How to Stop Xbox 360 Gaming Lag

Causes of Xbox Live Gaming Lag

We've all had it happen - you're on Xbox Live in the best online match of your life, next thing you know your Xbox 360 console warns you it's having connection issues, and suddenly you're character is dead. Why does this happen? For all kinds of reasons - your connection from your ISP may be too slow; you might have a faulty connection to the Xbox Live servers; the most common cause of gaming lag is using the Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter in B/G mode.

Wireless is everywhere, why would it cause gaming lag? Wireless signals are great for serving up Web pages, reading email, and downloading files. All of those things can handle the network drops and fluctuations of a wireless connection. You likely won't even notice your network speed changing as you surf. Playing games online is completely different - milliseconds matter. If your connection slows even for a second while you are playing a game, you go from winning to losing in a blink of an eye, because everything that makes wireless great for day-to-day stuff makes it unreliable for gaming.

How to Solve Gaming Lag on Your Xbox 360

You already spent almost $100 on the Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter and now I'm going to tell you why you don't want it. Not looking good for you, is it? Sell your wireless adapter on eBay and replace it with either a wired Ethernet connection or a wired equivalent Ethernet over Powerline adapter set. The main reason we all like wireless is that the Xbox 360 console doesn't need to be anywhere near the broadband internet connection in the house. The problem with wireless is, this often leads to all kinds of interference between the connection to your ISP and your Xbox 360 console. If you can run Ethernet through the walls of your house - do it. You'll be much happier with the connection speed.

Since running cable through walls isn't an option for most of us, the next best solution is Ethernet over Powerline. It requires you to connect an adapter to a power outlet near your Xbox 360 and a second adapter to a power outlet near your internet connection. You then connect a short cable at each end and you have a fast wired connection for online gaming. No more worrying about lag as long as your ISP is providing a reliable connection to your house. Ethernet over Powerline is the ultimate Xbox 360 wireless network adapter alternative.

Watch the video below to see how Ethernet over Powerline works for your Xbox Live gaming

Comments 77 comments

Wyatt 7 years ago

Where can you buy the wall Thingies? If i get this it will solve so much issues, lag for me is so horrible. I'm playing Call of Duty 4 right, i ran up some stairs than suddenly I appeared underneath them and got killed but there was no one around! ARGH! Only game that works- Guitar hero 3 :(


marco P 7 years ago

me too . i play call of duty, wolrd at war, and it is CONSTANTLY lagging every 25-30 seconds. my router is 2 levels below where my xbox console is, and i use the wireless adapter. i would like to solve this issue so bad because i have never been able ot play without lags. wher can i buy these ?


Guest 7 years ago

I play on a wireless network adapter and it is fine when I play at home or a friends, but when I play at my aunts house it is non-stop lagging. It all depends on the internet and connection you have. But those wall things work amazingly, my cousin plays it 3 stories above his modem and there has been no lag when I have played on it.


sup 7 years ago

that is true about the internet conection, i have aol and during the day its really good never any lag get after five pm and it will lag ill have to play one match then find another after just to stop it being bad


brandon  6 years ago

i have my 360 and any game i play lags, i do have the wireless adapter in the back of my xbox. i also have a ps3 connected to the same wireless connection and whenever i play plastation online, the connection is perfect. i just don't understand? is xbox really that shitty?


Ruy 6 years ago

I used the Ethernet cables connected from my xbox 360 to the actual modem itself, and the connection is awesome and creates no lag whatsoever, however, when my bro goes on his laptop with wifi connected to the actual modem, the lag is unbelievable. I can't find a way to reduce this lag at all, any help?


Bradlee 6 years ago

I was thinking of getting the wireless adapter for christmas, 100$ it better work or someones gonna die, cause i wanna play live in my room, not in myt basement, its just. unroomy, but that's where my commputer it, and when its hooked up by the cable the xbox came wirth it runs fine, until my brother gets on.. runescape, youtube, msn... god. does anyone know how i can stop lag? D:


Andrew 6 years ago

All of sudden in like the past month my internet has been lagging like crazy, its the same modem and nothing has changed. I'm having serious issues. Its still shows that i'm getting 54mbswireless and 100mbs or whatever units its measuredin(LAN) so why would all of a sudden this be an issue.???? I use a wired ethernet hook up by the way for my xbox. Can some please point me in the right direction.


sum dude 6 years ago

@ andrew

if you have wireless internet(maybe using a laptop) someone could be stealing your internet from you if you don't have the right security.


