If you’re trying to connect your Microsoft XBox to your broadband connection (cable/dsl), one of the easiest ways is to network your XBox through a router. First, it’s a good idea to check to see if your router is XBox compatible.
To connect your Xbox to a router, you’ll need: 3 Ethernet Cables with RJ-45 Connectors, one NAT Cable/DSL Router, Ethernet NIC for the PC. If you already have a broadband connection and a home network, then you probably have most of what you need in place. You just need to add an ethernet cable (to connect the Xbox to the router).
CONNECTING XBOX TO ROUTER
- Before you connect any cables, turn off your Xbox console, cable/DSL router, cable/DSL modem, and PC. Unplug your modem from its power source to turn it off.
- Take an Ethernet cable and connect one end to the Ethernet out port on the modem. Then connect the other end to the Ethernet in port on the router.
- Take another Ethernet cable and connect one end to one of the Ethernet out ports on the router. Then connect the other end to the Ethernet port on the PC NIC.
- Take the last Ethernet cable and connect one end to one of the Ethernet out ports on the router. Then connect the other end to the Ethernet port on the back of the Xbox console.
- Turn on your modem, and then your router, and then your PC.
- Make sure that your PC can access the Internet. If not, the router may require a specific configuration to let your PC access the Internet. Check the router documentation for help configuring the router using your PC.
- Turn on your Xbox console with no disc in the disc tray.
- From the Xbox Dashboard, choose Xbox Live. Or, play a game on your Xbox Live Starter Kit disc and choose the option for Xbox Live play.
If you see the Xbox Live screen, congratulations! You are connected to Xbox Live! If your Xbox console can’t connect to Xbox Live, the Xbox Dashboard provides an automatic network troubleshooter to help you connect.