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How to connect the X-box to the wireless network?

Updated on February 3, 2012

Before connecting the x-box to the wireless network, make sure that you have all the settings of your network.

You will need the name of the SSID and the key or password. If you don't know the settings of your network then you will need to connect the computer to the router and open the settings page of the router. On this page you will find all the settings. Make sure that the SSID broadcast is enabled on the router. Also the wireless MAC filter should be disabled. Click here for more information about how to check the wireless settings.

Once you have all the settings, you can connect to the wireless network on X-box.

On the x-box you will need to connect to the wireless network now. Open the main Interface of the X-Box.

  1. In the X-box Dashboard, go to My X-box and open System Settings.
  2. Select Network Settings, Configure Network or Edit settings.
  3. On the Basic Settings tab, select your wireless settings.
  4. Select the name (SSID) of your wireless network. If your router isn't broadcasting your network's name, select Specify Unlisted Network and enter the name.
  5. If your network has wireless security, enter your WEP or WPA key.
  6. Try to connect to X-box LIVE again.

If it is connected to the wireless network, you will be able to play the games.

Some times while playing the games on x-box, you may get error regarding NAT type. It will give you error that NAT type is not open. To set NAT type to open you will need to change the settings on the router.

NAT (Network address translation) is a networking concept used by the router to share one public IP address on to multiple private addresses.There are 3 types of NAT issues that you may face while playing online games.

Open - This means the settings on the router are good and you are able to play the online games.

Moderate - In this case you can talk to other players online who have open or moderate NAT.

Strict - In this case you can not talk to the players who have moderate or strict NAT.

How does NAT affect?

Some times you can not hear the player withing a game or the other person can not hear you. But you can see that he is there.You can not join a game or other player can not join your party.But the NAT problem does not affect the game speed; it affects only the communication ability with other players.If your computer is connected directly to the wired modem then you should not face NAT issue.If you have firewall in the network then it may cause the NAT issue.

How to set the NAT type to open ?

As I said earlier, you will not face the NAT issue if your computer is connected to the wired modem.Generally people use router at home or office for the networking. So now consider you have some computers and X-box in the are playing the game but you are facing the NAT error.What changes you can do on the router?

Reduce the MTU size on the router to 1365.If you have old router then it will be better that you upgrade the firmware of the router.


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      Rebecca 6 years ago

      I am getting the error NAT type not open when I try to play game with my friends. What settings do I need to change on my router to open NAT for my Xbox