Introduction: How to Get on Xbox Live With Dialup

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In this day of highspeed fiber-optic data networks, there are still people who have no viable way to access the internet, other than using the accursed Dial-up service. I am one of them. My parent's house is too far out for companies like Embarq to consider providing DSL to the residents of my road.

As if that wasn't bad enough, I also own a Xbox 360. 80% of the awesomeness that makes up this console comes from online function, and with the lack of higher-speed internet, you won't get to enjoy that 80 percent.

....well, maybe 60% of the fun. I can help you get to 20% of it though. By making your PC share it's dialup connection with your Xbox 360 (or pretty much anything else with a Ethernet jack), you can access Live.

EDIT 04/22/2008: I just got done talking to a friend on the headset, it was perfect aside from some skipping. Sweet!

EDIT 04/23/2008:
It seems I've made the news sites as well.

But G4 had to be an ass about it:

So this is my comment to them, as posted on the article's page:

Hey all, I'm Dr.Professor from Instructables.

If you had gotten your facts straight and read the last step of the tutorial, "Whatcha Can and Can't Do", you would have read that this isn't meant for multiplayer. It's for the guys and girls who want that DivX update most among other ones, who want to put their gamerscore online or who want to chat with people on their friends list.

Libel hurts. If this got on TV along with the "stupid and useless" part, then I believe you owe my parents and me 6 months of satellite internet, along with the 300 dollar setup cost.

I did this for people with no easy/cheap alternative, and you guys managed to turn it into a PS3 vs. 360 argument splattered with a few hateful comments. If you don't think I'm the author, check the front page of the tutorial. I've edited this letter into the front as a disclaimer for any new visitors.

Sincerely a tad pissed,
-Jake "Biggs" Turner

Step 1: Whatcha Need

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To pull this off, you'll need:
A PC with a working dialup connection, running Windows XP (Should work on Vista as well)
An Ethernet Cable, long enough to reach your Xbox (For the uninitiated, these have plugs that look like bigger phone cord plugs)
And an Xbox 360.

Step 2: Whatcha Do on the PC Side

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To pull it off, you need to connect the 360 to your PC using the Ethernet cable. Power up the 360 and the PC if they aren't already on. "Fire" up that dialup connection, and get ready to work the magic.

Open the Control Panel in Windows, then go to Network and Internet Connections.
Open Network Setup Wizard, press next.
Ignore the checklist and press next, then select "This computer connects directly to the Internet.".
Press next, and select your dialup connection as the way you connect to the Internet.
Press next again, and select "Local Area Connection" as your private connection.
Leave any names for your PC alone, and click next.
Leave the workgroup name alone, click Next.
Turn on file and printer sharing if you want to stream videos from your PC to the 360, click next.
Review the settings, and click next to apply them.
Let them apply, and select the last option that pops up, something like "I do not need to run Network Setup Wizard on the other computers."
Reboot your PC (then re-dial-up) if necessary.

Step 3: Whatcha Do With Your Vista PC

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XP (and older) users, skip this one, the last step was for you.

So, you wanna get on Live, but you have a Vista PC. For some dumb reason, Microsoft took out the connection wizard that older versions of Windows have. Don't fret, you can still has your Livez, but you'll need to manually do what the connection wizard does.

I'm going to list what I think worked for me, as I just did a bunch of crap until it worked. If one of the Vista users could comment back and tell me if I'm right/wrong, I'll correct as needed or edit out this "crapshoot" sentence.

First, you'll need to give your Ethernet connection an I.P. address, then you'll tell Vista to share the dial-up connection to any PC/360 plugged into your network. You'll need administrative rights to do this.

Note that if you have any type of pre-existing network set up, you might mess up a connection to it if your IP wasn't manually assigned to begin with.

Right, let's begin. Start by opening Control Panel and clicking "Classic View" on the side panel to keep things simple. Open "Network and Sharing Center", and click "Manage Network Connections" in the sidebar. This will be the window where you'll do everything. You should see the your dial-up connection and the Local Area Connection listed.

Right-click the LAN connection icon and click on "Properties". Highlight "Internet Protocol version 4" and click on the Properties button. Check the "Use the following I.P. Address", and type one in (if there isn't one beforehand, and you weren't connected to any LAN networks, use . It's just a simple one to use). Type in a subnet mask of if it doesn't fill in automatically. Leave the Gateway box and DNS fields blank, and click OK.

Back in the Network Connections window, right-click your Dial-up connection, click Properties, go to the Sharing tab, and check "Allow other network users to connect through this PC."

That should be all you need to do. Again, comment if this works/or doesn't.

