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    Wii U Menu Load Times

    Quote Originally Posted by Someone with 420 in his name
    I forwarded port 9103 on my router and the menus are loading faster. The browser and Miiverse load much, much faster. I also changed my wireless settings from 54mbps to 300mbps and now the gamepad works about ten feet farther from the console than it did previously. Works for me; now I can play in bed.
    After some extensive traffic monitoring, it has been noticed that UDP port 9103 has been trying to make some (lots) of failed connections when using the Wii U. It has also been reported that unblocking that port (and forwarding to the Wii U) has increased menu load times SIGNIFICANTLY. While I haven't had the pleasure to test this out myself, I am going to fiddle around with it tonight (or tomorrow, or the day after, et cetera). The only difference for me, is that I do not use a "residential grade" router, I have a Juniper SSG5 with all traffic in and out allowed. I'll have to take a look at the logs and see if this traffic is timing out.

    The original poster for this opened up 1000 to 44063 for both TCP and UDP and noticed a huge increase in speeds. After that, he narrowed it down to 9103 UDP.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawg
    Holy snikes it works! Speed is much improved! Awesome work good sir.
    Take it for what you will. I am going to be doing to time tests, diving into my firewall logs, and looking at data gathered with Wireshark before I give this my "I'm a professional and you can trust me" seal of approval.

    source=WiiUforums.com
    [spoiler="Baby Daddy's System"]
    Boot2 Wii (originally White, now silver)
    Western Digital 500 GB MyBook USB Hard Drive (WDBAAF5000EBK-00)
    FAT32
    Link to my SysCheck [/spoiler]
    [spoiler="Required Reading"]
    The Basics
    Softmod ANY Wii
    PriiLoader
    Fat32
    WiiHacks Tutorial Forums
    If all else fails...
    [/spoiler]

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    Why would changing the port on your router speed up the menu? Isn't it part of the OS which housed in the NAND?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNES_Master View Post
    Why would changing the port on your router speed up the menu? Isn't it part of the OS which housed in the NAND?
    Only if the Wii U is sending data and waiting for an acknowledgment before loading a new menu/submenu. If traffic is not being received on that port, then the delay that everyone is griping about could very well be a network timeout.

    It's plausible, however, what gets me is the "why?" part. Why would the Wii U be sending all this data, especially when just navigating menus within the OS? MiiVerse? Error trapping? Google Ads? Or is Nintendo really a governmental cover that tracks all of our detailed movements within our consoles and could then somehow exploit a commonality to cause the downfall of the world's economies and cause us all to buy our milk and cereal with Wii U Points and BitCoins....

    ....na, that sounds more like Microsoft. I'm putting my money on error trapping. Maybe it's a slice of code that was put in during development that was never taken out.
    [spoiler="Baby Daddy's System"]
    Boot2 Wii (originally White, now silver)
    Western Digital 500 GB MyBook USB Hard Drive (WDBAAF5000EBK-00)
    FAT32
    Link to my SysCheck [/spoiler]
    [spoiler="Required Reading"]
    The Basics
    Softmod ANY Wii
    PriiLoader
    Fat32
    WiiHacks Tutorial Forums
    If all else fails...
    [/spoiler]

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    Update 1/3/13. I haven't had time to test this out. Fell asleep last night prematurely (and managed to leave 5 lbs of venison that I was *supposed* to marinate thawing on the radiator, pretty steamed about that). But I DID, however, get my firewall all set with a dedicated rule for just the Wii U, Wireshark installed on the home laptop, and the WiiPad is charging. I'm just not sure if I can capture all wireless traffic using Wireshark and a wireless NIC, or just local traffic. I may have to throw a *gasp* hub in between my firewall and AP and capture the traffic via my wired NIC. Good thing I still have a few! ;-)


    Update 1/4/13. I did some initial data collection this morning, and I definitely found something peculiar happening while traversing the menus on the Wii U.

