Do i need a wireless adapter??

honkyboy

Standard Member
Hi everyone.I have bought my son an xbox premium for xmas and I'm confused. I have a wrieless router at home and i'm not sure whether i need a wireless network adapter to use xbox live? Plus aint i suppossed to have an xbox live silver starter pack in the xbox box? well i havent got one .
 

dan1979

Member
Yes you will, unless your router has a wired point you could use instead.

Silver is free to all so there's not going to be anything in the box, you just log on.
 

honkyboy

Standard Member
Hi, whats a wired point? I use my router with my laptop and ds..
 

dan1979

Member
Hi, whats a wired point? I use my router with my laptop and ds..


As in an ethernet cable to transfer the data, the 360 has a port on the back. It's what people used before wireless and many still do because it's cheaper and better than wireless.
 

honkyboy

Standard Member
Its still confusing as it sez that its Wi-Fi ready (802.11a, b and g). microsoft are a bit soft aint they for saying that as it is not like the ps3 which it wi-fi ready and picks up signal. its just another money making swizz..lol:mad:
 

Moogle

Distinguished Member
If it is practical for you to connect an ethernet cable from the 360 to the router then I would do just that. A wired connection is going to be more stable and effecient then a wireless one. If you can't do that then you will either need to buy the official wireless USB adapter which costs £60 new, although you might be able to find it cheaper ( other non official ones will not work ), or a wireless ethernet bridge/gaming adapter.

Once you get the connection sorted out you can sign up for a free Xbox Live silver connection on the Xbox itself. There should be an option on the dashboard to sign up. When you do so you automatically get one month of gold membership which reverts back to a silver account once the month is over.

The wireless out of the box aspect of the 360 as already mentioned refers to the wireless controllers, headsets, steering wheels etc.
 

honkyboy

Standard Member
Thanks guys:clap: I understand now. i will used my ethenet wire to connect . well it did only cost me 1p on amazon better than £60 huh... lol thanks again guys:smashin::smashin:
 

DarkEntity

Well-known Member
Yip it did and still does as does the Elite.
 

Moogle

Distinguished Member

PAUL7331

Well-known Member
For some people it may not be long enough though.


Whats the longest cable that would work to go from my PC upstairs to an xbox downstairs, and how much would it cost??? If theres like a 40-50metre one it would still work out cheaper than the wireless dongle for the xbox wouldnt it?
 

DarkEntity

Well-known Member
75 meters to 100metres is the longest effective length of Cat5 without the need for a repeater. Anything longer than that will require a signal repeater to work effectively.
 

PAUL7331

Well-known Member
75 meters to 100metres is the longest effective length of Cat5 without the need for a repeater. Anything longer than that will require a signal repeater to work effectively.

And what sort of money would I be paying for one of the above?
 

Moogle

Distinguished Member
And what sort of money would I be paying for one of the above?

To be honest if you can't use wireless and need to go with a wired connection then I would look into the option of homeplugs as they are more practical then using a long ethernet cable.
 

PAUL7331

Well-known Member
To be honest if you can't use wireless and need to go with a wired connection then I would look into the option of homeplugs as they are more practical then using a long ethernet cable.

Homeplugs? What are they mate!? I can use wirelss I just dont like the idea of paying an extra £90 on top of the elite price (£50 for wireless adaptor and £40 for xbox LIVE)
 

Moogle

Distinguished Member
Homeplugs? What are they mate!? I can use wirelss I just dont like the idea of paying an extra £90 on top of the elite price (£50 for wireless adaptor and £40 for xbox LIVE)

Well homeplugs will cost you a bit too plus you would still need to pay for Xbox Live. There are a couple of threads in the PS3 Network forum on homeplugs if you want to find out more about them. They basically use your house's internal electrical wiring and sockets to transfer data from one room to another.
 

DarkEntity

Well-known Member
And what sort of money would I be paying for one of the above?

Erm one of what, the repeater or the cable?

repeater no idea as i get them at cost, and cable no idea as i just buy the bare cable and crimp myself with the RJ45 heads. I get like 10metres for a couple of quid and 100 RJ45 connectors for about the same.
 

MST

Active Member
I can use wirelss I just dont like the idea of paying an extra £90 on top of the elite price (£50 for wireless adaptor and £40 for xbox LIVE)

Why not head down to your local CEX, more often than not you can pick up brand new still sealed accessories for quite a bit less e.g. the wireless network adapter is currently selling for £38, slightly more pallatable than £59.99.

You're just going to have to bite the bullet with Xbox Live, Play.com are currently selling 12 month gold memberships for £34.99 which is as cheap as you'll get one anywhere, that is unless you can find somewhere selling the original Xbox Live starter kits - the subscription codes still work and at one time you could pick them up for about £20 with a copy of Halo 2 bundled to boot! Unfortunately retailers and gamers alike got wise to this and now they are few and far between, you can sometimes pick them up on eBay but by the time you add the P&P you might as well order from Play.com :(
 

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