Use Your Laptop As an Xbox/Xbox 360 "Wireless Adapter" on Windows XP/Vista, and Mac OSX




I hate how the Xbox 360's wireless adapter costs $100, so I looked online on how to use any adapter as one. I couldn't find an article on that, but found that you can use your laptop as a gateway, but many articles didn't work, the way they said to do it. I looked on Instructables to see if there were any how-to's about it, and there were none, so here is my second Instructable.
Things you need
CROSSOVER Ethernet cable (You can't use the one included with the xbox. But chances are that you have one lying around. Most will be labeled saying crossover. Thanks to sk8erek who reminded me to edit this.

I Edited this to show how to do it with Vista and Mac, so this will work for all 3. The one done by me is for Windows XP. Step 4 is Windows Vista. Step 5 is Mac OSX, both Leopard and Tiger

P.S.- This is new information. I just edited this on January 3, 2008. If you do this, you won't be able to connect to the internet through your Ethernet port anymore. Only providing internet will be possible. If you want to know how to fix this, scroll down to my comment about it.

EDIT: A fix for the above problem was posted in a comment by timheppner. I have not tried this myself, but he says it will work, so try it out.
"EDIT 2:" A guy named bsblade told me that my instructions on doing this on a mac were wrong, so I updated it according to his instuctable. To see changes, check out step 5

Step 1: Connect Your Ethernet Cable to Your Computer and Xbox

I know this doesn't sound like it should be the first step, but do it anyways. Trust me, It will work out in the end.

Step 2: Change Your Internet Properties

We have to change the internet properties so that your computer will share wireless internet with the Ethernet adapter. See pictures. They are in order as they should. They also have notes. After doing what all the pictures say, hit ok.

Step 3: Repair the Ethernet Connection

This is simple. Right click the Ethernet Cable icon in the task bar, and hit "Repair"
Pictures say it all.
Right click the non blurred icon. Then hit repair. It shouldn't have a red X though.

Step 4: On Vista

1. Go to start
2. Run
3. Type in ncpa.cpl
4. Hit OK

Thanks for the help idogis1

Step 5: For Mac Users

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 ne&

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,&

step 3
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 the&

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&

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 e&

step 6
Congrats. You are now connected to XBOX Live without having to have bought one of those ridiculously expensive wireless adapters. Have Fun!

Thanks to bsblade for his instructable. To see the whole instuctable, go to



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    8 years ago on Step 4

    If your xbox says it cannot connect to the internet, but it can to the local network, try turning your firewall off, it worked for me...


    4 years ago on Introduction

    My laptop is a DELL INSPIRON and it dont have a ethernet port on my labtop. is there any adapters or any other ways to do it?


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the wonderful share. But as I followed the guide, it doesn't seem to work on my Dell laptop. Errors kept coming up. I couldn’t solve the problem until I tried Virtual Hotspot, a new WiFi sharing app but works quite well. Few comlex settles and quite effective. So…look forware to more fantastic sharing.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Has anyone who's tried this had there xbox die? I went through a few while connecting to xbox live this way.


    7 years ago on Step 1

    how do i connect my x-box from my bedroom witch is 75 feet from my bedroom how do i do this thank,s

    1 reply

    Reply 7 years ago on Step 1

    you can get a big enough enthernet cord and run it becide the wall


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I have a Dell XPS M1530 laptop and all I had to do was go into network connections, highlight both and click bridge connections and it works just fine.
    I am running Vista


    7 years ago on Step 2

    i have a LG computer what steps do i have to do?


    7 years ago on Step 2

    ok my problem is i dont have a sharing tab so what am i supposed to do now im running on windows 7 on a dell mini help plz

    2 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Step 2

    when you are in the "network and internet" window of your control panel, there should be a category labeled "network and sharing center." click on that, then to the left there should be an option, "change adapter settings." In there you want to bridge your wireless and local area connections. This should allow you to access xbox live. Did for me at least.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    i have, but when i do the xbox connection test it passes the network one and just dsnt connect to the next one dunno


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Hey guys, i did all those steps and everything but my xbox is able to pass the first part how u test the connection thing like it passes the network part then wen it says internet and xbox live it just cant connect, plz help


    11 years ago on Step 1

    for the first step am i connecting my xbox with my computer or my laptop?