How to Fix Wii U WiFi Connection Issues



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With the release of Nintendo’s hottest title for the quarter, Mario Kart 8, thousands of users continue to experience WiFi connectivity issues. This quick fix guide will tell you what to do if your Wii U unit just cannot connect to your home WiFi.

Symptoms

A key symptom of this problem is when your Wii U can see your wireless network, but fails the connection test every time. You might have tried restarting the router, changing the security info, removing all security, and the Wii U will still refuse to connect. Sometimes when loading games, the WiFi router lights will just freeze and you have to hard reset it.

If you’re getting all these symptoms, you’re in luck. Just follow these steps and your Wii U will be connected in no time.

How to Fix Wii U WiFi Connection Issues

Use both both WPA2 Formats not just one, to allow for cross compatibility. If your devices are mixed, meaning N and G networks are required, you must allow for both. If G or N only is required set the router for the specific band.

Now you can set some custom parameters such as MAC Authentication. If you write down all the MAC addresses to the devices, you can enter them in a MAC address allow list. This keeps intruders (such as neighbors) from connecting to your network.

Finally, here are some key features that can allow for the best WiFi connectivity. These are all tweaked for older routers to work with new devices. So you may want to write down your original settings if need to restore your settings without having to reset your router.

  • Beacon Interval: 100 ms (range:1-65535)
  • DTIM Interval: 10 (range:1-255)
  • Fragmentation Threshold: 2306 bytes (range:256-2346)
  • RTS Threshold: 2307 bytes (range:0-2347)

We hope this guide, while concise, worked for you. If you continue to experience Wii U WiFi connection issues, we encourage you to discuss in the comments section below.


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