Introduction: Connect Your Xbox 360 Online Using Your Laptop (Simplified for Vista ONLY)

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There are a few other Instructables showing you how to do this, but none are used with vista. So, being very confused at the time, I didn't know what to do. Fortunately, I figured it out, and decided to create an Instructable on how to do it.

To do this, you will need:

- An Xbox 360
- A laptop (Vista in this instructable)
- An Ethernet cord long enough to connect the 360 to the laptop
- Wireless router / Wireless internet connection
- Some essential snacks while playing with buddies online (my favorite part)

Step 1: Manage Network Connections

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First, you need to have a wireless connection on your laptop. When you are sure your connection to the internet is good, right-click the network icon on the taskbar and select Network and Sharing Center.
NOTE: Take this time to be sure the connection is good enough in your desired place, some routers are stronger than others.

Next,on Network and Sharing Center, select Manage Network Connections on the left side.
Onto the next step.

Step 2: Bridge the Network

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When you bring up the Manage Network Connections page, it will have at least two connection icons listed in it, the Wireless Connection, and the Local Area Connection(Or LAN).
Highlight them both, and then right click. From there, click Bridge Connections, or something like that. Give it a few minutes to bridge the connections. Once the two connections are bridged, go to the next step.

Step 3: Setup the Xbox

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Now its time to hook up the Xbox. When you have your Xbox in the desired place, get the Ethernet cable and plug it in. Then, connect it to your laptop. Now, simply go to the settings tab on the Xbox, and select Network Settings. Run the test, and it should be successful.

So what did bridging the connections do?
By creating a bridge, you connected the wireless and LAN connections together. The LAN provides a network to any computer connected to it (In this case, the Xbox), and the bridge will connect the Internet connection, and the Local Area Connection together providing internet. Easy, huh? Easy enough to not understand.

Step 4: Sit Back & Relax

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Now get your bag if chips and pop, sit back, call a few buddies and play Xbox Live with each other. Congratulations! you saved yourself $100!


JefferyD1 (author)2016-06-16

YOUR AWESOME! It worked like a charm ?

wambamit344 (author)2015-04-19

getting the same error message when trying to bridge using pdanet as my connection ...where should I focus ?

zachs3 (author)2015-02-11

didnt work either

Emir. (author)2015-02-07

does this cost extra when the internet payments come pls answer!

JamesR1 (author)2014-08-30

holy crap didnt think this would actaully work but it did thanks man your a lifesaver

JimSavLickinAss (author)2013-01-31

dont work :/

demen (author)2009-04-03

When I Try To Bridge My Two Networks and it said the following: "To create a network bridge, you must select at least two LAN or high-speed internet connections that are not being used by Internet conection sharing" What did i do wrong? HELP

willguillermogonz (author)demen2009-04-08

To select both networks wireles and LAN you must high light both at the same time in order to bridge. How do you highlight both at once??? When you are on the "Manage Network Connections" page you will see 2 connection will be your LAN and the 2nd will be your wireless...well look to your top left hand can read in blue letters"Network connections 2" or something like on the blue letters and it will highlight both wireless and LAN at the same time........then continue with puddleofmud25 instructions. Hope this helps!!! If you need more details just let me know.

i have wind. 7, and i see no blue letters plz help?!

Astro Zombie (author)demen2009-06-04

Mine didn't work at first (using vista hp laptop) but I worked out the problem. If you can't bridge the connections it's because the Sharing has to be completely disabled from your main wireless connection (Mine was belkin54g) so go onto that - properties - sharing - untick all boxes and click OK. Then bridging the connection will work,. When I tested the connection with my xbox it told me to restart my router, and tada it worked . So basically, no sharing, bridge, restart router, test, play XBL :P I hope this helps some people who are having problems.

odom41 (author)2009-12-01

Can you help me?The local area connection isn't there and i have the ethernet cable connected to my laptop and 360 but there isn't a local area connection just wireless network connection

jayman242 (author)odom412012-03-17

do you see any logo that looks like an ethernet cord end, becease i noticed that many times you can end up accedentlly changing the name. If so than that would be your 'local area connection'

PuddleOfMudd25 (author)odom412009-12-01

Not sure. Sorry.

BIGDADDY12 (author)2011-12-14


aarteaga3 (author)2011-11-15

It does the same with me but i dont now how to gett it pass can i get any help...

moosterboi (author)2011-10-26

That same with me, ive done all the steps and there successfll but when i run the test on xbox live connection it passes the network point easy but wont pass the internet one plz help

breakell666 (author)2011-09-02

I have done all this bridged the connections and everything and when i run the test for the xbox live connection the network test is succesful but when its doing the internet one it fails and says it cannot connect to the internet, try your pc so i do and it is fine?? :( what do i do??!

swiedemer (author)2011-08-16

thank you! my xbox wouldnt connect after using my network as a shared one for a year, today it stopped this fixed it!

wilsonater (author)2008-11-16

i've had exactly the same problem and i have disabled the firewall ect. but it keeps coming up with that same message - "To create a network bridge, you must select at least two LAN or high-speed internet connections that are not being used by Internet conection sharing"...

