How to Connect Xbox 360 to Internet Through Laptop in Windows 10

For People who are still stuck on the old Xbox 360 which did not support wifi. Connecting Xbox to your computer is a really easy and quick task to make your Xbox live. Now wireless adapters are going to be expensive. Using Ethernet to live your Xbox is not always great. Here is a complete guide on “How to Connect Xbox 360 to Internet Through Laptop in Windows 10”.

All the recent windows updates like Windows 7, 8, and 10 have a built-in feature called Internet Connection Sharing(ICS) which allows you to share your computer internet connection to the 360.

Also, most universities ask to register the MAC address to connect XBOX 360 to internet, or they won’t allow 360 to connect to the internet. Now they won’t be able to know that you have a 360, this will let them think that you just have your computer with you.

Physical Setup

Here we require an ethernet cable to connect Xbox 360 to internet through laptop in Windows 10. If you have connected your laptop to the router using an ethernet cable, you can just connect the router directly to your 360 using that ethernet cable. This solution will not solve the MAC address issue. Let’s consider that your computer has internet using the wifi. Now connect your Xbox 360 to your computer using the ethernet cable.

Pluggable Ethernet to USB

If your computer doesn’t have the ethernet port, you can use the pluggable Ethernet to USB Converter that is available on amazon. I also use it and recommend it because I never run into any problem using this. If you want to connect your computer to the router using the ethernet cable and also want to connect Xbox 360 to internet through laptop in windows 10 you will still need the Pluggable Ethernet to USB converter. So, this is really helpful.

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How to Connect Xbox 360 to Internet Through Laptop in Windows 10

After you have plugged the ethernet, just turn on the Internet Sharing in Windows. All the windows have the same ICS(Internet Connection Sharing) option. So, to open the ICS just follow the steps below.

In the bottom right corner, you will see a WIFI icon, just right-click on that and select the “Open Network and Sharing Center”.

Open Network and Sharing center

Next Click on “Change Adapter Settings” in the left panel.

Change Adapter Settings

This will take you to the “Network Connections”.

Network Connections

There will be one Wifi that is receiving the internet and the second Is the ethernet connection from where you need to send the internet connection to your Xbox 360. Now right-click on the wifi and click on the “Properties”.


A window will open and there will be two tabs. Click on the second tab named “Sharing”.  Check the First box “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection”. Click on OK. The computer will take a second to apply the settings and turn on the Internet Connection Sharing.

Wifi Properties

Test Xbox Live Connection

When you try to sign in to your Xbox 360 and it is not connected to the internet, you will be prompted to test your connection. There are a couple of ways to test the connection manually.

The one way is to go from the home screen to the right section, settings. Select “System” and then “Network Settings”.  Now choose the wired Network, and click on the test Xbox Live Connection.

You can also press the Xbox guide buttons. Navigate to the right of the settings panel and select the system settings. Now select network settings, select a wired network, and now Test the live connection.

I hope now it will be connected to the internet and you know how to connect Xbox 360 to the internet through a laptop in Windows 10. If you’re still unable to connect Xbox 360 to internet through laptop in Windows 10. You should test once more by switching off the ICS, turn it on again, and repeat the same process.

Umar Farooq
Umar Farooq
Umar Farooq is a digital Evangelist having right commands on writing, also he is a web developer. He has a BS(Computer Science) and now he is Full-Time writer of TechanZone.

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