How to Manually Set Up an Online Wii U Connection (IGN Wiki)

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Manually setting up an online connection for Wii U can solve many problems you might be having in running different online games on the platform.

1: If you have a Windows XP/Vista/7 pc, click the windows icon in the bottom left corner (the Start Button icon).

2: Type cmd into the search bar at the bottom and a black window will come up. Type in “ipconfig” (without the quotation marks), and information about your internet will come up. This information can be used to manually configure your internet settings on the Wii U.

3: Write down the numbers for the IPV4, subnet mask, and default gateway.  You also must have your security key which should be located in your router/modem settings.

4: Now, go to the internet connection menu on the Wii U and press connection settings.

5: Press manual configuration.

6: Now, type in your SSID (the name of your network), choose your security type (should be in your route’s settings) and input your security key.

7: Next, press the ip settings and hit “do not auto obtain”. Use the information “ipconfig” to fill in the information. For this step, make sure to increase the last two digits of your IP address by 10. For example, would become

Note: Adding 10 is not specific. You can try adding 11, 12, etc…(I do recommend trying to add just the 10 to the last digits first, this should work and is much less confusing, if not then come back and try this note.)

8: Once you confirm, a message will pop up, telling you to configure your DNS settings. Continue with the configuration.

9: Once again, hit “do not auto obtain” and use the number for primary DNS, and for seconday DNS (these are Google’s free DNS servers). You may also use your Internet Provider’s DNS servers, which should be listed in the “Status” page of your router’s settings.

10: Save these settings and perform a connection test.

If these steps fail, wait a few hours and try again or move your Wii U closer to your router, if possible.

Source: IGN

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  • smashbrolink

    What if I’m using a portable hot spot instead of a router?
    I’ve got an Apollo unit from Clear network, so it would help if I knew how to do these steps using it…

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