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Internet Connection FAQ

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

Features:

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

An active internet connection allows Nintendo Switch users to play with others around the world, purchase digital versions of games from Nintendo eShop, receive the latest news and announcements from Nintendo and 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 membership 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?

Nintendo Switch consoles support WEP, WPA-PSK (AES), and WPA2-PSK (AES).

Is 5GHz Wi-Fi supported?

Yes, Nintendo Switch consoles support 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.
  • A USB LAN adapter can be connected to a Nintendo Switch Lite system using a licensed accessory.