How to Hook Up a Xbox 360 With a Netgear Wireless Adapter

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If you would like to connect your Xbox 360 to the Internet without running cords across the room or throughout your house, you can make the connection wirelessly. The Netgear Wireless Adapter is a small device that can transmit a wireless signal from your incoming Internet connection to your Xbox, even if the two aren't in the same room. Installation instructions come with the adaptor, but connecting the Xbox to the adaptor and getting a signal is actually a simple process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Buy the correct Netgear wireless adaptor. There are numerous Netgear adaptors available, each made for a different purpose. Some Netgear wireless adaptors come with two parts. These adaptors are designed to turn a non-wireless Internet connection into a wireless connection. To connect the Xbox to wireless Internet, you need only a one-part adaptor unit that has a USB plug and a small antenna.

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    Plug the Netgear wireless adaptor into the USB port on the Xbox. The USB port is found on the back of the unit, near the ports for the electrical plug and the Ethernet cable.

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    Turn on the Xbox and wait for a few seconds. The Netgear wireless adaptor is designed to automatically configure with the nearest wireless network.

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    Check the network adaptors section of the device manager of each PC connected to the network if the Xbox fails to connect to the Internet. To access the device manager, go to the "Start" menu and select "Control Panel." Click on "System" and go to the "Hardware" tab. Click "Device Manager" and click on the button with the plus sign next to "Network Adapters." If the Netgear adaptor has a red "X" next to it, right-click on the name of the adaptor name and choose "Enable" from the menu that comes up.

Tips and warnings

  • Netgear wireless adaptors come with software to install on your computer. In most cases, this software isn't necessary to use your wireless adaptor, but it can be used to manage the network settings for the adaptor if you prefer to make changes.

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