Hi there, and welcome to PC! I've been with the series since forever as well
As for the wi-fi, I haven't been able to get on either as of late. I know that unless you have Nintendo's old USB wi-fi device, you pretty much need to have broadband and a wireless router to access the network (neither of which I have, sadly).
I'm not sure if that helps much, but in any event, we're glad to have you aboard! We have discussion topics about just about anything Pokemon, and quite a few other things as well, so there's bound to be a few sections that grab your interest. And if you'd like another to chat with, just let me know, I'm always up for more chats