How to Open Xbox LIVE Ports

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Xbox LIVE is one of the most popular online gaming platforms in today's market. With a subscription, video game enthusiasts can play with each other in head-to-head competition or cooperatively, connecting players from around the globe. While the prospect of online gameplay is exciting, many users may run into problems in setting up their Internet connections to play on Xbox LIVE . In order to successfully connect to the network, users must configure their Internet connections to open up certain ports.

Things You'll Need

  • Router
  • Router manual
  • Connect only your Xbox and computer to the Internet. Disconnect all other devices. This is done to easily determine the Xbox's IP address, which is used in the Port Forwarding process.

  • Open the Windows Command Prompt from the Start Menu. Click "Start > Run...," then type in "cmd" and hit "OK."

  • Enter "ipconfig" n the command prompt. A list of IP addresses pop ups. Write down the IP address of your computer.

  • Open your router setup utility through a web browser. Use the given directions from your router manufacturer to do so. Generally, the configuration page is opened by inputting the router IP address into the URL in the following format: http://123.456.7.8/ (where the IP Address number is unique to the router manufacturer).

  • Open the "DCHP Client List" section of the router setup utility. This lists the devices currently connected to the Internet through the router, which is your computer and Xbox. Write down your Xbox's IP address (in this case, the one that is not your computer's IP address).

  • Navigate to the "Virtual Servers" or "Port Forwarding" menu in your router setup utility. Most manufacturers have a side menu on their router setup utility, which is generally a section under your "Firewall" settings.

  • Input the following port numbers and your Xbox's IP address into your router's port forwarding configuration:

    TCP 80
    UDP 88
    UDP 3074
    TCP 3074
    UDP 53
    TCP 53

    Placing these numbers in the port forwarding menu opens up the required ports that your Xbox needs to connect to the Xbox LIVE network. Save this configuration.

  • Start up Xbox LIVE to check your connection. If you have no problem connecting, then you have successfully forwarded the required ports.

Tips & Warnings

  • Many manufacturers of routers exist, and each has its own configuration and setup. Some brands are Xbox LIVE Enabled, meaning the necessary ports are already opened for you. For those routers that are not, visit your router manufacturer's support website for configuration information.
  • Asus: support.asus.com
  • Belkin: en-us-support.belkin.com
  • Linksys by Cisco: linksysbycisco.com/US/en/support
  • D-Link: support.dlink.com
  • Netgear: netgear.com/support
  • SMC: smc.com
  • Sweex: sweex.com
  • Tenda: tenda.cn
  • zyXel: zyxel.com/web

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