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Will a USB wireless adapter work on Xbox 360, Help!!!

by hccmac1 / January 6, 2006 4:57 PM PST

Have a Linksys WCG200 Wireless Router/Modem, 802.11G, and a Xbox 360 system. Units are about 20' apart. Would like to have a wireless connectivity to Xbox 360 for Xbox Live gaming. Microsoft makes a wireless USB game adapter specifically for the Xbox 360...but it is $100. Other manufacturers make USB wireless for laptops and other desktops to connect to a wireless networks. Will these less expensive USB's work in connecting Xbox 360 to my wireless network?? A tech at Best Buy said it would work, but also said he could not be sure of total compatibilty. Lag??? Any suggestions???

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Wireless USB adapter for XBOX 360
by chasnjim / May 17, 2006 11:37 AM PDT

I am having the spame problem. I have a WUSB54 linsksys wireless-g adapter. I wanted to somehow hook it up to the 360 to get xbox live. Is it possible to do that???

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Check the XBox specs
by pratapan / June 22, 2006 7:19 AM PDT

They should have given a list of supported devices and how to configure them.

Another option is a wireless bridge. Dlink calls it the wireless gaming adapter. Ethernet on one side and 802.11g on the other. You can configure this with your PC and test connectivity. Once that works just plug the XBOX into the ethernet jack of the 802.11 bridge and it should work. XBox should be able to talk to you wireless router.


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re: Wireless USB adapter for XBOX 360
by Krazy-K / June 22, 2006 2:29 PM PDT

I think it depends on whether the wireless adapters are plug and play, or if you need to install some kind of software/drivers to get it to work. If its plug and play then i would think it would work fine, but its still iffy...

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Re: XBox 360 Wireless....
by basesloaded190 / June 22, 2006 10:24 AM PDT

I doubt that it would work. The XBox (like a regular PC) would need to install some drivers/firmware in order for it to work, which I doubt the XBox 360 is capable of doing.

I'm sure that Microsoft made sure to keep the internet/online parts/functions of the 360 under its own control as much as possible.

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Here is a link
by MacGyver_Orca / November 8, 2008 1:55 PM PST
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Do USB Wireless Adapters Work On Xbox Live?
by theradialangel / February 1, 2009 1:20 PM PST

Here's the easy answer: NO. The general rule of thumb here is that wireless USB devices will not work on the Xbox 360 to connect you to Xbox Live. The reason is the driver installation. Microsoft does not have the Xbox 360 set up to allow 3rd party drivers to be installed on the system. It's a better thing in the end. The best thing to do is either pick up the Xbox 360 Wireless USB adapter OR buy a gaming bridge/ethernet bridge. And ethernet bridge like the WGA54G can be plugged straight into your 360 OR you can use it to plug in to a hub/switch and receive a wireless signal and run multiple connections into the hub/switch to get internet on, say, 2 Xbox 360s or your 360, PS3, and your PC. It's a cheaper deal in the end if you don't have a wireless card in your PC already. And with a 54MB/s transmission rate, you can get plenty of gaming speed while surfing the internet (if you can multi-task that well).

The bottom line though is if it ain't Microsoft's USB device, the wireless adapter won't work. Find a gaming adapter or bridge and it will more than likely work.

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The final answer WORKS :) XBOX LIVE YES
by itzdreezy / January 31, 2011 7:08 AM PST

Yes you can theres two ways to do it follow any of these instrustions on youtube 1-

2- second way is to bridge connections.. NO THIS IS NOT ILLEGAL lol ITS LEGAL

1) Plug the XBOX into the ethernet connection on your pc and make
sure your XBOX is off.

2) Click start and select network.

3) When network loads up click Network and Sharing Center.

4) When it loads up click Manage network connections.

5) when this loads up press Local Area Connection hold the
control button and click Wireless Network Connection.

6) then right-click either Local Area Connection or Wireless Network Connection
and then click Bridge Connection.
your now connected

7) Turn on your XBOX and you should sign into XBOX LIVE, if not go into
XBOX settings and select network settings, then test the connection.

If you have any other problems then contact me.


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by indrct / October 30, 2013 3:21 AM PDT

I just found this two years later, and you're a life saver bro.

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Wireless Network Adapter that works for XBOX 360
by Walker6906 / June 17, 2012 2:14 AM PDT

Thanks for the info. Otherwise would have wasted money and time

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