The Nintendo Switch is one of the most practical consoles ever made, so you can play with the system docked as if it were a home console or in handheld mode directly on the system screen. However, you may occasionally experience Internet connection issues with the system, which may prevent you from using features such as cloud saving and free Nintendo Switch Online vault. However, there are some steps you can take to remedy this and they should help you improve your Nintendo Switch internet connection and get back to playing online and downloading new games.
Try connecting somewhere else
If the option is available to you, one of the best things to do when you first troubleshoot your Nintendo Switch Internet connection is to try to connect it to someone else’s Wi-Fi. This should preferably be a private home rather than a business for security reasons, but you can also try connecting it to a Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone if your plan allows it.
Should it connect there with no problems, then the bottleneck is probably related to something in your own Wi-Fi setup rather than some problem with the switch itself.
Make sure your wireless router is compatible
While this is probably not the main cause of your problems, you should make sure that whatever wireless router you are using is compatible with the Nintendo Switch itself. The 802.11ac, 802.11n, 802.11g, and 802.11b standards are all supported, and you want to confirm that your home, using either a discrete router or a combination modem router, decides to determine if it is supported.
You can also check if your router supports 5GHz Wi-Fi. This is not required for the switch, but it does increase speeds, and braking problems you encounter may be related to selecting the 2.4 GHz channel. Usually you can create a Wi-Fi username and password for each.
Try connecting again
As simple as it sounds, the whole “turn it off and on again” trick can sometimes be what you need. To give yourself a fresh start, go to the Settings tab in the Start menu and then select Internet Options.
Go to the network you tried to use, select it, and then go to Clear settings. Confirm and the network is forgotten. You can then select it from the found networks when your console scans to retry the process.
Alternatively, try resetting your router or modem if you think that is the problem. if other devices are affected, this may be the cause. Either unplug and reconnect, or in some cases you can restart it by pressing a reset button with a pen or toothpick.
Move your router
If you are still having problems — especially if you connect and disconnect repeatedly — the problem may be where your router is located. Many homes need more than one, especially if they are on multiple levels, and you will typically be able to find range information about your own device.
ONE Wi-Fi mesh system can help remedy this problem. It ensures a strong signal across your home, with the modem still located in a central location and the guys scattered away and communicating with it. If you can not have the modem or main router right at where you are playing Switch, this is a good alternative.
Change your DNS
An annoying problem that can occasionally arise, especially with lesser quality ISPs, is a problem with your domain name system or DNS, which is essentially a system for converting domain names to IP addresses. The important thing for you to know is that ISPs have their own, you use them by default and they are often not very good. But you can always choose to use another one and it is completely free.
For example, Google has a public DNS available that you can use with the Nintendo Switch. Go to the Internet settings menu again and select your network, then go to Change settings and DNS settings. From here, enter the number 220.127.116.11 under Primary DNS and 18.104.22.168 under Secondary DNS. These are both Google’s own systems and can ensure a more stable connection.
Use an Ethernet connection
When all else fails, the problem may be related to the wireless antenna in your system. Should you not feel like having it repaired, you can still play the plug online via a wired connection — you just need an accessory.
ONE Nintendo Switch wired LAN adapter connect a USB port to your switch dock to connect an ethernet cable running from the console to your modem or router. With the coming OLED model, you do not need this adapter to connect via ethernet.
Once connected, go to Internet Options again and select Cable Connection. Confirm, wait for the test setup to complete and you should be up and running.
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