    As a baseline for times, here's what I recorded:

    Startup to Character Select - 18 seconds
    Character Select to System Menu - 4 seconds
    System Menu to System Settings - 17.79 seconds
    System Settings to System Menu - 22 seconds
    System Menu to MiiVerse - 12 seconds

    Ok, all's well with that. Normal times that most everyone else is recording. However, here's what my firewall is seeing:

    [spoiler="Firewall Log"]================================================== ================================================== =====================
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    Traffic Log for Policy:

    (Src = "Trust/Wii U", Dst = "Untrust/Any", Service = "ANY")

    Current system time is Fri, 4 Jan 2013 07:33:20
    ================================================== ================================================== =====================

    Time Stamp Action Source Destination Translated Source Translated Dest Duration Bytes Sent Bytes Received Application

    2013-01-04 07:31:56 Permit 172.16.1.46:9103 203.180.85.70:50051 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1877 220 sec 1919 1621 UDP PORT 50051
    2013-01-04 07:31:00 Permit 172.16.1.46:1285 69.25.139.188:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2831 175 sec 6074 4682 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:54 Permit 172.16.1.46:1309 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1234 138 sec 1480 36723 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:54 Permit 172.16.1.46:1316 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1276 138 sec 1608 38834 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:52 Permit 172.16.1.46:1315 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1797 136 sec 1940 36817 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:52 Permit 172.16.1.46:1313 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2571 136 sec 1876 23407 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:52 Permit 172.16.1.46:1310 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1954 136 sec 1608 43081 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:52 Permit 172.16.1.46:1320 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2842 134 sec 1352 18890 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:52 Permit 172.16.1.46:1312 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2837 136 sec 2004 45541 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:52 Permit 172.16.1.46:1304 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2611 136 sec 2528 61626 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:52 Permit 172.16.1.46:1306 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1935 136 sec 2004 52102 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:52 Permit 172.16.1.46:1305 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1969 136 sec 1812 24026 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:52 Permit 172.16.1.46:1311 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2632 136 sec 1736 52137 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:52 Permit 172.16.1.46:1307 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2906 136 sec 1940 45201 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:52 Permit 172.16.1.46:1301 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1782 136 sec 2592 85118 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:52 Permit 172.16.1.46:1319 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1288 134 sec 1416 39993 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:52 Permit 172.16.1.46:1314 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1122 136 sec 1876 25301 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:52 Permit 172.16.1.46:1318 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1500 135 sec 1352 27569 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:52 Permit 172.16.1.46:1303 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1535 136 sec 2004 52771 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:30:52 Permit 172.16.1.46:1321 107.23.11.162:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2748 133 sec 11306 6791 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:29:19 Permit 172.16.1.46:9103 202.232.239.25:50000 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2541 64 sec 485 903 UDP PORT 50000
    2013-01-04 07:28:43 Permit 172.16.1.46:1308 72.21.214.143:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2888 7 sec 1689 50059 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:41 Permit 172.16.1.46:1302 66.235.147.77:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2747 5 sec 1955 2046 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:41 Permit 172.16.1.46:1300 72.21.211.171:80 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1703 5 sec 778 9599 HTTP
    2013-01-04 07:28:39 Permit 172.16.1.46:1317 199.7.59.72:80 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2044 2 sec 968 4633 HTTP
    2013-01-04 07:28:39 Permit 172.16.1.46:1257 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1125 3 sec 95 250 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:28:39 Permit 172.16.1.46:1260 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2366 2 sec 81 128 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:28:39 Permit 172.16.1.46:1298 107.23.11.162:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1333 7 sec 10353 322024 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:39 Permit 172.16.1.46:1299 107.23.11.162:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1078 6 sec 4373 227824 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:37 Permit 172.16.1.46:1258 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2189 1 sec 80 138 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:28:37 Permit 172.16.1.46:1259 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2702 1 sec 91 107 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:28:33 Permit 172.16.1.46:1256 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1559 1 sec 90 106 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:28:29 Permit 172.16.1.46:1297 107.23.10.157:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2462 7 sec 4523 4381 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:25 Permit 172.16.1.46:1296 111.168.21.82:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1245 6 sec 3945 3637 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:23 Permit 172.16.1.46:1294 111.168.21.82:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1376 7 sec 3881 5055 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:23 Permit 172.16.1.46:1295 107.23.10.157:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1529 5 sec 4555 4381 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:21 Permit 172.16.1.46:1293 107.23.10.157:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2553 6 sec 4555 5887 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:19 Permit 172.16.1.46:1290 207.108.201.136:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1367 7 sec 4441 3462 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:19 Permit 172.16.1.46:1291 107.23.125.12:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1098 7 sec 1867 4594 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:17 Permit 172.16.1.46:1255 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2547 2 sec 87 103 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:28:17 Permit 172.16.1.46:1292 111.168.21.82:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1431 3 sec 3881 3637 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:17 Permit 172.16.1.46:1289 111.168.21.82:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1643 6 sec 