How to Setup a VPN Connection on Xbox 360

Updated on: 3 June 2019
Updated on: 3 June 2019

Gaming consoles have a come a long way. Consoles allow the you to do so much more than just play games, you can stream content, chat with others and browse the internet. You can also access your cloud storage data as well as shop online using your X-box 360.

Since these devices can be used to transfer sensitive information, it is very important to ensure that you are protected from the prying eyes on the internet.

In addition to this, many users want to access the gaming servers for a particular country.

Fortunately, there are a couple of things that you can do that can help you secure your data as well as cloak your true location. The best way to protect yourself is to use a VPN. Setting up a VPN on an Xbox 360 is not difficult as you may think.

1. XBox 360 VPN setup

Microsoft did not include VPN functionality in this gaming console probably because they did not want gamers to get around the restrictions that have been set by different authorities. Remember, there are certain games that are restricted to certain regions, and many gaming servers that are geo-restricted too.

There are two methods that you can opt for if you want to use VPN on Xbox 360. Once you have selected the right VPN service provider, here are the methods that you can use to connect your Xbox.

2. Method 1: Using You laptop’s internet connection

To be able to use your laptops internet connection on your Xbox, you need the following:

  • A laptop that has stable connection to the internet
  • Ethernet cable
  • VPN subscription

Below are the steps that you should follow when you want to connect your Windows laptop internet connection with your Xbox:

1: Connect your Xbox to your computer

Use the Ethernet cable to connect to connect your Xbox to your computer. Make sure that you are using the right cable because this is the only way the two devices will connect to each other correctly.

2: Open your computer’s control panel

3: Go to Network and Sharing Center

4: Click “change adapter settings”

This link is at the top left area of the control panel. Right click on the VPN tunnel interface.

If you are not seeing it you should restart your VPN connection. You have to ensure that you are sharing the right VPN tunnel interface, not your raw internet connection.

5: Select the sharing box

Check the sharing box that will allow you to share your computers internet connection. This option gives permission to other devices in your network to use your laptop’s internet connection.

6: Click “Home Networking Connection”

You will see a drop down list showing all the available internet connection options. Click on the connection that you want your X-Box 360 to use and then click OK.

7: Make sure that you are using the right VPN server

Start the VPN server on your laptop. At this point, if you don’t already have a VPN service, take a look at NordVPN.

8: Visit Xbox 360 settings menu

9: Go to Network settings Section

10: Click on “Wired Network”

When you have selected “wired Network”, you should click on continue to test the connection. If you have set up everything the right way, your Xbox will have a connection to the internet via the host computer. If you can’t establish a connection, check back through the previous steps.

3. Method 2: Using a VPN Router

This is the easiest way to connect all devices in your home in your home to a VPN tunnel including your Xbox 360. Here are the things you need to use this method:

A wireless router that can connect to VPN tunnel. If you have a router that does have VPN functionality, you will require a router that can run Tomato, DD-WRT, or similar firmware.

These are the best ways to set up VPN on Xbox 360. The first method involves sharing the connection of a computer that already has a VPN connection.

To make this possible, you have to connect your Xbox 360 to the computer wirelessly or through an Ethernet cable.

Check this guide to VPN routers for more information.

Written by: Elizabeth March

Advanced ITSEC Specialist Based in Cambridge, England, Elizabeth has held notable positions for a range of high-profile vendors and clients in the European IT Security and Communications Sector. As a former IT Trainer, Technical Specialist, and Product Manager; she transitioned into the role of an expert IT Copywriter in 2015. Since then, her works have been published globally, and she continues to help people easily decipher complex technical challenges and make informed decisions about their digital lives.

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