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Xbox 360 wireless internet question

Dodge AspenDodge Aspen Registered User regular
edited August 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
I've just moved into a new house, and it looks like the only way I'm going to get my Xbox 360 online without doing some major wire running is through the stupidly overpriced Microsoft Wireless Internet Connector. They go for about 100 bucks Canadian, but I found one at my local EB used for 64.99. It seems like it having a previous owner shouldn't really affect it at all, but I'm no tech genius.

Is there any downside to buying a previously owned wireless internet connector for my 360? How is the initial setup for one of these things?

Xbox - Dodge Mega
Switch - SW-3699-5063-5018

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    SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Initial setup was pretty easy for me. Just plug it in, tell it how it can find your wireless router, and bam, connected.

    I've had mine for a year and it's worked well. There were some weird times where it wouldn't connect for the first minute or so after powering on my Xbox, but that problem seems to have disappeared.

    I've also heard of people whose adapters crapped out after 6 months.

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    Dodge AspenDodge Aspen Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    SteevL wrote: »
    Initial setup was pretty easy for me. Just plug it in, tell it how it can find your wireless router, and bam, connected.

    I've had mine for a year and it's worked well. There were some weird times where it wouldn't connect for the first minute or so after powering on my Xbox, but that problem seems to have disappeared.

    I've also heard of people whose adapters crapped out after 6 months.

    Ugh. That last part makes me question the buying used option. Maybe I'll just get a new one for an extra 30 bucks.

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    SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Yeah, that's why I mentioned it. I've also heard the original Xbox's wireless adapter works, and that thing is cheaper (but chances are, it's also used).

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    MurphysParadoxMurphysParadox Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I too had this issue. I did a lot of research into the various options and, really, there isn't a cheaper deal. All the major companies (logitec, etc) make game system adapters but they are roughly the same price and are harder to use from what I saw.

    The XBox adapter is, simply put, stupid easy to use. It has clips to snap right onto the machine and syncs up with minimal effort. If I remember, you just need things like the encryption password and SSID for the network. Basically no different than hooking up any wireless device to the network. It integrates with the XBox's software so the setup is nice and easy.

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    mere_immortalmere_immortal So tasty!Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    If you're running it next to a wireless enabled PC you can just buy a crossover cable for a couple of £/$ and connect though your computer.

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    MurphysParadoxMurphysParadox Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Before buying my xbox wireless dongle, I did use the trick indicated by mere_immortal where I converted an old laptop's ethernet connection to an internet share/passthrough and used its wireless connection to get the xbox online. It worked fine enough (eventually stopped because the laptop was old and died... plus I had to boot it up to get the xbox online). Here's the article explaining how to do this:

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Use-your-laptop-as-an-XboxXbox-360-wireless-adap/

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    Dodge AspenDodge Aspen Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Allright, I just went and picked up the used doohickie. Just to be sure, I grabbed the extra year warranty on it for 10 bucks. That way I'll at least be covered in the near future if it does crap out. Thanks peeps.

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