Introduction: How to Set Up Online Gaming on a Xbox 360

The Instructions listed below are provided to show beginner and intermediate gamers how to setup online gaming for their XBOX 360 video game console after they have purchased the Xbox Live online access card and keyed in the access code. The instructions will cover how to connect your Xbox 360 video game console to Xbox Live Online Services. Follow instructions step by step to get the best results.

The materials and Services needed are:

· Any XBOX 360 gaming console

· Internet Service (Must have home internet service to be able to connect the console to Xbox Live online services)

· A Modem (if required by your service provider for internet access)

· A Router (for wire/wireless Access)

· 2 Ethernet Cables

*You may have a modem/router combination, if so you won’t need a separate router.

Side Notes

First check to see if your internet service provider installed your internet service with just a modem or with modem/router combination. You can do this just by reading the box the modem/router came in or by calling your service provider and asking.

· If you have a modem your router will be connected to the modem.

· If you have a modem/router combination you won’t need another router.

Next make sure the gaming console is turned on (the green ring should appear around the power button).

Step 1: Wall Outlet

Make sure the Ethernet cable from the Ethernet wall outlet
is connected to the modem.

*This Ethernet cable should already be connected if you have internet service

Step 2: Cable Connection

Next, connect another Ethernet cable to one of your router’s multiple Ethernet ports, then connect the opposite end of the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port at the rear of the console

Step 3: Settings

Next go to your settings menu on your console, clicksystem and then click Network settings.

Step 4: Network

Choose either Wired Network or Wireless Network.

*You can only use the wireless network option if you have a wireless adapter for your console

Step 5: Test Xbox Live

After clicking Wired or Wireless connection, Click “Test XBOX Live Connection." The connection should be shown by green dots; once all green dots are connected your console is connected to Xbox Live services.

Step 6: Connection Interruption

*If the connection is interrupted by an orange service alert symbol, then you will have to change your IP settings to automatic.

* For an orange service alert symbol Click on Configure Network, then click Basic Settings and then IP Settings.

Step 7: Automatic IP Address

After clicking "IP settings" click "automatic," which brings you back to the basic settings screen and click back to the Network Settings screen.

Step 8: Success!

Once back to the Network settings page, click “Test Xbox Live Connection” and all green dots should load to the Xbox Live Symbol and you should have access to Xbox Live.

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