How to Connect Xbox 360 to Internet Without Wireless Adapter

The Xbox 360 may be the best gaming console in the market, but it doesn’t come perfect. Apparently, its Achilles heel is something that the Wii and the PlayStation 3 have – a Wi-Fi. Well, Achilles heel may be somewhat strong, but it remains to be shocking news. How in the world did Microsoft miss out on building the Xbox 360 without Wi-Fi?

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There’s a lot of ways that story can go in many different directions, and the speculations and assumptions can become unlimited. One thing’s for sure: there’s no stopping us from finding a workaround in connecting the Xbox 360 to the Internet without the need for a wireless adapter.

Xbox wireless adapters can cost around $60 to $90. That’s a total rip-off. While it’s the best way to connect the Xbox 360 to the Internet, there’s still a different way to do it if you don’t want to spend $60. Here’s how:

Things you’ll need to connect the Xbox 360 to the Internet without using a wireless adapter

If you don’t want to spend at least $60 for a wireless adapter in order to connect your Xbox to the Internet, there are some essential things you’re going to need.

  • LAN or ethernet cable
  • Laptop or desktop computer with a working Wi-Fi adapter installed
  • Windows operating system (preferably Windows 7 or higher)

If you don’t have these three things, you might want to just invest in a wireless adapter. However, if you’ve got these at home for other uses, then take advantage of these devices and use them smartly to enjoy your Xbox 360 experience. The most important thing is that you won’t have to spend a single cent to get your Xbox 360 connected to the Internet.

There are two ways to get the Xbox 360 connect to Wi-Fi with these three essential things. Follow the steps of each method below.

Method 1

  1. Plug the LAN or ethernet cable to the laptop or desktop computer and the Xbox 360.
  2. Turn on the laptop or desktop computer and the Xbox 360.
  3. As soon as you’ve logged in to Windows, click the Windows Start button located at the bottom-left corner of the screen or simply press the Windows key on your keyboard.
  4. Type control panel and hit the Enter key on the search field or simply click the Control Panel icon that shows up on the pop-up ribbon. This will take you to the Control Panel window.
  5. Find the Network and Internet option and click on it.
  6. Navigate to the right pane of the Network and Internet window, look for the Network and Sharing Center option, and click on it.
  7. At the left column of the next page, click on the Change Adapter Settings option. You should see all the available network connections of your laptop or desktop computer.
  8. Highlight both the Wireless Network Connection and Local Area Connection options by pressing the Control key on your keyboard and selecting both options.
  9. Right-click on the mouse while both options are selected.
  10. In the options dialog box, click on Bridge Connections. Windows will then perform the bridge process.
  11. Once the bridge process is completed, a new option will show up that says, Network Bridged. This means that the Xbox 360 is now connected to the laptop or desktop computer via the Wireless Network Connection and Local Area Connection.

Method 2

Alternatively, if the steps in the above method will not work, you can do the following steps below.

  1. Plug the LAN or ethernet cable to the laptop or desktop computer and the Xbox 360.
  2. Turn on the laptop or desktop computer and the Xbox 360.
  3. As soon as you’ve logged in to Windows, click the Windows Start button located at the bottom-left corner of the screen or simply press the Windows key on your keyboard.
  4. Type control panel and hit the Enter key on the search field or simply click the Control Panel icon that shows up on the pop-up ribbon. This will take you to the Control Panel window.
  5. Inside the Control Panel window, navigate and find the View Network status and tasks sub-option under the Network and Internet option and click on it.
  6. Under the View your active networks, select your laptop computer’s active wireless connection. This should open the Wireless Network Connection Status dialog box.
  7. Inside the Wireless Network Connection Status dialog box, find the Properties button and click on it.
  8. Inside the Properties dialog box, click the Sharing tab.
  9. Inside the Sharing tab, find the option that says Allow other network users to connect through this computer internet connection and check the box next to it. This is the first option in the list.
  10. Click the OK button to confirm the selection.
  11. Close out all the windows. The Xbox 360 should be connected to the laptop or desktop’s Wi-Fi connection at this point.

The laptop or the desktop computer acts as a bridge for your Xbox 360 to connect via Wi-Fi to the Internet. You’ll have to make sure that the Xbox 360 is always connected to the laptop or the desktop computer via the LAN or ethernet cable. Otherwise, the Xbox 360 loses connection to the Wi-Fi.

Another thing to keep in mind is to make sure that the laptop or the desktop computer is turned on and connected to the Wi-Fi or to the Internet. As soon as you turn off the laptop or the desktop computer, the Xbox 360 will lose connection to the Internet. That said, when you want to connect the Xbox 360 to the Internet while playing online or when downloading games on the Internet, both the Xbox 360 and the laptop or desktop computer should be turned on.

Conclusion

There’s absolutely no logical reason why Microsoft didn’t build the Xbox 360 with a Wi-Fi. It’s not totally a design failure but in today’s age where wireless connectivity is part of everyday life, the decision to exclude Wi-Fi in the Xbox 360 just doesn’t make sense.

Nonetheless, you can always buy Microsoft’s wireless network adapter for the Xbox 360 for about 90 bucks or choose from cheaper 3rd party alternatives. Or, you can simply try the two methods above and get around the problem using devices that you already have. Ultimately, there’s no stopping the complete Xbox 360 experience.