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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS Network
With the recent release of Mario Kart DS and Tony Hawk: American Sk8land, Nintendo has launched its new WiFi service. If you've got an OS X box with internet access (other than through the AirPort card), and an AirPort card to transmit from, you can get online in no time.

Read on for a step-by-step guide that should have enough detail to be followed by a networking novice...

Here's how to use your Mac to share your internet connection with your DS:
  1. Make sure you're connected to the internet via something other than the AirPort card (i.e. Ethernet).

  2. Turn on Internet Sharing:
    • Go to System Preferences, click on the Sharing icon, then click on the Internet tab.
    • Change the Share your connection from: pop-up to 'Built-in Ethernet.'
    • Under the To computers using section, check the AirPort box.
    • Click Airport options...
      • Enter an easy name such as nds. Leave all the security options blank -- implementing security is an exercise left to the reader -- then click OK.
    • Click Start in the Internet Sharing panel.
    For sharing internet access with other computers, this is usually sufficient. However, the DS doesn't play well with the built-in DHCP server, so we have to manually configure the DS. To do this we, must gather some info...

  3. Gather Information:
    • Open Terminal.app and type ifconfig en1. In the output...
      • Look for: inet xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx netmask ...
      • Take note the IP Address (the x's) associated with the first inet (mine was 10.0.2.1; yours may be different).
    • Type dig. Near the bottom of this output will be SERVER: followed by an IP address. This will be the DNS server you will use for your DS.

  4. Configure the DS:
    • Edit your Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Settings from within a compatible game.
    • Select a connection to edit.
    • Choose Manual Setup.
    • Enter the following parameters:
      • SSID: nds (or whatever you chose in step one)
      • Auto-obtain IP Address: No
      • IP Address: Take the first IP Address you obtained earlier, and make the last digit bigger. i.e., mine could be 10.0.2.4
      • Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
      • Gateway: The first IP Address, unchanged. (e.g. 10.0.2.1)
      • Auto-obtain DNS: No
      • Primary DNS: your DNS SERVER from the earlier dig output.
    • Test your connection at the top of the screen. You should have no problem connecting.
That's it, now just have fun!

This hint was tested in Panther and Tiger, and the following links were very helpful in compiling this guide: [robg adds: I don't have a DS, so I can't test this one...]
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Nintendo DS Mario Kart friend codes
Authored by: druggedonions on Nov 29, '05 08:22:48AM
Got my copy of Mario Kart last week when it was released in the UK. So how bout we get a little online osxhints mario kart action, and publish friend codes here. Mine is
223398249306
Cheers J

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Nintendo DS Mario Kart friend codes
Authored by: gnatman on Nov 29, '05 11:08:49AM

I'm up for a game of Mario Kart.

Here's my friends code:
025829
344628



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Nintendo DS Mario Kart friend codes
Authored by: kevsteelio on Dec 30, '05 10:58:26AM

My code is

511162
928335

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Kevin Steele



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Nintendo DS Mario Kart friend codes
Authored by: the cow says moo on Mar 19, '06 09:00:27AM

my friend code is

098850059989



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Nintendo DS Mario Kart friend codes
Authored by: dfbills on Jul 18, '06 09:35:45PM

I'm in.. catch you guys online soon

382326
783376

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-d



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Nintendo DS Mario Kart friend codes
Authored by: Maraklov on Sep 23, '06 12:24:12PM

just got my ds lite and mariokart

here's mine:
485410
121064



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: Volt on Nov 29, '05 01:01:24PM

Wow. It's working rather nicely with my Powerbook.

I had to disable my firewall for it to connect, though.



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: Volt on Nov 29, '05 01:28:43PM

I spoke too soon.

I can't find any opponents Worldwide, and I actually got disconnected while searching twice with an error code 85020. There's no info on that code at nintendowifi.com.



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: pseudonym on Dec 22, '05 12:21:53PM

I tried this at work (for my son) and had the same experience. The connection test was successful but the application errored out when finding other users. In my case I think it was because UPD packets trying to reach the DS were being stopped by a corporate firewall.



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: XFox on Mar 08, '06 04:00:26PM

I had to disable the firewall, too.
I'm with Mac OS X 10.4.5 and a Nintendo DS with Mario Kart DS.
If I don't disable the system firewall the connection test completes just fine but when I try to connect to the Nintendo WFC I keep getting a 61020 error code.
Who knows which port(s) I have to open to let the Nintendo DS connect to the Nintendo WFC?



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: deh2k on Nov 29, '05 02:05:51PM

Is there a reason that you use the Mac as the wireless router and not just any WiFi access point such as an AirPort base station?



