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[GUIDE] Connecting to Brawl/PM Wifi post-WFC shutdown: Occasional server issues are temporary

Discussion in 'Brawl General Discussion' started by JMF | pidgezero_one, May 15, 2014.

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    If you are getting an error code 20100 or are randomly not able to join someone's game, this is an issue with the server hardware. The issue seems to be occurring off-and-on. Wiimm is very sick and is planning on upgrading the server when he recovers.

    Please remember to read the error codes section before asking what an error code means, it will save you time!

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    Welcome to the original Brawl-centric guide on using the Wiimmfi custom WFC servers! This thread is regularly updated. Post any questions in this thread, and if we can't answer them, try the original wii-homebrew forums.

    Quick note: "(Mirror)" means a download link that has the file you're looking for if the original link is not working.

    Step 1) Creating a new Brawl save

    Step 2) Connecting to Custom Servers

    (Preserved for archival purposes: this collapsed content is the old instructions for saving your FC, which no longer works)

    STEP 1 - CREATING A NEW BRAWL SAVE

    You need to erase your Brawl save and make a new one.

    Here is an explanation why: Friend codes are stored server-side, since the server is the one doing the assigning. If a new server sees you trying to connect, but doesn't know what your friend code is because it never assigned you one itself, it will try to assign you a new friend code, while your Wii is still trying to use your old one (which may have already been assigned to someone else by this new server). If you did not register your friend code before May 18, you will most likely get an error code 60000 when you try to connect. The only way to rectify this is to erase your Brawl save and create a new one, wiping your wii's memory of your old friend code.

    If you don't care about your old Brawl save, you can erase it - don't worry about unlocking characters and stages, I have a Brawl save file for download that's got you covered.

    Instructions:
    • Erase your Brawl save from your wii. You can do this in the wii system menu. You do NOT need to format your wii.
    • Download the save file here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/22269463/Brawl Wifi/brawlsave.zip
    • Put the "private" folder to the root of your SD card
    • put the SD card in the Wii
    • go to Wii settings from the home menu > Data management > Save data > Wii > SD card, and copy or move the file onto your Wii.
    • You now have a brand new, never-before-wified save file! (Thanks swordgard!)

    STEP 2 - CONNECTING TO A CUSTOM SERVER

    I can NOT tell you how much better or worse the lag will be, because like with any other game, it depends on the connections of you and all your opponents. There is no way to change how Brawl handles its netcode, so if your ping is worse than 25 ms, don't expect any improvements over the old servers.

    You have tons of options to play Brawl or PM on Wiimm's new server! Here they are:

    Brawl (Hackless method):

    You can use Stack Smash to launch either Riivolution or Gecko. If you don't plan on adding any other modifications, it doesn't matter which one you use. Riivolution is generally better and offers greater flexibility.


    (yes that is me talking. sorry for the quietness)

    Brawl (Homebrew + Wiimmfi Patcher app):
    1. Install the Homebrew channel - read step 1 of this guide: http://forums.kc-mm.com/index.php?topic=12169.0
    2. Download this file: http://chadsoft.co.uk/downloads/autowiimmfipatcher0.3.zip | (Mirror)
    3. Extract its contents (apps and bslug folders) to the root of your SD card.
    4. On your Wii, set your primary DNS to 176.9.146.163, and the secondary DNS to the IP address of your router (you can find this in Windows by running CMD and typing "ipconfig /all", it is the value for "Default gateway") - This step may not be necessary, but if you end up not being able to connect, try it.
    5. Put the SD card in your Wii, launch Homebrew Channel, insert your Brawl disc. Run the Auto Wiimmfi Patcher.
    6. Done!

    You must run this app every time you want to use Wifi.


    (Thanks Ben Benson!)

    Brawl (Homebrew + Riivolution):
    For now, use this code: (credit to Diddy Kong and Doqtor Kirby)

    If you do not know how to use codes, please see step 2B of this guide: http://forums.kc-mm.com/index.php?topic=12169.0

    You will probably get an error that your code file is longer than 256 lines if you're using a lot of other codes. If you get this error, do the following:

    If you don't have a TXT of your currently existing code file, you can download a raw wifi code file: RSBE RSBJ RSBP
    Then, use this program to merge your code file with mine: GCT Fusionizer | (Mirror)
    Place the .EXE file in the folder where your .GCT file is located. Download my GCT file, rename it "code.gct", and put it in the folder with your .GCT file. Run the application.

    If you don't already have a GCT code file, just use mine. RSBE RSBJ RSBP

    A main.dol patch would be ideal, but is currently not supported, by virtue of riivolution's compatibility issues with Brawl.

