My husband and I have been gaming since 2007. During this time we have owned several of the varieties of the Xbox 360 console. In one bedroom of my home I currently have an older style White Xbox 360, which does not have wireless capabilities built in. When I started using this Xbox 360 I had to run a cable from it to obtain internet connection. Eventually I heard about this wireless networking adapter and I promptly purchased one, paying around £40.00 for it.
I don't remember a great deal about the packaging but then I saw one in Game recently I was reminded how bulky the packaging was. Xbox 360 accessories always seem to have bulky packaging, I'm not really sure why.
With regards to connecting this to my Xbox 360 I simply plugged it in to one of the two USB ports on the front of the console (within a special flap). I have since learned that I can plug this in to the USB port at the back of my console and use the small clip that is included to stick this on to my Xbox 360 console. This is very useful as it means if one of my cats jumps up to where my Xbox 360 is that they aren't able to pull the adapter out.
The adapter itself is just a few inches wide, USB powered, and there are two small fold up aerials. I have always just had the two aerials facing upwards and I have never encountered a problem with signal, well, nothing that wasn't caused by my router or modem. Installing the adapter was easy as I just plugged it in and then set it up via the on screen prompts that appeared on my Xbox 360 screen. It took just a few minutes to set up and then it took me through the wireless set up to ensure that my Xbox 360 was connected to my wireless broadband connection.
Once I had my wireless broadband connection set up the password was remembered and now each time I sign in to my Xbox 360 it automatically signs in to my wireless network. This is very simple and obviously saves me time each time I sign in, which is frequently!
This adapter turns on and off automatically with the Xbox 360 so once it is fixed in to place it can be left there forever if one chooses to, as I have.
In all it is fair to say that I really like this. The adapter is simple to use, simple to clip in to place and works incredibly well. As far as I know I have not lost my connection once because of the signal of this adapter. The times I have lost my connection, or suffered lag, it is either being experienced on every device in my household or by all friends that I am in a game party with. I would say that this really is worth the money, I have received so much enjoyment from this and with the new Xbox one being released soon my old Xbox 360 will be passed on to one of my nieces or nephews. I will then have a newer style Xbox 360 in my main bedroom which has a wireless adapter built in to it.
The retail price for these is ridiculous, especially considering how reasonably priced the newer, black, slim Xbox 360 is. I believe the retail price is £54.99, I wouldn't suggest paying anywhere near this, instead I would say to look on eBay or Amazon for preowned ones.
I am definitely recommending this, firmly, and it is available in white (with one aerial, the older model) and in black (with two aerials, the newer model). I am rating this 5 out of 5 stars and while it is only needed for an older style Xbox 360 one can be picked up for a bargain price making this a fantastic purchase. I will continue using mine until November this year when the new Xbox One comes out and then it'll be passed on to someone else to get some use out of.
I have had an XBOX 360 Elite console for years, it's one of my favourite things, and when everything went 'wireless' I felt really left out, especially when the new slimmer console was released. I had a perfectly good console sitting there with 120 GB memory and I didn't want to trade it in or upgrade, spend a lod of money for the new model which was basically the same thing - but with wifi built in, I couldn't justify it.
Nor actually could I justify spending £50 for this device, I tried shopping for a used one on ebay, but they were still expensive - so I asked for it as a Christmas present :)
So I received one as a gift, along with a Gold Membership for a year - fantastic. So now I have cloud storage for my saved games, so I can go to my partner's, take my game and carry on there!! Also there's facebook access and chat and messaging.
I'm not really one for co-op xbox live gaming with strangers online - but I do play against friends and that's really cool.
If you have a sky account you can also watch via your xbox, unfortunately I have Virgin Media so can't use this. There's also Love Film and lots of digital catch up channels such as 4OD.
The unit itself is small and fairly unobtrusive and connects via USB, luckily I had one spare as I use the other at the front of the console for my USB controller charger. The unit has two feet that swivel to enable it to stand.
I am glad that I eventually for this contraption, as it saved me having to needlessly upgrade to a new console when my old xbox elite is perfectly good.
After living in a technological black hole for the past few years, I finally took the plunge to bring my house up to date and signed up for a combination telephone / TV / broadband package. In an effort to make the most of these new services, I set up a wireless home network which means that I can connect all my gadgets to take them online. With my wireless router being located in my hallway this makes it rather difficult, dangerous, and untidy to trail Ethernet cables around the place, and so in order to get my Xbox 360 online I first needed to buy a wireless adaptor.
I decided that it would be my best interests to purchase a Microsoft branded unit, rather than a cheaper third party version, and opted for this official Microsoft Xbox 360 N Network Adaptor. The price of this small piece of equipment was staggering, and it RRPs at £60.00. I paid £42.99 for mine from Amazon.co.uk, but I can see that it's dropped a little and is now available for £39.99.
Product description: "High-speed data transmission without cable: With increased speed, range and wireless security features, the Microsoft Xbox 360 wireless-N network adapter is the fastest and most convenient way to connect to Xbox Live. You can download or stream HD movies, popular TV series and games from the Xbox Live Marketplace with 1080p resolution and 5.1 surround sound from anywhere in your home. Features: Seamless and easy linking of Xbox 360 to wireless networks in the new, fast transmission standard 802.11n."
The adaptor itself is quite small and inoffensive in appearance. It has a small solid block that forms the main body, with two antennae connected at the sides that can be positioned to suit the orientation of your Xbox 360. I keep mine laid flat so the wireless adaptor tucks nicely out of sight at the back of the console. Seeing as the adaptor is black I think it's best suited to go with the black consoles, whereas I have one of the older white coloured consoles so it does stand out a little, although it is plugged in at the back so you can't really see it much anyway.
