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    Nintendo DS Wi-Fi

    Okay so I've already got wireless set up in my house via a router but it would seem the DS can only connect to a WEP network.

    Mine currently uses WPA-PSK and apparently changing to WEP is risky in terms of security so would I be right in buying a Nintendo USB Wi-Fi thingy?



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    Last edited by NightshadowUK; 26-04-2007 at 11:52 AM.

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    I had a similar conundrum, in the end I changed to WEP and set the router to only allow authorised MAC addresses to connect.

    Is this the safest thing to do??? I'm not sure....

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    Ohhh a thorny question indeed and one that ive so far side-stepped.

    Basically the answer is dont do it. Many people will tell you that.
    MAC Security and WEP are v.v.v.easy to crack (a few minutes at most), basically the MAC address can be spoofed and WEP is just as easy with the right tools.

    But do you really think anyone is trying to access your network? If not then its safe enough!

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    Even WEP discourages people who are naively clicking on a network to see if they can use it. It's only people who are deliberately trying to hack into your network that it presents no barrier to.

    So depends how paranoid you are. Perhaps switch to wired connection only when you're doing anything needing security from your PC (ie banking etc.).

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    Ah I think I'll not risk it and get the USB thingy... DAMN YOUZ NINTENDO!

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    I've wondered this for a while. Couldn't Nintendo just add WPA support by updating the firmware on the DS? It really would make a lot of people happy!

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    I thought I was safe enough with WEP & MAC security, possibly not

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    i think im right, but i may be wrong... :

    if you buy that wireless dongle then in order to have internet access on your DS you'll have to bridge the connection between the dongle and your other wireless card, isnt this just as insecure as having WEP all round?

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    Hardly anyone would try and gain access to a WEP-Protected network anyway unless they were specifically out to get you. Like the area around me has no one intelligent enough to do so, so at home here I leave WEP on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetster View Post
    i think im right, but i may be wrong... :

    if you buy that wireless dongle then in order to have internet access on your DS you'll have to bridge the connection between the dongle and your other wireless card, isnt this just as insecure as having WEP all round?
    Crap, I've already ordered it.

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