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I am trying to use my laptop as a wireless adaptor for my Xbox 360 so I can go on Xbox Live. I have the ethernet cable plugged in to my laptop and my Xbox. When I highlight my wireless connection and my local area connection (as it says to do on the video tutorial), and then right click and go onto bridge connections. It says I must select at least 2 high speed internet ports. I have done this but I get the same error message all the time.

 

I am only doing this to save 50 quid on the Microsoft wireless network adaptor.

 

 

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What you want to do is connect your laptop to your router wirelessly, then you need to connect your xbox to your laptop via the ethernet cable.

 

Open the control panel and select network connections, right click the wireless connection (the one that gives you internet) and click properties. Click on the advanced tab and check the box asking "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's internet connection". Then in the drop down box, select your Xbox connection (which should be called Local Area Connection).

 

If that doesn't work, highlight both connections and click bridge connections.

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if both are using the same final connection , IE your actual intenet connection it will not bridge, it has to see 2 actual independant connections to the internet, e.g, a wireless connection fron next door etc and your original one, or if you have 2 separate ADSL connections e.g, 1 cable and one over BT line or any 2 of these

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It is only showing me my wireless connection and my local area connection which has a red x on it?

 

 

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2 pc's laptop and PC ??

 

or is it just the laptop showing the X ,

 

is their a network cable from laptop to router ?

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Hi Kip, and thanks.

 

I have two laptops connected wirelessly to my router. It says it can run up 2 four computers from it. If you watch this

and any others on there. I have done exactly what they tell me to do.

 

 

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its a bit confussing for many the actual windows bridging requires 2 high speed connections to the internet, not 2 connection into 1 router, there are other prg's that will do it

 

what some people do is have 2 connections to the laptop 1 wireless 1 net cable / or any 2 of the above ( using extra wireless dongle etc or a usb net dongle making it 2 utp connections ) to increase the bandwidth

 

in theory with 2 connections on the laptop you should be able to bridge them

 

you need to highlight both connections then select bridging as in pic below

 

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I seen something somewhere that I may need to manually change my IP address for the Xbox to recognise it. It was on You Tube somewhere. My laptop shows me exactly what I would expect to see when I try to bridge the connection. I have the ethernet cable plugged in to both the laptop and the Xbox, I also make sure the Xbox is turned off whilst I try to bridge the connection. Is it possible that it won't work because the router is already shared. I think the error message says I must have to LAN, High Speed connections that are not shared for it to bridge?

 

 

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does the xbox see the router , if not double check if it needs XOVER cable ( crossover ) or if you have used a XOVER and it needs straight cable, dont play with games things so cant try the setup here

 

if you connect 2 pc's without a router you have to use a XOVER cable to use ICS ( internet connection sharing ) similar problem with printer that are networked , they need XOVER cables

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I'm not sure Kip. It's a brand new Xbox and the ethernet cable came with it. I have just tried to connect it straight from the modem with the ethernet cable. It said that the Xbox can't configure my IP address. I don't want to mess about manually changing my IP address.

 

 

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ok simple test

 

btw crossover cables normally have XOVER marked on the plug/cable

 

does the laptop connect with a network cable ? if yes try that on the Xbox

 

also try the cable that came with the Xbox on the laptop

 

if both work on the laptop you DONT have XOVER

 

a few forums say you need a XOVER cable to connect the Xbox

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I've just tried to manually program my IP address into the thing, but it wants a bloody subnet number and gateway number?????

 

 

My laptop won't bridge connections because I need two high speed internet connections that are not being used by internet connection sharing????

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ok

 

is this what your trying to do

 

"Xbox" > wireless > "Laptop" > network cable > "router"

 

or

 

"Xbox" > network cable > "laptop" > wireless > "router"

 

problem seems to be you need a wireless connection from Xbox to router, but its @ a £50 cost for the unit,

 

how far is the Xbox from the router

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My laptop is connected wirelessly, I have the ethernet cable that came with the Xbox going from that to my laptop (which is then the local area connection). If you look at all the videos on YouTube, it is a simple case of bridging the wireless connection and the local area connection. I have highlighted the 2 (keeping ctrl pressed and then clicking on them both), and I have right clicked and then clicked on bridge connections.

 

I think the problem is that the wireless connection is a shared connection. It tells me that it can't bridge shared network connections. The router is obviously shared as my son has his laptop connected wirelessly also.

 

 

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test by removing his connection

 

can you run a utp cable to his, that would remove the "shared connection"

 

if the router has spare ports you could get el'chepo wireless DSL router ( DSL , cable type ) and connect that to the router and let him use that connection

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test by removing his connection

 

can you run a utp cable to his, that would remove the "shared connection"

 

 

Sorry Kip, I don't know what a utp cable is. I have been trying to work out how to remove his connection also???

 

 

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UTP = normal network cable

 

as for his connection , to test uninstall ICS , internet connection sharing

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I have managed to bridge the network connection, but the Xbox itself will still not connect to the internet. At least I'm moving in the right direction. lol

 

It is set to automatically detect my IP address, but it is saying that I need to go to my router configuration web page and make sure my DHCP(????) is set right. I don't know how to get my router configuration web page:confused:.

 

 

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what router make / model is it,

I will find the local default web address for you

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need the model no etc to xref it

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it's 54Mbps Wireless Router WGR-614 6VGUKS.

 

I should imagine that the settings for it will be in my hard drive somewhere though.

 

 

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Connect direct to the router with a Ethernet cable and try and open a webpage and put 192.168.1.1 into the address bar and when it goes to the next screen use the username of "virgin" and the passphrase "password" and that should take you to the Netgear configuration pages.

 

this should be right

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LOL Kip, it amazes me where you get all this info.

 

I'VE CRACKED IT!!!!!!:D

 

I am now officially connected to Xbox live:p.

 

I have another problem with my sons laptop, but I will post that here tomorrow. Hopefully you will be online Kip.

 

Thanks again M8, You're a star:D:D:D.

 

 

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prob because i work on PC's all the time .. :D :D

 

catch you tommorow m8

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