    We can voice our concerns to the Riivolution devs here: http://rvlution.net/thread/25-riivolution/

    Brawl (Homebrew + Gecko OS):

    Add this code to your GCT file (credit to Diddy kong and Doqtor Kirby)

    If you do not know how to use codes, please see step 2B of this guide: http://forums.kc-mm.com/index.php?topic=12169.0

    If you already have a GCT code file, add this to it:
    You will probably get an error that your code file is longer than 256 lines if you're also using the File Patch code. If you get this error, do the following:

    If you don't have a TXT of your currently existing code file, you can download a raw wifi code file: RSBE RSBJ RSBP
    Then, use this program to merge your code file with mine: GCT Fusionizer | (Mirror)
    Place the .EXE file in the folder where your .GCT file is located. Download my GCT file, rename it "code.gct", and put it in the folder with your .GCT file. Run the application.

    If you don't already have a GCT code file, just use mine. RSBE RSBJ RSBP

    Brawl (Homebrew + USBLoader):

    http://forum.wii-homebrew.com/board42-kreativitaet/mkw-server-project-english/51742-wiimmfi-patcher/

    Before following the below instructions, you may want to set the primary DNS on your Wii to 176.9.146.163, and the secondary DNS to the IP address of your router (you can find this in Windows by running CMD and typing "ipconfig /all", it is the value for "Default gateway") - This step may not be necessary, but if you end up not being able to connect, try it.

    The following steps were adapted from Wiimm's article:
    1. Install the Homebrew Channel - read step 1 of this guide: http://forums.kc-mm.com/index.php?topic=12169.0
    2. Install a USBLoader application. USBLoader GX, CFG, or Wiiflow are the big three. I personally prefer USBLoader GX.
    3. Download the non-MK Wii Patcher - Download here (2 MB) | (Mirror)
    4. Extract the content of the archive to any folder.
    5. Copy all images you want to patch into this folder.
    6. Windows-User now start the create-image.bat, Linux- and Mac-User start the create-image.sh.
    7. Now all games in the folder get patched. After patching, you find the new images in the folder wiimmfi-images. You can now copy those to your HDD or USB-Stick.
    8. If you haven't done so already, create a folder in the root of your SD called "wbfs" and inside it create another folder that has "[RSBE]" in it somewhere (or [RSBP], [RSBK], [RSBJ], depending on your disc). (you can call it [RSBE] Brawl, whatever you want, just have that ID in there). Put your patched ISO in that folder
    9. Run your USBLoader from the Homebrew channel (note make sure your sd card and usb stick are not in the wii at the same time), and launch Brawl. You're good to go!


    (Thanks Ben Benson!)

    Dolphin EMU:




    Thanks Andy1997!

    For more info on connecting to "WFC" (NOT Netplay) through Dolphin, see this guide: https://dolphin-emu.org/docs/guides/wii-network-guide/

    Project M (Hackless):

    http://www.mediafire.com/download/3da0fvmf1849trd/Project M Wifi Hackless.rar | (Mirror)

    Special thanks to Rood! You can use this the same way you use the hackless Brawl launcher.

    Project M (Homebrew + Wiimmfi Autolauncher):

    Follow this guide, adapted from mine: https://www.facebook.com/notes/smas...roject-m-after-wifi-shutdown/1452266188350921

    More Videos

    http://smashboards.com/threads/important-nintendo-wifi-will-live-past-may-20th.355299/
    http://smashboards.com/threads/mrbe...awl-and-other-games-may-18th-deadline.355129/

    Known Issues
    Error code 60000 You need a new friend code, proceed to Step 1.5 of this guide. (I can't tell you what exactly caused this error for you. You may have regged your friend code too late or incorrectly, the backup process may not have been able to locate anyone on your friends list, you may have had an empty friends list, are usually the reasons.) Another possibility is that your friend code just has not been retrieved yet. Wait until the form in Step 1 goes down permanently before creating a new save, if you care about your save.

    Error code 20110 The patch failed, you may have not installed it correctly or it may be bugged. Try the steps again.

    Error code 20100 Internal server error. If you get this error code, it's not because of anything you did. Either try to connect again, or just wait for it to be fixed.

    Error code 31020 Server is undergoing maintenance

    Error code 23915 "Banned: Abuse using of a console identifier" - This happens when you have used a Wii LAN adapter, and either switched to wireless, or changed LAN adapters. This is NOT intentional and the server devs need to fix it. DiddyKong is escalating the issue. As of June 18 2014 there is no way to fix this error.

    Error code 61070 - Not sure what causes this, but reboot your wii and it should go away.

    Some less popular error codes: http://nas.wiimmfi.de/error
    Having other server issues? You can check the status of the server here any time: http://nas.wiimmfi.de/stat

    Hackless method will not work on Wii U if you use a motion plus wiimote or a wiimote manufactured after around 2012.

    I do not have all the answers - if I have exhausted my usefulness, please join the discussion on the original forums for this project http://forum.wii-homebrew.com/board42-kreativitaet/mkw-server-project-english/

    Want to Help?

    Host a custom server, sign up at wii-homebrew forums and talk to wiimm about linking. Here is the server emulator code and requirements:
    https://github.com/polaris-/nintendo_dwc_emulator

    Hopefully in the future, everyone working on servers will co-ordinate so that we can have multiple networked servers, meaning less lag for you!



