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Creating an Internet Bridge Connection for XBoxLive

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Yes, the new XBox360 Slim is out, but there's still a lot of gamers who have yet to follow the Slim Bandwagon for many reasons. One, they want to keep things old school and fingerprint free with the discontinued, white and black matted XBox360s and two, what was once a hefty budget is now a not so hefty budget, so they do everything they can to save a little green.

Green is good, my friends, especially since these steps will save you from buying another one of those sometimes pesky wireless internet adapters.

Now, before we begin, let me clarify that this instructable is for creating an Internet Bridge Connection for gamers with Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems on a laptop. I'm not sure if it'll work on a regular PC, but it wouldn't hurt to try it. If you're still using Windows XP, I suggest hopping over to walamoonbeam's instructable, where he offers the same, basic principle, starting from the beginning.

Edit: Walamoonbeam has also added instructions on how to use a Mac as a wireless adapter.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Use-your-laptop-as-an-XboxXbox-360-wireless-adap/

Before diving into this instructable, make sure your XBox360 is connected to your laptop via ethernet cable and your Xbox is on.

Here we go....




 
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Step 1: Open Your Network Connections

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Skip this step if you already know how to get to your Network Connections.

Opening your network connections should be some what similar between Vista and Windows 7. If there are any differences, those, of course, will be updated.

Opening your network connections:
1. Click the Window Icon at the bottom, left corner of your screen (start button)
2. Click on Control Panel on the right side of the start menu
3. Click on Network and Internet
4. On the left side of the window, click Manage Network Connections

Now, you should have a box that has various connections, only two of these are important; Local Area Connection and Wireless Network Connection .


sarahgc182 years ago
My laptop won't let me uncheck the bottom 2nd box, how do I fix this?
stina_wo (author)  sarahgc182 years ago
What version of Windows do you have?
sarahgc182 years ago
There is no "bridge connections" in my menu box
gmartinez153 years ago
When I click properties, it doesn't show a 'Sharing' tab. How come it shows for everyone else?
stina_wo (author)  gmartinez153 years ago
What operating system are you using on your computer? If you have Windows 7 it might be a bit different. I may have to do this process again under 7 to see if it all checks out and is the same.
I have vista. Does that sharing tab only appear on windows 7 or something?
stina_wo (author)  gmartinez153 years ago
It shows up on any of the Windows Operating Systems (XP, Vista and 7).

If you don't have a sharing tab (for wireless connection), it can mean one of two things:
- You don't have two network cards (one that connects to the internet wirelessly and one that connects to another computer via ethernet connection)
- Your network connection sharing has not been enabled

Most likely, it ends up being the second option. So, here's what you need to do.

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. If you have Search in your Start Menu (or a Search Bar at the bottom of your Start Menu) type in ncpa.cpl and press enter.
  3. The Network Connections window should appear. Right click on the Local Area Connection icon and then select Properties.
  4. In the Local Area Connection Properties box go to Sharing tab.
  5. Under Internet Connection Sharing category, select (check) Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection and then click the Ok button to confirm your changes.
Now, go back and check your Wireless Network Connection properties to see if there's a Sharing tab. If the sharing tab isn't there, then your problem is not having two (compatible) network cards.

At that point, you need to see if both your Local Area Connection network card and Wireless Network card are compatible with sharing.

Hope that helps!
I went into the properties for Local Area Connection and the only tab is 'Networking'. It also says 'Network Cable Unplugged.' I don't know what that does but I'm still connected to everything.
stina_wo (author)  gmartinez152 years ago
A little late in my reply but...

If your computer's network properties doesn't have a sharing tab, then you're running off of a Start Up Edition. That particular edition doesn't support internet sharing.
gzac12 stina_wo2 years ago
have you done your one for windows 7
stina_wo (author)  gzac122 years ago
I haven't done this for Windows 7, as I've upgraded to the XBox 360 Slim with built in Wireless Adapter and I have no need for a bridged connection.

But...it can be done through Windows 7 as long as you're not using the StartUp Edition. That particular edition doesn't support bridge connections/sharing options. You can tell by viewing your network properties; if there's no sharing tab then you can't share internet through your laptop.



jayman2422 years ago
hi, when i tried to actully bridge my connections it didnt bring up the 'bridge connectins', could this not work if i have a usb connection for my internet, but i have seen it there before.plz help!
Thanks for sharing. i am def going to DL this on PDF. my Bro-in-law just got a 360 for x-mas and he wants to get internet but i told him theres only 3 ways...the msft network adapter, a direct ethernet connection to the 360 from the router and POSSIBLY a bridged connection from my laptop...i said i am not for sure if the third would work...BUT NOW I DO KNOW IT DOES...lol...thank you thank you thank you!!! (and consequently i now know how to bridge two computers together using ethernet!! haha...what are the odds that i would hit to birds with one stone?!?! lol)
oh...and a comment on your intro...if you can do it on a laptop/netbook, you can do it on a desktop (provided your desktop has a wireless adapter which if it doesnt, you can buy for cheap and install). desktops come standard with an ethernet card.
stina_wo (author)  sokamiwohali2 years ago
Yep, yep! It seems I forgot to add that bit of information. :P Thanks!
haha...NP :) Always willing to help!:)
stina_wo (author)  sokamiwohali2 years ago
You're welcome!
tinker2343 years ago
hey i tried it on miscroft windows 7 and vista it didnt work does it have to be hooked up to the xbox 360
stina_wo (author)  tinker2343 years ago
Yes, your laptop/computer has to be connected to the XBox via Ethernet cable and your XBox has to be turned on in order for you to create and connect the bridge.

how do i hook it up
stina_wo (author)  tinker2343 years ago
Make sure you have an Ethernet cable. The one that came with your XBox won't work as it is not a true "crossover" Ethernet cable. You might already have an Ethernet cable lying around your house, if not, you'll have to buy one.

There's a port on the back of the XBox, it's to the right of the AV Cable slot. You plug in one end of the Ethernet cable here. The other end goes into an Ethernet slot on your laptop/PC. It looks the same, but as far as location goes, that all depends on your computer. Most laptops have then in the back of the unit, others are on the side. With a regular desktop computer, the Ethernet port is in the back, near the modem/telephone port.

Hope that helps!!

ok thanks i did it whats your xbox name for live let me know maybe we can be freinds