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angelmb Feb 10, 2013 03:52 AM
Wii U: AirPort Extreme as Wi-Fi range extender.?
I am having some issues to find a wireless router that would work with the Wii U. My primary Wi-Fi base station (some fancy huawei model) does but the Wi-Fi range is far from optimal to be seen by the Wii U so I am looking for Wi-Fi range extenders. Given I don't know iota about networking I want to keep it simple, hence I am considering getting the Apple AirPort Extreme. Upon web research I read that it might work as long as I set the AirPort Extreme as bridge as opposed to Apple's "extend a wireless network" feature which will only work if your main router is also an Apple wireless device, which wouldn't be the case here as I can't do without the huawei router.

As for the Wii U, with the extenders I have already tried out, I get a notification telling me that WPA2-PSK (TKIP) is not being supported by the Wii U. I guess I can use use AirPort Utility software to tweak this. Can't I.?
ibook_steve Feb 11, 2013 03:47 PM
Huawei? For a router? Why must you use this? Replace that with an Extreme. You might get enough range just from that. How far is your Wii U from the router?

And if you need to extend the network, all you need is an Express in bridging mode to save some money.

As for the security protocol, yes, you can of course change that.

angelmb Feb 12, 2013 10:27 AM
Thanks Steve,

The Huawei B683 is the router provided by my ISP so I have to stick to it. It works great though, it just comes a bit short on range to be able to reach the Wii U. I have the Huawei router along with my Macs on a different story than the Wii U, so that 's the issue here. Great to know that either the Extreme and the Express should work in bridging mode.
ibook_steve Feb 12, 2013 08:21 PM
You didn't mention this was a 3G cellular router. Do you not have a wired broadband Internet connection?

Adding a bridge to an already slow connection (that review showed only 2 Mbps Speedtest; yikes, hopefully it works better for you) might slow you down even further.

angelmb Feb 13, 2013 03:34 AM
Sorry for the omission, I should have made that clear upfront.

Wired internet is not an option, it would provide me with 2 Mbps whereas this 3G service peaks at 10Mbps.

If I move the router next to the Wii U, all works great. In fact, I find the Wii U browser is surprising fast. But this means no internet for the computers (out of range.)
ibook_steve Feb 13, 2013 03:48 AM
Better solution than a bridge that should cost about the same: that router has LAN ports. Get a pair of powerline networking adapters and get the Wii U ethernet-to-USB adapter. You'll get the same performance as if the Wii U was next to the router without adding a bridge into the equation.

angelmb Mar 6, 2013 03:28 PM
Well, I bought a Belkin N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender. Set-up was a pain but it is finally working.
angelmb Apr 13, 2013 05:36 AM
This is ridiculous and thwarting split up evenly. All of a sudden, the WiiU can't connect to the net through the Belkin even when the net is within reach and the WiiU can indeed see it.
angelmb Jun 8, 2013 07:52 AM
So, if the network is not password protected, the Wii U will connect immediately.

Neighbors as well. :lol:
P Jun 9, 2013 07:43 AM
Nintendo's WiFi systems are not exactly known for their reliability.

As a stopgap of sorts, you can filter by MAC address to only allow the machines that you have.
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