How To Set Up a VPN for Nintendo DS
Nintendo DS is a dual screen hand-held gaming console from Nintendo. The lower display is a touch screen designed to accept input using the stylus. The gaming console also has a LCD screen and in-built stereo speakers that provide virtual surround sound. The Nintendo DS features two ARM processors for optimum gaming performance. The device supports wireless connectivity with WEP security.
In some countries the freedom of Internet is restricted by government policies and there is not much ISP can do about it. Several gamers are not able to access specific games sites or play specific games due to government restrictions. However, you can go past these restrictions and access your favorite games sites even if your government policy prevents you to do so.
This is possible by subscribing to a VPN service that allows you to pass various Internet filters which includes government restriction and restrictions based on geographical locations. Another advantage of using VPN is the communication between the gaming server and your gaming console passes through a VPN Tunnel that adds to the layer of security while accessing the Internet.
You can easily configure your Nintendo DS to use VPN connection through your laptop. All you need to do is set up VPN on your laptop and then connect your Nintendo DS to your laptop to enjoy the benefits and security offered by VPN. To setup VPN connection on your Nintendo DS you will need following things
- A VPN service
- A laptop with wireless network adapter and a free USB port
- Wireless Internet connection(through a router or ISP provider)
- A Nintendo Wi-Fi USB connector.
Steps to setup VPN connection on Nintendo DS:
Since the Nintendo DS does not have an Ethernet Jack, you will be required to use Nintendo Wi-Fi USB connector to establish connection between Nintendo DS and laptop to share an Internet connection.
Note: It is assumed you already have a Wi-Fi Internet Connection set in your laptop before proceeding with the steps. If not, set up a Wi-Fi Internet connection before proceeding.
You need to enable Internet connection sharing in your Windows 7 (same as 8). Follow the steps given below to enable ICS in Windows 7/8
- Click on VPN connection you have created
- Click on Properties
- Click on Sharing Tab
- Select “Allow other network users to connect through this computers internet connection”
- Under the Home Networking Connection, select Local Area Connection from the drop down menu.
Note: Ensure the options “Establish a dial up connection” and “Allow other network users to control” is unmarked
- Make sure Establish a dial up connection is not marked and Allow other network users to control is unmarked
Steps to install Nintendo WI-Fi USB connector in your laptop:
- Start Windows and insert the setup CD that was provided with the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector, in the laptop CD drive. (Note: Do not plug-in the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB connector)
- The setup window should automatically appear. If it doesn’t, open My Computer and go to CD Drive and click on it.
- Clicking on the CD Drive icons causes a new window to open that shows all contents of the Setup CD.
- Locate the setup.exe file and double-click on it to run the setup process.
- Select the language and click on OK to begin the installation process
- Plug-in the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB connector in any empty USB port of your laptop.
Note: You may receive a warning stating “”Hi-speed USB device plugged into non-hi-speed USB hub”, click on OK and continue with the installation process. Click OK and allow the set up to continue.
- Once the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB connector is properly installed, you need to register tool before using
- To register Nintendo Wi-Fi USB connector, click on Wi-Fi USB Connector Registration Tool icon in the lower-right corner of the task bar.
Connecting your laptop wirelessly to the Nintendo DS gaming console:
- Switch on the Nintendo DS gaming console
- Using the DPAD on your gaming console, navigate to Nintendo WFC in the menu
- In the next screen, go to Nintendo WFC settings.
- In the Nintendo WFC settings window, locate and select “Connect to your Nintendo Wi-Fi USB connector”
- Click OK
- Test the Wi-Fi connection between your Nintendo DS and laptop.