How to Setup a VPN Connection on Xbox 360?

Updated on: 20 February 2019
Updated on: 20 February 2019

Gaming consoles have a come a long way. Today’s gaming consoles are not just for playing video games. There is so much that you can do with your Xbox 360. Today’s gaming consoles allow the users to stream content, chat with others as well as browse the internet. You can also access your cloud storage data as well as shop online using your X-box 360. They allow you to do so much online.

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. If you don’t take steps to protect yourself, your personal identification data might fall into the hands of people who can harm you.

Fortunately, there are a couple of things that you can do that can help you secure your data as well as remain anonymous as you access the internet using your X-box. The best way to protect yourself is to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) tunnel. Setting up a VPN tunnel on Xbox 360 is not difficult as you may think it. It is pretty easy and something that you can do by yourself. You don’t have to be a techie to set up VPN on Xbox 360. However, to be able to set it up correctly, you have to be keen and you should pay attention to detail.

1. How to Setup a VPN on Xbox 360?

Microsoft did not include VPN functionality in this gaming console. This is probably because they did not want gamers to go around the restrictions that have been set by different authorities. Remember, there are certain games that are restricted to certain regions while there are others that do not have any restriction.

You should avoid using VPN tunnels for gaming. To avoid problems with Microsoft, use VPN tunnels to browse the web, watch videos and other activities that will not raise red flags.

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 lnternet connection

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

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

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

Step 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 connectto each other correctly.

Step 2: Open your computer’s control panel

There are many techniques that you can use to access the control panel. You can find the control panel bottom on the windows menu. Youcan also use the search box on the menu to find the control panel.

Step 3: Go to Network and Sharing Center

Once you get to the control panel, you should be able to see the Network ad Sharing Button. If you can’t spot it, feel free to search for it. You can do this by simply typing its name in the search box at thetop-right corner.

Step 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 tunnel. You have to be keen to ensure that you are sharing the right VPN tunnel interface, not your raw internet connection.

Step 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.

Step 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, you should be subscribed to a VPN service already. If not, you should register to a VPN service.

8: Visit Xbox 360 settings menu

Hit the button at the center of your gaming controller to open Xbox 360 settings menu. This is the fastest way to get to the settings menu when your Xbox is powered on.

Step 9: Go to Network settings Section

You can see the network settings by opening the settings tab. You should then click on systems settings.

Step 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, it likely that there is something that you have not done right.

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:

Ethernet cable or wireless adapter to connect your Xbox 360

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 or DD-WRT 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.

The second method involves connecting the router in your home or office to a VPN tunnel. This allows your whole network use the VPN connection.

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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