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Saturday, March 3, 2007

How to share your internet connection on your PC with your Xbox 360 Console

Internet connection Sharing (ICS) is an option on your PC that allows you to share your Internet connection with other devices, and to do so follow these steps:

1. Go on PC to “Start”
2. Then “Control Panel”

3. Go to “Network Connections”
4. You’ll find 2 main categories “Dial up” & “LAN or High–speed Internet”.

5. If you have more than one "Local Area Network" you must first know which of them is the connection to your Xbox 360 console, so unplug the cable that connects the PC to the console from the back of the PC and look which of them on the screen will turn to be unplugged, so that's the connection to the console, now reconnect the cable.
6. Under “Dial up” you’ll find your broadband connection, so right click on it & go to properties.
7. Then click on the advanced tab, you’ll find there the ICS option, all what you need to do is to enable the check box “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” and only this check box, then if you have more than one "Local Area Network" you'll get a list of them here to select the one that you want to share your broadband connection with, for sure select the Xbox 360 connection.
8. Then click “OK”.
9. This new settings may not apply unless you disconnect & reconnect again from the Internet.

If you faced any other kind of troubles with this part even after you try these steps please don't hesitate to leave a comment.

94 comments:

Richard said...

whenever i press ok an error shows up saying ICS cannot be enabled due to an ip address conflit on the network, ICS requires the host to be configured to use 192.168.0.1. Please ensure that no ther client on the network is configured to use 192.168.0.1. PLz help!!

xbox 360 support said...

OK, Let’s do everything again from the very beginning.
On your computer go to Start then Control Panel then Network Connections.
You’ll find two main categories:
1-Dial up
2-LAN or High–speed Internet
Under Dial up you’ll find your Broadband Connection. Right click on it and select Properties then click on the Advanced tab. You’ll find an Internet Connection Sharing option. I need you to unmark the box beside “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” then click “OK”. Then disconnect and reconnect again to the internet. We are doing so because you might be allowing ICS to the wrong Local Area Network. Then we’ll allow ICS again.

On the Xbox 360 dashboard go to System then Network Settings then Restore to factory defaults. Then Apply Settings and Test Xbox Live Connection.

On the PC:
1-Go on PC to Start
2-Then Control Panel
3-Go to Network Connections
4-You’ll find 2 main categories “Dial up” & “LAN or High–speed Internet”.
5-If you have more than one "Local Area Network" you must first know which of them is the connection to your Xbox 360 console, so unplug the cable that connects the PC to the console from the back of the PC and look which of them on the screen will turn to be unplugged (You’ll find a red X when you disconnect the Ethernet cable and it will disappear when you reconnect it again), so that's the connection to the console, then reconnect the cable.
Ensure your chosen Local Area Connection is Enabled if it is Disabled, right click on the Local Area Connection and choose Enable.
6-Under “Dial up” you’ll find your broadband connection, so right click on it & go to Properties.
7-Then click on the Advanced tab, you’ll find there the Internet Connection Sharing option, all what you need to do is to tick the check box “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”, then if you have more than one "Local Area Network" you'll get a list of them here to select the one that you want to share your broadband connection with, for sure select the Xbox 360 connection. (The one you found the Red X on when you disconnected the Ethernet cable)
8-And tick “Establish a dial-up connection whenever a computer on my network attempts to access the Internet”
9- Also tick “Allow other network users to control or disable the shared Internet connection”
10-Then click OK.
11-To apply these settings you’ll need to disconnect from the internet and reconnect again.
When you reconnect again the Dial-up connection should say Connected, Shared.
12-Now select the network connection linked to your Xbox 360, right click on it and select properties.
13- Scroll down the list to the bottom and double click on Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) to bring up its properties.
14- Click ok if you find “ Use the following IP address” selected.
IP: 192.168.0.1
15- Now make sure the Ethernet cable is connected from the Xbox 360 to the PC. And turn on the Xbox360.
16- On the Xbox 360 dashboard go to System then Network settings. Click on the IP settings and switch it to manual and enter the following:

IP: 192.168.0.2
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.0.1

It will ask you to apply settings and test Xbox Live connection.
When you test the connection it’ll pass. But if the DNS fails go back to the DNS settings, switch it to manual and enter this DNS: 192.168.0.1

NOTE: You need to ensure that there is no PPPOE settings set. Go on the System then Network settings then Edit settings then additional settings then click on the PPPOE and select clear settings.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I just got an Xbox 360 and I'm having a similar problem.

The MTU test fails even when I get it changed to the right number. But I'm also not using a router, instead I have a direct connection to the wall (on-campus at a college). Could that be the problem?

I tried following these steps to share my connection but it doesn't have the option. Usually it would be beneath the Windows Firewall tab, but there's nothing there.

Is there anyone I can bring it up and then set the connection to be shared? Because that could be the problem.

Thanks

xbox 360 support said...

Hello there,

Sorry for the delayed respond, I was in a vacation for a week.
Basically about your issue here I don't know first whether you've set the MTU to the correct # or not so plz check our page on that issue first:
http://xbox360help.blogspot.com/2007/03/mtu-failed-on-xbox-live-test.html

But as MTU is a router setting & you say you even don't have a router & connecting through a direct connection at college I think you might need to ask the IT department or I mean the person in charge of the Internet connection (administrator) at your college to set it for you.

If it's set correctly you should be able to directly connect your console & play normally, but if you have to share the connection through a PC & you can't find that option following the steps on our blog you have an OEM Windows version & it doesn't support ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) so you have to contact Microsoft Windows support to update your windows version or even to change it.

Wish that would be helpful even it might be too late.
see you.

Anonymous said...

Somewhat similar problem here... just hooked up Xbox Live with direct connect to modem, which worked no problem. However, this was after several attempts to use the ICS through my PC. I have two ethernet ports on my motherboard, allowing my modem to connect to my PC, and my Xbox to connect to my PC. Unfortunately the MTU test failed and I don't have any router settings to manipulate. Any way around this?

Thanks

xbox 360 support said...

