There are a few other Instructables showing you how to do this, but none are used with vista. So, being very confused at the time, I didn't know what to do. Fortunately, I figured it out, and decided to create an Instructable on how to do it.
To do this, you will need:
- An Xbox 360
- A laptop (Vista in this instructable)
- An Ethernet cord long enough to connect the 360 to the laptop
- Wireless router / Wireless internet connection
- Some essential snacks while playing with buddies online (my favorite part)
Step 1: Manage Network Connections
First, you need to have a wireless connection on your laptop. When you are sure your connection to the internet is good, right-click the network icon on the taskbar and select Network and Sharing Center.
NOTE: Take this time to be sure the connection is good enough in your desired place, some routers are stronger than others.
Next,on Network and Sharing Center, select Manage Network Connections on the left side.
Onto the next step.
Step 2: Bridge the Network
When you bring up the Manage Network Connections page, it will have at least two connection icons listed in it, the Wireless Connection, and the Local Area Connection(Or LAN).
Highlight them both, and then right click. From there, click Bridge Connections, or something like that. Give it a few minutes to bridge the connections. Once the two connections are bridged, go to the next step.
Step 3: Setup the Xbox
Now its time to hook up the Xbox. When you have your Xbox in the desired place, get the Ethernet cable and plug it in. Then, connect it to your laptop. Now, simply go to the settings tab on the Xbox, and select Network Settings. Run the test, and it should be successful.
So what did bridging the connections do?
By creating a bridge, you connected the wireless and LAN connections together. The LAN provides a network to any computer connected to it (In this case, the Xbox), and the bridge will connect the Internet connection, and the Local Area Connection together providing internet. Easy, huh? Easy enough to not understand.
Step 4: Sit Back & Relax
Now get your bag if chips and pop, sit back, call a few buddies and play Xbox Live with each other. Congratulations! you saved yourself $100!