How to Add Free Wifi Capabilities to a Xbox 360

Popular Science: "This 50-foot Ethernet cable snaking all the way through my apartment from the router in the bedroom to my Xbox 360 in the living room? That's how I used to play videogames online. The Xbox doesn't come with wireless capability built in, and I didn't want to shell out the extra $100 -- a third the price of the console itself -- for Microsoft's wireless adapter. Third-party wireless bridges cost a bit less but are still pricey. Finally, though, I found a way to ditch the giant wire with a solution that cost me only 40 bucks. If you already have a wireless network set up in your home, you can make a second, cheap router function as an Xbox adapter by replacing its firmware with free software called DD-WRT."

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UltimaEnder4207d ago

Most people would already have those items, especially if you have an Xbox 360 and broadband internet....

Nathan Drake4207d ago

But "Already have those"=/= Free.

Just saying.

UltimaEnder4207d ago

Ya I got you, fixed worries!

baodeus4207d ago

Nathan, you are a du*(*( as*. So are you saying PS3 don't need a wireless router? How the hell you get the wireless signal from?

Jager4207d ago

Baod... /facepalm... Article says how to get a FREE wireless... all you need is a router, ethernet cable... wait, i thought u said FREE? no... i got to BUY that sh*t.

Nathan Drake4207d ago


Title:"How to Add Free Wifi Capabilities to a Xbox 360"
Article:"Finally, though, I found a way to ditch the giant wire with a solution that ***cost me only 40 bucks***."

"Costing nothing"

And away Nathan Drake goes...

UltimaEnder4207d ago

You two really are a whiny bunch, it is free if you have an old router and ethernet cable, which many people have already...thus making it free (or super cheap via ebay); either way you two are complaining about nothing, find something better to do with your time!

Saint Sony4207d ago

Nah, you're always lurking somewhere, ready to jump in.

It may be hard to understand anything about 360 if you don't own one. Easier to bash it instead of actually trying it.

And those who reply "I did try 360, but it exploded".. I give you one LOL in front.

Time_Is_On_My_Side4207d ago (Edited 4207d ago )

lol, so it`s free when you bought it years ago? This is implying my TV, house, furniture, car everything I have is free. This means my XBOX 360 is free amazing, I didn`t see that it way, lol.

Now I need to put all this free stuff I bought years ago somewhere, does anyone have ideas?

gaffyh4207d ago

You stupid fanboys, he's saying that you need ANOTHER router on top of your existing router. Seriously learn how to read the article retards.

Time_Is_On_My_Side4207d ago

lol, when is the free part again?

Parappa The Rappa4206d ago (Edited 4206d ago )


Dont be a dipsh*t. And if you dont have an old wireless router lying around, you can buy one at goodwill for like 5 bucks. Happy New Year.

Time_Is_On_My_Side4206d ago (Edited 4206d ago )

lol, I'm not talking about paying bills to connect to the internet or stealing someone's unsecured router, I'm talking about the router itself. If you find an old router it isn't free because you bought it years ago, it doesn't make any sense. The age of the router doesn't determine whether the router is free or not.

Title: How to Add Free Wifi Capabilities to a Xbox 360

How is it free when it (the router) was bought years ago?

Key Word: "Router"

Parappa The Rappa4206d ago (Edited 4206d ago )


Keyword is not ROUTER, keyword is FREE.

Basic sentence structure says, that the FREE item in question here, not it the ROUTER(which shows up nowhere in that title)---but is the WIFI. FREE WIFI is any wifi connection that you can connect to without paying money. Unfortunately, not everyone has awesome neighbors that will let you mooch off their WIFI connection for free. BUT since its it CAPABLE of grabbing FREE WIFI, it now has free wifi CAPABILITIES.

The router was not mentioned as being free. Infact if you READ THE ARTICLE, you'll see he says "old router" in his title. As for Ultima, he said "free if you have an old router". The software to mod the router cost nothing. Tell me where theres something wrong with that? Your house costs money, but if someone told you they could show you how to paint your house for FREE---are you telling me you would sit around and b*tch about how its NOT FREE because you need to buy a house if you dont already own one? Seriously?

Cicinho4206d ago

How to add free wireless for the small price of $40, yeah that works. I will stick with my ethernet.

solidt124206d ago

Not free, even if you have a router, you still need to buy a second router to get this to work. It will cost you about $45.00 and you have to plug the router into the wall losing a power outlet and the mobility/convenience of the usb adapter that Microsoft sells. Other than that it works fine. I have this setup but I was able to find a linksys router dirt cheap used. $20.00

Rob0g0rilla4206d ago (Edited 4206d ago )

How many people have a second router sitting around?

Still a whole lot cheaper then paying 100 bucks for a wifi adapter.

Oner4206d ago (Edited 4206d ago )

Does anyone else see the amount of BS Spin that is being said around here? Taken directly from the article
"DIY Wireless for Your Xbox

Time: 30 minutes
Cost: ***$15-$50***

1. Before ***buying*** a router for this project, check to make sure the specific model is supported..."

End quote.

FFS how is it when I title a news headline that makes things CLEARER to understand it gets edited but this BS stays and hits 1000+ degrees?!?!?


mikeslemonade4206d ago

Really? Do you think xbox non-PS3 owners can count money? I mean they did buy a xbox in the first place thinking it was cheaper than PS3. PS3 is free online so that means i have saved more money than the average 360 owner(also plays online and most of the early adopters do play xbox live gold) who bought the premium system at launch for $400. The word "free" obviously means something different to the average non-PS3 owner.

Time_Is_On_My_Side4206d ago (Edited 4206d ago )

"If you already have a wireless network set up in your home, you can make a second, cheap router function as an Xbox adapter by replacing its firmware with free software called DD-WRT."

- Doug Cantor (Author)

Maybe I should message someone who's literate, sorry.

pixelsword4206d ago

...They only cost $400 bucks.

Parappa The Rappa4205d ago

Where inlies the problem?

The software is free. He never said the router would be, not even if you already have one(cause you NEED a second one).

Maybe I should message some one that isnt a complete [email protected]@ss.

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power of Green 4207d ago (Edited 4207d ago )

360 owners that take online gaming serious use Wi-Fi?



How do super haters get maxed out with bubbles?

Sean Ryno4206d ago

Serious gamers on any console or even PC would not use wireless internet connection for a few very simple reasons, which I'll allow someone else to specify.

AliC4206d ago

Wireless connections are fine for gaming if you take the time and money to buy proper equipment.

Ridrick4206d ago (Edited 4206d ago )

Wire or wireless. There is no differece.

Your internet pipe will always be bottleneck.

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ForROME4207d ago

The fact there is no wifi built in is a freaking joke its a 11 dollar part to add, MS next revesion they should throw this is in and be done with it, now you might say well MS should need to do this they are making money on the machine yada yada, ok then go the opposite route price your freaking adapter at a comparable price lets say 49.99 would still be a much better option, bad enough MS charges 149 for a 120 gig HD, WOW even when I type that I am shocked

Sean Ryno4206d ago

It's a shame you aren't the President of Microsoft, think of all the money that you wouldn't make. It's business dude. People like money.

Also, Microsoft loses money selling their consoles or "machines", they make up for the loss with game sales. This has been the same since xbox1.

LinuxGuru4206d ago

No, they make up for the loss with grossly-overpriced proprietary accessories AND game sales.

Jazz41084206d ago

Why would they, wireless gameing is the reason for so much Lag. If you dont believe me, Look up on the internet and any professional will tell you that for gaming, wireless is not recomended.