3881 5055 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:15 Permit 172.16.1.46:1288 207.108.201.136:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2633 5 sec 4441 3654 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:13 Permit 172.16.1.46:1252 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1780 2 sec 85 101 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:28:13 Permit 172.16.1.46:1253 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1638 1 sec 90 106 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:28:11 Permit 172.16.1.46:1286 207.108.201.136:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1770 4 sec 4393 4518 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:11 Permit 172.16.1.46:1287 69.25.139.189:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1848 3 sec 4420 3356 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:09 Permit 172.16.1.46:1251 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1034 1 sec 89 105 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:28:09 Permit 172.16.1.46:1284 207.108.201.136:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1298 5 sec 5145 3606 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:07 Permit 172.16.1.46:1248 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2931 3 sec 85 101 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:28:07 Permit 172.16.1.46:1249 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2056 3 sec 84 100 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:28:07 Permit 172.16.1.46:1250 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2288 2 sec 89 105 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:28:07 Permit 172.16.1.46:1282 111.168.21.82:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2253 3 sec 3849 3701 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:07 Permit 172.16.1.46:1283 69.25.139.194:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1819 3 sec 1174 3296 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:28:05 Permit 172.16.1.46:1247 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2529 1 sec 92 108 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:27:09 Permit 172.16.1.46:9103 202.232.239.25:50000 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1477 65 sec 485 903 UDP PORT 50000
    2013-01-04 07:27:07 Permit 172.16.1.46:9103 203.180.85.73:50031 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1711 61 sec 959 533 UDP PORT 50031
    2013-01-04 07:26:21 Permit 172.16.1.46:4109 111.168.21.82:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2839 4 sec 456 2770 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:26:19 Permit 172.16.1.46:4092 69.25.139.188:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2015 26 sec 6010 4554 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:26:19 Permit 172.16.1.46:4108 111.168.21.82:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1771 5 sec 3881 3637 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:26:17 Permit 172.16.1.46:4106 111.168.21.82:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2057 6 sec 3881 5055 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:26:17 Permit 172.16.1.46:4104 107.21.16.196:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1158 8 sec 4555 4381 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:26:17 Permit 172.16.1.46:4107 107.21.16.196:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2857 4 sec 4523 4381 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:26:13 Permit 172.16.1.46:4103 111.168.21.82:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2756 6 sec 3881 5055 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:26:13 Permit 172.16.1.46:4105 111.168.21.82:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2821 4 sec 3945 3637 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:26:13 Permit 172.16.1.46:4102 107.21.16.196:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2488 7 sec 4555 4381 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:26:11 Permit 172.16.1.46:4101 111.168.21.82:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1362 6 sec 3881 3637 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:26:07 Permit 172.16.1.46:4100 111.168.21.82:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2848 5 sec 3881 5055 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:26:07 Permit 172.16.1.46:4099 107.23.125.12:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2587 5 sec 1803 5089 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:26:05 Permit 172.16.1.46:4098 207.108.201.136:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1028 4 sec 4409 3830 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:26:05 Permit 172.16.1.46:4097 207.108.201.136:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1117 7 sec 4441 3718 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:26:05 Permit 172.16.1.46:4095 107.21.16.196:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2089 10 sec 1892 3965 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:26:03 Permit 172.16.1.46:1831 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1517 1 sec 85 101 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:26:03 Permit 172.16.1.46:1830 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2148 1 sec 90 106 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:26:03 Permit 172.16.1.46:4096 23.8.242.90:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2269 6 sec 8775 2272697 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:25:59 Permit 172.16.1.46:1829 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2719 2 sec 86 180 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:25:59 Permit 172.16.1.46:4091 207.108.201.136:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1922 8 sec 5081 3606 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:25:59 Permit 172.16.1.46:4094 207.108.201.136:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2278 4 sec 4393 4518 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:25:59 Permit 172.16.1.46:4093 107.21.16.196:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2001 5 sec 4379 4317 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:25:55 Permit 172.16.1.46:1828 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2298 1 sec 87 103 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:25:53 Permit 172.16.1.46:1827 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1588 1 sec 89 105 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:25:53 Permit 172.16.1.46:1826 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1091 2 sec 84 100 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:25:41 Permit 172.16.1.46:4089 23.8.242.90:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2689 8 sec 1340 7347 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:25:37 Permit 172.16.1.46:1825 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1093 4 sec 91 190 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:25:37 Permit 172.16.1.46:4088 111.168.21.82:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1549 5 sec 3849 3701 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:25:37 Permit 172.16.1.46:4090 23.8.242.90:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1168 1 sec 1148 2266 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:25:35 Permit 172.16.1.46:1824 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1694 3 sec 85 101 DNS
    2013-01-04 07:25:35 Permit 172.16.1.46:4087 69.25.139.194:443 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:2374 4 sec 1110 3296 HTTPS
    2013-01-04 07:25:33 Permit 172.16.1.46:1823 24.247.15.53:53 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1201 2 sec 92 108 DNS