    Special thanks to DiddyKong (aka tbtechwiz) for walking me through all this information. He is a real gem in the Smash community who works so far behind the scenes that we have no idea how lucky we are to have him. I am not an authority on this topic, and am just here to present it to the Smash community in a collected and digestible way.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2014
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    good stuff Pidge
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    any instructions on those who play on Dolphin?
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    Does Project M work, and will we need to use RSBE or RSBPM?
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    I don't know how to connect to nintendo wifi viaa Dolphin but I will look into it tonight
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    PM will almost certainly work. Brawl only transmits controller inputs over wifi, so as long as both players have it, it should work as usual.
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    This is very interesting... however, I can't help but notice my scam senses tingling. Nothing personal, I'm just being cautiously skeptical.

    - What exactly is being collected from Nintendo's servers? Anything more than what I'm giving everyone by posting my friend code on my forum profile?

    -Why does this have to be done before Nintendo's servers shut down (I mean, why isn't simply entering my information into the server good enough)?

    -How is this information tied to the Wii Shop channel?

    Please, pummel my doubts into the ground. I would love to use this service, but as someone who's dealt with having gaming accounts hacked in the past, I'd like to feel secure in what I'm doing.
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    1. I believe that when a friend code is assigned, Nintendo stores data telling itself which wii it was assigned to so that the friend code is not used by another wii. This data would naturally need to be retrieved so that the same friend code and wii are still connected.
    2. So the info on which friend code corresponds to which wii can be retrieved.
    3. It isn't, it's just tied to the specific game the friend code belongs to.

    Take with a grain of salt, I suppose, since I'm not 100% sure on these answers. They seem quite likely, though.
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    Upon putting in the FC, it turns up as RSBJ when you see friend codes, is this natural?
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    Awesome! Thanks for this :D
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    I will investigate this as soon as I get home
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    everyone knows netplay exists, but it's not a bad idea to access wifi if youwanna face someone who doesn't have a gaming pc
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    It is possible to just add our fc to wiimmfi and then wait for a hackless/riivolution version to do all that setup right?​
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    Yes absolutely
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    According to Diddy this is not something to worry about :)
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    I would attempt this in a heartbeat...if my Wii could still read discs. I can't play Brawl anymore because my Wii is no longer able to read discs...
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    Missed this earlier.

    What's taking place is a NAND dump, as in basically everything your wii does while connected to Nintendo WFC will be barfed out server-side. As in this will work just fine if you just establish a connection and then log off right away without doing anything. The server just needs to know whose wii matches your friend code (previously it was used to get a better understanding of how nintendo's servers work, but they're far enough alaong that they already have an emulator released).

    It needs to be done now because your FC is stored on Nintendo's side. If Nintendo's servers can't be accessed, neither can your friend code and associated profile (which is a scary sounding word but really just means it's a unique data dump that says your wii belongs to that fc), because if the server doesn't already know your profile it will give you a new one instead.

    It's not tied to the wii shop channel. If you are worried, just make sure not to open the wii shop channel while you are connected through the custom DNS. Once you establish the connection once you don't need the dns anymore and can use your regular connection.

    Sorry if that was rambly but your concerns are totally valid and hopefully my answers make sense :)

    Don't thank me, thank the awesome people putting the servers up :)

    Have you tried usbloader? You don't need a disc for thaat AND it is currently the only supported way to get on the matchmaking server.
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    Awesome Guide! Only problem is whenever I try to connect to wifi i get error code 31020. Any advice?
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    I agree, but if he's playing on Dolphin anyway, he should at the very least try netplay. And while most people do know netplay exists, I don't think everyone realizes how awesome it is lag-wise, or how to set it up.
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    Hmm. Not offhand- check the link I provided with the instructions, I think some others in that thread had the same problem
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    How complicated is it to set up?
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    I will report back on this. I'm on my way to the mall right now to pick up a usb drive to do it with :p
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    I couldn't find anyone else with this error if you could show me where you saw it I would GREATLY appreciate it.
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    I would recommend trying method B instead
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    I already put my fc in there yesterday...
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    Thanks for the reply pidge, I went ahead and registered.

    However, I think http://wiimmfi.profeibe.at/show.php is bugged - it appears all of our 'RSBE' codes are being saved as 'RSBJ.' Hopefully this is just a UI bug!
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    In that case you don't need to connect to the dns at all right now, your FC is safe. I'm not sure what's going on with the DNS though...
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    Yup that's a known bug but I've been told it's not a cause for concern :)

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    I changed my dns, went on to mkwii and brawl, is there anything else I should do?
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    You're good. I'd submit to the site in method B too just to be sure
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    Submitted to the site. Can't thank you and your colleagues enough for this one @pidgezero_one (So proud of the Toronto Smash community, our city rules haha)
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    Don't thank me im just the messenger, Wiimm's crew is doin all the real work :)
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    So wouldn't I just be able to enter my fc through this website and my brawl Id, then would that be it? Other than the DNS number? Or is it a little more complicated than I thought?
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    You're fine if you just enter it this way. however you will need the DNS for sure when you want to actually connect to the matchmaking server in the future.

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