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Since: 18.3.02
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Here's my situation and options.

I currently use ZoneAlarm's firewall product. I have had no issues with it, and trust it more than the default Windows XP firewall.

My kids have DS's and we just got a Wii. The kids were given the Nintendo WiFi USB connector...but it doesn't play well with ZoneAlarm.

So...my options would seem to be:

* Use the Windows firewall?
* Buy a router...but I kind of like the fact that ONLY the Nintendo products can use the Nintendo device.
* Find an alternative (freeware) software firewall.

I'm savvy enough to set up a wireless router securely, but with no laptop the expense seems kind of overkill for what I want to do (not to mention shortage of $$'s at this point).

I also like that I can plug/unplug the adapter at will to allow or deny the kids access to the online capabilities as I wish.

Any thoughts, opinions, and advice are much appreciated. Thanks!
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What is the specific problem with Zone Alarm and the WiFi device? I've used ZoneAlarm before and I can't think of how it would break a USB device.




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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.87

It's a known issue with the Nintendo USB device and ZoneAlarm. It prevents the DS or Wii from connecting with the Nintendo servers. I've allowed the programs full access, and added their addresses to the trusted zone. No love.

I've searched Google repeatedly for work arounds, and as far as I've found no one has found one. Other than shutting down your firewall while playing on the DS or Wii...not something I'd want to do for an extended period of time.

I did find that when I disabled ZoneAlarm I could connect no problem...but as I said, no firewall is not how I want to go.
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I use what is now Sunbelt Personal Firewall. It used to be Kerio.
I do remember a similar thread about free firewalls here......
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    Originally posted by cranlsn
    It's a known issue with the Nintendo USB device and ZoneAlarm. It prevents the DS or Wii from connecting with the Nintendo servers. I've allowed the programs full access, and added their addresses to the trusted zone. No love.

    I've searched Google repeatedly for work arounds, and as far as I've found no one has found one. Other than shutting down your firewall while playing on the DS or Wii...not something I'd want to do for an extended period of time.

    I did find that when I disabled ZoneAlarm I could connect no problem...but as I said, no firewall is not how I want to go.


Doing a quick search, this link provides something that apparently works for version 7.0 of ZoneAlarm and if you check the comments there is a link for making it work with version 6.1. Give it a try.

http://www.emagi.co.uk/2006/12/01/zone-alarm-nintendo-wifi-for-wii-and-ds/

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.87

That link would seem to be what I'm looking for, but when I get to step 5 the "custom" option is not available to me. Are custom settings available in the free version?

The help file seems to indicate that I should be able to do this, but I haven't found any way yet. I'm on version 7.0.337.000
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.08
    Originally posted by cranlsn
    That link would seem to be what I'm looking for, but when I get to step 5 the "custom" option is not available to me. Are custom settings available in the free version?

    The help file seems to indicate that I should be able to do this, but I haven't found any way yet. I'm on version 7.0.337.000


Did you check the alternative solution posted in the comments? I'm pretty sure it was different and it was for the free version.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.87

I tried that...it didn't work either. So...I don't go on that long...just to download a few things, or play for a bit. I shutdown ZoneAlarm and use the Windows Firewall temporarily. It's ugly, but it works.
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