How to hook up an xbox to a laptop via Ethernet cable?

Ok so tonight my younger sister spilled some soda in our basement, left it there for hours, and i found my nintendo DS in the puddle of soda when she left. When i went down to play Xbox. I flipped out. Thing is my DS was supposed to be in my room, meaning SHE TOOK IT OUT and then SPILLED SODA ON IT. when i flipped out. my parents banned BOTH OF US from the room. Her because she spills soda all the damn time, and me because I leave empty soda cans lying around. (It's not just me, my sister does this as well, so do my friends, and her friends, yet I get blamed for ALL the soda cans. even if i don't even drink the stuff they left down there.)The basement is where my 42 inch HD flat-screen tv and my Xbox 360 are located. it's also the only room that i can ran a Ethernet cable to from our router. So now I'm left with no way to connect to the internet the only room I can use is the the basement and they forced me to move the Tv and Xbox upstairs to my room. (yes they are aware I pay $60 a year for service, and that I can only use the basement)

I have a laptop and even after googling it i can't seem to figure out how to connect my laptop to my xbox. My xbox is not the wireless Slim model and i'm using windows 7 and the Ethernet cable they gave me with the Xbox. so can anybody give me some help here?

I have the exact same setup.

1.) Hook the ethernet cable to the xbox and the PC. Duh.

2.) Make sure your xbox is set to wired connection, again, Duh.

3.) Go into Control Panel>Network and Internet>Adapter settings. Right click the wireless connection your laptop uses and head into the properties. Go to the second tab where there will be an option for "Allow other users to connect to the internet through this connection" Click that, and then click "Allow other users to enable or disable the connection". I'm not exactly sure how, but that will make the connection a little more stable.

Alternatively, you can highlight the wireless connection your laptop uses and the ethernet connection your Xbox uses and right click, then click "Bridge connections". Do this if the first option doesn't work.

Then just go to your xbox network settings, select wired and all the default or automatic options. Don't worry about needing a router password or any fancy networking stuff, since for all intents and purposes any commands coming from the console to communicate with the internet will be coming through your computer.

And then you're done.

I still don't get this, first off i can't find the adapter settings and the other method is just as confusing because the cable connection isn't showing up were I bridge the connection? I only have the network I'm on and that's it.

If it's like my PC you'll need a Cat5e cable and not just a cat5 cable.

dystopiaINC:
I still don't get this, first off i can't find the adapter settings and the other method is just as confusing because the cable connection isn't showing up were I bridge the connection? I only have the network I'm on and that's it.

First check in the device manager that your ethernet adapter is on, installed right, and working. It happened to me once that the default windows driver was installed and it didn't work because of it.

Then, your adapter settings (Manage Adapters) should be in the control panel, under network and internet, view status and tasks, then on the side bar (assuming you have it set to category view).

On the whole though, the process of connecting to XBL via laptop is really finnicky and unwieldy. I would highly recommend that you invest in a wireless adapter (There are effective and cheap DIY solutions on the internet if the $150 for the 1st party adapter is too high)

dystopiaINC:
Ok so tonight my younger sister spilled some soda in our basement, left it there for hours, and i found my nintendo DS in the puddle of soda when she left. When i went down to play Xbox. I flipped out. Thing is my DS was supposed to be in my room, meaning SHE TOOK IT OUT and then SPILLED SODA ON IT. when i flipped out. my parents banned BOTH OF US from the room. Her because she spills soda all the damn time, and me because I leave empty soda cans lying around. (It's not just me, my sister does this as well, so do my friends, and her friends, yet I get blamed for ALL the soda cans. even if i don't even drink the stuff they left down there.)The basement is where my 42 inch HD flat-screen tv and my Xbox 360 are located. it's also the only room that i can ran a Ethernet cable to from our router. So now I'm left with no way to connect to the internet the only room I can use is the the basement and they forced me to move the Tv and Xbox upstairs to my room. (yes they are aware I pay $60 a year for service, and that I can only use the basement)

I have a laptop and even after googling it i can't seem to figure out how to connect my laptop to my xbox. My xbox is not the wireless Slim model and i'm using windows 7 and the Ethernet cable they gave me with the Xbox. so can anybody give me some help here?

There's a reason why the suggestions aren't working. To glean any sort of connection to your laptop, it needs to be a crossover ethernet cable. They cost no more than an average one, but MUST be specified as crossover. When plugging into a switch, router etc, the crossover gets done on the router/switch end, but not so in another "client" machine, such as a laptop.

But that's by the by, and certainly not what i'd recommend for what you want to do. If you have the money, it will be a good idea to invest in some of these. They are home plugs. Plug one into an available mains outlet near your home's main internet router, and connect them via a normal ethernet cable. Plug the other unit into an available mains outlet in your wall in your room somewhere, and connect that one to your Xbox with a normal ethernet cable. Home plugs send data over your power grid in your house, completely safe as the signals are barely register-able in terms of voltage and current, i use some in my house as I am in a similar situation. The other great thing about the home plugs is, you can connect the home plug in your room to a 5 way switch, so you can have 4 different things accessing that line, vis a vie your laptop and perhaps a wireless bridge to extend the wireless signal up to your room. Anyway, as far as hooking up your Xbox is concerned, that's my recommendation.

 

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