Step 4: Whatcha Do on the 360 Side

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Now that your PC is configuratified, go to the System blade and select Network Settings, and select open "Test Xbox LIVE Connection". It will run a test on the cable connection, I.P. addresses, and the like. When it gets to the Xbox LIVE test, it will ask you to download updates if it's successful. Go find something else to do (not on your 360 or online on your PC) while they download.

If all goes well, you should be able to make your profile LIVE-enabled. I can't remember how I did it, but I'm sure you'll figure it out (or post how to in a comment for me to splice in).

Step 5: Whatcha Can and Can't Do

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Right, just because you're on Live doesn't mean you have all the features available to you that highspeed gamers will.

No multiplayer, with or without a Gold account. The lag will make it worthless.
No movie-on-demand. To be specific, a SD movie will take over a week of nonstop downloading.

But you can still:
Download Live arcade games and demos
Download game demos if you wanna wait that long
Update your console and games
Get themes, gamerpics and all that jazz
And you can still access MSN messenger.

Step 6: Whatcha Don't Need to Comment About

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If you're reading this saying to yourself, "Self, this is useless", or "Self, these guys need to get off their n00b-asses and pay for highspeed", please refrain from commenting. This is for the people who for one reason or another cannot access highspeed internet, yet wish to update their console or get some XBLA games. It's hard enough for a 56K pimp without people trash-talking.

So if you thought this was useful or have questions, don't refrain from commenting, or adding me to your Live friends list. If the photo didn't tip you off, my GT is Radical Jake.

Instructables FTW!
-Dr. Professor Jake "Biggs" Turner.


mbittle (author)2014-08-29

This is neat....although it doesn't apply to me, it IS Useful.

Jusey1 (author)2012-02-03

I'm having problems. I followed everything but when I test my connection, I get an error.

I have Dial-Up and I use AOL 9.5 (I also have AOL Dialer.)

Another thing is, on the list of internet connections I can select there is two others idk about. Please help me out? I want to redeem some codes I have!

No0neLeftBehind (author)2011-10-20

Great Instructable, I had Dial-Up for several years and I HATED it with a passion ( I still do) but we have gotten high-speed now and I dont have to worry about this anymore (Thank God) wish i could have found this when we had Dial-Up still
All in all though nice job 5/5

AngelOfTheBroken (author)2011-10-05

To be more specific it won't recognize my PC and on the network conection it just says Local in the acess.

AngelOfTheBroken (author)2011-10-05

I'm having the exact same problem as ChazzDv, excat same thing aol and all that. I was able to do that update thing yesterday, but I don't know whats going on. Will somone plaease help me? I really want to get to playing some DLC for Mass Effect 2

SimonRawr (author)2011-04-13

How would I do this on a mac?

TheWattsMan (author)SimonRawr2011-05-29

system preferences>sharing>internet sharing. use a crossover cable to connect the ethernet cord into the mac and xbox, turn internet sharing on, and select ethernet in the list of connections to share the internet connections with. if you have the xbox wifi adapter you could also share the internet via the AirPort.

ChazzDv (author)2011-01-22

I have Windows Vista and AOL Dial Up and nothing seems to work!

Whenever I click the "Allow other network users to connect through this PC" box and click OK a message pops up reading, "Sine your service is currently active, the changes wont apply until you dial back up" then I dial up and dial back on and the changes to the Sharing aren't check!

The same thing happened with the LAN IP Addresses, I type them in and I click OK and the box closes and I go back to it and the changes aren't made! Someone help!

Then Whenever I go to join Xbox Live on my Xbox 360 is has a loading screen for a second or two, but then it says cannot find connection so I click on the button that says TEST CONNECTION and the screen goes blank and it goes to this one screen with two options. Test Wired Connection and Test Wireless Connection and both say I dont have the right equipment.

I know its possible to do this for Vista from AOL Dial Up, so someone be a saint and message me or something telling me how I can fix these massive problems!

TimeDroid (author)2010-12-12

is dialup suppost to be slow?

junits15 (author)2010-08-31

how did you connect your xbox to the crt?

Jake Turner (author)junits152010-08-31

I used a VGA cable for the 360. CRT's look so much better compared to a traditional tube set.

junits15 (author)Jake Turner2010-08-31

do you think I could fudge a cable?

