to access System Settings

2. Tap "Other Settings"

3. Tap the right arrow until you reach page "4"

4. Tap "System Update"

5. Tap "OK"

6. Tap "I Accept"

7. Tap "OK" to begin the firmware update.

Finding Current 3DS Firmware

  • Select the System Settings icon on the HOME Menu and tap "Open."
  • The system's menu version will be displayed on the bottom right of the upper screen.
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*wipes sweat from forehead*
What if I've forgotten my wi-fi password? :'@

Ben said: What if I've forgotten my wi-fi password?


How To Connect Your 3DS To The Internet lol so true.

I don't even know mine :D
It wasn't hard at all. It even works for Pokemon Black and White! ^_^

Ben said: What if I've forgotten my wi-fi password?



Then your 3DS is destined to go without internet...

FOREVER!

Gaetano said:
Then your 3DS is destined to go without internet...
FOREVER!


Thats not so bad right?

LDE said:

Gaetano said:
Then your 3DS is destined to go without internet...
FOREVER!


Thats not so bad right?



Nope :P
I'm glad I had this to show me how to connect it :P

But seriously, how long did it take to put this together!?
I play online all the time now. 3DS online is a million times better than DS online.

ND88ct said: I'm glad I had this to show me how to connect it
But seriously, how long did it take to put this together!?



13.6 Billion years.
Does the 3DS allow for connection to a network with WPA2 security settings? I know that the normal DS won't connect to a WPA2 connection...so I hope the same doesn't apply for the 3DS.
I shall have to remember the password to MMGNHQ's Wifi for when I visit..or for when I come close enough to bum your internets. [Shifty]

Elraro said: Does the 3DS allow for connection to a network with WPA2 security settings? I know that the normal DS won't connect to a WPA2 connection...so I hope the same doesn't apply for the 3DS.


It works on a WPA2 connection ^_^

Elraro said: Does the 3DS allow for connection to a network with WPA2 security settings? I know that the normal DS won't connect to a WPA2 connection...so I hope the same doesn't apply for the 3DS.



Yes it does.

Gaetano said:

Ben said: What if I've forgotten my wi-fi password?


Then your 3DS is destined to go without internet...
FOREVER!



LOL

Gaetano said:

Ben said: What if I've forgotten my wi-fi password?


Then your 3DS is destined to go without internet...
FOREVER!


That and every other new wireless device you buy. In case you don't give a darn about the 3DS's online. :P

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