Hi there,

If the MTU is the failing part and in your case you are just connecting the console to the PC (NO Router) just modem, PC and Xbox 360, i need you to turn it all off including the actual modem.

Unplug the modem from the wall socket , turn console and PC off, wait for a couple of minuets then turn it on again, turn the PC on first then the console the modem.

supposed to work this way,if not please send me again with the brand of your modem with the model number which will be found on the back of the modem, also tell me which internet service provider are you with now.

bye now.

Anonymous said...

HI I am trying to set up the internet connection sharing but when I hook the PC up to the 360 and go to network connections, there is no connection showing for the 360, can you help me out?

xbox 360 support said...

Hi there,

If you connect your Xbox 360 to your PC using a working Ethernet cable you must find a connection on the Network Connections part.

So first we'll assume that this cable is a working, good conditioned cable and I'll ask you to go back on the Network Connections page on you PC as shown on this page from step 1 - 3.

Then unplug the cable connecting to your Xbox 360 from the back of your PC, supposed now one of the connections on your screen will show an unplugged icon with a red X on it, so this will be your console connection to the PC, and now you can go on with the steps on the page here.

If nothing changed on the screen when you unplug the cable from the PC side, there is a problem with this particular cable, so then buy a new Ethernet cable and try it please, I believe then it must work unless you have a problem with the Ethernet port on your PC or the Xbox 360 Ethernet port is faulty.

Just try another cable first, and please feed me back.

Bye now.

Anonymous said...

Please help - ive been tearing my hair out over this :(

I have the same DNS problem as the first guy, and have done everything, but it still hasnt been resolved :(

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi there,

The first guy wasn't able to allow the ICS option on his PC, not having a DNS problem but if you have the same error I'll tell you what to do.

There is a small IP conflict on your PC that needs to be resolved, first I need you to go to follow the steps on this page till step No.6

Instead of going to the "Advanced tap" keep on the General one and you'll find there a subtitle "this connection uses the following items" under this subtitle there are some options one of them is "Internet Protocol(TCP/IP)" double click on this one.

another new page will pop up including a "General" and "Alternate Configuration" set all the options here to automatic.

On General "Obtain an IP address automatically" , "Obtain DNS server address automatically" , On Alternate Configuration "Automatic private IP address".

It's even better and in your case I think it's a must to set all your connections this way, I mean even the "Local Area Connection 1" or the Broadband connection so all would be on the same configuration with no hassle at all.

Then Restart your PC and check,
If still not working let me tell you something try to disable the ICS by unticking the "Allow others to connect...." box, then restart your PC and modem by unplugging the modem power cable (if it has one) then refollow the ICS instructions and allow it again through this page.
Hopefully this will work, please feed me back after all.

Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Hello, first i wanna thank you for doing this, i mean helping out ebery one on newtwork issues. Ok, here the problem, I have ics on and my 360 always fail DNS. now i did ics before and it worked fine. but it fail like a week later and i tried to fix it forever. so i installed windows over(its a fresh os) and i tried it again. and i still get a dns fail.im going crazy. if you can figure this one out i will be amazed.

Thanks in advance.

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi there,

Please try the steps on this page first then feed me back:
http://xbox360help.blogspot.com/2007/03/dns-failed-on-xbox-360-live-test.html

Cheers.

Anonymous said...

ok, when i click on advanced under properties the check circle to allow other users doesnt sho up it only had windows fire wall settings,thats it it was working b4 but i dont kno what happened xbox live was working too.

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi there,

Ok, you'll find your answer on the IP page where you left the other question there:
http://xbox360help.blogspot.com/2007/04/ip-failed-xbox-360-live-test.html

Cheers.

Anonymous said...

I have talk talk as my provider
When i try to do the ip test i go to manual and i can get the ip address but i cant get the subnet mask a gateway.
how do i set them up

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi there,

Sorry but I didn't get you straight. Any way if you are asking about the way to get the subnet mask and gateway from the computer go to this link and you'll find the answer to your question:
http://xbox360help.blogspot.com/2007/03/how-to-get-physical-ip-dns-addresses-or.html

But if you just want to know how to enter them on the Xbox 360 dashboard here is how to do it:
After you enter the IP manually click done and you'll get the subnet mask click on it and enter the one you got from the computer then done and for the gateway it's the same.
Hope this helps.

If you want to ask about anything else please don't hesitate to leave another comment but try to give me more details n order to better assist you.

Cheers,

Anonymous said...

HELP!!
I understand a little bit about computers. I added the xbox 360 via straight cable (also tried crossover)
I can see connection on my Local area connection. I have setup ICS on my wireless Nic. I have turned off windows firewall and shutdown my sygate firewall.
I have tried the following configuration in my environment:

Router ip: 192.168.1.1
Wireless ip: 192.168.1.100
Lan card :192.168.0.1
xbox 360:192.168.0.2

All using class C subnets. (255.255.255.0)
I get a failed when testing ip address on the xbox 360. I cannot see any packets when i view the status of the lan connection. Also I am unable to ping the xbox360 (whether i can or not i don't know)
Could someone help...

Thanks in advance.

Paul

xbox 360 help blog said...

Dear Paul,

You have done pretty well till now but i don't know now whether you've set the IP settings on your Xbox 360 on manual or automatic, but it's better to set it to automatic.

But first go on the steps on this page to make sure even your PC is configured automatically:
http://xbox360help.blogspot.com/2007/10/ip-failes-xbox-360-live-test.html

Then go on your dashboard to "System" then "Network Settings" then "Restore to Factory Defaults" and when it ask you to apply settings "Test Xbox Live" should be your choice.

Hopefully it would work that simple if not please feed me back.
Cheers.

David said...

Hi,

I'm trying to set up my xbox 360 live account using ICS. I followed all the steps and I still get a DNS failed. Under the windows TCP/IP properties under the genral tab I use the following IP address:
Ip Address: 192.168.0.1
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
Default gateway: . . .

Use the following DNS:
left both blank.

