Introduction: Using Your Laptop As an Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter (Dec 2009) (Vista/XP)

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I'm tired of all those other post out there about trying to get your xbox 360 online with your laptop which most tutorials are very complicated or simply don't work or then make your Ethernet adapter incapable of getting internet without undoing the process. I found a better yet simple way and you can still get internet from both Ethernet and Wireless card without undoing this.

NOTE: Does not work with USB EVDO Internet (since they work over dial-up)

Step 1: You Need:

1)A Laptop with both Wireless and Ethernet Adapter
2)An Xbox 360 (obviously)
3)ANY Ethernet Cable, You can even use the one that came with the Xbox.

Step 2: What to Do With All These:

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1)Go to Network Connections in the Control Panel
2)Select Both "Wireless Network Connection" and "Local Area Connection" .
3)Right Click and select "Bridge Connections"
4)Connect your ethernet cable on the back of the xbox 360 and on the ethernet adapter con the laptop.

Step 3: Finally!

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NOTE: Don't turn on the Xbox 360 if the Network bridge is not connected properly or you'll get an IP error and won't be able to use xboxlive.

Now turn on your Xbox 360 go to Settings and do a Network Test.

It should work if you did all the steps correctly.

Welcome to Xbox Live with your Laptop!!!

                                                                                                                                              by DavilaDarkness


apeterson9 (author)2011-11-23

My laptop will not connect to wireless interfaces now. How do I fix this?

kujo911 (author)apeterson92013-04-13

Somtimes the network devices lock up due to the new network traffic. Try this and it should fix it for ya.

techman2005 (author)2010-03-25

I have the bridge set up  but I still get a cannot get an ip address. I turned off the xbox and back on with no success. I did a cross over and a regular patch cable.

MarEXksz (author)techman20052010-12-20

I got the same problem.

kcote (author)2010-03-16

Worked for me! thank you!!!

MarEXksz (author)kcote2010-12-20

I wish I were you so badly, I did the same thing as the instruction says, I tested the connection on my 360 and it said that he ip address doesn't work or what ever, i guess I have to wait another month or 3 till I can get internet.

Mr.carface (author)2010-10-19

wont let me make a bridge connection

Paul11125 (author)2010-09-26

Well i am useing a Windows 7, unless i missed it in the comments, i cannot figure out how to bridge the two networks on a windows 7. Please help

Little Einstein (author)2010-04-04

When I try to bridge connections, the system says: "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." 

Does anyone have a solution?

Check you network connection and look under the one of you network connection icon it will show a hand. Right click on that icon and click on Advance Tab. So I will look like this. Start>Connect to>Wireless Network Connection. That's it and bridge it and it will work perfectly. If you run xp ^^ there is your answer. If you run any other type of computer besides xp contact me.

Thanks mate! I run Windows 7, but thank for your help anyway. I still managed to bridge connections. Stilll, thanks for offering your help!

bubblegum47 (author)2010-08-14

dude i hope this works and doesnt screw up my laptop

midgetarms94 (author)2010-07-28

oh and almost forgot, for some reason it says not connected but it is, i laughed at this as i thought thats it didn't work so if this has happened to you, don't worry about it, it is connected it's a windows identify problem

midgetarms94 (author)2010-07-28

I didn't even follow step three and it still works, thanks sooo much :D

amklsw (author)2010-05-11

im using windows 7.
i followed you instructions and it works great. except it disconnects or it get interrupted during online game. and the game im playing online freezes. im still testing and observing. it is not something that happens all the time. so dont be scared.

instructions  are great if you follow them it should work good.
im using windows 7 and it works fine.

Thank You!!

TheAntiHeroHimself (author)2010-04-29

Keeps telling me I have a problem with my connection, even though I followed your  instructions VERY CAREFULLY.

motorcross (author)2010-04-26

 why doess my xbox want to update everytime i join xbox live.
and i takes so long to update/plz reply

modrew (author)2010-04-07

 I DONT HAVE A a Place to PLUG in My Ethernet CABLE to my MAC AiR can i still DO THIS!!?

xbox 360 (author)2010-01-21

i highlight the two connection and right click, but bridge connections is not highlighted so i can not click it. do you know how to fix this

ballistik (author)xbox 3602010-03-28

Highlight both connections like you did but right click will just show shadowed options. You have to go to the top and click on I think tools and it will show Bridge connections. I had the same issue.

Achan20 (author)2010-03-02

holy crap!! this saved me $100!! i didnt know my laptop could do this. thanks so much. now i con get on xbox live with the big flatscreen in the livingroom! thanks again. 

SnowBirdy21 (author)2010-02-26

It didn't work!!!!!! :[ 

rambunctious9 (author)2010-02-25


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.

Holbrook15 (author)2010-02-17

I'm using the connection it works. BUT everytime I play, the server times like every two minutes. Does anyone know how to fix this? or what would cause this? Because the connection is always excellent or very good. HELP PLEASE!!!

Pr3tzals (author)2010-01-18

Hi their excellent tutorial but I have a Vodaphone wireless network adapter and I was wondering If it would still work If I bridged the Vodaphone usb for internet and the lan connection?

bobshowers (author)2010-01-16

my LAN connection still says a network cable is unplugged when i turn my xbox on what ca i do to fix this?

boardrider1219 (author)2009-12-30

What do i do if after i create my bridge my wireless network connection continues to read "Not Connected" and has a big red X in it.

I am using windows XP

how do i fix this?

That's not a problem just connect the ethernet cable to the laptop and the xbox an when you turn on the xbox the red "X" its supposed to disappear and it will say you are connected.

kal1fornia (author)2010-01-01

i've done everything you said and still the xbox won't connect to live........i had a question are you supposed to have your wireless network connection sharing because inorder to bridge you can't have the wirless network connection sharing....?  also i plugged in the ethernet cable to a computer and got internet...but cant' when i plug into xbox

Yes "ICS" should be on by default when you bridge connections.
Remember you must make the bridge first then go online on your laptop wireless and plug the ethernet cable to the xbox while still off then turn it on and go to xbox "system settings >  network settings > configure network " make sure its on automatic then go to "Test Xbox Live Connection" and it might take a minute or so depending on your internet.

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