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 ?
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 Amazon.com here
buy the officially supported Hori Switch LAN Adapter on Amazon.co.uk here
buy the officially supported Hori Switch LAN Adapter on Amazon.de 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 Amazon.com here
buy the alternatively uGREEN USB3 Gigabit Network Adapter on Amazon.co.uk here
buy the alternatively Plugable USB3-E1000 Adapter on Amazon.de here