VulXamore 6 years ago

I have Hughes Net satelite internet and its awsome but when i go to play on xbox live its constent lagging.It says i have 92.0 mbps. But when i get on my labtop its really realy fast. so should i buy the wall adapter???


Scott 6 years ago

VulXamore : no do not bother buying this if you use a satalite connection. The bulk of your lag is in sending too and from the satalite, simply a limitation of the technology. Sat. is high latency but good throughput. Think of your throughput as your speed, and latency as your acceleration (or lack there of it)).


Harry 6 years ago

I have dial-up internet and my friend says that was the problem with lag but this suggests it's the wirless adapter, which one is the problem. Do I have to get better internet or buy those wall things?


Bob 6 years ago

Maybe someone can help me, I am now using internet with vodafone mobile internet (unlimited). Now on the internet my speed is very high, but as soon as I am connecting to a game it´s slow. Should I change my settings or does anyone have any other suggestions apart from getting cable or dsl because that is no option.


rob 6 years ago

please somebody help, i have my ethernet in the back of my xbox to my wireless router (no need for wireless adapter) and another ethernet cable in the back of my pc and in the router to enable a local area connection so my family can surf the web. i play fifa 10 which requires a lot of hosting or connecting to other peoples host. im ok when i host a 1v1 game but when i have to host for more people like a 4v4 i get lag :s or if im connected to my friends connection then they say their conn is fine where as i have like 2second lag. could this be down to my upload speed? my upload speed maximum is 80 k/bs and download 650/700 k/bs. is this too low? please help!!


thenewxboxlaager 6 years ago

why didnt i know this before i spend all my money on that adater.... :( im laaging so much and getting dc all the time :( i got super internet but i still laaag :( i using wireless because my router is on the roof and no cable can reach it :(


thenewxboxlaager 6 years ago

if anybody have a solution with out buying many things please tell me :)

I realy don't wanna laag :(


shwak 6 years ago

So my internet is 54 mbps and my xbox is getting lag with wireless. i can't do wired because it's to far a away and I can't fast wire because my modem doesn't have enough ethernet port. any other solutions?


xXEpicElfXx 6 years ago

how can i stop my lag in modern warfare 2 because my family use internet all the time so im always lagging and it takes me 55 minutes to find a game i have internet blue cable how can i stop this lag

Gamertag xXEpicElfXx


Tuckmaster FLux 6 years ago

@ Kurt!

Dude! that's exactly what happening to me! it goes between one and three bars about every 3 seconds, letting me run...taking me back...run...back..run. I've literally punched a wall and caNNOT figure out how to fix it. (yes i have a wireless adaptor :/)


Anonymous 5 years ago

Go to www.bestbuy.com and type in Rocketfish powerline networking kit


bohu 29 5 years ago

why didn't i know this before! my dad got the wireless adapter for me , and i have never had a game were i haven't lagged!i want to get a ethernet cable but i dont know if it will reach because my wireless router is downstairs and my console is upstairs! will someone tell me if it will reach my router downstairs? also what is that white wall thing and were can i get one? i couldn't here what the guy was saying what they were called.


AoS 5 years ago

@ bohu 29.

"i want to get a ethernet cable but i don't know if it will reach..."

Well, seeing as it is unlikely that anyone on here is the architect of your home, or sychic, could I suggest simply buying an ethernet cord that is long enough.

Measure the distance, roughly and buy a cable length accordingly, there's essentially no limit on the length of ethernet cord you can create.

Also, by no means assume the lag is coming from the wireless, it could be, it couldn't be.

Run some ping and speed tests from a hardwired computer if possible before going through all the effort of running 100 feet of ethernet cable.

The lag could be from problems with your router, congested upload speeds, insufficient download speeds,your distance from the servers, a whole lot of things aside from a wireless connection. Wireless will never help, but it doesn't automatically mean it's hurting.


william 5 years ago

if ur going to wireless go wireless n


callum 5 years ago

Right guys I suggest you trade your old wireless adaptors in and try the double pronged adaptor, I was suffering from the same problems all of you have posted. The only thing about the double pronged adaptor is £59.99 in the uk so I'm guessing in america it would roughly be $115-120 but it is really worth it + it was the only thing succesful and useful I've seen microsoft produce! ;)

Hope this helps you all!


