Connect your Wii to your laptop for online play

So I had a friend who had gone to Chicago for a seminar and brought along his Wii so that he could play games online via the Nintendo Wi-Fi network.  He was able to get his laptop set up with the Internet, but when it came to the Wii he kept getting the Firewall error codes saying it could not connect.  Needless to say he was pretty upset. 

The internet was only wireless in the hotel and it seemed to be broadcasting in g.  After a couple of hours on the phone to the hotel tech staff they weren’t able to help him and of course they couldn’t switch any firewall connections for him.

He finally gave me a call to see if I could come up with a way to get him online.  I went through a couple of possible scenarios and told him the best bet would be to get a USB LAN adapter for his Wii.  That way we could connect his Wii to his laptop (wired) and his laptop would get the Internet wirelessly.  He called a Chicago based Gamestop and went over to get the adapter and a crossover cable. 

Once back at the hotel we set up the laptop, Windows XP operating system, by going to CONTROL PANEL/NETWORK CONNECTIONS/LOCAL AREA CONNECTION/PROPERTIES/ADVANCED (tab)/NETWORK SETUP WIZARD.   The Wizard steps you through the process of setting up a connection.  Basically you follow most of the directions.  Select this computer connects directly to the Internet/you don’t have to give it a name/I used MSHOME (the default)/I turned file and printer sharing on just in case.  Finish the Wizard and then go to the CONTROL PANEL/SECURITY CENTER and at the bottom turn off your Windows Firewall.  You may also need to turn off any anti-virus software you have as well.

This part complete we set up the Wii internet connection through the Wii’s main menu/setting/options and then internet.  Select the wired connection and test the connection.  We were online and ready to go!

The second day update is that he is still online with his Wii via his laptop and has a better signal than I do at home!!!

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3 Responses to “Connect your Wii to your laptop for online play”

  1. Jen August 6, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    so, i tried this, a few times…down to the exact letter…and it’s not working, maybe it’s my computer, who knows…but i’m stuck in illinois..with an internet-less wii.

  2. Vic February 19, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    You need a crossover cable specifically. Ask an employee to make sure you get the right one.

  3. Marshall Berra July 20, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    Thanks for the help, Unfortunately it did not work for me at all. Did find a site called connectify.
    This site turns your laptop (if you already have connection) into mobile hot spot that the wii can identify.

    I got onto netflix and shopping channel via hotel internet connected to my laptop.
    hope it helps!
    PS both wii and computer needed to be restarted for me to get it to workl

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