Wii Connectivity Issues

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I just deployed AP330's in a dorm and I have gotten several students that cannot connect their Wii's to our network via wireless now. The 330's are running 6.1r2 1359 and my HMOL is 6.1r2b. I have manually tried to connect the Wii's to the wireless but it will not connect. I tried to use the Client Monitor while connecting and all I see are probe messages. Any suggestions?
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Brandon Seymore

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I suspect that you will have the 802.11b data rates disabled.

While the Wii has an 802.11b/g wireless adapter built-in, due to flaws in its implementation, it is only capable of working when the 802.11 (legacy mode) basic rates of 1 Mb/s and 2 Mb/s are offered by an access point. This means that 802.11b support must be enabled for a Wii to be able to connect.

The Wii is therefore faulty and you would be working around its faults to the heavy detriment of other clients if you enable those rates. Your call, therefore... In my opinion, leave it non-functional and explain that it is a fault with the Wii and not the network.



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Ditto to what Nick just wrote.  I have seen this happen at several universities have to turn the 1 and 2 mbps data rates back on because the student Wiis would not connect when the legacy rates are disabled on the access points.