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




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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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    95 Discussions

    Andrew Garfield

    5 years ago

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


    7 years ago on Step 5

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

    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.

    8 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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 ....


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    "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.


    8 years ago on Step 5

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


    9 years ago on Step 3

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


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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


    10 years ago on Step 5

    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!


    10 years ago on Step 2

    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.


    10 years ago on Step 6

    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!


    10 years ago on Step 3

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


    10 years ago on Step 5

    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.