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Connect xbox 360 to pc using a switch

by zstar5000 / May 11, 2009 7:53 PM PDT

Hey all, I just relocated to SKorea and am trying to get my xbox and Vista pc to talk to each other. I'm living on a university campus, so I bought a switch so I could plug both my pc and xbox into the wall ethernet jack at the same time, thus avoiding the slow wireless speeds. Both connect to the internet just fine, but the xbox can't find the pc, and visa versa. I've been googling for an hour with no luck.

The IP address for the xbox is xxx.xxx.40.98, whereas the IP for the pc is xxx.xxx.32.232 (the x's represent the same numbers in both address). Plus, the subnet is different for both the xbox and pc. Is this what's preventing the two from communicating? I've tried forcing the IP, subnet, etc., for the pc, but then of course I can't connect to the internet plus the xbox still doesn't see the pc. Help?!

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That's because . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 11, 2009 10:11 PM PDT

you bought a switch. You need a router. A switch is a simple bridge, a router assigns addresses and enables sharing.

Get a router.

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Ok, so
by zstar5000 / May 12, 2009 8:34 AM PDT
In reply to: That's because . . .

a switch would connect the two if I didn't add the internet into the mix? Everything I read online made it seem like that would work, but nothing mentioned having each pc (or xbox) also connected to the internet at the same time.

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Nope . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 12, 2009 12:33 PM PDT
In reply to: Ok, so

A switch is designed to work behind a router, not as a stand alone device. If you just want to connect two devices, use an Ethernet cable (I'll let you research which one) and set up sharing, ICS. Be prepared for grief or a large and long learning curve.

For the quickest, easiest, no-brainer, eyes closed, one hand behind your back solution, get a router. It's totally plug and play. It'll assign IP addresses and enable file and printer sharing. Then add the Internet.

Trust me here.

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Gotcha.
by zstar5000 / May 12, 2009 12:37 PM PDT
In reply to: Nope . . .

Thanks!

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Hang on to that switch . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 12, 2009 1:33 PM PDT
In reply to: Gotcha.

And when you get like me, my four port router is not enough, you connect the switch to the router to connect all your "stuff". In this case a switch works perfectly for more "stuff".

Wayne

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