Connect Xbox 360 Game Console to a Wireless Router

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Xbox game consoles can be connected by Wi-Fi to a network router for wireless access to the internet and Xbox Live. If you have a wireless router set up in your home, you can connect your Xbox 360 to the wireless home network. 

Instructions in this article apply to all versions of the Xbox 360.

How to Connect Your Xbox 360 to a Wireless Router

You'll access a wireless network through the System Settings on your Xbox 360. Here's where to find the relevant settings.

  1. Connect the appropriate wireless network adapter to the console. The Xbox 360 can connect directly to your router with an Ethernet cable or use a

  2. Turn on your Xbox 360 and select the Settings pane from the home page.

    Settings section on an Xbox 360
  3. Choose System.

  4. Select Network Settings.

    Network Settings on an Xbox 360
  5. On the next screen, choose the name of your wireless network from the available options.

    If your 360 is already using a wired connection using an Ethernet cable, you can't connect it to a wireless network. Disconnect the Ethernet cable before configuring.

    Available wireless networks in an Xbox 360
  6. Enter your network's password and select Done or press the Start button on your controller.

    Network password on an Xbox 360
  7. Your Xbox 360 will access your network and test the connection. The final report will give not only your connection status but that of Xbox Live and its services.

    Xbox Live connection test on a 360
  8. Select Continue to finish the setup.


Tips for Setting up Your Xbox 360

Even when the wireless connection between the Xbox and the router is working perfectly, you may still experience difficulty connecting to Xbox Live. These issues can be caused by the quality of your internet connection or the firewall and Network Address Translation (NAT) settings of your wireless router. Additional troubleshooting may be required in these areas to achieve a reliable Xbox Live connection. If you are unable to network your Xbox with the wireless router, see Xbox 360 Network Troubleshooting.