How to Set up Wi-Fi on Nintendo DSi

Access the internet on your Nintendo DSi

The Nintendo DSi has a lot of fun features that require its Wi-Fi capabilities. If you're having trouble with your Wi-Fi setup, follow these steps.

How to Connect the DSi to WiFi

The DSi has built-in WiFi capabilities, so setting up a connection isn't too difficult. Like with laptops and mobile devices, once you've set up your wireless connection, the DSi will connect automatically whenever you're in range.

  1. Turn on the Nintendo DSi

  2. Select the wrench icon to access System Settings.

  3. Select Internet on the third page of System Settings.

  4. Select Connection Settings, and tap the None bar in Connection 1.

  5. You have the option of setting up a connection manually or searching for available connections in the area. You may also access your Nintendo Wi-Fi USB connector if you have one (the product has been discontinued). The easiest thing to do is select Search for an Access Point.

  6. Your Nintendo DSi will list the names of any wireless access points in range. A gold, unlocked icon next to the connection's name signifies an unlocked WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) connection that can be accessed immediately. A locked gold icon signifies an encrypted WEP or WPA(2) connection that requires a key (password).

  7. If you are accessing a locked/encrypted connection, enter your key. You may also press Change Security Settings to enter a WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) key.

  8. If your key is correct, your Nintendo DSi should connect. You can test your connection to verify.

  9. You're set! Now you can surf the Internet, purchase games and add-ons in the Nintendo DSi Shop, and play games that allow wireless access and competition (with WEP connections, only).

If you need help with your router settings, visit Nintendo's router FAQ.

Most Nintendo DS and DSi owners can get online by searching for an access point, but some might have to resort to manual setup. Visit Nintendo's manual setup guide if you have a unique situation and need help.

The Nintendo DSi can go online with a WPA connection, but actually playing DSi games online requires a WEP connection.