Introduction: Use Your Mac OSX As a Wirelss Adapter for Your XBOX 360

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I saw another guide on how to do this on here but it was horribly wrong and left out so much stuff, so I decided to make my own.

Step 1: What You'll Need

You don't really need much to do this.

All you need is:

A Mac (this guide is for 10.4 but im sure it would be very similar on 10.5)
And XBOX 360 (duh)
A wireless network to connect your Mac to (your own)
The ethernet cable that came with the XBOX


Step 2: To Begin

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1. Open up system preferences and go to Network.
2. Make sure location is set to "Automatic" and show is set to "Built-in Ethernet."
3. Now where is says "Configure IPv4," select Manually.
4. Enter in as the IP Address.
5. Enter in as your Subnet Mask.

Step 3: Now

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Your router should have an IP Address, and it is usually, check on the bottom of the router to make sure. There should also be a username and password down there too, remember these things. Now go to your internet browser and enter in your router's IP Address in the navigation bar, it will ask you to give a username and password, does this sound familiar? Once you do that, you should go to "Status" on this web page and write down what your IP Address is. Every single one is unique.

Step 4: Back to System Preferences

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1. Go back to System Preferences now and click on "Sharing."
2. Click on the "Internet" tab.
3. Make sure that on the drop down menu Airport is selected.
4. Click on the box next to "Built-in Ethernet" and hit "Start" at the top.
5. Go ahead and connect your Mac to your XBOX via the ethernet cable.

Step 5: Now on Your XBOX

1. Go to the "System" blade on your dashboard.
2. Go down to "Network Settings."
3. Now select "Edit Settings."
4. Select your IP settings and choose "Manual."
5. Now enter as your IP Address, as your Subnet Mask, and as your Gateway and hit done.
6. Go ahead and test it right now, it will fail.
7. Now go back to edit network settings and select your DNS settings this time and once again choose "Manual."
8. Enter in the IP Address that is on the bottom of your router as your Primary DNS Server (mine would be
9. Now get out that IP address that you obtained earlier from your router and enter it in as your Secondary DNS Server.
10. Select done and test your connection.

Step 6: Congratulations

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Congrats. You are now connected to XBOX Live without having to have bought one of those ridiculously expensive wireless adapters. Have Fun!


Andrew Garfield (author)2014-04-10

i dont have any Ethernet port on my laptop and my laptop is macbook air 13 now macbook pro also dont have any

NanoCarp (author)2012-07-27

I'm getting a DNS error. I've checked multiple times that my DNS is set as you said.

lucaszanotelli (author)2010-04-12

hey if your looking to get open NAT then download the WATERROOF (mac os x) open it, enter in the "NAT Setup", UNCHECK all the boxes above "NAT Interface (WAN)" and name it as "en1".

add the following ports at the "port redirections" : 88 udp, 3074 udp/tcp.

the ip LAN is the ip you gave for your xbox ( in this instructable) and the WAN ip is the one it shows in your router's setup (the blank host name one - you'll see).

enable it and put it to auto-start. if you dont get the NAT open, you'll need to port forward your router too. you can look for it at the

i will make an instructable someday, i dont have time now. feel free to ask me any questions.

ak47u (author)lucaszanotelli2011-10-17

hey.. thanks for the tips man... However I dont understand quite well waterroof, where should i add the port redirections in the space IP wan or lan or both ? If you could elaborate a little bit on this you would be my fcking hero ....

lucaszanotelli (author)ak47u2011-10-17

what you probably don't understand quite well it's my poor english hahaha. you need to excuse, it isn't my native language.

i just can't help much more because i've stopped playing xbox since july 2010 and i don't open waterroof since then. (just tried now under 10.7.2, couldn't open)

but my guess is:
LAN IP: (if you followed this instructable) LAN Port: 88 udp
WAN IP: (check router setup, tip: google it) WAN Port: 88 udp (again, i guess)

than repeat with the 3074 tcp/udp.

sorry but i can't help any more of that.

goleas (author)lucaszanotelli2010-07-02

Hey! i have followed these instructions and i have a closed nat. I started reading and the first word that came up "Waterproof". What is that? Is it an application i can download? Because i cant find the application. I know nothing about technology and if you could please help me it would mean the world to me.

lucaszanotelli (author)goleas2010-07-03

WATERROOF (you added an P - i don't know why). yes, it's an app. just google it.

