Setting up an Internet connection on the Wii U

Setting up an Internet connection on the Wii U

The Wii U is Ninento's successor to the innovative Wii. As a matter of course, the new console, too, can be integrated in your home network and can access multiplayer functions and the community. To do this, connect the Wii U with the FRITZ!Box either using conventional cable or wirelessly over WiFi.

In contrast to the latest consoles of the Playstation 4 or Xbox One, the Wii U console has no LAN port, but you can still connect the device to the FRITZ!Box with a cable. For this you need a LAN adapter, which served the same purpose for the Nintendo Wii. Insert it into a USB slot on the console and then plug the LAN cable into the adapter. Now the connection is set up and is just as easy to unplug.

Establishing a wireless connection

There are two ways to configure the wireless connection on the console: classic configuration using the menu, or connecting via WPS. For classic configuration, switch on the Wii U and pick up the tablet controller for input. Navigate to the "System Settings" and wait for the menu to load. On the first page is the important "Internet" menu – tap your finger on the blue icon.

On the next screen, select the first entry "Connect to the Internet". Now the Wii U will search for available wireless networks at your location. Select your home network from the list and enter the network key. A test connection is attempted to make sure that all of the information entered is correct so that it is possible to make a successful connection to the home network and the Internet. The second way is much faster: Simply set up the Internet connection by pressing the WPS button on your FRITZ!Box. Click here for more instructions.

Saving Multiple Connections

When you finish setting up your connection, you will be asked whether you would like to save the connection. A total of three slots are available. If you would like to take the console to your friends or relatives, you can set up another Internet connection there – and when you return home, your connection will still be saved. This saves you having to set up the connection again.

A connection over wireless LAN is the first choice for the Nintendo Wii U: upon delivery it is not even equipped with a possibility for connecting by LAN cable. An upcoming article in this guide will advise you about how to decide whether the wireless LAN at your location is sufficient, or whether it might be better to invest in an adapter for a cable connection.