Mac to xbox live via wireless wifi (NO ETHERNET CABLE)

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  1. Bigcojones macrumors newbie

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    So okay. Most posts on the internet concerning this are about how to make your macbook in to a wireless wifi so you don't have to purchase the wifi adapter etc.

    I have the new xbox so it has the wifi built in. So i don't need that.

    What I'd like to do is to connect my macbook to my xbox via wifi (wireless). Not using the ethernet cable, because I don't really wan't to buy that if theres a a way I can connect it wirelessly.

    I have internet through one of those usb sticks (not sure what it's called) on my macbook and I want to use this connection to connect to xbox live. (Tethering??)

    Any advice from people who understand the situation would be greatly appreciated. Is this even possible or do I really need to get the damn ethernet cable? What's my best bet?

    And if you didn't guess already, i'm a complete noob when it comes to this stuff. So any walkthroughs would be best.
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I'm not sure what benefit connecting your MacBook to your 360 would be, and I'm fairly certain they're incompatible to begin with. I think that sort of connection requires a network and Windows PC.
     
  3. dgbowers macrumors member

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    Ive done it before, I pulled Wifi in from a router to my Xbox, and used an ethernet cable to send my internet connection to the Xbox.

    Can you tell me how exactly you connect to the internet, and how you're set up?
     
  4. Bigcojones, Apr 6, 2011
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    Bigcojones thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have a macbook pro. I have a USB stick that connects to the internet via 3G (i think), the connection is run by a operator. I'm not sure what the device is called in english.

    This is my only access to the internet. I live in a apartment that won't "allow" any other ways of connecting to the internet. I know it sucks, but I have to work with what I have.

    What I want to do is play on xbox live through this USB-modem.

    The xbox is in the same room. Connecting a ethernet cable is possible, but if that is necessary i'm not sure what's the point of the "built in wi-fi wireless adpter" in the xbox, if I have to use a cable regardless that it has this ability. I mean, what's the point of it if you can't connect to the xbox without wires?

    I know **** about wifi, but if it's for connecting different gadgets in to each other, my approach should work through it.

    It is this thing:
    http://www.google.com/products/cata...=X&ei=HEycTe7uNNHIswbAz5m8Bg&ved=0CEIQ8gIwBQ#
    But it is built in to the xbox. At least I think it is. :)

    I know people have used macs to connect to xbox live (the internet is full of guides of people connecting via ethernet cable and making their "macbook in to a (cheap) wifi adapter for xbox". Obviously this is not what I need as I already HAVE the wifi adapter. Also, I know theres people who have connected their xbox to the internet via their Iphones and other androids (wirelessly) through "Tethering". So this **** should be doable.

    I have no idea how to do it though... :confused: Through airport somehow or tethering??

    DG: do you think the ethernet cable is NECESSARY? Sorry for my newbness. Ask any information you need to know...

    any other thoughts on this. Any mad genius outhere? ;)
     
  5. Bigcojones thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can find the mac from the xbox via wifi. But it can't connect anywhere. It can't automatically find the IP etc.
     
  6. dgbowers macrumors member

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    Ok so I tinkered around with some settings and I was able to share my iMac's connection over Wifi to my Xbox. Here's how you do it -

    Plug in the 3G adapter, and make sure you can surf the internet on your Mac.

    Then Go to System Preferences>Sharing and turn Internet sharing through Wifi on.

    Then go to System Preferences>Network>AirPort and Click advanced in the bottom right corner.

    Under the advanced menu, go to TCP/IP and Set Configure IPv4 - Manually, and enter this:
    IPv4 Address: 10.0.0.1
    Subnet Mask: 255.0.0.0
    Router: 10.0.0.1

    Hit Ok in the bottom left corner, and then apply, and You should be done with the computer side.

    Xbox - Go to System Settings>Network Settings and you should be able to find your MacBook's Wifi Broadcast. Connect to your MacBook.

    Go to Configure Network>Basic Settings>IP Settings: Change your IP settings to Manual -
    IP Address: 10.0.0.2
    Subnet Mask: 255.0.0.0
    Gateway: 10.0.0.1

    Then go to DNS Settings and change it to Manual -
    Primary DNS Server: 10.0.2.1
    Secondary DNS Server: 10.0.2.1

    And that should do it!
     
  7. Bigcojones thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have it :

    Share your connection from: Ethernet adaptor (-> The usb modem)

    and to computers using: airport

    Is this right??

    Or should it be the other way around??
     
  8. Bigcojones, Apr 7, 2011
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    Bigcojones thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ****.

    We were making obvious headway as I got past the IP search and then it failed on the next step. It was complaining about the DNS. Are you sure the numbers are right??

    But yeah anyway I tried restarting. And it got messed up. I couldn't connect to the internet after that so I switched the airport to automatic again. And got internet back, BUT now it says "self-assigned IP" under the airport. Which used to just say connected and also the xbox can't find the wi-fi network anymore... :confused:

    So ugh. I'll try to fiddle with it a little more in awhile, but any pointers would be great...

    EDIT: The mac can't find the internet when I have the manually set IP address etc.
     
  9. dgbowers macrumors member

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    Basically what you're doing when you manually set the IP Address of the AirPort is turning your computer into a gateway with a Static IP so you know exactly what to connect your Xbox to. As far as the DNS servers go, that was more of a guess.... I had to try a bunch of different combinations of 10.0.x.x before I got it to connect.
     
  10. dgbowers macrumors member

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    If you're just using the 3G Modem to connect to the internet, the status of the AirPort shouldn't matter at all. If you are using the AirPort to connect to a WIFI network to access the internet, then it needs to be set to automatic, as the computer knows better than we do. (generally)
     

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