Although Nintendo no longer supports the Wii console, many people keep using it because the device provides countless fun with many amazing games.
Like other aging hardware, Nintendo Wii is prone to error and weird bugs. One such issue is the error 51330 or 51332 containing the following message: “Unable to connect to the Internet. Confirm the Internet settings of the Wii console. Error Code: 51330.” This article will show you possible ways to fix errors 51330 and 51332 on Nintendo Wii.
According to the official documentation from Nintendo, Wii error code 51330 and 51332 appear when the console encounters a Wi-Fi router misconfiguration. The Wii cannot establish a stable and secure connection with a router and thus cannot access the Internet.
There could be multiple reasons why the Wii cannot access the internet. Usually, the problem happens due to the Wi-Fi password change or when you enter the wrong password. Switching a router from WEP to WPA encryption without properly configuring both devices may also break the connection. The Nintendo Wii is an old console that does not support the latest Wi-Fi standards. That means upgrading a router or selecting more modern protocols can easily throw a wrench into your system and cause the Wii error code 51330.
Another potential cause for the problem could be firewall or MAC filter settings on your router. You need to check those settings to make sure it is not the router that causes Internet problems on Nintendo Wii and error 51330 or 51332.
How to Fix Wii Error Code 51330 and 51332?
Because there is no definitive cause of the Wii Error Code 51330, try multiple solutions to solve the issue. We recommend going from top to bottom and trying every option to find the one that works for you.
- As usual, any troubleshooting begins with restarting all your devices, no matter how cliche this sounds. Turn off both the Wii and your router, then disconnect the latter from the internet. Leave them disconnected and turned off for several minutes. Next, plug the internet cable into the router, turn it on and give it some time to reboot. Then, turn on the Nintendo Wii and check whether the error code 51330 or 51332 appears on the screen. You will be surprised how often a simple restart fixes different sorts of problems in many devices, especially when dealing with network-related issues.
- If possible, reset our Nintendo Wii to try fix the error 51330 or 51332.
- If you happened to change security or encryption settings in your router (changing WEP to WPA or WPA2,) make sure to check Wii’s online options. The encryption type in Wii should match that in a router. To fix the error 51330 or 51332, set your Wi-Fi router to WPA2-PSK (AES) encryption, then check whether you can access the internet. If yes, try setting up your Wii to regain access to the internet.
- Another reason why your console shows the error code 51330 or 51332 is you are entering the wrong Wi-Fi password. Double-check everything and make sure you are entering the correct password.
- Check your router for MAC filtering. If that feature is enabled, put your console’s MAC address in the ‘allowed’ list. Another thing you could do is simply disable MAC filtering altogether, if possible.
- Go to Wii settings and try to set the IP address and DNS manually. In some cases, automatic IP and DNS assignment does not work properly, causing the error code 51330.
- If manual configuration does not work, on your computer, open the Command prompt by going to Start > All programs > Accessories > Command Prompt. There, run the following command:
Then, unplug your router and restart it to see if the problem is solved.
- The Wii Error Code 51330 can sometimes happen because the firewall is blocking your internet connection. Go to your firewall settings and temporarily disable them. Check whether your Wii can access the Internet. Remember to turn the firewall back on.
- Set a default IP address (this will work if your IP address was changed by your internet service provider).
- Go to your router’s settings and try changing its broadcast channel to either 1 or 11.
- Check the wireless standard mode. Again, Nintendo Wii is an old console that does not support the latest and greatest Wi-Fi standards. There is no Wi-Fi 6 or even Wi-Fi 5 support. That means your router should be running in a mixed mode with 802.11g and 802.11b formats. If you router operates exclusively in 802.11n/a/ac/ax, your Wii will not be able to connect to the internet. Most routers have mixed modes that allow connecting old devices using older protocols. Make sure to enable it, then try to reconnect your Wii to the internet.
- Another thing you should do is update the firmware on your wireless router to the most recent version available.
- Finally, remember that the Wii is getting older, so its hardware will eventually malfunction or break. If nothing helps you to fix the error code 51330, try connecting to another network or a mobile hotspot. Perhaps, the network adapter inside your console is about to perish.
Have any of these tips helped you fix Wii Error Code 51330? Share your experience in the comments, as well as other solution you have had success with!