Is it possible to connect to Xbox Live via WiFi on my Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by skullkrusher097, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. skullkrusher097 macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2009
    To note: I'm not very good at making clear and concise statements, and I am extremely computer illiterate, please bear with me.

    Basically, using my AirPort card and WiFi, can I connect to Xbox Live? I already have the wireless adapter for my Xbox 360, but can't seem to connect to live. I can connect to WiFi with my Nintendo DS and Wii fine, but for some reason, I can't connect to Xbox Live at all. I am connected to the internet via ethernet straight from my modem to computer. I have internet sharing on and have created a network, but Airport self assigns itself an IP. Could this possibly have anything to do with it?

    Also, to note, I am using Leopard. With my old Tiger Mac Mini, I could connect to Xbox Live fine, but I can't with this computer for some reason, and I don't know why.

    Much thanks in advance! :D
  2. skullkrusher097 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2009
  3. Objectivist-C macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2006
    What kind of encryption are you using? The Xbox wifi adaptor can't handle WPA2.
  4. ACiB708 macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2008
    If you already have the xbox wifi adapter, the easiest way would be to connect your xbox directly to your router. If you want to do it by connecting your xbox via wifi to your computer which is already connected to the router in anyway, then do as follows:

    1. Make sure you have a working connection on your Mac
    2. Open System Preferences
    3. Click Sharing
    4. Click Internet Sharing and click the checkbox so that it is ticked
    5. Now, if your Mac is connected via Ethernet (a cable) to your router then you configuration in Internet sharing should be "Share your connection from Ethernet to computers using: AirPort (or wireless)
    6. Go to your xbox and find your Mac WLAN.

    Do the internet connection test on your xbox and see if that works. If it says you can connect to the internet but not to xbox live, then you do not have a connection issue, but a NAT type problem. Make sure your NAT is set to open, or NAT type 3, instead of NAT type 2. That's a different story, won't get deep into that one.
  5. skullkrusher097 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2009
    I should note that I DO NOT have a router, just a modem, which only contains one ethernet port, which I use to connect to the internet with my computer. I forgot to mention that when I search for a network, it DOES pick up my network when searching, but can't connect to it, which has me wondering "What the heck is going on?"
  6. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    If you can afford a piece of junk like an Xbox wireless adapter, you can afford a router. Buy one. You can't easily connect more than one computer (Xbox is a computer too) without it. The Xbox isn't able to connect to an ad-hoc network.

    The best router in existence is the Linksys WRT54G (and many derivatives). It is wireless G, but its actual speeds can easily top speeds of most wireless N routers.
  7. skullkrusher097 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2009
    To note, I'm not the one that purchased the wireless adapter, it was my brother's money. Also, how the hell could I so easily connect to Xbox Live with my previous Mac Mini, using the same exact setup as I am now, but not with this one?

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