What do I need to connect my Wii

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by earwig999, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. earwig999 macrumors newbie

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    I currently have an ethernet wired network between my eMac (upstairs) and my Mac Mini (downstairs), along with the Xbox 360. These are just plugged into a SiteCom Switch. As the Wii has no ethernet and I don't currently have a wireless router or adapter, what is the easiest and cheapest way to connect the Wii to the internet?

    The Wii is upstairs and I don't have an etherent point in my sons room yet either. I have seen USB WiFi dongles but would this work just plugged into the Mac Mini?

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Take a look at this MacGuide, assuming the USB dongle is Mac compatible it will be fine, many aren't as most mac's have built in wireless, otherwise a wireless router is probably the cheapest.
     
  3. earwig999 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the quick reply. If I went wireless though would I loose my current wired network? ie. Xbox 360 and eMac upstairs?
     
  4. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    It depends.

    With some Wireless routers they can act as a wired router as well as a wireless one. I have a Netgear wireless router, but it has 4 ethernet ports on the back so you can use it as a wired as well, I use both.
     
  5. JD92 macrumors 6502a

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    You can only connect your Wii to the Internet by using a Wireless Router and using the Wii's built in WiFi, or by buying the Ethernet kit for the Wii, which comes with a little adapter which plugs into the back of your Wii, allowing you to connect it with ethernet cable.
     
  6. Texas04 macrumors 6502a

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    You could also have your macs act as a wireless router. If they are both connected through the ethernet cables than go to

    System Preferences
    Sharing
    Internet
    Share your connection from Built in Ethernet
    To Computers Using: Airport

    Then on the top right hand corner of you macs screen where you have your wireless stuff, create a network. This should work. You should see your network in the Wii's menu.

    Edit: This does require your Macs to be on in order for the wireless to work.
     
  7. Mac'Mo macrumors 6502a

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    you can connect the wii to your mac?! too pimp!
     
  8. Texas04 macrumors 6502a

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    Sort of... not really... In essence you can connect it to your network which is like connecting it.
     

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