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: cliph on Nov 30, '05 02:33:24AM

Not everyone has wireless access point or a base station and this tip lets people know how to get online with their DS even without an AP.

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Cliph/ff
http://chicks-dig-unix.net/



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: schiznik on Nov 30, '05 04:49:23PM

Any idea how would you do the first two steps if you do have an airport base station?



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: Mseric on Dec 03, '05 01:45:53PM

<Type dig. Near the bottom of this output will be SERVER: followed by an IP address. This will be the DNS server you will use for your DS.>

Does anybody know why when I type dig the answer is:

"connection timed out; no servers could be reached"

Thanks :-)



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: mrmaxmrmax on Dec 20, '05 06:35:38PM

> Open Terminal.app and type ifconfig en1. In the output...

%stuff: ipconfig en1

usage: ipconfig <command> <args>
where <command> is one of waitall, getifaddr, ifcount, getoption, getpacket, set, setverbose

Am I doing something wrong?



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: intrntmn on Dec 31, '05 10:02:02AM

it looks like you are typing IPCONFIG instead of IFCONFIG ... try again :c)



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: alanbuxey on Jan 05, '06 02:00:59PM

its 'ifconfig' not ipconfig.

ipconfig is the Windows version of 'related' command. ipconfig on MacOSX does an entirely different thing :-)



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: tacitcat on Jun 27, '07 07:04:30PM

I did what the poster suggested and it found the connection, but then while testing, it kept going and going and going until I had to shut it off. Has anyone had this happen? All the wireless bars were up, and the icon was green.



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: Nic00 on Jun 04, '06 12:07:14PM

I did this perfectly disabled my firewall all of that but I still get error 52100. It knows this is here but it can't connect to server. What now?



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: Heferkimbo on Jul 06, '06 07:07:35PM

Hello... to all the people who cant connect from your NDS to your mac if your firewall is on, the answer is click the "Share Web" option in the services tab... thats it.. but be sure to follow all the steps above..

DONE, now, get online and play!!



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WEP Encryption, AirPort and your DS Lite
Authored by: ijoshchicago on Jul 18, '06 12:28:37PM
I found this kbase article about making it easy to work with other wireless hardware with AirPort.
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=108058

I set up my internet sharing with WEP 128Kbit and used a 13 character password/key. Worked like a charm. Now I just need to get faster karts to kick some online tail! :)

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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: sophieisdabest on Jul 28, '06 02:22:15AM

This does not work for Animal Crossing Wild World. How do you setup Nintendo Wifi on Animal Crossing?



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: lczeroro on Aug 04, '06 05:34:54PM

Same problem here. Somebody help out with Animal Crossing! This hint only seems to work with all games except for Animal Crossing.



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Doesn't connect
Authored by: apfhex on Sep 04, '06 02:04:35PM

This doesn't work at all for me. Test Connection gives me an error code 52101, "Connected to Access Point but unable to connect to the server." I disabled OS X's firewall and checked all the settings. Maybe it's because I'm still behind a router (not wireless though)?



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Doesn't connect
Authored by: apfhex on Sep 04, '06 03:13:35PM

Nevermind, I got it working (missed the step about changing the IP up one digit from 10.0.2.1 to 10.0.2.2!!), but had to disable the Firewall to actually connect.



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: awcomix on Sep 12, '06 04:53:15PM

I tried what you have suggested and I still seem to get error messages. Maybe I'm confused about what equipment I actually need.
I have an imac G5 that is connected to the internet through my ethernet port (I do not have a wireless router or airport base station)
So can I use the DS's wifi capabilites just by using the G5's internal airport card?
Also any updates and or extra tips on setting up the the DS through a mac?



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: superg on Sep 12, '06 10:38:34PM

I have the same setup as you and I've gotten it to work. I was having a ton of problems before I read this, but once I read this I realized that I needed to put a static IP on the DS to get it to work. Is your DS set to DHCP or static?



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: lizard on Oct 21, '06 07:01:53AM

Heres how to do it without dropping your firewall entirely.

Create a new entry in the firewall panel with these entries
Type Other
TCP 28900-28910 , 29900-29910
UDP 1225-1227, 3365-3367
Description NDS (or whatever...)

Make sure its ticked open and then in the advanced settings make sure that you dont have "Block all UDP Traffic" set. The Stealth Mode can stay on.



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Mac Mini + Nintendo DS
Authored by: Moai on Jan 21, '07 12:31:38PM

I finally got it working.