Under Internet connection sharing tab in advanced I clicked Allow other user to connect and allow other users to control.

Under the Xbox 360 basic settings i have the following:

Ip settings: manual
IP address: 192.168.0.2
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Gateway: 192.168.0.1

DNS settings: Manual
Primary: 192.168.0.1
Secondary: 192.168.0.1

PPPoE settings : Not set

My DNS test still fails but my IP address test is confirmed. Am I doing something wrong? I redid all the settings according to your instruction like 5 times to no avail. Any help is greatly appreciated and thanks for devoting your time to this cause.

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi David,

You've already done a great job and seems to me you have also devoted alot of your time to try lol.

Anyways I want to tell you something, it's always better to leave the whole thing to the beauty of technology as I call which is to set it all on automatic and all staff will configure itself by itself.

So first I want you to go on the steps on this page to set the settings on your PC to automatic then restart your PC connection:
http://xbox360help.blogspot.com/2007/10/ip-failes-xbox-360-live-test.html

Then as I said on this page at the end:
Restart your PC and go on the Dashboard of your Xbox 360 console to “System” area then “Network Settings” then “Restore To Factory Defaults", when it ask you to apply settings select "Test Xbox Live".

I believe then all will work with technology magical "auto" option.
Please feed me back with what you got to.
Cheers.

Dave said...

hi all.

After 7 hours of tinkering, troubleshooting, cussing, throwing things, I finally got my connection to work. Just wanted to throw a little advice out there to save you all some trouble (and 7 hours).

Listen to what the xbox 360 help blogger has to say! Seriously! Read each step carefully and as he stated before, the "auto" function works wonders, no need to tinker around with manual. The xbox 360 is an amazing machine let it do its own work.

The step I missed was I enabled sharing on the wrong LAN. MAKE SURE you're sharing the one that your computer actually recieves internet from, NOT the one its connecting to the xbox through.

Hope this helps and if you still have trouble, I have no doubt the help blogger will be able to assist you. Thanks to the xbox 360 Support blogger for all the help! Good luck to you all! Time for some CODD4:MW!

RomeDogg said...

Hello,
I found your this article and read through it because my xbox 360 continues to fail the IP test. I have it set up so that my xbox connects directly into my pc which receives its connection wirelessly. this worked for months before i started having internet connection issues. these issues were resolved but i havent been able to get on LIVE now for weeks! I have tried power cycling my modem, turning off and on both my pc and xbox, using auto and manual IP info, and restoring my factory defaults all to no avail. I really need help figuring this one out and would appreciate some input. Thanks

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hello RomeDogg,

All what you've said is great but even if you've tried all possible steps ever it might still fail because you haven't tried these steps with the correct order.

I've put all steps to try related to the ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) issues on 2 pages, please follow the steps on each as it is and read it carefully for you issue to get resolved.

First go on the steps on this page that we're on once more.

Then go on the steps on this link afterwards:
http://xbox360help.blogspot.com/2007/10/ip-failes-xbox-360-live-test.html

It should work then, but if it didn't please send me back and tell me exactly which part fail when you test Xbox Live Connection.
Cheers.

RomeDogg said...

I tried following the steps on this page but I am unable to on a few of them. Under Network Connections I only have a LAN or Highspeed Internet area and no dial-up area, meaning i cannot do the ICS option on my 'broadband' connection. When I unplug the ethernet cable, the icon labeled Local Area connection loses its connection, so I tried checking the ICS box on that one. When I do this i lose my interent connection and I have to go back and check the ICS box on my Wireless Network Connection to regain internet access. What does this mean? Thank you for the help by the way I really appreciate it

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi RomeDogg,

Basically, as far as I know there are 2 reasons for not finding the broadband connection or the Dial-up part.

1. If you already got this device connection shared from another device (for example if you have a laptop and shared its connection to a PC you can't share the PC connection to a third device).

2. If you're on a network already had a device sharing its connection as only one device on the same network can share connection with another device (if you have your laptop and PC connected to the same router and you're sharing the laptop connection with your Xbox 360 you can't share the PC connection with any other device).

If you are on one of these situations I think by now you know the reason, if not please tell me so I can look for any other reason that I may not know till now.
Cheeers.

RomeDogg said...

In any case, the second set of steps you gave me worked! I set all of my connections on automatic IP/DNS and I was able to access xbox LIVE again! Thanks so much for all the help

Matt L said...

hi,
i am having a lot of trouble connecting my xbox 360 to live. i am doing it through a shared connection which the ethernet cable is connected to my laptop and into my xbox. My wireless Network Connection is shared and assigned DHCP but for some reason the IP address on the xbox keeps on failing. The xbox is all set on automatic and the laptop is also on Automatic obtain but i am still failing. The cable connection which is the ethernet is connect but i cannont get on.
thanks =]

LyRySyST said...

Hey dude. I have tried everything on this site and nothing will work for me. I think it has something to do with network connections. I Have my modem & xbox 360 enabled. Modem has let other users connect to internet enabled. IP address on 360 keeps failing. I have been to the page where it explains why ip could be failing, I have done everything on that page and still no luck. I can use xbox live if i disable my internet on the pc and plug 360 straight into modem but when I want to use internet on pc I have to switch it back and it is very annoying. PlEaSe HeLp !!

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi Matt,

I don't know what type of security you're using but there are 2 steps here we need to try.

First, you'll need to turn any firewall on your PC off in case the firewall is the reason, I mean just even to check.

If turning the firewalls off doesn't solve the issue, here is the second step to try:
1. Go on the same steps on this page to step no. 6.
2. Supposed as you said you'll find the option “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” already ticked, we need now to untick it.
3. Go back on your broadband connection and right click on it then select "disconnect".
4. wait for a minute then right click again on your broadband connection and select "Reconnect".
5. again go on the steps on this page to share your connection by ticking the option “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”.

After that go on your Xbox 360 and test your connection once more.
Cheers.

iim - peter said...

Hey, great write up you have here. Really some good info for people having troubles... but for some reason I cannot get my system working..

