Creating an Internet Bridge Connection for XBoxLive




Introduction: Creating an Internet Bridge Connection for XBoxLive

Yes, the new XBox360 Slim is out, but there's still a lot of gamers who have yet to follow the Slim Bandwagon for many reasons. One, they want to keep things old school and fingerprint free with the discontinued, white and black matted XBox360s and two, what was once a hefty budget is now a not so hefty budget, so they do everything they can to save a little green.

Green is good, my friends, especially since these steps will save you from buying another one of those sometimes pesky wireless internet adapters.

Now, before we begin, let me clarify that this instructable is for creating an Internet Bridge Connection for gamers with Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems on a laptop. I'm not sure if it'll work on a regular PC, but it wouldn't hurt to try it. If you're still using Windows XP, I suggest hopping over to walamoonbeam's instructable, where he offers the same, basic principle, starting from the beginning.

Edit: Walamoonbeam has also added instructions on how to use a Mac as a wireless adapter.

Before diving into this instructable, make sure your XBox360 is connected to your laptop via ethernet cable and your Xbox is on.

Here we go....

Step 1: Open Your Network Connections

Skip this step if you already know how to get to your Network Connections.

Opening your network connections should be some what similar between Vista and Windows 7. If there are any differences, those, of course, will be updated.

Opening your network connections:
1. Click the Window Icon at the bottom, left corner of your screen (start button)
2. Click on Control Panel on the right side of the start menu
3. Click on Network and Internet
4. On the left side of the window, click Manage Network Connections

Now, you should have a box that has various connections, only two of these are important; Local Area Connection and Wireless Network Connection .

Step 2: Configure Wireless Netork Settings

Now that you have the Network Connections window open, it's time to make sure you set your wireless network to a specific, yet simple setting.

1. Right-click your Wireless Network Connection and select Properties
2. Another window will open with two tabs up top (Networking ad Sharing). Select the Sharing tab.
3. There are two sharing options, both with boxes next to them. Make sure both boxes are unchecked .
4. Click OK to continue

Step 3: Creating an Internet Bridge Connection

Now, you see that Local Area Connection there? Great! It's now time to bridge it with your Wireless Network Connection .

First, you need to disable your Local Area Connection . Right click on Local Area Connection and select Disable . Wait until the status of the Local Area Connection says Disabled before moving on.

1. Click Local Area Connection so that it's highlighted
2. CTRL + Click on Wireless Network Connection
3. Right click on either selection to bring up the menu box.
4. Click Bridge Connections and follow any steps/commands/prompts that appear.

Bridging Complete!

Now, it's time to test it!

Configure your internet/network settings on the XBox and then test the connection. If it fails to connect, you may have to restart your Wireless Router. Most newer routers have a reset/refresh button, others rely on the good ol' unplugging method. If you unplug the router, wait about 20 seconds before plugging it back in.

Now, test your connection again. Did it work? Voila! Now you can defeat hordes of zombies and protect the earth from destruction on XBoxLive.

If you're still having problems with your connection, your Firewall might be preventing the bridge connection. Allow your bridge connection and try again.



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    26 Discussions

    Holy crap it worked 1st time. Something to note it that you really should be using an ethernet crossover cable for this.

    Please can I get some help? I'm really struggling to find Manage Network Connections

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    After clicking on Network and Internet there should be Network and Sharing Center listed at the top of the window. Click it and the Manage Network Connections should be listed in the panel to the left.

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    I don't have the option to "Manage Network Connection" Please can I get some help? I'm using Windows 7

    My laptop won't let me uncheck the bottom 2nd box, how do I fix this?

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    There is no "bridge connections" in my menu box

    When I click properties, it doesn't show a 'Sharing' tab. How come it shows for everyone else?

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    What operating system are you using on your computer? If you have Windows 7 it might be a bit different. I may have to do this process again under 7 to see if it all checks out and is the same.

    It shows up on any of the Windows Operating Systems (XP, Vista and 7).

    If you don't have a sharing tab (for wireless connection), it can mean one of two things:
    - You don't have two network cards (one that connects to the internet wirelessly and one that connects to another computer via ethernet connection)
    - Your network connection sharing has not been enabled

    Most likely, it ends up being the second option. So, here's what you need to do.

    1. Click on Start button.
    2. If you have Search in your Start Menu (or a Search Bar at the bottom of your Start Menu) type in ncpa.cpl and press enter.
    3. The Network Connections window should appear. Right click on the Local Area Connection icon and then select Properties.
    4. In the Local Area Connection Properties box go to Sharing tab.
    5. Under Internet Connection Sharing category, select (check) Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection and then click the Ok button to confirm your changes.
    Now, go back and check your Wireless Network Connection properties to see if there's a Sharing tab. If the sharing tab isn't there, then your problem is not having two (compatible) network cards.

    At that point, you need to see if both your Local Area Connection network card and Wireless Network card are compatible with sharing.

    Hope that helps!

    I went into the properties for Local Area Connection and the only tab is 'Networking'. It also says 'Network Cable Unplugged.' I don't know what that does but I'm still connected to everything.

    A little late in my reply but...

    If your computer's network properties doesn't have a sharing tab, then you're running off of a Start Up Edition. That particular edition doesn't support internet sharing.

    I haven't done this for Windows 7, as I've upgraded to the XBox 360 Slim with built in Wireless Adapter and I have no need for a bridged connection. can be done through Windows 7 as long as you're not using the StartUp Edition. That particular edition doesn't support bridge connections/sharing options. You can tell by viewing your network properties; if there's no sharing tab then you can't share internet through your laptop.

    hi, when i tried to actully bridge my connections it didnt bring up the 'bridge connectins', could this not work if i have a usb connection for my internet, but i have seen it there before.plz help!

    Thanks for sharing. i am def going to DL this on PDF. my Bro-in-law just got a 360 for x-mas and he wants to get internet but i told him theres only 3 ways...the msft network adapter, a direct ethernet connection to the 360 from the router and POSSIBLY a bridged connection from my laptop...i said i am not for sure if the third would work...BUT NOW I DO KNOW IT you thank you thank you!!! (and consequently i now know how to bridge two computers together using ethernet!! haha...what are the odds that i would hit to birds with one stone?!?! lol)

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    oh...and a comment on your intro...if you can do it on a laptop/netbook, you can do it on a desktop (provided your desktop has a wireless adapter which if it doesnt, you can buy for cheap and install). desktops come standard with an ethernet card.