"and the WAN ip is the one it shows in your router's setup (the blank host name one - you'll see). " can you please elaborate on this ?

open the router setup in your browser and give a look at the clients ip addresses. you'll see your computer by the ip and the host name. the xbox is the one which doesn't have host name (it's blank). the blank-host-name's ip address is the "wan ip".

Ok question - I have the dynalink rta 1025w - doesn't look like it shows me. Is there another way i can find my WAN ip? also in the router - do I forward ports to the xbox IP or the iMAc IP?

i can't think of any other right know, but i pretty sure every router has his own setup, so you can edit your network (e.g. adding security protocols, editing the host's name, etc…). just go to, you'll probably find it there - or just google it.

hockeystar (author)2010-12-03

I did this but on the xbox it says the connection between network and internet failed.

Blubermcmuffin (author)2010-02-08

This doesn't work anymore because of an update or something.  If you have a
Mac try this:

ghooey2 (author)2009-12-26

 mine arent on the bottom of the router and ive tried admin but it doesnt work, help?

fiffer89 (author)2009-09-11

i hope this isnt a stupid question and ive read almost every comment, i just set everything up the way it is instructed and my xbox cant find an ip address, is there any just to enter to make it work? the last step isnt finished

gblax123 (author)2009-09-01

Thanks so much! I could not figure out how to get the Mac to work with it. I am a pro with windows but with the new Mac, it will take some getting used to. Thanks again!

burk_five (author)2009-07-28

I cant seem to get this to work on my imac g5 running leopard but when I boot into tiger it works great. Any ideas, i cant find the answer anywhere.

workyouinhalo3 (author)2009-07-06

are you freaking kidding me? i literally stood up and threw my fist into the air, and silently screamed to myself after I finished this tut. It worked! How awesome. I am a nerd. And I love this. Waaayyyy easier than some of the other tuts I tried. Nice work! I gave you a "thumbs up" on my StumbleUpon acct!

Riezerdom (author)2009-06-19

You really don't need this step if you know your router's password and information all ready.

potato413 (author)2009-06-09

Awesome Instructable.
I couldnt get the router info, but I tried a random adress on a paper for all of our computer equipment, and It worked with a bit of fiddling =]
Thanks for saving me the $100 microsofts charging for a router.

apmihal (author)2009-06-05

I followed this guide before and it worked great. But then my macbook's hard drive crashed and I needed to consult this guide to set it up again, except this time it doesn't work. Once I plug the ethernet cable into my xbox and laptop, everything works fine, but only for about a minute. But then if I try to access any live content on my xbox it won't connect to it. It just says "this service is unavailable." I can't even access websites on my macbook when it's hooked up, even though I'm connected to my router wirelessly. But as soon as I unplug the ethernet cable, everything is back to normal on my laptop. This situation is weird because under normal conditions, when the ethernet cable is unplugged from the xbox, all of the links to xbox live content, like promo videos, disappear, but when I lose my connection after a minute like I stated before, all of the links are still there. Does anyone know what my problem is?

mediocre_george (author)2008-05-18

Hey blade... thanks so much for this. I've gone through the steps, and I'm still failing my DNS test. I think my confusion comes from having a DSL modem, and then a wireless router connected to that. On step 5, should I be using the IP address from the router, or from the modem? Neither of them have an IP address physically on them, but I've gone through and found both of them. The router is and the modem is Any ideas?

bsblade (author)mediocre_george2008-05-18

try using as your primary dns and as your secondary dns server. seems like a weird router ip to me.

mediocre_george (author)bsblade2008-05-18

*shakes head* Still failing the DNS test. Not really sure where to go with it from here.

bsblade (author)mediocre_george2008-05-18

i just realized from your first post that the modem shouldnt come in to play here at all. use the adress from the router and then enter that into your broswers address bar and follow my instructions to get another longer ip address. then use the first ip address as the primary dns server and the second longer address and the secondary ip address. if that fails, just go through all of the steps again, because i don't really know why this wouldn't work.

rameneater (author)bsblade2009-05-17

i figured out that for the secondary DNS you dont have to put anything. i works with just the first one..

huntleyi (author)2009-05-15

when i do this, my NAT is set to strict. how do you open it up?

shadowfire2116 (author)2009-04-12

when i go to system preferences and then network the show option isnt there

russbeye (author)shadowfire21162009-04-27

You probably are in the newest version of OSX. You have a list on the left side of the Network window that is essentially the same thing as the show. The "Show" there is the same as that list, except in the new OSX they made it easier to use. Just "Ethernet" and you'll be set.

