fixed : USB-to-Ethernet-adapter not working on Nintendo Switch

Question :

I would prefer to connect our new Nintendo Switch gaming console to the Internet using a cable, as I did with our Nintendo Wii-U. But the USB-to-Ethernet-adapter that was working perfectly on our Wii-U isn’t even recognized by the new Nintendo Switch.

What is wrong ?


Answer :

There are 2 sides to this problem, and you might even have to take care of both :


To use a wired ethernet-connection on the Nintendo Switch, you need to keep the Switch tablet inside the base station. If the tablet isn’t inside the base station, the Switch can’t access the wired ethernet-connection, as there is no wireless connection between the tablet and the base station. Even when docked in the base station, it is the Switch tablet that connects to WiFi directly. There is no WiFi-module inside the base station.

So, follow these steps to get it to work :

  • open the lid on the back of the base station and unplug the power adapter-cable
  • make sure the ethernet-cable is connected to your modem router
  • plug the ethernet-cable into your USB-to-Ethernet-adapter
  • plug the USB-to-Ethernet-adapter into the base station (preferably the USB-port under the lid on the back, as that is a USB3-port)
  • then replug the power adapter-cable into the base station and close the lid
  • then put the Switch tablet into the base station and turn on your TV
  • Go to Settings, then Internet, then Test Connection
  • If the info listed says “Wired Connection” you’re okay and your Internet connection speed will be displayed in a few seconds
  • If not, repeat the above steps and make sure all cables are plugged in properly


The Nintendo Switch gaming console will only accept USB-to-Ethernet-adapters that are based on the ASIX AX88179 chipset. The only officially supported USB-to-Ethernet-adapter is the Hori NSW-004U Switch LAN Adapter, but any adapter based on the ASIX AX88179 chipset should work perfectly.

buy the officially supported Hori Switch LAN Adapter on here

buy the officially supported Hori Switch LAN Adapter on here

buy the officially supported Hori Switch LAN Adapter on here

Or you can spare yourself some money by buying one of these (note that these are all USB3, which makes them a cheaper and faster alternative to the Hori-adapter that is only USB2) :

buy the alternatively TRENDnet USB3 Wired Network Adapter on here

buy the alternatively uGREEN USB3 Gigabit Network Adapter on here

buy the alternatively Plugable USB3-E1000 Adapter on here


enjoy 😉


4 thoughts on “fixed : USB-to-Ethernet-adapter not working on Nintendo Switch

  1. I have D-link DUB 1312 ethernet, it has same port and same chipset too with hori (ASIX 88179). But it cant connected with my switch, I already tried everything I know and everyone suggest from the internet but still the same. Can you help me please?

    • @Hendrajat :

      Thanks for the feedback.
      I’m not familiar with the DUB 1312, so I can only give you a general hint that you might have overlooked :
      Note that the Switch can only connect through wired ethernet if it’s in the dock, when you use the Switch hand-held, it needs to connect directly to your wireless wifi network (it’s not like it wirelessly connects to the dock and then the dock converts the connection to wired ethernet – the dock is just a cable connector, not an actual wireless base station or so…)

      Hope this helps – good luck 😉

  2. If you’ve tried those and things don’t work, 1) would it then be something like completely turning off and restarting everything, or 2) bad equipment, like if the cable, adapter, or perish the thoughy, the dock are faulty?

    • @Darren Heideman :

      Thanks for the feedback.
      Sorry to hear things don’t work for you yet.
      Since you state that you have tried all of the directions given in the original post, I would tend to conclude that one of your devices or connections is faulty.
      Any hardware failure can occur of course, but it is unlikely if all of the devices you have are brand new, so in that case I would specifically check the cables and connectors :
      – shut down & restart your Switch
      – make sure you are using a USB-to-Ethernet adapter with the right chip-set (see original post for exact info)
      – unplug & replug all cable-connectors
      – put the Switch in the dockingstation
      – use your TV-screen to navigate to the Switch’s Internet-settings
      – check if your Switch’s Internet-settings now state that you are connecting to the Internet over Ethernet
      – if you do, leave your Switch in the dockingstation and start gaming
      – if you don’t, repeat all of these steps as precisely as you can
      – if it still doesn’t work, there is probably a hardware failure, so start replacing them one-by-one and check after each replacement :
      – first, replace all Ethernet-cables for new ones ; then check again
      – secondly, check if your wallmount-Ethernet is able to connect to your internet-modem properly (by using your computer)
      – thirdly, replace the USB-to-Ethernet-adapter for a new one ; then check again
      – and if that still doesn’t fix it, contact Nintendo to get warranty-support on your Switch and/or dockingstation

      hope this helps,
      Good Luck !

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