Note that if you haven't used the built-in AirPort before, it's not switched on, but you cannot see it anywhere in System Preferences window. Then also ifconfig en1 doesn't give you anything useful.



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: kevion on Feb 12, '07 08:19:00PM

This was such an excellent resource, and it worked perfectly the very first time. Thank you so much!



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: superflames on Feb 15, '07 07:36:57AM

Just a question : what the firts inet does mean? I tried to find an answer on the web, but nothing!
Why do not use the second one which is the IP adress I configured for my airport card?
Thanks.



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: Ni Mip on Apr 01, '07 11:59:45PM

Everything worked perfectly fine, except that it came up with the error 20100. I've looked everywhere but I can't find any instructions on what it means or how to fix it. Can anyone help?



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: incentas on Jun 26, '07 05:05:55AM

My DS won't let me set the subnet mask to 225.225.225.0
It says (exactly):
"These settings are invalid.
Confirm the information and try
again. Call 1-800-895-1672
in the USA and Canada for help."
Is there some setting in another menu that I need to use? I used to have a wireless hub, and one of my slots has that in it. Could this be causing the problem? What do I need to do to fix it?



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: bmabesugo on Sep 30, '07 02:31:49AM

it works perfectly!!!! love u man!!



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: ESMP on Mar 31, '08 09:51:08PM

DUDE! You made me happy... I was about to give up on this thing... Wasn't able to connect with anything!!!

But now, I CAN!!! THANKS!!!



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: yellowspace on Sep 04, '08 01:55:00AM
I have a DS Lite and run 10.4.11 on my G4. I just bought a Pluscom PCI wireless 802.11 b/g card. I have virgin media cable broadband that works thru the etherent cable. I tried all the steps but got stock at point 2
Turn on Internet Sharing: Go to System Preferences, click on the Sharing icon, then click on the Internet tab. Change the Share your connection from: pop-up to 'Built-in Ethernet.' Under the To computers using section, check the AirPort box. Click Airport options... Enter an easy name such as nds. Leave all the security options blank -- implementing security is an exercise left to the reader -- then click OK.
While the card can pick up the next door neighbours BT homehub connection, if I type 192.168.1.1 on safari (as instructed by pluscom tech support) nothing comes up. I gave up on tech support as they couldnt understand that I ran os x and not vista. nay help appreciated.

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Nintendo DS Mario Kart friend codes
Authored by: ramotarv on Nov 23, '09 09:40:15AM

hi my ds lite mario kart friend code is 532811721901 look forward to racing with you soon



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: GSGeek on Dec 18, '09 06:11:08PM

Awesome!
Just tried it on MacOS-X (Snow Leopard)&desktop iMac and it worked. Just played Tetris-DS in Battle mode over the Internet.
I've learned the dig cmd in the process (works on Linux boxes too :), and I can put Nintendo's USB Wifi connector to retirement.



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: Taconator on Apr 09, '10 10:15:42PM

I do all the stuff im meant to do, and it starts connecting and showing full connection,
but when its about to end it says it cannot connect to the internet. Why is it doing this?



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: Araucana on May 20, '10 06:39:45PM

I did everything to the best of my ability yet I can't seem to get anything but this when I enter in ifconfig en1:

en1: flags=8863<UP,BROADCAST,SMART,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
ether d4:9a:20:54:6f:5c
media: <unknown subtype> (<unknown type>)
status: inactive

Help??



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How to share a wireless connection with a Nintendo DS
Authored by: OneTimeShot on Aug 23, '10 07:53:41PM

Hence the status<inactive>. I just recreated your problem by turning the airport off. Turn it on and you're good to go!



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Fix
Authored by: OneTimeShot on Aug 09, '10 07:58:47PM

I got this too. Then I thought "Oh.... LOL!" Your airport probably is off. That's what happened to me. Works great now!



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Success!
Authored by: LetsEatSomeFish on Oct 11, '10 08:34:15AM

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

I've been trying to get my darn DS hooked up to the net for years, and due to various reasons have never been able to.
My most recent annoyance is the college network. I just moved into the dorm for my freshman year and the school uses a password protected internet connection. *censored*es... So the DS won't hook to that. I had a usb connector, but I recently switched from the WinXP of 7 years to a shiny macbook, so that doesn't work.

ANYWAY.
This technique gets you past that pesky password issue. Great for all college bound Nintendo nerds!



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HAsn't worked.
Authored by: Bucketydan on Oct 17, '10 04:09:02PM

I found the ip address with the inet thing in terminal. But the middle two brackets are both filled with 0's, and the ds says the information is wrong.



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