    ================================================== ================================================== =====================
    End of Traffic Log
    ================================================== ================================================== =====================


    [/spoiler]

    It's hard to see, but the Wii is normally communicating via HTTPS (TCP port 443) with 111.168.21.82, 107.23.125.12, 207.108.201.136, 69.25.139.188, 69.25.139.194, and 23.8.242.90. There is also some straight HTTP (tcp port 80) communication happening with 72.21.211.171 and 199.7.59.72. So let's take a look at just what those IP's are:

    HTTP communication:
    72.21.211.171 - Owned by Amazon. WTF?
    199.7.59.72 - Owned by VeriSign. Logical enough.

    HTTPS communication:
    111.168.21.82 - Registered to NEC BIGLOBE Ltd. in Tokyo. However, the traffic is showing Yokohama, Japan.
    107.23.125.12 - Cannot find any registration info for this IP. It's located in Virginia, however. (May be VeriSign).
    207.108.201.136 - Registered to Nintendo of America - Redmond, WA. ISP is Quest Communications.
    69.25.139.188 - Registered to Nintendo of America -Atlanta, GA.
    23.8.242.90 - Registered to Akami Technologies, Boston, MA.

    All-in-all, most of this is to be expected. The more that I think about is, Amazon is probably doing a quick query for the Amazon video service, and Akami *may* be Netflix.

    Here's where things get strange.

    IP addresses 203.180.85.70 and 202.232.239.25 are showing UDP traffic from ports 9103 to ports 50000, 50031, and 50051. But it's ALWAYS port 9103 on the source side (from the Wii U). Usually that's randomized due to port translation. The only time it's not, is when a service is explicitly bound to a particular port. These always fail (age out, no response recieved). So yes, as suggested earlier, communication via port 9103 IS in fact bombing out.

    202.232.239.25 - Registered to Silicon Studio, Corp. In Japan (registered location is Tokyo, however, actual location is coming near Nagano.
    203.180.85.70 - Same as above.

    From my research, this appears to be the Nintendo eShop. There were some issues initially with 3DS users not being able to connect to it. If this is in fact the eShop, then the Wii should try to connect to it as well. I am going to see what that traffic looks like.

    TODO LIST:
    Setup inbound rules to log all traffic to the Wii U. Try to determine WHY these packets aren't coming back.
    Try to get these packets from 9103 working. Retest menu load times. (duh, that's the point, right?)
    Set up some rules to log the Wii's traffic for comparison.
    Try accessing the eShop on the Wii U (haven't done this before....)


