Currently, the browser exploit for the Wii U does not work on the latest version. Because of this, people who want to use it must prevent their Wii Us from updating. The most reliable way to do this is to totally disconnect the Wii U from the internet. However, since the exploit must be launched from the browser there needs to be some way to load a webpage. The simplest solution is a local network! Every wireless router already comes with built-in local network functionality. Any computer connected to the same router as the Wii U should be easily capable of performing this task.
Below are tutorials for Windows and (hopefully soon) OS X:
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There is a free open-source program called Mongoose. It’s designed to make server-hosting as simply and easy as possible. To install it, do the following:
1 Download Mongoose here.
2 Move the “mongoose-free-[ver].exe” to whatever folder contains the files for the server to host.
3 Tell whatever anti-virus software you have to exclude Mongoose from scans and to trust it implicitly.
4 Run Mongoose.
5 If Windows Firewall blocks it, select allow on all networks, then OK.
6 Your browser should pop up a window showing the new server IP address and contentsEnter the address into the Wii U browser like this: “xxx.xxx.x.xxx\\page.html”. (Replace the “xxx”s with your IP address.)
– You can create sub-folders in the server directory. Just add the folder name in the URL after the IP, but before the page name like this: “xxx.xxx.x.xxx\\Imafolder\\page.html”.
1 Reboot Windows, then run Mongoose, then test if it’s working on the Wii U.
2 Make sure Windows Firewall is not blocking Mongoose. Try temporarily turning it off, then restart Mongoose. If this works, then turn the firewall back on and check through all the settings menus to see if you missed something.
3 Make sure the server directory and all the files inside are not compressed or EFS-encrypted.
Because some people may feel uncomfortable giving an unknown program complete trust, below is an alternate method for Windows:
Most versions of Windows come with software called IIS (Internet Information Services). It’s designed to host static or dynamic files on a network. To activate it, do the following:
For Windows 7 & 8:
– 1 Open “Control Panel”.
– 2 Search for “Turn Windows features on or off”. Alternately, open “Programs and Features”, then click “Turn Windows features on or off”.
– 3 Check the “Internet Information Services” box. (It’s okay if it turns gray.)
– 4 Click OK to accept the changes and install IIS.
For Windows XP:
– 1 Open “Control Panel”.
– 2 Open “Add or Remove Programs”.
– 3 Open “Add/Remove Windows Components”
– 4 Check the “Internet Information Services (IIS)” box. (It’s okay if a solid box appears instead of a check.)
– 5 Click “Next”. You may have to repeat step five several times!
5 Place the files you want on the new server in “C:\\inetpub\\wwwroot”.
– If you don’t know what your computer’s IP address is, then open a command prompt, then type the command: “ipconfig”. Your IP should look similar to this: “192.168.1.xxx”.
6 To access a page on your new server from the Wii U, enter this in the Wii U browser: “xxx.xxx.x.xxx\\page.html”. (Replace “xxx.xxx.x.xxx” with your IP address.)
– You can create sub-folders in the “wwwroot” directory. Just add the folder name in the URL after the IP, but before the page name like this: “xxx.xxx.x.xxx\\Imafolder\\page.html”.
1 Reboot Windows, then test if it’s working on the Wii U.
2 Make sure Windows Firewall is not blocking IIS. Try temporarily turning it off. If this works, then turn the firewall back on and check through all the settings menus to see if you missed something. There are also settings for IIS under “Control Panel\\Administrative Tools\\Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager”.
3 Make sure the inetpub directory and all the files inside are not compressed or EFS-encrypted.
In my opinion, IIS is more reliable and easier to use ONCE IT IS SET UP. Although, it can be a real pain to get IIS working. Mongoose is REALLY easy to set up, but sometimes has glitches. (Like pages loading incorrectly.)
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This tutorial has not yet been written!
You can try the OS X version of Mongoose from here.