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Switching from WPA to WEP security on wireless

My daughters received Nintendo DS machines for Xmas. Obviously, several games will allow you to get online and play others. In setting up the DS WI/FI, I came across the DS telling me that it is going to access the net with my WPA settings, it needs WEP. If I switch to WEP, will I have to reset all my devices dialed into my wireless network (Xbox, Wii, printer, laptops, pc's.) Someone told me to just buy another cheap wireless router and plug into my existing router, and set up via WEP so the DS can access it that way. would that work? Lastly, if I just 'turned off' the security when they wanted to play that game, and then turned it back on afterwards, would anything else in my network be affected? In other words, would I still be able to use all the hardware, or would they be looking for a password to something that isnt there?

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  • cam_higgins Jan 09, 2009

    Thanks for your support--so, buy another wireless router, and plug into my existing one? The DS will see that router and I can go that route? I'm not really familar with WEP, and hex pairs or whatever it's called. Looked like I could easily screw things up, if I wasn't careful. camhiggins@yahoo.com is an email where you can email me more info, if you have time. Again, thanks for your help.

    Have another problem posted on here, if you are willing--an HDMI issue with my Xbox. it never ends....


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This is a frustrating problem that I also have. There are a couple of things you can do, but the easiest would be to pick up another cheap wireless router. Before you do so, make sure it's on the list on Nintendo's site of routers that will work.

http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/wfc/en_na/ds/routerInfo.jsp

My solution was to use the lower strength WEP security, despite its problems. I bolstered it with MAC address filtering, and I'm trusting my physical distance from the street to cover the gap in the security as well.

Other solutions include creating an access point using your computer itself, if it has that capability. Modern Macs can do this easily using the built-in airport card. If you need help with any of these solutions, I would be happy to help you out.

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