View Full Version : Nintendo DS = net addict?
02-07-2007, 09:44 PM
A little experiment, if you will indulge me.
Turn on your DS, connect with an online game wirelessly via a router (not USB adapter), turn off the system.
Go into your router control pannel (http://192.168.1.1/ usually) and look under the attached devices (might be in a wireless sub menu). Is "Nintendods" still listed on the device menu?
Mine is, and it is turned off! How is this possible? Is it really in sleep mode and not off at all?
02-07-2007, 10:29 PM
Its beacuase of the DHCP Lease hasn't expired yet. Meaning if you turn your DS on again before the lease has expired, the router will assign it the same IP and whatever it used last time.
Whereas if the lease has expired, the router assigns it new details :)
Most routers give out a full days DHCP lease, or the device assumes it has a full day and renews it once it connects.
02-08-2007, 06:19 AM
I wonder why they called it a lease , if there isn't a lease-deed and valuable consideration..ehr..nevermind
02-08-2007, 10:29 AM
All other the other devices do not do this however, not non-Windows systems or even if I turn off the laptop without shutting down. Why is the DS different? The router is telling me it is still attached so it must be receiving a signal from it, surely?
02-08-2007, 05:16 PM
Perhaps the DS is not sending a "DHCP-Release" command to the router while standard wireless devices (computers, etc) issue that release command while the TCP stack is closing down. *shrug*
You could always turn off the DS and take out the battery and refresh the client table to see if the NDS is still listed. Even if it's still listed, I doubt that a DS without a battery is still sending a WiFi control signal.
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