TechGeek 5 years ago

Don't Even Sell Your Adapter Or Buy The Powerline Adapters Set. An Even No Cost Solution Is To Make A 'WindSurfer' On Your Router, Place It On Your Routers Antenna It Will Help Those Who Are Using Wireless Internet Connection And Put Aluminum Foil Around The Adapter As Well To Even Increase The Connection.

There Is A Percentage That Your Router Usually Bounces Off Wifi Signals And This Sometimes Causes Lag. With The Foil Paper Around It Will Reflects It Allowing It To Compress And Blast Off The Signal To Your Adapter -

Note: That They Might Be Some Objects Around Between The Adapter And Your Router Interfering Radio Signal Like Microwaves, Speakers And So Causing Signal Reduction iSuggest To Move These Object Else Where Between The Two Devices.


TechGeek 5 years ago

Don't Even Sell Your Adapter Or Buy The Powerline Adapters Set. An Even No Cost Solution Is To Make A 'WindSurfer' On Your Router, Place It On Your Routers Antenna It Will Help Those Who Are Using Wireless Internet Connection And Put Aluminum Foil Around The Adapter As Well To Even Increase The Connection.

There Is A Percentage That Your Router Usually Bounces Off Wifi Signals And This Sometimes Causes Lag. With The Foil Paper Around It Will Reflects It Allowing It To Compress And Blast Off The Signal To Your Adapter -

Note: That They Might Be Some Objects Around Between The Adapter And Your Router Interfering Radio Signal Like Microwaves, Speakers And So Causing Signal Reduction iSuggest To Move These Object Else Where Between The Two Devices.


kody 5 years ago

Yea I got x box live and shit I use Hughes net and it all works fine I can send shit like messages but can't join party's or when I'm searching in something Luke halo odst it sits there for bout an hour never finding a game until the notice can't find a game shows up. Guys. I need help.


kody 5 years ago

Yea I got x box live and shit I use Hughes net and it all works fine I can send shit like messages but can't join party's or when I'm searching in something Luke halo odst it sits there for bout an hour never finding a game until the notice can't find a game shows up. Guys. I need help.


bob 5 years ago

Yea I have the black adapter for the xbox arcade and it was fine up until now because first of all I stole my neighbors internet he doesn't care and so one day I turn it on and the internet connection doesn't.appear anymore his connection isn't. There anymore please. Help idk wat to do sadface plz reply


jaydoubledub 5 years ago

All that is, is a preset wireless connection between the two "power adapters". Wireless "N" with a 5.4ghz radio is much better. Netgear N600's can be setup native, without having to flash 3rd party firmware (ex. DD-WRT).


CrAiG 5 years ago

I have a wired modem in my room connected up to my xbox!!the lag is terrible all through the day but when its 1-6 in the night the connection is perfect!can any1 help me to fix this


Robert 5 years ago

@CraiG, I have the exact same problem as you. The whole day my connection is shit but around midnight it's perfect. I never used to have any lag for 2 years, it's just recently this shit started happening to me.


bob 5 years ago

Ok so this is my second post whoever replied I don't understand so wat do I have to do I stole my other neighbors internet and he's my good. Freind and so I used for about a week and I got a NUKE on MW2 and then I disconnect right whenn I get it so gay and I try to reconnect but it gone just LIKE MY other neighbors INTERNET!!!!!!!!! And its netgear what the hellll plz help and plz give a readson why its doing this and also I steal some guys inrternet and it has 1 bar and it won't ever connect omg is it my xbox or what is it. Plzzz help I wnana play xbox agaib


bob 5 years ago

Ok so this is my second post whoever replied I don't understand so wat do I have to do I stole my other neighbors internet and he's my good. Friend and so I used for about a week and I got a NUKE on MW2 and then I disconnect right whenn I get it so gay and I try to reconnect but it gone just LIKE MY other neighbors INTERNET!!!!!!!!! And its netgear what the hellll plz help and plz give a readson why its doing this and also I steal some guys inrternet and it has 1 bar and it won't ever connect omg is it my xbox or what is it. Plzzz help I wnana play xbox agaib


CrAiG 5 years ago

@robert!!!do u no wat is wrong????


CrAiG 5 years ago

My internet always has a full bar connection wen i test ot on my xbox!!!so could it b my xbox dat is causin this?????


