Introduction: How to - Use Your Laptop As a Wireless Adapter for Xbox 360

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     Wireless adapters are outrageously expensive for something that I can teach you how to do with what you have. This trick can save you the $100 on the official Wireless Adapter that Microsoft greedily sells in the stores. For those of you that have spent money on one, then you just have cleaner looking model.

Note: This is for Windows 7.

Step 1: Materials Needed

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Okay, now here's what you need to get started.

- One Laptop
- One Xbox 360
- One Ethernet Cable (The one that came with your Xbox will work, but it's short.)
- Wireless Internet connection

Step 2: What to Do

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1.     Plug you Ethernet cable into your laptop and your Xbox 360
2.     Second, you'll need to open up the start button
3.     Then click Control Panel
4.     Choose Network and Internet
5.     Choose Network and Sharing Center
6.     On the left side, choose Change Adapter Settings
7.     Control click both of the files that are here
8.     Right-Click one of them and click Bridge Connections
9.     A new file should appear and now you have wireless Xbox Live!

If you wish to un-bridge the two, then you just need to delete the Network Bridge connection. Enjoy your new adapter!


amelos (author)2015-11-14

guys do you know where can i buy xbox one pwer supply adaptor here in dubai.. tia

braydenb3 (author)2015-10-22

yo man it did not work for me can u help

andrew.b.williams.9 (author)2014-11-29

I connected the two and bridged th but now it's saying that it can't connect to the network help?

michaelb13 (author)2014-09-23

what if you dont have a ethernet cable?

avery.bibbins (author)2014-09-06

will this work for windows 8 as well?

bwulf1 (author)2014-06-06

I have a problem. When I connected the network cable to my xbox and lap top, my wireless connection on my lap top dissapeared.

bvang3 (author)2014-04-11

4 words:::


mgrudzinski (author)2014-03-31

Followed every step made the bridge and went to go sign in and said that it failed to connect to xbox live. Tested the connection and couldn't even get connected to network let alone xbox live. Reset modem and double checked connection and still nothing.Any advice ?

curtisx11 (author)2011-11-05

what am i doing wrong.. i followed the steps but still no net...send help please

vreddy7 (author)2011-06-27

Wow! Thank you so much now i can play live on my 65 in. TV. The connection is excellent.

shanejade (author)2011-03-02

can there be a a way to the same thing, but have the laptop connected to a broadband stick and work off that, or does it have to be hooked up to a wireless hotspot?

please get back to me on that.

FethrdWlf (author)shanejade2011-03-02

Yeah, that should work.

shanejade (author)FethrdWlf2011-03-02

still doesnt work, i control click both, but the bridge connections botton doesnt come up

FethrdWlf (author)shanejade2011-03-03

Hmmmm...... Try turning your Xbox on while you do it (I don't know if it makes a difference), and check to make sure that you have a definite connection with the broadband stick. Otherwise..... I kinda' don't know. Sorry dude! Or dudette (the Internet does not allow that type of information from usernames)!

y501hattersley (author)2010-12-30

my laptop says that the xbox doesnt have an ip adress dont know how to sort it out :\

FethrdWlf (author)y501hattersley2010-12-30

All I can suggest is clearing your Xbox's hard drive cache, or just running the Xbox Live setup. Sorry if it doesn't work!

y501hattersley (author)FethrdWlf2010-12-31


arthurlimthomas (author)2010-12-02

i signed up ta give props it worked good, im return that adapter and get my money back

Cool, I'm glad I could help!

geizt111 (author)2010-10-22

i dont get the option to "bridge connections", when i right click

Brodie!.3K (author)2010-10-07

I did what you said up untill I have to bridge connections. My computer is telling me, "To create a Network Bridge, you must select at least two LAN or High Speed Internet Connections that are not being used by Internet Connection Sharing." What do I do?

FethrdWlf (author)Brodie!.3K2010-10-07

I believe that if you have only one internet connection (Like using a splitter for one ethernet cable to reach multiple computers) it won't work. I'm not quite sure though.

Zachhile (author)2010-10-02

OH MY JEEZ!!! I have the exact same laptop!

