Note. This is assuming you opted out of connecting to the internet when you first booted up your brand new Wii U. Also, bear in mind that the Wii U only supports wifi, so you cannot connect using ethernet. You must have a wireless router unless of course you wish to search and spend the extra money on the ethernet cable dongle hookup that is available if you can find it.
1. Go to your Wii U Home Menu (Not WaraWara Plaza)
2. Tap the "System Settings " Channel
3. Tap the "Internet " icon (should be the first icon you see)
4. Tap "Connect to the Internet " button
5. When your wireless router shows up tap on it (usually the one with strongest signal)
6. Type in your Wireless Router's Password. (Use your stylus for easier typing)
7. Your Wii U Console shoud now be testing your connection. When it finishes press the "OK " button.
8. Press the "Set " button if you want to set it as your default connection.
9. After that it will prompt you to update your Wii U automatically, if you haven't already done so then go ahead and if you have already updated then just hit "cancel ".
- You can buy 3rd party USB to Ethernet adapters for your Wii U.
- If you lose internet connection or unplug your Wii U while updating, it can brick your Wii U.
- If you are too far from your router you will have higher ping in online games.
- To check if you have already updated, go to your settings channel and look at the top right. It should say 1.0.0 U, if it is not updated. If it is updated it should say 2.1.0 U (as of 12/04/12).
Edit Still Having Trouble Connecting to the Internet? Try this:
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, 192.168.1.11 would become 192.168.1.21.
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 22.214.171.124 for primary DNS, and 126.96.36.199 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.
If you continue to have problems, refer to Nintendo's Troubleshooting Guide.
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