My Specs:
Laptop running Windows Vista
Laptop internet source = wireless
Xbox 360 (of course)
Crossover cable

Ok... so the reason I am doing this is quite simple... I have the xbox in a room too far from the router and don't want to shell out another good chunk of money for a wireless adapter that should have been pre-built into the system in my opinion.

I actually had LIVE working on 2 occasions but whenever I rebooted the computer next.... didn't work... it was hit or miss...

So I followed your steps... set the wireless to share... I have the wireless connection to automatically detect IP and DNS and all that mumbo jumbo..

As for the LAN connection.. I set the ip to 192.168.0.2 and gateway to 255.255.255.0 and the DNS left blank... I have it setup on manual on the 360 to

IP: 192.168.0.2
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.0.1

the DNS I kept automatic... I tested the connection.. IP confirmed but the DNS failed... so I did what you said and set the DNS settings on the xbox to manual and set it to 192.168.0.1 and still didn't work...

so basically I am stuck right here... any help would definately be really appreciated.. thank you

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi LyRySyST,

Well it should work somehow, let me try something here with you.

1. Go on the same steps on this page to step no. 6.
2. Supposed as you said you'll find the option “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” already ticked, we need now to untick it.
3. Go back on your broadband connection and right click on it then select "disconnect".
4. Wait for a minute then right click again on your broadband connection and select "Reconnect".
5. Again go on the steps on this page to share your connection by ticking the option “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”, and make sure that this is the only enabled option.

Then go on the steps on this page:
http://xbox360help.blogspot.com/2007/10/ip-failes-xbox-360-live-test.html

Then on the Dashboard of your Xbox 360 console to “System” area then “Network Settings” then “Restore To Factory Defaults", when it ask you to apply settings select "Test Xbox Live", and I reckon it will be working then.

Please feed me back, Cheeers.

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi Peter,

Seems you've tried alot dude :-) ok hope fully this time it will work.

Sometimes it's likely to use the automatic option and see the beauty of modern technology, and I'll tell you how to do so, so here goes..

First make sure that all connection on your laptop under "Network Connections"are set to automatic as we said on this page:
http://xbox360help.blogspot.com/2007/10/ip-failes-xbox-360-live-test.html

Then do these steps here:
1. Go on the same steps on this page to step no. 6.
2. Supposed as you said you'll find the option “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” already ticked, we need now to untick it.
3. Go back on your broadband connection and right click on it then select "disconnect".
4. Wait for a minute then right click again on your broadband connection and select "Reconnect".
5. Again go on the steps on this page to share your connection by ticking the option “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”, and make sure that this is the only enabled option.

As for me I see the problem here is that you haven't specify the DNS on your laptop.

And our final step after all is to go on the Dashboard of your Xbox 360 console to “System” area then “Network Settings” then “Restore To Factory Defaults", when it ask you to apply settings select "Test Xbox Live".

Please feed me back after trying these steps.
Cheers.

jimmy said...

Dear Helper man,
so tell me if I am challenging myself to a losing battle. but I live way out in the country and the only source for internet is dial-up. Ive been reading online and I get some mixed messages, many saying its possible, but obviously with lagg. In any case, if it does work, I am having a failed DNS error. When I go to my internet connection to right click for the properties, nothing happens. the page doesn't pop up or anything. I can on any other computer but is there something I need to enable to pull up the properties page for my internet?

SHANO!!! said...

Hey Guys I need some help!!! haha.

Ok, well heres how it is i go to network connections and i see two options the ethernet or my actual internet connection so i right click go to properties and then advanced like you say, BUT it only show the Windows firewall NOT the ICP or sharing so what do i need to do?

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi Jimmy,

First about connecting using dial up, definitely it will be with lagging and that stuff.

I donno what is exactly the reason that you can't get the properties part on your dial up connection it supposed to work normally, anyway that would be a windows problem and it's better in a case like this to setup your windows again and try so it will be for sure working although I don't reckon it's a good idea going live using a dial up unless you have no other options.
Cheeers.

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi Shano,

Well in this case you are using a windows version called OEM which doesn't allow ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) so you need now to contact Microsoft customer support to ask whether it's possible to update this windows somehow to allow ICS or not.

Or even if you already have another windows copy at home you can just set this one up.
Cheeers.

Anthony said...

Hi umm i have vista so i cant follow exactly what you said, do you know how i can do it with vista?

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi anthony,

To set-up ICS on Vista follow these steps:-


1) Ensure you are connected to the Internet

2) Ensure your Xbox is powered up and connected to your chosen network card

3) Start/Network

4) Click on the Network and Sharing Center Button

5) Click Manage Network Connections

Here you must identify which of the connections listed is your connection to the internet.

If you are using a USB modem to connect to the Internet it will be listed in the "Dial-up" section its very important that you make sure you get the correct one otherwise this wont work.

6) Identify your LAN Connection to the Xbox
If you have more than one network card, it will be the one that doesn't say "Network Cable Unplugged", as your Xbox should be powered up and the cable connected, unplugged means there is nothing connected to that network card.

Ignore the 1394 connection and if your set-up is simple there should only be one left. The network card normally has a manufacturers description to help you. Again this is very important that you identify the correct card.

It should be labelled as Local Area Connection followed by a number
Ensure your chosen Local Area Connection is Enabled if it is Disabled, right click on the Local Area Connection and choose Enable.

7) Left click once on your Dial-up Network Connection to highlight it, the one you use to connect to the Internet NOT Local Area Conection

8) Right click the mouse, and select properties, followed by continue

9) Click on the Sharing tab at the top
10) Tick the "Allow other network users to connect through this computers Internet connection"

11) On the "Home Networking Connection" drop down box select the Network card that is connected to your Xbox from the list.
Remember it will be listed as Local Area Connection followed by a number if you have a few network cards.

You wont need to choose at all if you only have one network card

Remember this option will only appear if you have more than one Local Area Connection. So do not worry if this setting is not present.

