CAn i just buy a USB wireless adapter to get online?

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  1. clarky78

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    I have a wanadoo/orange wireless router upstairs and just want to connect my xbox to it wirelessly.. I was amased the 360 isnt ready for this, but can i just plug in a usb dongle adapter thing and setup my IP details for it to work? I can't see why not, but everyone goes on about these gaming adapters which to me seem like overpriced ways of doing the same thing but over ethernet instead.

    Any ideas people?
     
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    buy the official one,is the only thing to do,unless you want to go and get a bridge or suchlike,but its not worth it,just stick with the official one.
    speeds are great and no problems in a year of owning mine at all.
     
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    Also agree with rottenfox.

    The official adaptor is the only one that'll work with the xbox, unlike as you said going down the other route. Mine's worked fine since i bought it a few months ago too.

    As for why it isn't built in, i guess it was just one of the ways to keep the cost down for the unit, a bonus for people that have the console wired to their network.
     
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    FAQ Q1.4 :smashin:

    It's good that people have the choice to buy it or not as opposed to having to pay for something they don't want...?
     
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    That official one is more than a bridge! Whats the point in that!

    So even though my 360 is essentially a pc with a HD i can't install drivers onto the HD to run a 15 quid adaptor? That sounds more like a scam than an issue with hardware limitations. Well looks like a bridge is my only option then... Or i move my router downstairs and by an adapter for my pc..
     
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    The official MS wireless USB adapter is just a bridge that requires no drivers. And the 360 operating system doesn't support drivers. Would you prefer the 360 shipped with Vista and called itself a PC?

    The fact that applications aren't handled in the same way as traditional OSs means its cheaper leaner and less prone to security risks.
     
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    it is not a bridge, its just a specific a/b/g wireless dongle that has the necessary driver inbuilt into the 360 kernel, or stored in firmware, depending how they've done things. Due to their business/security model, they do not allow anyone else to write drivers for the 360, so yes, if you want wireless, you need either the official dongle, or a seperate wireless bridge device to hook upto the wired port.
     
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    so u just buy the ms adaptor, xbox live account and u r away right?:D
     
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    Right :D
     
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    No, you've lost me there, the official one is a what? A WiFi adapter? Yes it is.

    How do you come to that conclusion?

    A PC is a fixed architecture running a x86 instruction set CPU - how is that essentially a 360? How is the 360 the same architecture as a PC? Memory addresses, interfaces, driver layer?

    They are both computing devices but so is an Apple Mac, Acorn Atom, Sun workstation. None of those will work with your £15 cheapo no-name PC wifi dongle either.
     

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