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 Putting network connectivity in your entertainment center (GREAT FOR XBOX 360) Minimize
Location: BlogsSean Cullinan    
Posted by: Sean Cullinan 2/24/2011 11:51 AM

First I'll rant a little.  Why does the XBOX 360 not come with built in wifi?  Now that they have dropped the price I have many friends buying these things but the biggest problem with the XBOX is that it has incredible online functionality via XBOX Live and HORRIBLE physical connectivity without wifi.  Most people do not have their XBOX physically near where they keep their wifi router.  MS sells a "Wireless adapter" but the asking price of $100 is absolutely insane.

There are cheaper ways around that.  First, if you have a spare router sitting around you may be able to use the dd-wrt firmware on it.  This open source linux based firmware allows you to use your router as a "bridge" which basically means that the "WAN" port is replaced by a wireless network and it then routes traffic to the internet via that wireless network.  It isn't that difficult to get running, simply set it up as a bridge, click on status, navigate to site survey, then join your wireless network.  I make the IP range of this router something different than the subnet of the internet router, I'm not sure this is necessary but it seems to be a sensible thing to do.  After you "join" your wireless network you may have to go back to the "wireless" page and setup WEP encryption to connect etc.  You can then use the wired ports on the router to connect to its network and voila, you can plug your XBOX 360, Blu-Ray player, DISH ViP 722 sat box etc. to bridge the connection.

If you don't have a compatible dd-wrt router handy then I highly recommend the Zonet ZSR1134WE router.  I hooked one up to provide the in-laws entertainment center with internet access.  The difference between this router and most other cheap ones is that it has "bridge mode" built in.  I found the router very easy to setup, I plugged it in, got an IP address, hit the web interface, used the guest/guest username and password combination and went through the "wizard."  I changed the IP range to something other than the IP range of my host network that I would be connecting to via Wifi, and when I got to the "Operation Mode" screen I selected "Wireless ISP."  The only other place that led me to some confusion is when setting up the "Mode" on the wireless basic settings you have to select "Client" which makes sense but isn't totally evident.  You then put in your SSID and WEP settings and are good to go, you can now connect to the internet via its 4 LAN ports.  Move it into your entertainment center setup, plug in your components and you are now connected!

There are other solutions such as power line networking that would also work but I think that if you already have Wifi, can get a signal at your entertainment center than the dd-wrt or Zonet router solutions are the best option.

I hope this is helpful to someone else out there, and if you want to add me on XBOX Live I'm stiphy31!

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