I also want to note that this will apply to just about any console with composite (Red/White/Yellow) or component (Red/Blue/Green and Red/White). PS, PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360, Gamecube all have composite out by default and use the same basic process except of course the Nintendo Wi-Fi connector will only work with the Wii. Of course older consoles like the NES, SNES, n64, and Sega Genesis, don’t have composite out so you’ll have to use an RF adapter in most cases.
I noticed a couple of people were directed by Google to this post in search of how to connect a Wii to a hotel TV. I figure if Google is desperate enough to send people here maybe it might be good idea to expand upon my previous entry.
Most consoles come with a composite (Red/White/Yellow) connection by default (Red/White/Yellow). I connect to the TV using a component cable (Red/Blue/Green and Red/White). Either way it’s the same idea just different ports. Start by connecting the cable directly to the back of the hotel TV. If you only see red/white connectors then just plug in those two, if you don’t see any colored connections then you need an RF adapter and you can skip to the next paragraph. At this point you can turn the TV on and try hitting the source/input button. If it changes the screen and you can see the game you’re done. If not that’s because most hotels have the inputs disabled by default. The idea being you’ll be more likely to buy pay per-view movies. This is pretty easy to get around by buying a a cheap universal remote. This will let you access the menu to re-enable the inputs on the television. In general all you need to do is program the universal remote for the brand and model of the TV and then you’ll be able to use the input/source button just like at home. Every TV and remote has different programming sequences and menu structures so I won’t get into that here. Suffice to say follow the directions that came with the remote and you can usually pull the model number of the TV off the sticker on the back.
If the TV does not have any composite or component connections on it then things are a bit trickier. *Disclaimer* I haven’t tried this method yet. **
In this case, you’ll need to use a RF modulator to convert the composite connection into a coaxial connection. Which you can then plugged into the the back of the TV. You might also need to use the universal remote to set the TV to the correct station usually 3 or 4. Most hotels have a metal or plastic cover over the jack on the TV, to prevent you from messing with things. If you’re feeling bold you can either cut them off and assume no one will notice they’re missing or come up with a way to unscrew them. Whether disconnecting whatever system the hotel uses for their television will set off alarms I can’t say. I will say I have heard stories of people who unplugged the TV and had the front desk knocking on their door to make sure the TV wasn’t stolen. I’ve disconnected most of that stuff with out issue in various hotels and never had an issue but YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary). Just don’t blame me if you end up sleeping on the sidewalk because the hotel staff kicked out out.
To get internet access on my Wii I use the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Adapter. The adapter allows the Wii (and/or DS) to connect to your PC and through the magic of internet connection sharing to the internet. The adapter was recently updated to support both Windows XP and Windows Vista. (Sorry Mac & Linux people, Windows wins this round). This allows you to avoid the registration pages most hotels use (which the Wii won’t display) and the general lack of in room Wi-Fi. Another option is to get the Nintendo LAN adapter or just setup a wireless router in you room.
For my Xbox 360 I came up with another solution. This requires two things, one that you have a laptop and 2 that the hotel has a wired internet connection. Under the network settings options there’s an advanced page that will allow you to change your MAC address. Basically a MAC address is you computer’s unique ID on any network, similar to how your phone number works. First you need to connect you laptop to the network and register as you would normally, there’s usually directions on the card neat the desk. Once that is done go into the start menu and click on run, enter “cmd” in the box and click ok. This will bring up a command prompt type in the following
and you’ll see a whole bunch of information pop up somewhere in there you’ll see an entry that looks something like this
“Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 01-5V-79-FB-94-8E”
This is your MAC address. Now you’ll need to update the Mac on the 360 to match here’s the steps taken from xbox.com:
- From the Xbox Dashboard, choose Settings, and then Network Settings.
- From the Network Settings screen, select Advanced.
- From the Advanced screen, select MAC Address.
- Enter the MAC address of your PC in the Xbox Dashboard. Do not enter any dashes, just letters and numbers.
- To attempt connection to Xbox Live using the new MAC address, return (Back) to the Network Settings screen, and then select Connect.
After that you should be all set. Just remember to change it back later on or you’ll run into trouble.
So there you go, how to setup a Nintendo Wii video game console in your hotel room. Enjoy!