12) Tick Establish a dial-up connection whenever a computer on my network attempts to access the Internet
13) Click on OK and wait (you may get a warning stating that as your connection is active use settings may not be applied right now, ignore it)

14) Disconnect from the Internet
15) Connect to the Internet again

Note that the Dial-up connection should say Connected, Shared.
16) Now left click the mouse on the network connection that links to your Xbox. Highlight it and right click and select Status/Details. Look for the field that says IPv4 IP Address, it should read 192.168.0.1 If it doesn't, you have done something wrong, start the guide again.
17) Scroll down the list to the bottom and double click on Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) to bring up its properties
18) On your Xbox Dashboard, go into Settings/Network Settings, ensure the settings are set to Auto
19) When the details have been entered. Press Back on the controller. Now select Connect and you should be able to connect to Xbox Live

Hope tis helps,

Anonymous said...

hi i got a xbox 360

And i put in all the code right
but the dns don't work it just keep's saying failed

Anonymous said...

when i test the live my ip address works but then the dns don't i put all the code's in right

Anonymous said...

Hi

I have just read through this article and it is very confusing because im a computer noobie... but any ways i am trying to connect my xbox through a ethernet cable to my notebook so that i can share the internet
I followed the steps and checked everything and disabled my firewall except it is telling me that A Lan Connection is already configured with the IP adress that is required for automatic IP adressing
Sorry if someone already asked this and it was solved.. its just that i am new at this and i want to learn how to fix this
Thanks

Jb said...

Hi guys

I have just read this thread and it is very confusing for me cause im a computer noobie.. but any ways i was wondering if any one can help me connect my xbox to my notebook via ethernet cable.
i was doing the steps and right after i checked the box for allow other network users to connect through this computer's internet
it said that
A Lan Connection is already configured with the IP adress that is required for automatic IP adressing
now this question may have been asked and solved already its just that i cant understand what you guys have said and i want to learn .. if you could help me connect the internet to my xbox that would be great
Thanks, Jb

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi Jb,

Lets start eveything from the very begining to make it clear for you.
1. I need you first to disable the ICS option on your PC, use this link but instead of checking the box remove that check mark:
http://xbox360help.blogspot.com/2007/03/ics-internet-connection-xbox-live.html

2. Then turn off the whole thing (PC, Modem, Xbox 360) by turning off the modem I need you to unplug it from the wall socket even if you have a power button, wait for a couple of minutes afterwards turn the PC on first then the modem first and go again on the same steps on the last link to check the box once more to allow the ICS, then turn on your Xbox 360.

Hopefully this will work if not, I'll tell you what to do, go on the same steps on the past link till step No. 6.

Instead of going to the "Advanced tap" keep on the general one and you'll find there a subtitle "this connection uses the following items" under this subtitle there are some options one of them is "Internet Protocol(TCP/IP)" double click on this one.
another new page will pop up including a "General" and "Alternate Configuration" set all the options here to automatic.

On General "Obtain an IP address automatically" , "Obtain DNS server address automatically" , On Alternate Configuration "Automatic private IP address".

It's even better to set all your connections this way, I mean even the "Local Area Connection 1" or the Broadband connection so all would be on the same configuration with no hassle at all.

Then Restart your PC and check, if it's still not working repeat the steps "1,2" on this comment please and feed me back.

I hope that was clear :)
Cheers,

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
when i try and enable the sharing in my internet connection, it comes up with an error saying "An Error occured while Internet connection sharing was being enabled" , i use vista, and am trying to route my internet connection through my netgear router --> to my laptop then through ethernet --> to my Xbox 360 please help! thanks in advance

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi there,

When you check the box “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” some services are needed to start or to run on your PC or laptop and when any or some of these services will not start properly you'll get the error message "An error occurred while Internet Connection Sharing was being enabled. The dependency service or group failed to start", and to solve this issue you'll need to start this service.

First make sure that the ICS option is unchecked, then click Start, then Run, and type services.msc, and click OK.
To enable a service, find it in the right pane and double-click its entry. Be sure its Startup Type is set to Automatic and click OK. All the following services must be configured in order to use ICS:

Application Layer Gateway Service
Network Connections
Network Location Awareness (NLA)
Plug And Play
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
Remote Access Connection Manager
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Telephony

After configuring automatic startup for each of these services, close the Services window and restart the computer before attempting again to enable ICS.
Hopefully that will work, also please feed me back with the result.
Cheeers.

DaveyBoy said...

Hi

First off thanks for this site and all the help you are giving to people.

Could you please let me know if the following is possible.

I have a broadband connection (USB Modem) on one PC (XP) which is shared wirelessly with two other PC's using ICS - This works fine.

I want to connect an XBOX 360 to the internet using an XBOX 360 wireless adapter. I have installed the adapter into the XBOX 360, connected the XBOX 360 to my wireless connection using the SSID and the XBOX 360 says it is connected and there is a green light on the adapter. But I cannot get into XBOX live and all the tests fail on IP address.

I have tried manual IP settings and automatic IP settings but it still fails on the same test.

Any help would be most appreciated!

Kind Regards

Dave.

Kirill said...

Hey
I use wireless internet. Everytime I enable ICS, my internet says it's connected, but cannot identify the network so I cannot get any connection.
Please Help

P.S. I use a laptop and windows vista

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi Dave,

You'll need to follow the steps on the below link on the blog
http://xbox360help.blogspot.com/2007/04/ip-failed-xbox-360-live-test.html
under:
c. Wireless connection to router

Cheers now,

Anonymous said...

I need help!! i've been trying to get my Live up and running in my apartment but everytime i test the live connection the MTU fails. i've read and read but nobody seems to have the same problem as i do, i dont have a modem or anything, my ethernet connection come directly out of the wall and i just plug my xbox into that and the MTU fails.

idk wat to do? some help me plz!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi!!

First of all i would like to thank you for the support you have given to xbox live community, just browsing through the instructions you gave here actualy solved my xbox live problem!!! Keep up the good work!!

Just a quick question regarding ICS, would this be possible if my PC was running on Windows XP Home Edition?

