How to Connect an Xbox Through a Laptop

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There are many ways to connect an Xbox 360 to the Internet, such as connecting directly to a router or wirelessly through a Microsoft adaptor. However, one of the downsides of using the wireless adaptor is the cost, which can be as much as £65. But there is a cheaper alternative for Xbox 360 gamers who also own a laptop with wireless Internet capabilities because laptops can be used as wireless adaptors by bridging the connection. Bridging an Internet connection is a simple process and allows your laptop to share an Internet connection with your Xbox 360.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Wireless Internet connection
  • Ethernet cable
  • Windows Vista or XP laptop

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Instructions

    Windows Vista

  1. 1

    Turn off your Xbox 360 and plug your console into your Windows Vista laptop via Ethernet cable. The Ethernet port is located on the back of your Xbox 360.

  2. 2

    Click on the Start menu on your laptop and select "Control Panel" to open a new window.

  3. 3

    Select "Network and Internet" from the list of options and choose "Network and Sharing Center," which is located first on the list.

  4. 4

    Click "Manage Network Connections," which is located on the left side of the pane. You'll now be able to view the connections on your laptop.

  5. 5

    Hold the "Ctrl" key and click once on both the local area network connection and wireless Internet connection. Holding the "Ctrl" key allows you to highlight both connections.

  6. 6

    Right-click either connection and select "Bridge Connections" from the drop-down menu. Once finished, your computer will allow your Xbox 360 to share your laptop's Internet connection.

    Windows XP

  1. 1

    Turn off your Xbox 360 and plug your console into your Windows XP laptop via Ethernet cable. The Ethernet port is located on the back of your Xbox 360.

  2. 2

    Select the Start menu on your laptop, select "Settings" and then click on "Network Connections." This will open a new window where you can view your laptop's connections.

  3. 3

    Hold the "Ctrl" key and click once on both the local area network connection and wireless Internet connection. Holding the "Ctrl" key allows you to highlight both connections.

  4. 4

    Right-click either connection and click on "Bridge Connections" from the drop-down menu. Once finished, your computer will allow your Xbox 360 to share your laptop's Internet connection.

Tips and warnings

  • The local area network connection represents the Ethernet connection between your Xbox 360 and laptop.

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