Laggg 5 years ago

Y do i keep laggin a certin times of the day???at sometimes i av a gud connection but most of the day i don't!!!hhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllpppppppp meeeeeeeee!!!!!;(


lukasz 5 years ago

It always happens when i come back from school at 4pm i play on my xbox and everything works perfect but after 8pm i just cant play any online games it just lags.I have BT internet do you think it is something to do with it because a lot of people say that BT is very slow.Please reply I will really aprectiate your answer.


Heeeeeeellllllppp 5 years ago

Y do i laaggggg????????


burger boy 5 years ago

welll on myn i am playing for say 30 min then suddenly my connection bar on my xbox goes 2 1 then keeps going up and down it really anoys me and im not sure if its my modem or router


Sur name jay hudson mr shades sur name jay  5 years ago

SSDD only at night is good.


Cozmo 5 years ago

well im connected to the ethernet cable but i still lagg :/


Chuck Norris 5 years ago

@ Brandon, i think your problem may be that you're playing both at the same time, if not, ur gay because xbox live is the best online gaming source known. Also if You're having problems with connecting wireless in the Old xbox 360... Buy the New Slim Version 250 GB... so yeah stop playing in those shitty graphics of ps3 and get the new xbox


Robert 5 years ago

Back in november, something went wrong with my connection. I can only join high ping games which means i'm most likely connecting to an american host which makes it even worse...I tested my download/upload speed and it's 0.50 mbs. Before it used to be 12 mbs and i never used to worry about my connection before. I'm with virgin media and i'm getting up to 20mb connection, i don't understand why my internet speed keeps dropping from 9 mbs - 5mbs and then 1mb which is where i start to lag. I don't think it's my router that has the problem...or is it my ISP? Someone answer back please!!!!


Guest 5 years ago

Ok, I have an actiontec pk5000 router and my connection will be average. 3 bars. then it will lag like crazy and then everyone in my game will die and the game will end but It will say I quit.


Vinny20 5 years ago

I have the highest internet speed I can buy... 20mbps and even if I connect directly to the Xbox, I will still lag and get one or two bars on black ops... It really depends on the time of day. Is there any way to fix that?


Acebreeze3 5 years ago

PEOPLE, You CAN >NOT< play Online with Hughesnet. No matter what you Do, To try to resoulve the Lag ther IS NO CONSTENT STREAM!


EII 5 years ago

get verizon fios then its beast my average for my router is 3 but now with fios it never lags


J3R3MIAHS 5 years ago

Reason why you all have lag issues is more than likely 2 things. 1. Your NAT type is strict and makes it hard to connect to games. 2. The ports need to be set to xboxs settings not sure the numbers that you hsve to set the ports to but you can find it with a quick search or youtube it. Otherwise you may have a really bad isp in that case call them and let them know that they suck.


that fat obease child 5 years ago

just get cupcakes


Akin 5 years ago

i use wireless internet and my nat is fine.but then ill start to lag after a minutle or two.i can play for a couple of days and hav no problems then i start to lag.ive check my routers internet website and it say i have lost connection.so were do u buy those plug in thingies?????????????


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DivaGirl98 5 years ago

STOP DRIVING YOURSELVES CRAZY!!!

This is what u need to do,

Forward your ports..You can buy it here or look for a version with a keygan or a crack..Its takes care of the issue instantly ..Never lagg again

http://portforward.com/english/applications/port_f...


dice 5 years ago

My Xbox Live connection works great in the morning time, as it still does when I get home from school which is around 2-3 PM. But when it turns night time, it lags like shit. It's been pissing me off because I went 13-3 in Nuketown, then I started lagging like crazy.;\ and hell no am I buying all this shit.


J.D. 5 years ago

Hey guys, my xbox slim is about 2 and a half feet away from my router and modem and I use the built in wireless adaptor, the connection is beautiful I tell u, all untill my aunt goes on her silly laptop. Than I can't even get through one game. Someone help!!!!