I am a bit of a novice when it comes to setting up electrical items, and usually rope in a man to do it for me. However, the installation was incredibly easy and I was very proud that I was able to accomplish it all by myself! The adaptor fits into a USB port and to start with I needed to use the accompanying installation disc to run through the process. Once I had connected the adaptor and turned the console on, the disc checks for updates and then sorts out the necessary drivers that it needs to run. It found my broadband network and I then had to enter my details and pass codes to complete set up. It required very little interaction from me and after leaving it to finish things off I was done within a matter of a few minutes. After this initial set up there is no need to do anything else with it, other than just leave it plugged in and use it!
The Xbox 360 has loads of online features including streaming movies, downloading games and content, connecting to social media websites, and of course multi-player online gaming! I have used several of these features and every time I need to use the online functionality I have been given a smooth, problem-free experience. It loads things incredibly quickly, and there has been no sign of lagging or connection problems. Each time I have connected to the wireless network I have been able to do whatever I wanted and the connection works flawlessly. Among other things, I frequently connect to my Facebook account, browse the Marketplace, and enter into multi-player gaming sessions. None of these different activities has ever caused me to encounter any problems with connectivity, and it is reassuring to know that I am always able to get fast, easy access to my wireless network. Despite being located around 2 rooms distance away from my router, the signal strength is always high and reliable.
Overall I am really happy with the performance of this product as it allows me to carry on and use all the online features on my Xbox 360 without requiring some hideous and awkward cabled connection. It's so good that I can pretty much forget that it's even there and just get on with my gaming time without thinking about it! The only issue I have is that it seemed very expensive, although I suppose it is only around the same price as buying a game and it has really enhanced my gaming experience all round. It also increases the longevity of games I already own by allowing me to access the online only sections. I would recommend the Microsoft Xbox 360 N Network Adaptor and think it's deserving of a full 5 stars.
This adapter was an essential upgrade for me as i was sick of trailing an Ethernet cable all the way upstairs to my router. I have had the initial wireless G (single antenna) adapter and was very disappointed with the results as it dropped connection occasionally. This adapter is great as it supports wireless N and for some reason unbeknown to me the wireless G reception has much improved over the previous model.
+ Better than the previous adapter Microsoft came out with...I have kept both router and xbox in the same position as when i used my old wireless G adapter and my router (wireless G) picked up the signal with 4/5 bars compared to the previous 3/5 signal strength with the old adapter.
+ I then upgraded to a wireless N enabled router and the signal has been 5/5 and no interruptions or loss of connection.
+ Very simple to install to the Xbox a simple step by step guide within your xbox dashboard and this it. All you need is your router encryption password, usually located on a sticker on the underside of your router (unless you have changed the password from the default)
- Looks a bit silly as you see two antennas sticking out of the back of your Xbox
- people who sit their Xbox upright be aware that the antennas stick out of the side, yes they can be made to point upwards but still they don't sit flush with the side of the console.
- the antenna requires the use of the USB port in the back of the console which for me was annoying as i had a flash drive neatly hidden away there.
- Only does the one job, provides a connection. Maybe if it provided additional USB ports it would be more worthwhile seen as though it takes the use of the slot in back.
- Expensive and ridiculous of Microsoft not to have included a wireless connection within the console like the PS3. As laptops have had embedded wireless connections for years
- I was lucky to pick up the adapter for £30 so check around before paying the retail price.
So I first got my Xbox 3 years ago, but at first I didnt consider going online with it. Eventually though, I did want go online, but from where my Xbox is situated, there was no way I could connect it via ethernet cable. I needed to go Wireless, but at what cost?
* COST *
When I brought this wireless adapter about a year and a half ago from Argos it was £60! To me that is quite a high price but I really wanted it so I just went and got it. I'd had a terrible time trying to get a good connection having it connected through my wireless laptop so there wasn't really any other choice.
With the new styled Xbox 360's out now, they already include a built-in wireless adapter. If you are like me and still own the older style Xbox then the choice is either fork out for a brand new xbox or get this adapter if you want the wireless xbox live connectivity.
Currently (as of may 2011) in Argos they are selling this item at £54.99, although you could probably find one cheaper somewhere in another store or online.
* QUALITY *
I will say that this adapter is very good quality and for the amount of time using it with everyday usage, it hasnt gone wrong so far.
The Signal strength, being 'N' is very good and reaches good distances. I have mine about 10 metres away from the router and it has to travel through 2 walls and I still get a 5/5 signal strength.
It has 2 antennas for increased connection quality and fits easily onto the back of your Xbox.
* EASE OF USE *
The hardest task with this adapter for me was getting it out of the packaging! The hard plastic casing what difficult to get into with scissors and I had to be careful not to cut myself on the sharp edges of the plasic where I had cut.
The rest of the setup and usage was so simple and easy. It comes with a disk that it tells you to put in the xbox incase there is any updates needed to install it but I found, as did my partner with his, that there wasnt any needed and it worked as soon as it was plugged it.
There is a green light on it to show you it's working correctly. If it's flashing it is probably because you will need to go into you Xbox network settings, scan for your wireless network and may need to enter you routers wireless key (Speaking on behalf of a BT Homehub user, this is usually on the back of the router/hub).
After the network settings are all set up and you are wirelessly connected, the light should be on a solid green.
Now you can easily play online to your hearts content (As long as you have a Xbox Live Subscription).
* TECHNICAL BITS *
Requires 2 x AA betteries (included).
Compatible with A/B/G/N networks.