How to Make the Xbox Connection Faster

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Online gaming through Microsoft’s Xbox Live service is an exciting and fun way to compete or just stay connected with gamers across the globe. Whether you’re laying waste to a bunch of newbies or streaming a movie with friends, a fast and responsive Internet connection is critical to making the most of your Xbox Live experience. Most broadband connections should be more than enough to keep up with Live’s online elements.

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Things You'll Need

  • Ethernet cable
  • Xbox 360 wireless adapter
  • Xbox Live account
Step 1

Turn off or disable any electronic devices in your household that access the Internet. Think of your Internet connection as a swimming pool full of water–the more things you have using the water, the less water there will be to use. Make sure the 360 is the only device using your network, and you should see performance improve immediately.

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Step 2

Hard-wire your Internet connection. While the Xbox 360 does have a wireless Ethernet adapter, the fastest performance will be guaranteed by a hard line from the modem/router to the 360. This will minimize interference from stationary objects or other things that may drag on your wireless signal.

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Step 3

Reduce the number of players that are allowed to access your game when hosting. Fewer players wil cause less stress on your connection, so if you’re having issues with large parties try tuning the settings down to see if your connection speed improves.

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Step 4

Play on Live at different times of day. While it may seem silly, it is not uncommon for Internet connections to become bogged down during certain hours (think of everyone coming home from work to check their email or stream movies, for instance), and it is possible you are attempting to play on Live during a high-traffic period.

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Step 5

Speak with your Internet service provider and ask if there are any restrictions on your bandwidth or any recommendations they may have for speeding up your network. Certain providers may have bandwidth limitations that can negatively impact your gaming.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Always make sure your wireless router has a clear path to your Xbox’s wireless receiver. If you’re using a hard line, try to limit the number of connections in the line by sticking with one router and one modem.
  • Never attempt to open or modify your modem in any way. This could not only knock out your Internet connection, but also might void the warranty provided by your Internet service provider. When in doubt, call for support.

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