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Set up Nintendo DS surfing via PowerBook and Treo 680 Other Hardware
I attempted to use this hint with my Treo 680 connected to my 12" PowerBook via USB and's USB modem, but was unable to, until I looked at how my WinXP laptop connected to the shared Treo 680 modem. So save yourself the hassle of dealing with a Windows box, and follow these steps...

Equipment needed:
  • Mac OS X machine
  • Treo
  • Treo USB cable
  • USB Modem software
  • Nintendo DS
  • Nintendo DS browser software
PowerBook setup steps:
  1. Set up USB modem as shown in the documentation; fairly simple and headache-free.
  2. Open System Preferences » Sharing » Internet, and select Treo 680 Modem from the 'Share your connection from' drop-down menu. You may have to do this twice before AirPort shows up as an option.
  3. Click Start in the Internet Sharing panel.
  4. In Terminal, type ifconfig en1 to acquire the IP address of the AirPort. It should look like: inet netmask. Mine was This is where sharing the USB Treo Modem is different from sharing the Ethernet: the DNS server is going to be the IP Adress.
Read on for the Nintendo DS setup instructions...

Set up the Nintendo DS
  1. Go to Settings » Network » Connection, and select Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Settings from the next panel.
  2. Select Connection 1, 2 or 3
  3. Select Search for an Access Point in the next panel
  4. Select the found access point in the next panel
  5. Select OK to start a connection test in the next panel (it won't be able to connect, as it is looking for a DHCP server)
  6. Click OK when you get the 52002 error code.
  7. Go back to the connection that you were setting up by clicking on Ready
  8. Edit the settings as follows:
    • IP Address: as you discovered above, plus 1. Mine was, so I made the DS's IP Address Make sure this is unique on your network.
    • Subnet mask:
    • Gateway: the IP address for the Airport. Mine was
    • Change Auto-obtain DNS to No
    • Primary DNS: this is the IP Address of the Airport. This is not the server address found with dig in Terminal. Again, mine was
    • Leave the Secondary DNS blank.
    • Test Connection in the upper right corner of the touch screen. This should work, and you should get a Connection Successful message and be returned to the Settings page.
  9. Save Settings and click Back twice.
That's it; you should be done, and can now surf!

Disclaimer: I will accept no responsibility for the use or misuse of software or hardware, for any damage that may be caused by the software or hardware. I am not responsible for any charges you may incur from your cellular provider as a result of using this instruction set.
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Set up Nintendo DS surfing via PowerBook and Treo 680
Authored by: jsumners on Apr 25, '07 07:46:17AM

How is this even remotely useful? If you have an OS X machine available to serve the connection to the DS, why not just browse the web with a real browser?

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Maybe they don't mean "surfing"
Authored by: boxcarl on Apr 25, '07 11:23:31AM

I think the idea is to play Mario Kart online and such, though you're right that the title makes it sound pretty useless.

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Set up Nintendo DS surfing via PowerBook and Treo 680
Authored by: 2manytoys on Apr 25, '07 05:55:15PM

While there is a limited use for the DS as a browser when compared to the PowerBook or even the Treo, it is easier to lug around than the PowerBook, has better battery life than the PowerBook, and has a better screen than the Treo.

I recently used on a trip in the RV as a proof-of-concept. The PowerBook and Treo were stashed safely and the DS was used for Mapquest navigation. The PowerBook provides a better screen for Mapquest viewing, but you have the power cable (USB modeming via the Treo sucks down serious power), USB cable and the Treo all hanging off the Powerbook. The DS sits right in the navigator's palm with no extraneous cables, etc., In addition, the PowerBook can be used for "serious" surfing, while the DS or PSP can be used to kill time until it is your turn at the PowerBook. Likewise, this hint could be used to share the Treo connection with an XP box, PSP, DS or Mac. The key difference in this hint v. the aforementioned one in the article is that sharing the ethernet connection is different in one regard than sharing the Treo connection.

I admit, that there isn't earth-shattering usefulness for this hint, but may be useful to somebody.

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