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Internet Connection FAQ

Answers to commonly asked questions about connecting Nintendo Switch to the internet.

Features:

What is available if I connect my Nintendo Switch to the internet?

An active internet connection makes Nintendo Switch more enjoyable and convenient by allowing users to play with other players around the world, buy digital versions of games from Nintendo eShop, receive the latest news and announcements from Nintendo, or connect to the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app.

Requirements:

What do I need to connect to the internet?

In most cases, users can connect to the internet using their current wireless home network environment that they have already set up. More specific information can be found here.

Do I need a Nintendo Account to connect to the internet?

A Nintendo Account is not required to connect a Nintendo Switch console to the internet; however, a Nintendo Account is required to play games online or use other network features, such as Nintendo eShop.

Is a subscription required to play games online?

For detailed information, click here.

Compatibility:

What wireless routers are compatible?

Nintendo Switch is compatible with most wireless routers. It supports the 802.11ac, 802.11n, 802.11g, and 802.11b wireless standards.

What wireless security types are supported?

The Nintendo Switch console supports WEP, WPA-PSK (AES), and WPA2-PSK (AES).

Is 5GHz Wi-Fi supported?

Yes, the Nintendo Switch console supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi.

Can I use my Wii LAN adapter?

If you have a LAN adapter for the Wii console, you can use it with Nintendo Switch. If you don't already have one, we recommend purchasing a licensed LAN adapter for Nintendo Switch.