Going crazy said...

I use sprint broadband and have connected and disconnected how many times. My IP connects but my DNS fails everytime. I have reset the settings and everything else. I do notice that every time i look at the TCP/IP settings they are at 192.168.0.1 but when i go to check auto obtain IP address and DNS, it automatically disconnects from the shared connection. HELP! Thanks.

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi Going crazy,

You say the DNS fails. So try the steps on the below link under ICS:
http://xbox360help.blogspot.com/2007/03/dns-failed-on-xbox-360-live-test.html

Cheers now,

Anonymous said...

Hi There,

All this is very helpful but i am still not able to get my pc and xbox 360 to talk. the ip address continues to fail. To be honest, i am not overly interested in connecting my xbox to the internet, i would just like to be able to play my media through my xbox 360. i have tried so many different settings and all fail

PLEASE HELP!!

Lauren said...

Hey, I just finished setting up my computer with a d- link wireless router on my computer. My modem and my wireless router ( netgear ) is downstairs. I have a full signal upstairs ( my wireless computer not labtop) I have the ethernet cable and i connected the cable from the back of my computer ( wireless ) to the back of my 360 console. I was reading on various websites that you have to bridge 2 connections but when i try to do that i get an error saying To create a bridge connection select at least two network connections that are not being used by internet connection sharing. I have verizon DSL and I dont have a Local area connection that isnt on with the red X that they say on the websites it should have. My Local and wireless are both enabled and firewalled. Im kinda stressed out. I know my ethernet cable is good because xbox recognizes it. When it comes to the ip test it fails. I have read all of your step things but I think i need to bridge a connection which im not sure i can =[ Please help! Thanks! =]] I appriciate your time and consideration! =]

Anonymous said...

hi,
i tried over and over again but my Dns keeps failing. i tried all diff codes and it wont work! i a now using macbook and am wondering if anyone can help me

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi macbook guy,

Here's what you need to do to connect your Xbox 360 using your MACbook:

1- Take the ethernet cable and connect it to the back of your Xbox and your Mac.
2- Turn on the Mac and the Xbox.
3- When your Xbox is on, go to the Xbox dashboard.
4- On your Mac, go to the System Preferences and click on “Network.”
From the “Show” menu, select “Built-in Ethernet” and set “Configure IPv4″ to “Off.”
Now go back to System Preferences (click “Show All”) and then go to “Sharing.”

Click on the “Internet” button and check the box next to “Built-in Ethernet.”
Make sure “Share your connection from: Airport” is selected as well.

Open Terminal (if you can’t find it, just type “Terminal” in Spotlight) and type in the following exactly: ifconfig en0. Press enter, and it should return something like inet 192.168.2.1 netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast 192.168.2.255.
If the first IP is something other than 192.168.2.1 make note of it, and don’t close Terminal.

5- Now, on your Xbox 360. Go to the Network settings, and set the IP Configuration to Manual, the IP to 192.168.2.2, the Subnet Mask to 255.255.255.0, and the router/gateway to 192.168.2.1 (the IP that I told you to make note of earlier — if yours is different, input that IP instead and change the IP Address settings on the Xbox to reflect the different address you wrote down, i.e 192.168.10.X)

6- Get back on your Mac, go to Terminal, and type in dig and press enter. There will be a lot of data, but you need to pay attention to only one line. Near the end of the output, a line will begin with SERVER. That’s the line you need to look at. Find the IP address in that line, and highlight it.

7- Go to the Xbox and go to DNS Settings. Set it to Manual, and input the IP that you just found in Terminal as the primary DNS server. Set your PPPoE settings to Off and your Advanced to Automatic.

8- Test your Xbox Live connection. I believe it'll be connected now.

Cheers,

Anonymous said...

Ok i Really need help im not computer literate at all so plz bear with me. so ive been connecting to xbl in my basement for past year but im not going to be playing down their due to the fact that the tv is very old and damaged.
okay my problem is i cant follow anythind i checked the ics box and things like that. do i have to bridge my main connection with the connection for 360 or what because some people have done that and it has worked for them please give me more info the directions above are not working on my pc

Anonymous said...

I have a usb modem and i have followed all the steps but it still says ip faiked how do i conect it using windows vista home premium???

plzzzzzz heeeeellp

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi there,

Here are more detailed steps. Try them. I hpe it works for you.
So let’s do everything again from the very beginning.
On your computer go to Start then Control Panel then Network Connections.
You’ll find two main categories:
1-Dial up
2-LAN or High–speed Internet
Under Dial up you’ll find your Broadband Connection. Right click on it and select Properties then click on the Advanced tab. You’ll find an Internet Connection Sharing option. I need you to unmark the box beside “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” then click “OK”. Then disconnect and reconnect again to the internet. We are doing so because you might be allowing ICS to the wrong Local Area Network. Then we’ll allow ICS again.

On the Xbox 360 dashboard go to System then Network Settings then Restore to factory defaults. Then Apply Settings and Test Xbox Live Connection.

On the PC:
1-Go on PC to Start
2-Then Control Panel
3-Go to Network Connections
4-You’ll find 2 main categories “Dial up” & “LAN or High–speed Internet”.
5-If you have more than one "Local Area Network" you must first know which of them is the connection to your Xbox 360 console, so unplug the cable that connects the PC to the console from the back of the PC and look which of them on the screen will turn to be unplugged (You’ll find a red X when you disconnect the Ethernet cable and it will disappear when you reconnect it again), so that's the connection to the console, then reconnect the cable.
Ensure your chosen Local Area Connection is Enabled if it is Disabled, right click on the Local Area Connection and choose Enable.
6-Under “Dial up” you’ll find your broadband connection, so right click on it & go to Properties.
7-Then click on the Advanced tab, you’ll find there the Internet Connection Sharing option, all what you need to do is to tick the check box “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”, then if you have more than one "Local Area Network" you'll get a list of them here to select the one that you want to share your broadband connection with, for sure select the Xbox 360 connection. (The one you found the Red X on when you disconnected the Ethernet cable)
8-And tick “Establish a dial-up connection whenever a computer on my network attempts to access the Internet”
9- Also tick “Allow other network users to control or disable the shared Internet connection”
10-Then click OK.
11-To apply these settings you’ll need to disconnect from the internet and reconnect again.
When you reconnect again the Dial-up connection should say Connected, Shared.
12-Now select the network connection linked to your Xbox 360, right click on it and select properties.
13- Scroll down the list to the bottom and double click on Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) to bring up its properties.
14- Click ok if you find “ Use the following IP address” selected.
IP: 192.168.0.1
15- Now make sure the Ethernet cable is connected from the Xbox 360 to the PC. And turn on the Xbox360.
16- On the Xbox 360 dashboard go to System then Network settings. Click on the IP settings and switch it to manual and enter the following:

