It's become very popular to use one's Nintendo DS'es for competitive battling, using the system Wi-Fi. You can not only battle via Wi-Fi, you can also communicate with eachother with the microphone in you Nintendo DS, and last, but not least, you are able to trade with your friends.
Wi-Fi is something used many different places today for wireless communication, and thus Nintendo uses it as well.
First, I'll be going through how to set up your own Wi-Fi Station, but first, you must make sure that you have a Wireless Internet Adaptor nearby. Ask your mom or dad if you have any. If you don't, you can't connect to Wi-Fi. A Wireless Internet Adaptor is in one case a box that sends out Wireless Internet to nearby elements that can pick up these signals. For instance, they can be used in order to have two computers apart from eachother in the same house, while one of them is connected to the adaptor, and the other recieves the signal of the adaptor, though being quite a distance away.
(Please, anyone with further info on this, please do PM me about it. Since this is the way I got mine running, I can't sat if there are other ways)
To connect your Nintendo DS(i) to a Wi-Fi Station, follow these steps:
1: Turn on your Nintendo DS(i).
2: Start your game. (Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold or SoulSilver)
3: Enter the option called "Nintendo WFC Settings".
4: On the touch-screen, select "Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Settings".
5: Sellect "Connection 1" in the case that it says "None" at all of the "Connection" places. (We are on the touch-screen).
6: Once you have selected "Connection 1", press "Search for an Access Point".
7: If nothing appears on the list, it means you have no Wireless Internet nearby. However if you do see an option on the list on the touch-screen, then check to see if the lock to the right of the name is unlocked or locked. If it is locked, you will need the access code to your internet, and type it in, before you can use that station, however if it is unlocked, then please do make sure that the name of the Access Point is the name of your Adaptor. If not, it might not be your own internet you are accessing. If this is the case, and you can't find your own Adaptor, then please refrain from using other people's internet for your habbits. Click on the name if you are absolutely sertain that it is your own internet you are accessing, and enter the code if it is needed.
WARNING: If your own internet is not locked, you should have it locked right away, as strangers are thus able to connect to the internet, using not their own internet, but yours. These people can be neighbours, or random people walking around with laptops close to your home.
mewtwolover wrote:Here's useful information about hidden SSID and MAC filtering.
If your wireless network's name(SSID) is hidden, you can't connect your DS to it so you need to unhide it from your wireless router's settings. If MAC filtering is on, you need to add your DS's MAC address to the "allowed addresses" list. In both cases, check your wireless router's user manual for insructions. You can find your DS's MAC address in its user manual.
8: Once you have entered the code (Or not), you should be able to see a Station back on the screen with the "Connection 1", "Connection 2" and "Connection 3". If it says "Ready" under it, instead of "None" you now have a Station to go on Wi-Fi with. You can have a maximum of 3 Wi-Fi Stations around the globe in your Nintendo DS. Meaning, for example if your parents have left each other, you can have a station at each of them, and the third could be at your grandma's house, or whereever you feel like, just remembering to follow these instructions ;]
Now that you have Wi-Fi, you'll be free to battle, trade and communicate with your friends over Wi-Fi assuming you have eachothers "Friend Code"s.
For every new game you make in either Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold or Soulsilver, your game will recieve a new Friend Code.
To recieve the Friend Code for your game, you must enter the basement of any Pokémon Center in the game. The nurse down there will give you the item called "Pal Pad". This is sort of a book, where you can register all of your friend's Friend Codes. To view your own Friend Code, access your Pal Pad under "Key Items" in your bag, and select "[NAME]'s Friend Code".
It will now show you your own Friend Code. You can write it down, so that you wont have to access your Pal Pad every time you want to give it away.
Wi-Fi functions all over the globe, so this makes it possible to fight and trade with anyone in the world, as long as you have registered each other's Friend Codes.
To Register another person's Friend Code, simply select the option "Register Friend Code", enter his/her ingame name(You can call them their original name, to easier remember who they are), and afterwards type in the Friend Code they gave you.
Have fun with Wi-Fi!