slnacitw (author)2009-04-25

thanks! this worked perfectly fine for me.

rileyasiemens (author)2009-04-25

I'm also having trouble with NAT being moderate instead of open. If we're using the mac as a gateway for the Xbox, shouldn't we be able to change NAT settings (ie- putting the IP, in this case into a DMZ)? I don't know how to do that. Can anyone help? Am I way off in thinking this? PS- I went through your instructions twice. I did it all step by step. Could I be getting errors because I'm on Leopard?

shadowfire2116 (author)2009-04-12

do you need to set up a static IP address for your mac or 360? and will anything bad or could anything bad happen if i dont set up a static IP address. send me a message as a reply

cu827 (author)2009-02-20

Thank you. It doesn't take long to do and doesn't cost $100. Now my old macBook has a reason to stay around.

mountainruler10 (author)2009-02-05

Thanks a lot this helped a ton. I routed it though my MAC and save some coin, but I get this message that it isn't open NAT? I was wondering if this is a problem since it still lets me play. Thanks again!

maxp09 (author)2009-01-27

Ok. I am using an Apple Time Capsule as my router. It does not show the Ip address nor the username or password. It does give you the Airport ID and the Ethernet ID. I have tried putting those into my browser but nothing comes up. It just says "Safari cannot connect to server." I have tried typing in every possible IP server I could have but nothing seems to work. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

tman125 (author)2009-01-11

i am confused about what to do for step 5. i dont know where to find that screen.

the33dude33 (author)tman1252009-01-24

I guess you're on the New Xbox experience. Go to the "My Xbox" section and all the way on the right there's system settings. I'm sure you can find your way around from there. Good luck!

bobbo1420 (author)2009-01-10

can i do this on a ps3 or a wii?

the33dude33 (author)bobbo14202009-01-14

You shouldn't have to. AFAIK, PS3s have built-in Wi-Fi. I know Wiis do.

bobbo1420 (author)the33dude332009-01-24

your right it does but my problem is that the ps3 is to far from the wireless to get wi-fi but my apple gets a super connection only 20 feet away

the33dude33 (author)bobbo14202009-01-24

Ahhh. I'm sure you could do it on a PS3 then since a PS3 is basically a computer. All you need is to find the IP address, subnet mask, etc. on the PS3.

bobbo1420 (author)2009-01-10

Actually i followed your instructions and did it on my ps3 and it says i have a dns error (80710102)

ianapoc (author)2009-01-08

okay, so i'm stuck on the part where i have to go to the router host site. my router ip is the normal, but when i type it in on my browser, i get page load error.

rockthisway654 (author)2009-01-06

My laptop is currently on wireless internet, therefore not connected to a router via an ethernet cable. Is it still possible to do this the same way?

bsblade (author)rockthisway6542009-01-06

that's what this guide is about. it's for people who have wireless on their laptop so they can share that internet to their xbox through an ethernet cable.

IronFreedom (author)2009-01-03

I don't understand what's going on, but, it seems I may be the first for this. Everything is passing the XBox Tests, except DNS. I put what you told me to on the XBox, but, on the Router "site" there's different numbers for something called "Domain Name Server". Any help on that? By the way, great many thanks to you for this.

droog116 (author)2008-12-31

will i still be able to connect to the internet with an ethernet port after doing this? i know that there were some complications concerning that with the windows version. i don't want to pay $100, but i certainly don't want to lose one of my means of connection to the internet either....

bsblade (author)droog1162008-12-31

when you are changing all of these settings you can do it as a new location, so that when you are done with xbox live you can change your location back to automatic and everything will be fine.

jareth01 (author)2008-12-31

okay so i went on whats my ip and found my ip address, i entered this as my primary dns server. i then went through terminal on my mac and used code to find 2 "name servers", the first matched my ip adress, second was the same with the last 2 digits changed. i have entered these as my dns servers and still cannot connect to the internet! the ip settings are: ip address: subnet mask: Gateway: what am i doing wrong?! sorry if this is annoying, i just really want live at my dorm! Thanks.

bsblade (author)jareth012008-12-31

the problem might be that you need a static ip address, i have always had one, and this worked for me. i added it into the guide. i won't explain how to do it but the information can easily be found online. then retry all of these steps.

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