    For those with residential routers, you should be able to set up port forwarding and forward 9103 UDP to your Wii U. This may confuzle the heck out of the Wii (ie, no more eShop for the Wii) but it will allow you to see if it speeds up your load times. Ya'll may want to give it a try. If you can log traffic as well, that may be beneficial. For me, it's not so simple, due to my firewall, so I'll have to do a little digging and playing around with it to see if I can get it to work. If anyone is feeling froggy and wants to give it a try, let me know what happens. More to come.

    Update 1/10/13:

    I have still been working on this and have gathered a plethora of information but have made no significant strides. I was faced with a "DOH!" moment last Friday night / Saturday Morning, at about 3am, when I realized something significant: UDP is connectionless, there is no acknowledgement. So all those time-outs that I've been seeing on UDP ports, are actually the ports closing after inactivity. Still I was not seeing the traffic that I wanted to see (since it was being handled by the NAT, I wasn't seeing the packets on my firewall logs NOR on my the data stream logs that I set up on the firewall).

    So, last night and this morning, I did what any network tech worth their salt would do: I made use of the latest and greatest technology (circa 1999), a 10/100 hub! That's right, a hub. They don't make 'em, but I still got 'em! What does a hub do, you ask? Well, simple. Unlike switches, which send traffic only to the interface which contains the destination MAC address, a hub broadcasts traffic to ALL ports (which is why they're prone to collisions, required a LOT more planning and engineering when designing large networks, and are no longer in use today). However, given the fact that they broadcast all incoming packets to all ports, they're a *great* tool for network sniffing. Heck, you don't even need an active IP and you can still see the traffic. What I did was simple, place the hub in between the cable modem and firewall, and gathered all network traffic, and then moved it between the firewall and access point, and gathered all the network data.

    What I found was that everything was working as expected. The UDP 9103 traffic is being sent, translated, and received by Nintendo. They are then sending a packet of data back with the translated source port, which my firewall is translating back into port 9103 and sending it to my Wii U. All is working correctly. So, why the flip am I not seeing significant results like the posters on the other forums? That I don't know, but I'm going to start looking at my access point now to see if I can come to any conclusions. My access point is a Linksys WRT-300N, which is an old draft-N router, running DD-WRT. I have some new Intellinet APs at home (which I'm going to be installing at my church) which I can use momentarily to see if there is any change. The AP's, by the way, are fantastic access points that are PoE capable and support 802.q VLANs. If you're looking for a good little access point for the right price, check those puppies out. That's just a bit off topic. Will update again once I've tested out some new APs in different locations.

    Final Conclusion:

    I've done a plethora of testing, packet capturing, allowing, blocking, as so on and so forth. The last of my testing included moving my wireless access point, and even using a different access point all together, nothing of which has made ANY difference. According to my findings, I'm concluding that while blocked ports may contribute to Wii U lockups, it does not contribute to menu loading times, at least on my Wii U. This, of course, is contrary to multiple people who are claiming that enabling port forwarding as directed on WiiUForums.com has sped up their menu loading times significantly. Perhaps they were not loading the same menus? Or maybe it does in fact speed up certain menus that I didn't test.

    All my testing pertained only to the System Settings Menu and the Wii U Menu, both of which were completely unaffected by anything that I had done. I was really hoping to have some good news in this matter, however, I am officially putting this matter to rest and will waste no more time on it. Thank you for your patience, and I'm sorry I don't have better news.
    Last edited by BabyDaddy; 01-15-2013 at 07:19 AM.
    [spoiler="Baby Daddy's System"]
    Boot2 Wii (originally White, now silver)
    Western Digital 500 GB MyBook USB Hard Drive (WDBAAF5000EBK-00)
    FAT32
    Link to my SysCheck [/spoiler]
    [spoiler="Required Reading"]
    The Basics
    Softmod ANY Wii
    PriiLoader
    Fat32
    WiiHacks Tutorial Forums
    If all else fails...
    [/spoiler]

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