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How to Change DNS Settings on a Nintendo Wii U

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Introduction

For most people, the Nintendo Wii U will automatically get the proper settings from your home router, to allow you to play your games online easily. Sometimes, though, because of a custom network setup or other reasons, it may become necessary to set the DNS servers manually.

This guide will take you through the steps of changing the DNS servers on your Nintendo Wii U.

WiiU

1 DNS Settings

  1. Push the Home Button on your Wii U controller.
    WiiU gamepad with home button highlighted
  2. From the menu, select System Settings.
    WiiU menu with system settings highlighted
  3. Select Internet.
    system settings with internet highlighted
  4. Select Connect to the Internet.
    internet settings with connect to the internet highlighted
  5. Select Connections in the top-right corner.
    Internet connection setup with connections highlighted
  6. Select your connection from the list. It is most likely the first one.
    connection list with first choice highlighted
  7. Select Change Settings.
    options dialog with change settings highlighted
  8. Scroll to the right, then select DNS.
    connection settings with dns highlighted

For the next steps, you will be either setting up Automatic DNS or Manual DNS. If you choose Automatic, your router or ISP will pick the DNS. If you prefer to choose the DNS, follow the instructions for Manual DNS setup.

  • Automatic DNS
    1. If you'd like your Wii U console to automatically get the DNS settings from your router, select Auto-obtain.
      auto-obtain highlighted
    2. Push the Home Button on your Wii U controller to complete setup and exit to the main menu.
      WiiU gamepad with home button highlighted
  • Manual DNS
    1. If you'd like to specify the DNS servers for your Wii U, select Don't Auto-obtain.
      don't auto-obtain highlighted
    2. Select Primary DNS.
      DNS entry with primary highlighted
    3. Using the number pad, enter your Primary DNS server address, then select OK in the bottom-right corner.
      Number pad to enter DNS IPs
    4. Select Secondary DNS, and enter the Secondary DNS server address, just like you did for the Primary DNS server.
      DNS entry with secondary highlighted
    5. Select Confirm.
      confirm highlighted
    6. Push the Home Button on your Wii U controller to complete setup and exit to the main menu.
      WiiU Gamepad with home button highlighted

2 Test Connection

  1. Push the Home Button on your Wii U controller.
    WiiU Gamepad with Home button highlighted

  2. From the menu, select System Settings.
    Menu with System Settings highlighted

  3. Select Internet.
    Internet highlighted

  4. Select Connect to the Internet.
    connect to the internet highlighted

  5. Select Connections in the top-right corner.
    Internet-connection setup with connections highlighted

  6. Select your connection from the list. It is most likely the first one.
    connection selection with first option highlighted

  7. Select Connection Test.
    connection properties with conection test highlighted

  8. The connection test will run, and complete automatically.
    connection test in progress

  9. Select OK when done.
    connection test success

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For most people, the Nintendo Wii U will automatically get the proper settings from your home router, to allow you to play your games online easily. Sometimes, though, because of a custom network setup or other reasons, it may become necessary to set the DNS servers manually.

This guide will take you through the steps of changing the DNS servers on your Nintendo Wii U.

WiiU

  1. Push the Home Button on your Wii U controller.
    WiiU gamepad with home button highlighted
  2. From the menu, select System Settings.
    WiiU menu with system settings highlighted
  3. Select Internet.
    system settings with internet highlighted
  4. Select Connect to the Internet.
    internet settings with connect to the internet highlighted
  5. Select Connections in the top-right corner.
    Internet connection setup with connections highlighted
  6. Select your connection from the list. It is most likely the first one.
    connection list with first choice highlighted
  7. Select Change Settings.
    options dialog with change settings highlighted
  8. Scroll to the right, then select DNS.
    connection settings with dns highlighted

For the next steps, you will be either setting up Automatic DNS or Manual DNS. If you choose Automatic, your router or ISP will pick the DNS. If you prefer to choose the DNS, follow the instructions for Manual DNS setup.

  • Automatic DNS
    1. If you'd like your Wii U console to automatically get the DNS settings from your router, select Auto-obtain.
      auto-obtain highlighted
    2. Push the Home Button on your Wii U controller to complete setup and exit to the main menu.
      WiiU gamepad with home button highlighted
  • Manual DNS
    1. If you'd like to specify the DNS servers for your Wii U, select Don't Auto-obtain.
      don't auto-obtain highlighted
    2. Select Primary DNS.
      DNS entry with primary highlighted
    3. Using the number pad, enter your Primary DNS server address, then select OK in the bottom-right corner.
      Number pad to enter DNS IPs
    4. Select Secondary DNS, and enter the Secondary DNS server address, just like you did for the Primary DNS server.
      DNS entry with secondary highlighted
    5. Select Confirm.
      confirm highlighted
    6. Push the Home Button on your Wii U controller to complete setup and exit to the main menu.
      WiiU Gamepad with home button highlighted
  1. Push the Home Button on your Wii U controller.
    WiiU Gamepad with Home button highlighted

  2. From the menu, select System Settings.
    Menu with System Settings highlighted

  3. Select Internet.
    Internet highlighted

  4. Select Connect to the Internet.
    connect to the internet highlighted

  5. Select Connections in the top-right corner.
    Internet-connection setup with connections highlighted

  6. Select your connection from the list. It is most likely the first one.
    connection selection with first option highlighted

  7. Select Connection Test.
    connection properties with conection test highlighted

  8. The connection test will run, and complete automatically.
    connection test in progress

  9. Select OK when done.
    connection test success
  1. Press and hold the Power Button on the front of the device until the Wii U powers off.
    Wii U controller with power button highlighted.
  2. If your Wii U does not power off, unplug the power cable from the wall outlet, wait 15 seconds, then plug it back in.
  1. Push the Home Button on your Wii U controller.
    WiiU Gamepad with Home button highlighted

  2. From the menu, select System Settings.
    Menu with System Settings highlighted

  3. Select Internet.
    Internet highlighted

  4. Select Connect to the Internet.
    connect to the internet highlighted

  5. Select Connections in the top-right corner.
    Internet-connection setup with connections highlighted

  6. Select your connection from the list. It is most likely the first one.
    connection selection with first option highlighted

  7. Select Connection Test.
    connection properties with conection test highlighted

  8. The connection test will run, and complete automatically.
    connection test in progress

  9. Select OK when done.
    connection test success