Will an Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter Work on a Computer?

Sorry, but the driver support is lacking

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You can't use the official Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Network N Adapter on an ordinary computer for the same reason that ordinary USB adapters don't work on the Xbox—the needed device driver support is lacking. Although it is possible to plug a generic Wi-Fi network adapter into the Xbox, it won't function properly.

If you use a generic USB wireless game adapter or Ethernet-to-wireless bridge, then you can swap the adapter between your Xbox and computer with no problem.

About the Xbox 360 Wireless Networking Adapter

The Xbox 360 Wireless Networking Adapter is compatible with the original Xbox 360 console and the Xbox 360 S console. When you connect the adapter to the Xbox 360 S console, it disables the wireless N feature in the console. You might want to do this is your wireless access point is located at a distance from the console. The external adapter can improve signal strength and bandwidth.

Common Xbox 360 Wireless Networking Problems

If you encounter networking problems with the Xbox 360, check these possible causes:

  • Xbox is too far away from the router, or too many walls and furniture are between it and the router. Move the Xbox closer to the router.
  • When the Wi-Fi security settings are mismatched, the wireless connection on the Xbox will refuse to accept the Wi-Fi password. Check that the passwords are identical, paying attention to the fact that they are case sensitive.
  • Other wireless devices are also running on the network and causing interference. Combat this by changing the Wi-Fi channel number or by relocating wireless equipment farther from the console.