OMGCOOKIES (author)2010-08-22

ok man i did what you said. and at the bottom where it shows my connection bars i have a ethernet cable right next to a computer monitor. i went on my xbox and said test xbox live connection and it failed. any help?

halofan12356 (author)2010-06-06

i can't use this cuz i have a regular computer can i use a router and a xbox 360 adapter plz respond immediately PLZ!!!!

FethrdWlf (author)halofan123562010-06-06

What do you mean by you have a regular computer? If you can tell me than I can try to figure out your problem. And by "can i use a router and a xbox 360 adapter" you mean Microsoft's official Wireless Adapter, then yes! I hope that I helped, FethrdWlf

quazzamuhaha (author)2010-05-11

 OMG SO AWESOME THAAAAANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5/5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CANT WAIT TO PLAY HALO REACH!!!!! (i realise came out ages ago but i used up all my internet last month so its slowed and it gets reset tomorrow!!!)

jmoon4403 (author)2010-04-08

when you combine the two things will the internet still work? please respond ASAP

FethrdWlf (author)jmoon44032010-04-09

Yes, you're Internet will still work. It only makes a new connection, and does not mess anything up. Enjoy!

johnw11 (author)2010-03-28

Why does it only show a "Wireless Network Connection" and no LAN Connection? How can I get it to show both?

Little Einstein (author)johnw112010-04-04

Well, it's LAN is a type of internet connection using an ethernet cable. To see if you have LAN connection, look on your laptop where the earphone and microphone jacks are. next to them, look for a jack that looks like a telephone jack but just a little larger. If you have one of those jacks, then you have LAN connection. If you don't, then to bad. Now, if you do have LAN Connection, it would probrably show up as "Local Area Connection". If this dosen't help you, I'm sorry. I can do no more. Good Luck

FethrdWlf (author)johnw112010-03-28

Now, I'm not sure, but I think that they are the same thing. If not, then, well I'm kind of clueless :D
Anyways, I hope that it still worked for you.

johnw11 (author)FethrdWlf2010-03-28

The thing is though theres only one there, so I can't bridge when theres only one. Like only one box, not two that I can highlight, in the list of available networks there just the one I'm connected to nothing else.

daveazar (author)2010-02-23

You can connect to xbox live using this method but i personally wouldn't recomend it.

i've gone through about 12 -15 (wasn't really counting)  xbox's since i bought my 1st console 2nd hand a few of them stopped working for other reasons but l went through the most of them when i shared my laptops internet connection through xp.

I connected in this way for approximatly 3-4 months when i was connected in this way i went through around 8 -10 most of which had the same error i can't remember the exact code but console displayed 3 red lights and error message i asked guy at the store were a kept returning my consoles and he said the error was to do with hardware failure on the ethernet port.

I kept getting newer consoles which also broke the one i have now is one that i had previously returned but having been repaired shortly after recieving this console i stopped connecting through my laptop and i've had this one for at least without and problems.

I would risk this if you don't have a guarantee on your xbox i was lucky that with store i bought my console from i could just go a swap it for another there and then with out having to send it off.

FethrdWlf (author)daveazar2010-03-06

That may be, but I highly doubt that the connection broke your Xbox. Sorry if it did happen that way, though.

cooldj300 (author)2010-03-06

thank you!!!! i luv u for that now u made it so siple and easy!!!! thank you!!!!!!

Auraora (author)2010-02-28

 Hi there i have followed the steps as written and i can get the XBOX 360 to recognise the laptop but i can not get it on to the internet ? what advise could you offer me?

FethrdWlf (author)Auraora2010-02-28

Well, I'm assuming that you at least have a Silver Xbox Live membership, so... let me think... okay. Try making sure that you aren't uploading or downloading anything, along with streaming videos (Youtube), as they can really eat up your connection. Another approach would be to try checking your connection on your Xbox 360 on the settings page. I hope that this helped you, and I'm sorry if it didn't.

Glockenator (author)2010-02-26

has anyone tried this on a Toshiba L-300? it wont work on mine

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