How to connect to the internet

Applies to: Nintendo Switch


Your Nintendo Switch console can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi or via a wired connection. Each type of connection requires different conditions, which are listed below.

Wi-Fi connection setup

You'll need:

  1. An internet connection
  2. A wireless router
  3. A Nintendo Switch console

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Wi-Fi Connection Setup

Wired connection setup

You can only choose to use a wired connection when the console is in TV mode.

You'll need:

  1. An internet connection
  2. A router
  3. A LAN cable
  4. A LAN adapter (sold separately)
  5. A Nintendo Switch console (TV mode)

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Wired Connection Setup

It can be helpful to set up both a wired and wireless connection.

If you're just using a wired connection, your Nintendo Switch console will become unable to connect to the internet as soon as you remove it from the dock. However, if you also set up a wireless connection, your Nintendo Switch console will connect to Wi-Fi as soon as the wired connection is lost.


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