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How to Set Up Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter

Updated on February 19, 2012
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Max holds a BS in Mass Communications from SIU and an MA in Communication from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

Connecting a wireless network adapter to your Xbox 360 frees you from the Ethernet cable and gives you a wider range of places where you can take your Xbox 360 and still connect to Xbox Live. For example, you can take your Xbox 360 console to a friend's house, connect to his wireless network and access Xbox Live, or you can move your Xbox 360 console to a different TV in your house where there is no Ethernet hookup and still connect to Xbox Live. Connecting and setting up the wireless network adapter on your Xbox 360 console can be done in less than 30 minutes and is a painless process.

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Insert the disc that came with the wireless network adapter in your Xbox 360.Select "Yes" when prompted to set up your wireless network adapter.The holes where you connect the wireless network adapter to the Xbox 360 is located in the upper-right corner on the back of the console.What the wireless network connector should look like after it's connected and plugged in to your Xbox 360.Initially, you'll only see two options at the Available Networks screen.The wireless networks in the Available Networks screen will be detected after a few seconds.If your wireless network has a password, you'll have to enter it to access the network.After you select your wireless network, you'll automatically be disconnected from Xbox Live before testing the network.The wireless network test tests the connection between your Xbox 360 and wireless router, the connection between the router and the Internet, and the Internet and Xbox Live.A check mark appears to the right of each test that is successful on the right side of the window.The Stop Test button turns into a Continue button after the test is finished.Successful connection to a wireless network is denoted by a check mark in the upper-right corner of that network's icon.
Insert the disc that came with the wireless network adapter in your Xbox 360.
Insert the disc that came with the wireless network adapter in your Xbox 360. | Source
Select "Yes" when prompted to set up your wireless network adapter.
Select "Yes" when prompted to set up your wireless network adapter. | Source
The holes where you connect the wireless network adapter to the Xbox 360 is located in the upper-right corner on the back of the console.
The holes where you connect the wireless network adapter to the Xbox 360 is located in the upper-right corner on the back of the console. | Source
What the wireless network connector should look like after it's connected and plugged in to your Xbox 360.
What the wireless network connector should look like after it's connected and plugged in to your Xbox 360. | Source
Initially, you'll only see two options at the Available Networks screen.
Initially, you'll only see two options at the Available Networks screen. | Source
The wireless networks in the Available Networks screen will be detected after a few seconds.
The wireless networks in the Available Networks screen will be detected after a few seconds. | Source
If your wireless network has a password, you'll have to enter it to access the network.
If your wireless network has a password, you'll have to enter it to access the network. | Source
After you select your wireless network, you'll automatically be disconnected from Xbox Live before testing the network.
After you select your wireless network, you'll automatically be disconnected from Xbox Live before testing the network. | Source
The wireless network test tests the connection between your Xbox 360 and wireless router, the connection between the router and the Internet, and the Internet and Xbox Live.
The wireless network test tests the connection between your Xbox 360 and wireless router, the connection between the router and the Internet, and the Internet and Xbox Live. | Source
A check mark appears to the right of each test that is successful on the right side of the window.
A check mark appears to the right of each test that is successful on the right side of the window. | Source
The Stop Test button turns into a Continue button after the test is finished.
The Stop Test button turns into a Continue button after the test is finished. | Source
Successful connection to a wireless network is denoted by a check mark in the upper-right corner of that network's icon.
Successful connection to a wireless network is denoted by a check mark in the upper-right corner of that network's icon. | Source

Instructions for Setting Up Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adapter

  1. Insert the disc that came with the Xbox 360 wireless adapter and then power down the Xbox 360. The wireless adapter should not be connected to the Xbox 360 at this point.
  2. Power the Xbox 360 on. If the appropriate software was already installed on your machine as part of an update, your standard dashboard will be displayed as normal and no additional dialog boxes will open. However, if a dialog box does appear prompting you to install additional software, elect to install the software from the disc on your Xbox 360.
  3. Power down your Xbox 360 immediately if you weren't prompted to install any additional software or after any software you needed to install is finished installing.
  4. Position your Xbox 360 so you have a clear view of the back of the console. In the upper-right corner of the back of the Xbox 360 you'll notice two small holes, one directly above the Made in China marking and one directly above the the Dolby Digital icon.
  5. Slide one of the indents on the back of the wireless adapter into one of these holes and then slide the other indent into the opposite hole. Give the wireless adapter a small push to ensure it's firmly connected to the Xbox 360 and locked into place.
  6. Position the two antennas on the wireless adapter so they're pointing in the direction of your wireless router.
  7. Plug the USB cable extending from the wireless network adapter in to the USB port located directly beneath where the wireless network adapter is located and directly above where the Ethernet cable would normally connect.
  8. Reconnect any cables you may have disconnected to connect the wireless adapter and then power the console back on. A dialog instantly appears telling you that a wireless adapter has been detected and asking whether or not you want to configure it at that moment. Select "Yes." The Available Networks screen opens with an icon that says Wired Network and another icon that says "Scanning for wireless networks...." Don't take any action until the "Scanning for wireless networks..." icon disappears and any nearby wireless networks appear as icons in the list.
  9. Select the name of the wireless network you want to connect to. If the wireless network has a password, a Network screen will appear, prompting you to enter the password associated with the wireless network.
  10. Enter the password if there is one, then click "Start." A warning appears notifying you that testing your wireless network connection will sign any users currently signed in to Xbox Live out. Select "Yes." The Test Xbox Live Connection screen appears and the test begins automatically. The test first measures the ability of your Xbox 360 to connect to the wireless network. After that connection is established, the ability of the Xbox 360 to connect to the Internet through the wireless network is tested. After that connection is established, the ability of the Xbox 360 to connect to the Xbox Live network is tested. Failure in any of these three areas will prevent you from connection your Xbox 360 to the Internet. You can visually track the progress of the test in the gray box running across the bottom of the Test Xbox Live Connection window. When the connection from one part of the process to the other is verified to be working, all four dots between two of the parts will be green. For example, after the connection between your Xbox 360 and wireless network is established, the four dots between those steps will be green.
  11. Select "Continue" when the test is finished. You'll return to the Available Networks screen where your selected wireless network will feature a check mark in the upper-right corner of it.
  12. Press "B" until you return to the Xbox 360 dashboard.
  13. Press the "Guide" button on your Xbox 360 controller to open the Xbox Guide window. The Guide button is the large circular button in the center of the controller that features the green X.
  14. Select "Sign In" and then select your Xbox Live account to give your wireless network connection a quick test. Enter your username and password if prompted. A message appears along the bottom of the screen after a few seconds notifying you that you've successfully signed in to your Xbox Live account, an indication that your wireless network adapter is working without issue.

Note: If your Xbox Live connection using the wireless network adapter isn't performing as well as you feel it should be, there are a number of things you can do to try speeding it up. Suggestions for speeding up a wired or wireless Xbox Live connection are available here.

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