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Connecting your Nintendo 3DS™ to the Internet

Internet connection for the Nintendo 3DS™ is required for you to be able to access online information, get downloadable content and access the Nintendo eShop.

Before proceeding, make sure that you do the following:

  • Ensure that the wireless function has been switched ON.


  • Ensure that your router is connected to the Internet and SSID broadcast has been set to Enabled.  You will also need to take note of your wireless network’s passphrase.  For instructions in checking your router’s wireless settings, click here.

Switch ON your Nintendo 3DS™ and follow these steps:

Step 1:
On the main Nintendo 3DS™ screen, tap the Settings icon.

Step 2:
Once the Settings screen loads, tap the Internet Settings option.

Step 3:
Tap Connection Settings.

Step 4:
You should see a list of connections.  Tap the New Connection button.

NOTE:  If your list of connections is full, tap any of the listed connection profiles you are not using and then tap Delete Settings > Delete.

Step 5:
When the following prompt appears, tap Manual Setup.

Step 6:
Tap Search for Access Point.

Step 7:
Your 3DS™ will start searching for access points within range.

Once the 3DS™ is finished searching, it will display the names of all wireless networks it finds.  Tap your network name from the list.  If it’s not displayed, tap Try Again.

Step 8:
Using the onscreen keyboard, enter the wireless password then tap OK.

NOTE:  WPA and WPA2 keys are case sensitive (abc is different from ABC).  WEP keys are hexadecimal (0-9 and a-f) characters and are not case sensitive.

Step 9:
Tap OK on the next two (2) prompts to save your wireless settings and test your connection.

Step 10:
A Connection Test successful message should display on your lower screen.  Tap OK to return to the connections list screen.

Your device should now be connected to the Internet.  To verify connectivity, use any online game or application.

Expanding your network

The Linksys router has the capability to connect multiple devices in the network such as smartphones, game consoles and printers.  If you have a large house with devices that require top wireless speeds and a wide range, you can also extend the range of your wireless network by using other networking devices from Linksys like the Powerline adapters.  To know more about Powerline adapters, click here.

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