Ad Hoc Networking an Xbox 360 and a Windows PC

This post explains how create a two-node ad hoc network consisting of an Xbox 360 console and a Windows PC.

Both need to be equipped with a wireless interface.

The network is ad hoc. No access point nor hub is required. The Xbox 360 and Windows PC communicate using a direct multipoint wireless link.

We first look at the network configuration of the Xbox 360. The network settings on the Xbox 360 must be edited with a manually assigned IP address. Through the sequence of menus System Settings and Network Settings, you configure the network such that the Basic Settings appear as follows:

The IP Settings are Manual. The IP address is set to 192.0.0.1 and network mask to 255.255.255.0. Of high importance are the parameters Wireless Mode (801.11g), Network Name (mynet), Network Type (Ad Hoc) and Wireless Security (No Security). The values must match the ones assigned to the corresponding parameters on the Windows PC, except for the IP address. We assign 192.0.0.2 on the PC.

When associated to the Xbox 360, the network “mynet” should show as connected.

Over the ad hoc network, the Windows PC can share media with the Xbox 360. The last step consists of configuring a media sharing application on Windows. Media sharing has to be enabled. Windows Media Player has this capability. If a firewall is running on the Windows PC, network sharing must be enabled.

Then, the Xbox 360 must be granted access in the media sharing application.

Videos are streamed from the Windows PC to the Xbox 360. The facility is accessible from the My Xbox Video Library panel. Through the Windows PC association, the Xbox 360 pulls and plays video streams.

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9 Responses to Ad Hoc Networking an Xbox 360 and a Windows PC

  1. LJ Roos says:

    Sweet thanks for the tutorial champ :)

  2. trustnoone says:

    Cheers man finally a good tutorial :D!! can’t wait to try this out!! Thanks!

  3. Tigman says:

    Hey I hope this works I tried alota stuff tonight

  4. Joseph B says:

    Hi. 192.0.0.1 is a reserved IP address and cannot be used for private networking. The class B block 192.168.0.1 thru 192.168.255.254 is set aside by IANA for private networking so you could use 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.0.2…I foresee this could conflict with an existing home network however… There is also a Class A block set aside for private networking and would not create a routing conflict in-home or out in the net so you could use 10.0.0.1, 10.0.0.2 (10 instead of 192.) This would match the same scheme you are using in this example. You would be able to use the same subnet mask.

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