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Nintendo Announces Wii Wireless Router 85

Posted by Soulskill
from the send-data-through-the-wiither dept.
CVG reports that Nintendo has announced a wireless router, the purpose of which is to "streamline the process of getting your console online." It will be released later this month in Japan. No word was given regarding when the rest of the world will see it. Pictures of the router are available at Famitsu, though the text is in Japanese. 1Up also points out statements from Nintendo execs discussing the limited storage for the Wii. They say there will be a "better solution" than a hard drive.
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Nintendo Announces Wii Wireless Router

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  • Re:About time (Score:5, Informative)

    by UserChrisCanter4 (464072) * on Monday September 08, 2008 @09:23PM (#24928009)

    Are you referring to the Nintendo DS, which still supports WEP only (as far as I know)?

    The Wii has supported WPA from the get-go. The Nintendo Wifi USB Connection (now discontinued), supported WEP for the DS because the DS supports WEP only. Many sites recommended it as a cheap and easy way to activate and deactivate a quick wifi network for your DS without stepping the whole network down to WEP (although I'm unable to tell if it uses WPA for Wii-only communications when using the default Nintendo application).

    As it is, though, the Wii is plenty happy to connect to a WPA or WPA2 network.

    As for better than a hard drive, I'd imagine that simply fixing the firmware to allow for "merging" the internal flash and a simple 4GB SD card would work just fine.

  • Re:About time (Score:2, Informative)

    by renegadesx (977007) on Monday September 08, 2008 @09:34PM (#24928093)
    Yes I was refering to the DS, sorry I should have specified, my bad. Yes the Wii does indeed play nicely with my WPA2.

    The WiFi dongle I have running on a VirtualBox guest and it's ok, still a little bit of an inconvience switching on and off a virtual or plugging/unplugging the device. At least it tries to lock it down to certain Nintendo devices.
  • by Dwedit (232252) on Monday September 08, 2008 @09:42PM (#24928153) Homepage

    The SD slot on the Wii is very, very slow.

  • by Yosho (135835) on Monday September 08, 2008 @10:06PM (#24928303) Homepage

    Unfortunately, the Wii's SD reader can only read cards up to 2 GB, so you won't be able to get that much more space.

    Also, as another poster pointed out, the Wii's SD reader is really slow. Trying to read a typical modern console game off of an SD card would be impractical.

  • Re:About time (Score:2, Informative)

    by Kentaree (1078787) on Tuesday September 09, 2008 @04:53AM (#24930357) Homepage
    You can store the games on SD cards, only you can't play them from it, which means to play games not on the actual Wii memory itself takes far too time and effort
  • by Superken7 (893292) on Tuesday September 09, 2008 @07:14AM (#24930905) Journal
    Actually, if you read the original interview (in spanish) here [gonintendo.com]

    it literally says:

    "Estamos trabajando en una soluciÃn de almacenamiento y es especialmente importante en América, porque nuestros consumidores estan usando wii points para la consola virtual y Wiiware, y quiero que la gente tenga la expectativa correcta; nunca hemos dicho que sera un disco duro, ni hemos mencionado como solucionaremos esta cuestion, pero vamos a entregar una mejor manera de almacenamiento para los juegos, de la que hoy tenemos"

    The important part says:
    "We have never mentioned how we will solve this matter (storage), but we will deliver a better solution to storage than the current one."

    It _nowhere_ confirms it WON'T be a HD (although you could _guess_ it won't be). Some news sites have even taken it as far as saying: "they will deliver a better solution than a hard drive" - which is nowhere near reality if you read the original.
  • Re:About time (Score:3, Informative)

    by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland@@@yahoo...com> on Tuesday September 09, 2008 @03:44PM (#24936577) Homepage Journal

    Or store the data on a computer hard drive located elsewhere.

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