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.
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wambamit3444 months ago

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

zachs36 months ago

didnt work either

Emir.6 months ago

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

JamesR112 months ago

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

dont work :/
demen6 years ago
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
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 options..one will be your LAN and the 2nd will be your wireless...well look to your top left hand corner...you can read in blue letters"Network connections 2" or something like that....click 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?!
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.
odom415 years ago
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
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)  odom415 years ago
Not sure. Sorry.
BIGDADDY123 years ago
aarteaga33 years ago
It does the same with me but i dont now how to gett it pass can i get any help...
moosterboi3 years ago
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
breakell6664 years ago
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??!
swiedemer4 years ago
thank you! my xbox wouldnt connect after using my network as a shared one for a year, today it stopped this fixed it!
wilsonater6 years ago
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"...
PuddleOfMudd25 (author)  wilsonater6 years ago
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...
network bride error.jpg
mines almost the same but i get LAN no conectoin
PuddleOfMudd25 (author)  wilsonater6 years ago
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.
Hey, i have the same problem you have what broabband tab are you talking about HELP!
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.
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.
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.
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
khocking4 years ago
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??
tfreeze4 years ago
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!!!!
dmoreno24 years ago
Wow Incredible and It just took a few minutes, thank you
ashrestha74 years ago
Very easy!! Thanks!
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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAw6xVN9vsg
jhenry84 years ago
best i tryd it and it was working without cable amazing
Epic Win. Thanks!
 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!!!
sorryfool4 years ago
did all the steps...when i test my connection my network and internet is connected...xbox live will go up a lil under half way and fail...ne suggestions?
Does it if you use a crossover cable or ether cable i read some where you have to use a crossover cable
Nah works with ethernet i do it
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