How do you connect an Xbox to a laptop?


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An Xbox console can use a Windows PC or laptop to connect to Xbox Live without a router by using Windows Internet connection sharing. To do this, the laptop needs to have two network adaptors, a USB modem with Ethernet connection, high-speed Internet access and a standard Ethernet cable. Most laptop computers have two network adapters, one for a wired connection and one for a wireless connection.

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  1. Set up Windows Internet connection sharing

    Click the Start button. In the Search Programs and Files box, type "ncpa.cpl," and then press Enter. Right-click the modem's network connection, and then click properties. Click the Sharing tab, select "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection," and press OK.

  2. Set up the Xbox console

    Connect the Ethernet cable to your laptop on one end and to the back of the Xbox console on the other. Press the Menu button on your Xbox controller and select Network. Select Advanced Settings, then IP Settings and set to Automatic. Select Alternate MAC Address, then select Clear. Select Restart to finish the process.

  3. Test Xbox Live connection

    To test the connection, press the Menu button on your Xbox controller, and then select Settings. Under Network, select Test Network Connection.

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