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Comment: The real reason for no wireless is legacy issues. (Score 1) 147

by Nick Lowe (#45340277) Attached to: Nintendo Announces $99 Wii Mini For US Release
I suspect that the real reason that they have dropped wireless networking support is that Nintendo screwed up, royally, with the original design. The present Wii has an 802.11b/g wireless adapter built-in. Due to flaws in its software implementation, however, it is only capable of working when the 802.11 (legacy mode) basic rates of 1 Mb/s and 2 Mb/s are advertised by an access point. This means that 802.11b support, an additive amendment to the 802.11 standard, must be enabled on an access point for a Wii to be able to connect to it. As a cost cutting measure, the drivers were embedded in to the games themselves making this largely unfixable without some incredibly ugly engineering hacks. They have obviously decided not to bother. See:

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