Jake Turner (author)junits152010-08-31

You mean build you own? Not without soldering directly to the 360's mobo.

junits15 (author)Jake Turner2010-09-01

actually if I didnt just buy the super fancy 250GB xbox, soldering directly to the board doesn't sound like a bad idea :)

junits15 (author)Jake Turner2010-09-01

actually I was planning to get a cheap component cable and chopping that up, I found a good set of instructions to follow

cody777 (author)2010-07-22

finnaly i dont want use dial up but i can adapt this to use my satalite internets and save 100$

iwantlive777 (author)2010-06-17

dial up blows

pac man (author)2008-08-17

thank you. my parents wont get high speed internet

halo wardog (author)pac man2009-07-24

same here dude my mom is soooo cheap

iwantlive777 (author)halo wardog2010-06-17

so is mine i share ur anger

my mom sucks (author)halo wardog2010-01-23

i know i think all parents just have no generosity

well at least mine dont

my mom sucks (author)2010-01-23

i regret saying this but ps3 is probably better than xbox 360 cause the modem is built in
i think

ya sorta

my mom sucks (author)2010-06-02

well i think we all have to face it......................

dial up sucks!

does anyone agree?

yes it sucks so bad big monkey balls hate it

RoG Kamina (author)2010-03-03

Got to say.. None of this info was usefull in getting live working.
First off i can't get my netzero dail up internet to work with my xbox by route it threw my pc to the xbox which pc those to the phonecord.

Wingmaster700 (author)2010-02-09

If you are playing online, will the phone line be messed up and will this work on older computers before xp, past 98

you would never be able to play online with dial up

XWXAXDXEX (author)2010-02-06

how u get it vista?

XWXAXDXEX (author)XWXAXDXEX2010-02-06

Netscape nice! i used to have compuserve till we got the alltell thing. i h8 the annoying dialing noise lol

godmylord (author)2009-01-29

on my comp it says limited or no connection and on my xbox it wont get the ip adress . can u plz help me

etopsirhc (author)godmylord2010-02-04

try turning off ur fire wall , if that works then u dont have all the ports the 360 requires to connect to live open

EncasedDeath (author)2010-02-03

im sorry but its almost useless without being able to play multiplayer

etopsirhc (author)2010-02-02

O.O TY who ever found this !!!
i bought oblivian GTOY and theirs  HUGE glitch that u cant install
the knights of the nine or shivering isles w/o being hooked up to live
and now that i can i can finally install it =D ( hasnt tested or set it up yet )

bighead5454 (author)2010-01-29

ok this works 100% but it wont download the stinkin update. in i took it to a friends house and hooked it up to wireless and then update would i have to re-update it at my house? or is there a way to make it update with it hooked up to dial-up?

phant0m_sp00f3ra (author)2008-04-20

Yeah babe!!! I Thought i was the only one with a dial up connection WE'LL TAKE OVER THE WORLD

yeah! dial-up will rule the world and we will strangle the wireless folks with our long and strong phone cords and laugh as we shoot a pistol and kill 50 ppl at once muahahahahaha

my mom sucks (author)bighead54542010-01-23

dont worry im working on a prototype for the mega dialup beast

THEN WE WILL RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bighead5454 (author)my mom sucks2010-01-29

I'm the tooth fairy. Oh yeah.

-Lord of randomness

Hehehe... I'm about to edit in a penny arcade comic about us 56kers....

xbox360user (author)Jake Turner2009-08-13

hahaha anyone add me if ya like devon9988

fireproofshark (author)2010-01-27

wow i've had a long time joke with a friend that when i'm online i'll start talking about a topic from a week ago or something from history and when asked why reply 'cos i'm on dialup!' lol i never knew this was possible some serious cyber pimping there though

mitchblack (author)2010-01-11

ok i figured it all out but its stil not working    do i half 2 put in the ip stuff in the xbox 360 as well ??

RoG Kamina (author)mitchblack2010-01-13

hey you info for getting dial up to work with live doesn't work as i can't get my xbox to find my computer even went i have a cord connect from box to the computer that had dial up internet up.

mitchblack (author)2010-01-11

Hey   yea im on dileup as well -.-   fun   !    and   yea i have vista   and step 3 kinda confuses me   is there some way you could link me a video or some thing  to chow me  how 2 do step 3 i  dont get the property part like i no what it is just  i guss i am looking in the worg  place.  i dont no    pleas help me thanks  :) 

soldier of fortune is bad

AKNeal (author)2009-12-03

So your the one who keeps lagging my games out!! Thanks alot!! I told all my freinds that there had to be somebody playing on dial up. That's the only way to explain people "teleporting" around on my screen and killing me with out firing a single round. They all laughed at me. But this proves me right!! You do exist!!

Gamer917 (author)2009-11-14

LOL Portal is awesome! Nice desktop background!

jenkies1986 (author)2009-11-03

i tried to do this still tryin for  the past week lol when i go into the set up wizard and do what it says to do adn shut the pc down after words i cant get my internet to dial up it says my pc and the pc i am trying to connect to arent gitting the same info so i have to switch it i rally would like to get on xbox live but this is being a battle

THEKENNYMAN (author)2009-10-31

i have dial up and it suck
thanks this helps alot

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