Your Xbox 360 console must be connected via a home network before you can make use of online support, downloads, game play and other key features of Xbox Live. Adding a new device to your home network is a simple process, and every Xbox 360 ships with the necessary cables. With a router and a reliable Internet connection, you can access your console hard drive to view Xbox media and stream it through your PC or laptop, as well as share content from your computer hard drive you can later access from your console.
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Locate the network cable included with your Xbox 360. Plug one end of the network cable into any unused port on your router, and then plug the other end into the I/O port on the back of your Xbox 360 console.
Perform a full power cycle by turning off your PC, unplugging your router, and then unplugging your modem. Wait 90 seconds and reconnect the power cable to your modem and your router. Boot your PC and turn on your Xbox 360 to complete the cycle.
Select the "Start" menu on your PC and choose "Networks" from the "Control Panel." Verify that your PC, router, and the Xbox 360 console are displaying properly. Double-click the console icon to see shared media from your Xbox.
Tips and warnings
- You can purchase a wireless adaptor to sync your Xbox 360 with a wireless router. Simply plug the adaptor into the I/O port and boot the console to send the signal.
- Use the prompts on your computer to name your Xbox 360 console and your router so that you can easily identify them.
- Always assign a passcode to your router via the router admin panel so that no one else can connect their wireless devices to your network.
- If your router is protected by a passcode, you will be prompted to enter this when you attempt to connect via Xbox Live.
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