How to Connect a Laptop Computer to an XBox 360

By Anthony Basileo

Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • Ethernet cable

  • XBox 360

  • Laptop

Connect a Laptop Computer to an XBox 360

XBox Live allows you to play video games with people all over the world, download demos to upcoming titles, purchase game add-ons, and even watch movies and television shows directly on the XBox 360 console. In order to do these things, you need to able to connect the console to the Internet. Microsoft has a wireless adapter for $100, but if you have a laptop with wireless Internet access, you can configure it to the XBox 360 to enjoy XBox Live.

Plug one end of the ethernet cable into the back of the system and the other end into the jack on your laptop. (The cable comes with the XBox 360.)

Start up your laptop and log in as the administrator.

Click "Start" and then click "Control Panel." Click on "Network and Internet," and then "Network and Sharing Center."

Click on "Manage Wireless Networks" on the left side of the screen. Click on the laptop's network, and then click on "Adapter Properties." Click on the Sharing folder, and then check the box that says "Allow Other Network Users to Connect Through This Computer's Internet Connection," and then click "OK."

Turn on the XBox 360 console. Click on the XBox logo button the XBox 360 controller, and click on "System Settings," and then "Network Settings." Click on "Test PC Connection." Once found, click on your laptop option. Then click on "Text XBox LIVE Connection."


If you are planning on longer sessions on XBox Live, be sure to charge your laptop's battery beforehand, or have its AC adapter plugged in.