J.D. 5 years ago

Hey guys, my xbox slim is about 2 and a half feet away from my router and modem and I use the built in wireless adaptor, the connection is beautiful I tell u, all until my aunt goes on her silly laptop. Than I can't even get through one game. Someone help!!!!


adrian 5 years ago

i use the ethernet cable&it started lagging but then i took the cable out when i turned it on i waited to plug in the cable til i was already in the game option but now even hen i dont have the cable in my xbox 360 still lags what is the problem


adriangrempel 5 years ago

i use the ethernet cable&it started lagging but then i took the cable out when i turned it on i waited to plug in the cable til i was already in the game option but now even hen i don't have the cable in my xbox 360 still lags what is the problem


guest 5 years ago

I have a 54Mbps router and am hooked upt to cable but when my son plays xbox live and myh other son ison his macbook my computer is really slow. Is the router he problem?


boo! 4 years ago

what are the wall things called?


xboxlive s- o-s 4 years ago

this is 2011 we should not be having these problem's


xboxlive s- o-s 4 years ago

xboxlive s-o-s why do the make these things so complicated

people have been to the moon and back!what seem's to be the problem on" mother earth":(


xbox kid 07 4 years ago

Same thing happens,my connection is on 4 bars but as soon as i go online it goes awire!Anybody got any soloutions


Captainwoneye 4 years ago

If your running anything over 12 megs you might want to look into a modem that is 3.0 docsis or higher. Modems lower then 3.0 docsis cannot handle the higher Internet speed it's like hooking up your normal backyard hose to a fire hydrant, good luck with that haha


tommy 4 years ago

well actually if you have a laptop or desktop computer with wifi and and ethernet port you can actually run your xbox on xbox live through that computer with shared networks just connect your computer to the network and allow it to share with another system then run an ethernet from your computer to the xbox and boom


liam 4 years ago

i have a perfect wirless connection to xbox live, always had, but since yesterday thinks haven't worked correctly, i still get a perfect max bar connection but the minute i join an online game, no matter who the host is i get a very bad laggy connection...can anyone help me with this?


Shane 4 years ago

hey man i have hughes net and i have a ethernet cord hooked to the back of my xbox but live is really laggy what do you suggest?


Joe 4 years ago

so i cant play a full game of madden 12 or 2k12 it always lags out on me in the middle of the game maddens error message always says game has ended due to network timeout and 2k12 just lags and then a message pops up saying there are no remaining players in this game i am wired into my router and i can play mw3 and forza 4 with not to many problems it seems i cant play head to head games and i don't really know why its doing this my isp says i have good strong signal and know i do because my laptop works fine but i just cant play head to head games on madden or 2k12 im bout ready to send the x box flying off the balcony so please gimme some kind of info if u can thank you.


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Slappuccino 4 years ago

I have a Ethernet cable running through the attic, but it is 100ft long. Will that cause lag issues? Also I recently cleared my hard drive cache and that seemed to help some.

One more thing I am tired of all the cheaters on Halo with lag switches and modded controllers. How can I stop them does 343, or Xbox have a way for you to send file share video of the moments in witch they used such cheats, showing there gamer tag.


Name 4 years ago

Ok, so I've had Xbox live for 3 years and it has been perfectly fine. Now all of a sudden my connecton goes from a 3 bar to a 1 bar for a few minutes then back up to a 3 bar... I've tried using my ethernet cable and my wireless adaptor and it still fails???


Lag24/7baby 4 years ago

I can't believe this many of us have problems with terrible connections...its 2012 and we've hardly improved since dial up. I have a XBOX Slim so wireless is built in but whenever one of my roommates goes on their laptop...LAG. Will buying a super long ethernet cord fix this? I have Charter which says "up to 15 mbps" but it must be like 1 or 2 because the connection is always awful.


Matt 4 years ago

Lol, wireless adapters work fine. If you are lagging it isn't because of your adapter or xbox. It is because of your internet service. Don't waste your money ffs.


cody 4 years ago

ya i try playing MW3 or black ops right.and every time i try to connect it tells me servers are not up or no match found every time.the olnly game that works is halo reach and it is supr laggy.i use a wireless adapter for my xbox.but the problem is that there are no special outlets in my room and the router is in the living room on the other side of my house what should i do


toewad1 4 years ago

Its the poxy xbox servers, i have 100 meg broadband and 8 meg broadband they are both just as bad as each other. so don't waste your time or your cash trying to sort it out because YOU WONT, i can tell you now its all down to the xbox live servers i don't think they can cope they need a massive upgrade or something. or sort out which games they join you to usa to england someone will lag. check out toewad1 on youtube how to double your broadband it still wont help xbox (but hey).


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Frederikct112 3 years ago

I just go offline, becuse i don't play multiplayer


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