IP: 192.168.0.2
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.0.1

It will ask you to apply settings and test Xbox Live connection.
When you test the connection it’ll pass. But if the DNS fails go back to the DNS settings, switch it to manual and enter this DNS: 192.168.0.1

NOTE: You need to ensure that there is no PPPOE settings set. Go on the System then Network settings then Edit settings then additional settings then click on the PPPOE and select clear settings.

Cheers,

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi windows vista home premium user,

Follow this link on the blog for ICS with windows vista and you'll find the exact steps or internet connection sharing using windows vista:
http://xbox360help.blogspot.com/2008/03/xbox-live-ics-windows-vista.html

Cheers,

Anonymous said...

hi i am having a problem its liek this if u dont use ics i dont get anything but if i use ics i get a ip address but no DNS i am also useing a wireless connection for my pc and when ever i used the ics i lose my connection to the internet i have a router and a modem hooked up why do i lose my connection when i pick ics also here is my email darkjohn16@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Appreciate all the advice you've given here. I think I have tried everything twice but with no luck--even xbox tech support is referring me to MS techs. Here's the issue.
-Etherneting xbox to nearby computer
-Computer online through Netgear wireless modem/router combo (previously wired into this device to get to xbox live)
-Attempted to follow the ICS setup steps you've laid out but got the error after step 10 saying ICS can not be enabled due to ip address conflict....
-Manually set my xbox LAN connection to 192.168.0.1 and my xbox itself to 192.168.02, 255.255.255.255.0, 192.168.0.1. My computer sees my xbox (can even see in Media Player media sharing), but xbox cant connect to media or live. I assume because I cant click share on my host computer's wireless connection because I get the error.
-At this point the ICS option no longer appears under the advanced tab and I have an internet gateway icon in Network connections, along with my xbox LAN and Wireless Network icons. All icons say connected, but my host computer wireless network does NOT say shared. This makes it seem like ICS is halfway established????

Any help would be appreciated.

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi there,

Try the steps on the below link on the blog for the IP conflict issue:
http://xbox360help.blogspot.com/2007/10/ip-failes-xbox-360-live-test.html
If you faced any issues after that you'll need to take Xbox Support's advice and contact windows support.

Cheers,

Anonymous said...

Thanks, tried it--no joy. Will let you know what steps MS instructs to solve this.

gnu

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your help...

Your step by step after the first post worked perfectly!!! I had been tearing my hair out all day and almost resigned myself to the fact I may have to buy a 360 wireless adapter

Thanks!

Stuart

Anonymous said...

Hi, I follow the above At the network connection stage my page shows INTERNET GATEWAY with internet connection under it and LAN OR HI SPEED INTERNET shows3 local area connections, ie an nvidia network connection, and 1394 connection 1 and 1394 connection 2. Only the last two of these, the 1394 connections have the "allow other users..." checkbox however when I check it I can no longer connect to the internet. I'd be really grateful of any help.

JJ said...

PLEASE HELP!!!

I have done all these steps but cant connect. on the test i pass teh ip but not the dns, please help cause im at a loss here.
thnx.

Anonymous said...

plese help me cause i miss my xbox live. i have followed these steps and i can only pass the ip test and i fail the dns test.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the help

Been trying to get this going for so long now and your step by step guide helped me to get there in the end.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the help.

I have been trying for so long to get this to work and your step by step guide has helped me to get there in the end.

Pete said...

Hello,

Is there any other reason why my DNS would fail. I had this setup working flawlessly for well over 9 months but I must of over looked something because now I can't get past the dns.

Lan Settings:
192.168.0.1
Sub:255.255.255.0
Gateway: 192.168.1.1

360 Settings:
192.168.0.2
255.255.255.0
192.168.0.1

Prim Dns: 192.168.0.1

There are no PPOE settings set.

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi JJ,

You say you pass IP test but fail the DNS.
You didn't mention your connection type, but any way you can follow the steps on this DNS page under your type of connection whether modem, router or ICS:
http://xbox360help.blogspot.com/2007/03/dns-failed-on-xbox-360-live-test.html

Cheers,

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi there,

Can you read the above steps for the ICS carefully especially step 5 to know which is the right connection to share?

Cheers now,

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi Pete,

Here's the link for the DNS issues on the blog:
http://xbox360help.blogspot.com/2007/03/dns-failed-on-xbox-360-live-test.html

Try the steps over there under your connection type.

Cheers now,

Joanne said...

Hey,

Just wanted to say thanks! I had been having problems connecting to live all afternoon, then a friend linked me to here and finally I sorted it!

Thanks again!

Phlox said...

Hey, i would appreciate any help you can give for my problem!

Ok, well i got my XBox today and am attempting to connect through my Laptop, i have everything set up, followed the steps provided, the Local Area Connection (there is only one for me, and i confirmed it was the xbox one) reads connected, as does my wireless, however it always fails the DNS test, no matter what i try.

Help! thanks!

radek1306 said...

Very very thanks man,i have done it in 10 minutes:)
I have one question:is there a way to limit connection on xbox i have tried netlimiter but it seems it did not recognize xbox360..my brother playing on laptop in Wow and always when his laggi he thinks it is becouse i am playing xbox live:(my xbox is connected to laptop exacly how you wrote it.
Once again thanks for the ISC tutorial,you are doing great job here.

