How to Setup Xbox Live With a Charter Cable

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Xbox Live is the popular online component of the Xbox 360 that allows gamers to play with other video game fanatics via an Internet connection. Xbox Live also allows players to download new games or watch TV shows and movies among its other functions. Setting up Xbox Live with your Charter Cable is a snap, and you have the option of using a wired or wireless connection.

Things You'll Need

  • Ethernet cable or wireless adapter Modem Router
  • Set up your Xbox Live account. Turn on your system and flip to the screen that allows you to sign up for an account. You will need a Gold membership (which costs about $5 a month) if you want to play games with other users across the globe. Payment is made via credit card. You will need to input your card number and address.

  • Decide if you want to use a wired or wireless connection. If your Xbox 360 is near the modem you use for your Charter Cable connection you can use a wired connection. If not, you will need to buy a wireless adapter for your system and a router if you do not already have one. The wireless adapter costs around $100 and routers can be found much cheaper depending on make and model.

  • Hook up your wired connection by attaching one end of an ethernet cable to the opening on the back of your Xbox 360 system and the other end to the ethernet port on your modem.

  • Connect your wireless connection by attaching the wireless adapter to the back of your Xbox 360 in the appropriate slots (the instructions that come with the adapter show the proper location). If you do not already have a router set up for Internet in your home, you will need to connect an ethernet cable between your modem and router and use the software that comes with the router to set up a base station on your PC. Once you have established your wireless network, the Xbox 360 wireless adapter should automatically sense it.

  • Test your connection. Go to the "My Xbox" tab when you turn on your system and scroll to "System Settings." Open this and go to "Network Settings." Under this tab you should see the header "Test Xbox Live Connection." Your connection should now be up and running and ready for online gaming.

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