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Xbox 360 Customers Can't Connect To Apple AirPort Extreme

People wanting to connect their Xbox video game consoles to Apple's latest AirPort wireless routers are apparently out of luck, unless they plan to shut off all security.

Apple customers reported on the company's tech support forum that the new AirPort Extreme, which started shipping late last month, doesn't recognize Microsoft's Xbox. Gamers want to connect the video game player to the router to play games online.

Unfortunately, the two products apparently won't work unless all security, including password protection, is disabled on the AirPort Extreme. The high-speed router is useful to gamers because it supports the latest Wi-Fi standard 802.11n, which means it can transmit data fast enough for playing video on a connected device. Previous Wi-Fi standards were too slow to be reliable.

People on Apple tech support reported that Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii work just fine with the AirPort, so the problems appear to be unique to Apple's rival.

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ASSASSYN 36o3632d ago

Coincidence or design...DESIGN.

weekapaugh3632d ago

something made by microsoft won't work with an apple product? so shocked...

Leo Atrox3632d ago (Edited 3632d ago )

Other way around I think.

Unless I'm mistaken, it is Apple that messed up here. The Network Adapter supports 802.11a/b/g. The AirPort is supposed to as well. The problem is most likely the security setup in the router. Besides, there was ample time for them to test with the Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter before the AirPort Extreme was released. You know, like, a year. In this case, he who showed up last is at fault.

Leo Atrox3632d ago

Love this statement:
"The high-speed router is useful to gamers because it supports the latest Wi-Fi standard 802.11n, which means it can transmit data fast enough for playing video on a connected device."

First off, 802.11n is NOT a standard. It is in draft phase and still hasn't been accepted by IEEE as a networking standard.

Second, none of the game consoles (to my knowledge) have built-in support for 802.11n. The Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter supports 802.11a/b/g; so it couldn't take advantage of the faster 802.11n (DRAFT) spec. Maybe with a firmware update ...

You see? This is what happens when reporters try to write/talk about technology that they don't understand. Geeks like me feel the need to push our spectacles up and correct them. Where's my Nosonex?

Marriot VP3632d ago

thank you for debunking this crooked reporter

calderra3631d ago

Having worked in the tech sector, I must also add that NOBODY connects to ANYTHING (at least not reliably) with an Airport, in my experience.

Even if the Airport was capable of a proper connection, it'd probably still not work most of the time.