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Requirements for Connecting a Nintendo Switch Console to the Internet

Information on what is needed to connect a Nintendo Switch console to the internet.

A Nintendo Switch console can connect to the internet with a wireless connection or, when through use of a LAN adapter, a wired connection. Connecting to the internet will allow you to play with other players around the world, buy digital versions of games on Nintendo eShop, receive the latest news and announcements from Nintendo, or connect to the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app.

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Wireless internet connection:

The following are required when connecting to the internet through a wireless connection:

  1. High-speed internet service
  2. Wireless router (wireless access point)
  3. Nintendo Switch console
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If this is your preferred connection method and your network environment is already set up, we can help you connect your Nintendo Switch console to a Wi-Fi network.

Wired internet connection:

Important:

If you decide to connect to the internet using a wired connection, we also recommend setting up a wireless connection. This enables you to connect to the internet even when your Nintendo Switch console is not placed in the Nintendo Switch dock.

The following are required when connecting to the internet through a wired connection:

  1. High-speed internet service
  2. Router
  3. Ethernet cable
  4. USB to Ethernet LAN adapter
  5. Nintendo Switch console placed in the Nintendo Switch dock
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If this is your preferred connection method and your network environment is already set up, we can help you connect your Nintendo Switch console to a wired network.