How to connect your Xbox 360 console to Xbox Live using a Mac


If you don’t have a router to connect your Xbox 360 console to Xbox Live, you may also do it by sharing your Mac’s internet connection. All you need to do is just connect your connect your console to a Mac and then share your Mac’s Internet connection. In order to share the internet, make sure that your Mac has an Internet connection, an AirPort Card and an Ethernet port. If you are still wondering how to use a Mac instead of a router to connect your Xbox 360 console to Xbox Live, here is a step by step guide.

Step 1: Connect a network cable and enable Internet sharing

First off, you need to connect a network cable and enable internet sharing on your Mac, follow these steps:

  • Plug one end of a network cable into the back of your Xbox 360 console and the other end into an Ethernet port on your Mac.
  • On your Mac, select “Apple menu”,click System Preferences”, and then click “Sharing.”




  • Choose “Internet Sharing” and then choose “AirPort” from the “Share your connection from” section.
  • Now, choose “Ethernet Adaptor (en2)” from the “To computers using.”

Step 2: Obtain the DNS server address for your Mac

Follow the below given steps to get the DNS server address for your Mac:

  • On your Mac, choose “Apple menu”,click System Preferences”, and then click “Network.”




  • Choose “Wi-Fi”, click “DNS”, note down the list of numbers mentioned under “DNS servers” section and then click “OK.”
  • Choose “Ethernet”, click “TCP/IP” and then turn “Configure IPv4” off.
  • Click “Apply” to save the changes.

Step 3: Configure the network settings on your Xbox 360 console

Finally, you need to set the network settings on your Xbox 360 console:

  • Hit the Guidebutton on your controller, head to “Settings” and choose “System Settings.”
  • Choose “Network Settings.”
  • If you are asked, choose “Wired Network.”
  • Choose “Configure Network” and then select “IP Settings” in the the “Basic Settings”tab
  • Choose “Manual” and then select “IP Address.”
  • Now, enter, and then select “Done.”
  • Choose“Subnet Mask” to enter and then select “Done.”
  • Choose “Gateway” to enter and select “Done.”
  • Choose “DNS Settings” from the “Basic Settings” tab.
  • Choose “Manual” and select “Primary DNS Server” option.
  • Now, enter the number that you noted in Step 2 and then select “Done.”
  • Choose“Done” again, hit “B” on your controller and then select “Test Xbox Live Connection.”

After completing the above given steps, your console may now share the Internet connection that your Mac is using. And it connects to Xbox Live.

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