I've never had that problem, but do you think you could either get a recording or snapshot of the error? I'd like to see what happens.

here is the error...

khocking (author)wilsonater2011-08-09

mines almost the same but i get LAN no conectoin

I've still never seen the error, but if it says you can't use them if they're used for connection sharing, you could try disconnecting from the network, see if that does anything.

I've got it working now thanks, there was some box checked when you right click on the broadband tab that shouldn't have been checked. Thanks anyway.

MissionZ7 (author)wilsonater2009-02-06

Hey, i have the same problem you have what broabband tab are you talking about HELP!

pk1134 (author)MissionZ72009-08-26

I figured out the problem here. You need to go into the wireless settings and turn off sharing then you can bridge and hook up just fine.

Asterantha (author)pk11342010-06-27

I'm having the exact same problem. I tried turning off my sharing, but the same 'LAN networks' error message keeps coming up. Can one of you guys get a screenshot to show me your settings as well? I still can't bridge the connections.

idohaveaname (author)wilsonater2009-12-22

Your problem is that your probably sharing a folder or file on your connection. You have to disable your file sharing or connection sharing. Network sharing folder will tell if your sharing certain folders or not.

pk1134 (author)wilsonater2009-08-28

Since you are getting this message what you need to do is make sure your cable is plugged into your 360 and your laptop. Then go into the settings for local area connection and make sure sharing is turned off. Then go to the wireless connection has sharing disabled. Then you should be able to make the bridge

khocking (author)2011-08-09

ok i did all of that but after i do i cnt connect to it becuz i haft to have 2 LAN or high speed internet connectins not being used and i dont got those and so it wont let me??

tfreeze (author)2011-07-21

Thank you so much you saved me a lot of time and sanity, I'm new to xbox live so i didnt have a clue on how to do anything. but now ima pro:).....Happy Gaming!!!!

dmoreno2 (author)2011-07-16

Wow Incredible and It just took a few minutes, thank you

ashrestha7 (author)2011-07-08

Very easy!! Thanks!

sbloomfield1 (author)2011-07-06

it does really work its a chalenge but if you have windows vista than go to youtue and search it up i dident even have to bridge the conections and it still works use this link it helped me

jhenry8 (author)2011-06-23

best i tryd it and it was working without cable amazing

nothing.fortune (author)2011-05-11

Epic Win. Thanks!

Mistah Parker (author)2010-04-02

 as soon as i bridge the connections i lose internet and it can't connect to xbox live because of that
can anyone help me?

I'm having this problem too. Connections are bridged, but no Internet!!! HELP!!!

sorryfool (author)2011-03-18

did all the steps...when i test my connection my network and internet is live will go up a lil under half way and suggestions?

zarmstrong2011 (author)2011-01-06

Does it if you use a crossover cable or ether cable i read some where you have to use a crossover cable

nstuart-1 (author)zarmstrong20112011-03-16

Nah works with ethernet i do it

lksgurl (author)2011-03-04

im using windows vista starter and there isnt a bridge network connection what do i do

cojo (author)2011-01-14

thanks man your awesome

azlan_hassan (author)2010-12-05

thanx dude. really works

alterseekers (author)2010-11-26

This is an awesome way to get WiFi connection to the old Xbox 360. If this doesn't work for you though, and you're looking for a nice alternative, I've got just the thing for you. Check out this Xbox 360 Internet Connection Kit from Netgear, it acts the same way as a WiFi adapter, giving wireless internet connectivity for your Xbox 360, and it also works for your PS2, PS3, and PC gaming. Check this link out:, for more information about this wonderful product from Netgear.

1cocodog (author)2010-11-16

It took some time since my computer is a bit different but when i got to bridging the connections i highlighted both and right clicked it, but all the my options are grey and doesnt have bridge onnection option there. What do i do?

serverocks (author)2010-11-13

there is no LAN option what do i do? reply fast please!

Skiggs (author)2010-11-09

I got everything working and connected to Xbox Live. But when I go play an online match on COD: Black Ops after a few minutes it will say connection interrupted or something close to that. It never disconnected during the updating process(which took a while) Have you had this problem before and/or know how to fix it?


young ninja (author)2010-11-09

for the wirless network connection instead of it having bars it has a cross and i am connected to the internet so it should have it should'nt it

brownBoy524 (author)2010-10-29

I've gotten connected to the internet by bridging the LAN and wireless connection, but I go to my 360 and it doesnt get past the Network test....Could you help me please?

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