OT. Way OT. Xbox router recommendation needed.

Submitted by sjs1984 on December 26th, 2009 at 7:16 PM

I thought the board members could recommend a solution for me. I bought an Xbox Elite for my son. I have an older Linksys router WRT54GS. Does not work. Based on what I have researched, I need a wireless router that is compatable with Windows Vista or Windows 7. I am looking for low cost alternative... Need the wireless router... My older son bought a wireless adapter and got it to work... but that xbox is 2 years old now... so... I think I may need a new router. Any suggestions??? Thanks in advance.



December 26th, 2009 at 7:27 PM ^

Routers are not operating system dependent for the most part. There is no reason that router won't work for you, as my family has XP, Vista, a PS3 and a Wii accessing a WRT54G.

Also, since the Xbox360, IIRC doesn't come with a wireless adapter, you have to buy it, it sounds like you've already hit on the solution.

Edit: If you want a router suggestion, the classic WRT54G with external antennae is always a good choice.


December 26th, 2009 at 7:41 PM ^

there are issues with the older router i have. The "MTU" need to be above 1284... and that is not compatable with the Linksys router I have... I have tried it with hard wire.. did not work.. my older sons solution to his older xbox was a wireless card. I dont know.. not an expert.. just need ideas.... thanks for yours...


December 26th, 2009 at 10:16 PM ^

Have you enabled UPnP? That router is new enough to work with the 360. I would look into searching the linksys forums and other options instead of buying another router, as whatever is the stumbling block will be the same with other hardware.

for example..

I do not have a xbox360, but I cannot imagine it would have requirements that are incompatible with most consumer routers.


December 27th, 2009 at 1:01 PM ^

Default MTU on nearly all routers is 1500 IIRC. If hard wire didn't work, that's a different story then. Try plugging the hardwire into your laptop or desktop. If it works there, but not on the XBOX360, that would be just plain weird. I'd recommend making sure the XBOX360 is looking for the wireless connection. I know on my PS3 that you have to swap the active network connection between wired and wireless if you want to change it.


December 27th, 2009 at 7:07 PM ^

getting a wireless adaptor for his 2 yr. old Xbox. But I think there has to be some sort of communication setting issue that I cannot get right. The Xbox tells me the MTU setting is a possible solution, but that has not fixed the issue... So.. instead of spending the extra money in getting Linksys help desk to fix issue, I think I will just get a new router for $50 bucks ( the router I have is 5/6 years old)... instead of paying for the wireless adaptor $100. But... that is a bandaid solution which pisses me off.

Thanks for all the replies guys.

Big Shot

December 26th, 2009 at 10:50 PM ^

I don't think the Xbox 360 comes with a built in wireless card. I also have a Linksys WRT54GS router and it works fine for me, but I have a wired connection. I believe you need to buy the Xbox wireless adapter (around $100) in order to get a wireless connection.

If you definitely need to have a wireless connection, but don't want to spend $100, there's a way you can connect a laptop to your Xbox 360 and use it as a wireless router. The youtube link below shows you how to do it with a laptop running Vista. You can also find other videos or links that show you how to do it using a Mac or a different Windows OS.


I hope this helps.


January 7th, 2011 at 12:16 AM ^

I have that router, and it works the Xbox's that have been on my network.  Make sure you enable UPnP like someone else suggested earlier and make sure your fowarding the Xbox Live ports on the router. Wireless, as well.


It's under applications and gaming.  In the routher config. Also going to want to enter it into the Port Triggerng section as well.

But if it's actually the router malfuctioning, get something that has the capability of putting Game packets on high priority.  That way downloading, watching videos and what not, won't slow down your sons connection while he's playing a game.

Something like this would be perfect, it's a little expensive, but it's on sale for $70 here.



January 7th, 2011 at 12:42 AM ^

i have the exact same setup that you do.  Its not the router.  its the the old xbox wireless adapter.  My suggesion is to get the newer xbox N adapter and an N router. Or do what I did and find a way to hardwire it.




January 7th, 2011 at 6:33 PM ^

Hardwire is defintely the prefered way.  I can't stand wireless, not to mention that vulnerabilities it adds to your home network.  I think what needs to happen here is the definition of terms, let me try and help.

A> Modem - this is the unit that services your internet connection.  Ideally this would plug directly into your main computer.  However people will use B> Router to share the connection.

B> Router - this unit will take your incoming internet connection and share it with multiple wireless & wired devices.  Every device in your house will connect with this using a C> Adapter.

C> Adapter - this unit is the general connection point to your network for your device you want to put on it.  This could be a card in your computer that has a phone jack like thingy.  Or it could be a wireless unit.  Your device will use this adapter to connect to your B> Router in order to access the A> modem.


Wireless protocols currently use A, B, G and N.  With N being the latest.

There is nothing wrong with your hardware, before you attempt to put a 3rd party firmware on your router I would suggest updating through Linksys.

In order to get your wireless working properly you need to make sure you have the correct settings on each device that is going to use the wireless part of your router.  There are several security settings you need to be aware of.  If you are not going to attempt to run wired connections and must use wireless you need to make sure your security is set to WPA at the very least and preferably WPA2.  Once you setup your security on your router you need to setup each device to use those same settings.

To recap.  Your internet service provider gives you a modem for your internet connection.  That plugs into your router in order to share that connection with multiple computers.  You then plug in all your devices (Wired or wirelessly) to the router and share your connection. If you use wireless you need to make sure each device has the same security settings as the router is set to. 

If you are going wireless to your Xbox you will need to buy the Microsoft Wireless 360 adapter.  If wired, just plug it in.  Hope that helps.


January 7th, 2011 at 7:46 PM ^

But I'd agree that hardwiring is the way to go.

IF your router isnt a reasonable distance from your Xbox, then go buy a wireless bridge. Connect the bridge to your laptop and get it configured, then hard-wire your bridge to your xbox.

I had FAR less issues with this setup than when I tried using a wireless adapter.

I have since moved my router next to the 360..