Add Wifi to your 360 for cheap - High-Def Digest Forums
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-31-2008, 01:11 PM
Master X's Avatar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 14,285
Default Add Wifi to your 360 for cheap

This 50-foot Ethernet cable snaking all the way through my apartment from the router in the bedroom to my Xbox 360 in the living room? That's how I used to play videogames online. The Xbox doesn't come with wireless capability built in, and I didn't want to shell out the extra $100 -- a third the price of the console itself -- for Microsoft's wireless adapter. Third-party wireless bridges cost a bit less but are still pricey. Finally, though, I found a way to ditch the giant wire with a solution that cost me only 40 bucks. If you already have a wireless network set up in your home, you can make a second, cheap router function as an Xbox adapter by replacing its firmware with free software called DD-WRT. As long as you download the right version, almost any brand of router will work. I bought an older model on Amazon, but you can get a used one on eBay for $15 or less -- well worth it for the pleasure of blasting annoying teenagers in Denmark in Halo 3.

DIY Wireless for Your Xbox
Time: 30 minutes
Cost: $15-$50

Before buying a router for this project, check to make sure the specific model is supported. If so, download the right version of the software to your computer.
Follow the installation instructions on for your specific router model. This may require you to change your computer's network settings. Connect the router to your modem and your computer with Ethernet cables. Update the router's firmware with the DD-WRT software.
Enter the router's IP address in your computer's Web browser, which should now bring up the DD-WRT interface. Change the router's settings to "client mode." This enables it to receive an Internet signal from your original router.
Disconnect the cables, and restore the original network settings on your computer. Place the router near the Xbox 360 console, and connect it with a short Ethernet cable. Turn on the console, and connect to Xbox Live.
Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2008, 01:15 PM
diggumsmax's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,323

I still think buying a wireless bridge or buying a cheap wireless router that can be used as a wireless bridge is still a better alternative. Just my 2 cents though.
Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2008, 05:49 PM
BladeofTheImmortal's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 3,966

That's not adding Wifi for cheap. I've got the wireless adapter anyway.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2009, 07:49 AM
kryss187's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 158

i got this.

works great. I got it cheaper off of ebay.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2009, 12:53 PM
Badger3920's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 23,776

Yeah this thread doesn't really deliver, $50-$70 isn't cheap
Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2009, 01:05 PM
BBE's Avatar
BBE BBE is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 848

thats pointless if ur 360 is even remotely anywhere near your pc or anything else that you have hooked up with an ethernet cable though. cuz like someone else mentioned, why not just buy a 10 dollar hub, and connect that to ur router, place it anywhere in the vicinity of your pc and 360 etc. then you only have to run little 10 foot cables or so to hook EVERYTHING up, directly to your router, which will ALWAYS be more reliable than wi fi. just my opinion though. i think this would only be useful if for some reason ur 360 is just ridiculously far away from your router or anything else hooked up to it. like outside in a different rec house or something...
Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2009, 10:45 AM
cash's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 796

Free software + a cheap used router = cheap wireless in my book.
Reply With Quote

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WTB: 360 WiFi Adapter GizmoDVD Video Game Exchange 3 12-14-2009 07:54 PM
sony bdp-s560 (newest model..wifi) cheap for sale or for trade ben7ben3 Home Theater Gear: Buy/Sell/Trade 1 09-16-2009 01:53 PM
Need to Find a Cheap 360 Add ON..But Where? ericpizzapie HD DVD Bargains 9 07-12-2008 12:33 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off