Nintendo DS Web Browser
Nintendo DS Browser makes use of the Nintendo DS's touchscreen for input, with an on-screen keyboard as well as handwriting recognition and a stock of pre-set text (for example, the .com and .org top-level domains).
The browser can render pages in two modes, Small Screen Rendering (SSR) or Overview. In Small Screen Rendering mode, the contents of the page are displayed in a single column fitting the width of the screen - for example, a page featuring two columns of text side-by-side would be displayed as a sinlge column, one after the other. In Overview mode, a scaled-down "Overview" of the page is displayed on the touchscreen with a small selection box which can be moved around using the stylus. The contents of the selection box are displayed on the top screen at their full size. This selection can be brought into the touchscreen to click on links, enter text in boxes, et cetra.
The Nintendo DS Browser connects to the Internet through IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi wireless networks or hotspots using the built-in Wi-Fi capability of the Nintendo DS. Home users can connect to the Internet either using their wireless router or by using a Nintendo USB Access Point. According to the browser's manual, the system is free to use at "Nintendo retail hotspots only": the Wi-Fi access points installed in Nintendo DS kiosks in stores. Attempting to connect to a The Cloud or BT Openzone hotspot launches the payment interface, although this doesn't happen on many other servers. The Nintendo DS browser will connect to the free Wi-Fi service in Norwich, UK. In Australia, Nintendo has teamed up with telecommunications provider Telstra to provide free access at over 1,000 wireless hotspots nation-wide.
Nintendo has partnered with Internet security company Astaro to integrate web filtering technology into the Nintendo DS Browser. Called Astaro Parental Control, the technology acts as a proxy filter, providing the option of blocking inappropriate content. This is provided free of charge and can be activated through a simple menu option.