Vince said...

Hey xbox

oddly Im having the same problem that the first blog had.
Ive been trying this for about 6 days
And every time there seems to be a new problem.
I tried using the help you gave the first guy but it still said that there was an up conflict
And that the host(laptop) needed the ip address 192.168.0.1
i tried changing the xbox address to 192.168.0.2
But the error still showed up.
pleez hlp!!!

Vince said...

hey xbox

now it also says something about a limited or no connection error in the local area connection

what should I do???
plz help

xbox 360 help blog said...

Hi Vince,

For limited or no connectivity try the below link on the blog.
I believe it'll help.
http://xbox360help.blogspot.com/2007/10/ip-failes-xbox-360-live-test.html

Cheers now,

Anonymous said...

After weeks of on/off effort with some progress, I am back here for more advice. I am running XP and linked to the net through a wireless modem. I have an ICS between my computer and 360. Problem is that when I configure the xbox LAN to auto IP, it fails the IP test and when I set a static IP I lose the internet (gateway icon disappears from the Network Connections). Any ideas?
thanks,
Greg

Anonymous said...

Greg here again. To add to my last post, current settings are:

Wireless Network Connection
192.168.0.2
255.255.255.0
192.168.0.1

360 LAN
192.168.0.8
255.255.255.0
192.168.0.1

360 Console
192.168.0.9
255.255.255.0
192.168.0.1

If I enable the 360 LAN, computer-360 works but internet drops out. As soon as disabled, internet comes up. Any ideas? Thanks much.

Anonymous said...

I am using Windows ICS to connect to xbox live and when I run the network test on the xbox it shows everything as working and I can connect to live. However, when I try to join a game a couple of minutes into it a message pops up that says my connection has failed. What is causing that? I am using a lynksys wireless router.

Anonymous said...

I am having trouble connecting with my IP address and DHCP, and I followed your instructions to change the ICS. But when I went to the advanced tab there is not an option for an ICS anything, it is just the windows firewall option at the top and then nothing under it. I have been going crazy trying to connect my xbox and on the vurge of throwing it out the window. I just recently swtiched over to verizon FIOS and since then I have not been able to get past the IP address test. Please Help me.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I use windows vista so I cannot go through these stages because these stages are in windows xp.

When I try to connect to Xbox Live IP address fails. I use the ethernet cable to connect to my laptop which then uses a BtHomeHub Internet Connection.

Please Help Me!!


Call Me Kane So I Know Your Talking To Me Please!

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I had an issue like this a while back and xbox told me where to find this PPPoE setting and now i cant find it and i need it again, i am on a laptop so can you help me?

Anonymous said...

ok i go to start, then i go to control panel, then network connections, but then the only thing i see is two categories, "incoming connections" and "LAN or High Speed Internet" i don't see any dial up option to click on, so what do i do?

Anonymous said...

hi there,

MASSIVE PROBLEMS WITH THIS

i linked a netgear router with a BT Voyager 105 by simply using an ethernet cable from the router to the pc. (only way i could get the internet and router to work) because Local Area Connection was showing to be working and an "Internet Connection" popped up. but upon looking an sent and recieved data. it said not available.

so i tried to get xbox live to work and it failed on DNS. so i accuqired DNS details from the run menu you indicated and manually entered the details on the dashboard. how ever after many attempts and changing i.p adress' it still seems to fail on either i.p or DNS


so i thought i would try to connect by forgetting the router, plug the xbox ethernet cable into an empty ethernet port (seen as though my modem is usb based) and use ICS with the the Voyager modem. however when i plug my voyager modem in, nothing at all comes up on my screen, not even a dial up empty menu. only the Local Area Connection saying "little or no connection". yet the internet still works but xbox live test doesnt even pass i.p adress. so im overly confused as to how the internet can work but not appear in the network connections or provide a valid i.p/DNS for my xbox

im starting to think upgrading to a BT Voyager 210 would be easier when installed ?

my ISP is BT by the way if that is any help.

would appreciate as much as help as possible

thanks

Anonymous said...

hi, SW here,
i've been reading through your help-steps and cant seem to find a solution to my problem. i restored to factory settings etc but cant establish a wireless connection from my laptop to xbox 360.

i'm getting a fail at ip address when i try to connect the xbox 360 through my laptop. i have icp sharing on the wireless network connection and dhcp enabled. i tried connecting to my laptop with an ethernet connection and this solved the ip fail, but i cant keep my laptop beside the xbox permanently! any suggestions as to how i might solve this?
many thanks
SW

bob said...

hey i really need your help i try to allow other network users to connect through this computers inter net connection but an error comes up saying that it cant be enabled because a lan connection is already configured with the ip address that is required for automatic ip addressing

Anonymous said...

Hi, Im trying to do this and I followed your steps including several other guides, but as soon as i modify the 360-PC connection, it turns my modem connection to internet off and i gotta reinstall the whole lot again to reset it, it changes my i.p and everything and disables my internet. how do i get round this?

delon said...

First off, I would like to say that what you're doing with this page is great. It seems like you're providing better (and more convenient) help than tech support does..Anyway, I noticed a lot of people posting about DNS and IP address failure when testing the connections. Both of those work fine for me, but I get a failure notice when it moves to the XBox Live connection. I tried ICS and some of the things mentioned previously, but to no avail. Please help?

alterseekers said...

This is such an easy tutorial to follow. Thanks for this. But if this doesn't work for you, there's still one alternative you can do. You can make use of Netgear's Xbox 360 Internet Connection Kit. This wonderful device acts the same way as the WiFi adapter giving wireless internet connectivity for your Xbox 360, and it also works for your PS2, PS3, and PC gaming. Check this link out: http://bit.ly/bByST7, for more information about this wonderful product from Netgear.

Armil@http://www.allconnect.com/help/helpInternetOverview.html said...

This is a detailed instructions. Mine just work fine when I do it according to your instructions.

This is really helpful.