Wireless Home Router Support

WEP & WPA Key Help

Important note about the Nintendo DSi and WPA security: While the Nintendo DSi is compatible with WPA security, Nintendo DS games with online play still require the use of WEP or no security to connect with the Nintendo WFC. Therefore, your connection settings for using these games must be set up on slots 1-3. If you need more details on using your adjusting your router's settings, click here and select your router (if available).

 

 

What is WEP and WPA?
WEP and WPA are types of security that are used to protect home wireless networks. WEP is the only security setting that works with the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite. WPA and WEP are both compatible with the Nintendo DSi. If you are not sure how to find your router's WEP or WPA Key or if you have problems entering it into your Nintendo DS, try the following tips:

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Where do I find my WEP Key?
You can find the WEP or WPA Key settings for your router under the "Wireless" or "Wireless Security" sections in your router settings on your PC. Security must be set to WEP key not to any other type of security setting in order for you to have access to WEP Key information. To lookup our router information, click here and select your router (if available).

 

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My WEP or WPA Key is all asterisks (*******). What do I do?
The Nintendo DS will not be able to accept this key. In order to enable play on your Nintendo DS you will have to reset your key on your router. If you change it, you will likely need to change the key on all wireless devices on your network.

 

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I use a passphrase for my key. Can I use this?
Some routers allow you to enter a Passphrase. This is then converted to a key number. When you are entering a key into the Nintendo DS, the actual key is required. The Passphrase will not work.

 

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Should I use HEX or ASCII when creating a key?
When entering a key, you have the choice of entering Hexadecimal or ASCII characters. Hexadecimal (HEX) is the easiest to use. You can either create a 10-digit (64-bit) or 26-digit (128-bit) key. We recommend the 10-digit. Consider using an easy-to-remember number.


 

 

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There's more than one WEP Key for my router. Which one should I use?
Many routers offer multiple WEP Key entry areas (usually numbered 1 through 4), and allow you to select the one that you wish to be the active WEP Key for your access point. The Nintendo DS is only compatible with the WEP Key entered in the first (#1) area


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