Finally, after a week of trying, I have managed to acquire XBox LIVE at uni. It is somewhat dodgy and I havent fully tested it, but it’s actually signed me into XBox LIVE. There are a few issues (such as: will it hold because of my uni bastarding over any connection on their network, the bridged connection probably gives it a new IP meaing a new machine and them not allowing you to register more than one ip). But once I test it out, I will let ya’ll know.
So, to get XBox LIVE working through a laptop running Vista is pretty simple. Here’s all you have to do:
1. Make sure your laptop is connected to the interent. You should also make sure it is a reliable connection.
2. If using wireless you are pretty much awesome. If you are using wired and you only have one ethernet port on your laptop, try and get hold of a USB to Etherner converter (try Maplin and this converter I am currently using).
3. Make sure your XBox is off.
4. Connect your XBox via ethernet cable to your laptop physically. Alot of people recommend that you use a CrossOver ethernet cable, however this isn’t necessary as your Xbox 360 will automatically detect what type of cable you are using and will make the required switching on its own.
5. Go to Start\Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center
6. Click Manage Network Connections down the left hand side.
7. You should notice a new connection in this window. This connection is the one to your laptop from your XBox.
8. Hold down Ctrl and click on your internet connection and then on your XBox connection. They should now both be highlighted.
9. Right click and click Bridge Connections. If you get an error about Internet Sharing, then right click your internet connection, click properties and disable the Internet Sharing in the Sharing tab.
10. Wait for any dialogue boxes and then check that there is a new Bridge Connection.
11. Turn on your XBox and play!
I tried alot of different things to get this working from browsing the net and nothing helped me. I stumbled upon this video however and this kid explains pretty much what I just have, but now you have a text copy of his video. I hope this helps many other XBox Live users.