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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 278 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A little expensive, but works great

    Posted
    OldNAchy
    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    Bought this to replace Linksys wireless N gaming adapter for my XBOX 360. Had to go to another store since BB was out of stock. Since I had the latest console update for my 360, setup was very simple. Hooked it up and powered up. 360 detected it and immediately went to wireless setup. Scanned for available networks, found mine, input encryption key and connected. Reception at 4 bars (5x5). NETFLIX streaming to my 360 is also very good. Only issue was with media center because my main PC is also set up wireless. Not an adapter problem, but a windows problem. Adapter is a true dual band wireless N device. Mine is running at 2.4ghz not 5ghz simply because my net is set up that way to support my 2.4ghz wireless printer. Some cautions on setup: If you are buying this to upgrade like I did and have been on XBOX Live on or after 10/28/09 then you should have the latest console software to support the adapter and should be able to install and setup like I did. However, if you purchased this with a new 360, you may need to get a console update(s) to support the adapter. It comes with a CD for this purpose, but install may have issues based on other reviews that I have read. My suggestion is to direct connect your new 360 to your router via ethernet cable, do general setup per 360 instructions and get all the console updates that way. Once 360 is up to date, then you can proceed with this adapter install and setup. This assumes that you have a router and wireless network set up. That is a mandatory requirement for this adapter. Also make sure router is set up for WPA AES (or AES/TKIP) encryption, not just TKIP. Only real complaint is with microsoft itself. Beside being a little expensive (price is comparible wirh other gaming access points, which do more), to get true wireless N from your 360, you need this adapter. Using another brand wireless N adapter or access point with the 360 will not get Wireless N from the 360. The access point (like my linksys) will broadcast to the router at Wireless N, but the 360 will only set up as Wireless G (at 2.4 Ghz or Wireless A at 5ghz)!! Not sure if this really reduces thruput, but suspect that it does. A little proprietary for my tastes. The 360 should have networking software that supports any Wireless N adapter or access point, but it doesn't. Good luck and happy gaming and streaming.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Going wireless should've been cheaper

    Posted
    PatC63

    After moving into a house, in the winter, with a crawlspace instead of a basement, I didn't really cherish the idea of running a cable under the house from my router in the den to the Xbox 360 in the living room. So, after years of saying I wasn't going to pay for something Microsoft should have included in the console from the start, I finally ponied up the money for one of these wireless adaptors. Setup was very simple, the 360 recognized the unit, and configured itself, found my router, allowed me to input my security code, and I was off and gaming. Very simple and easy. Except when it came to actually attaching the unit to the back of the 360 itself. For some reason the adaptor, which attaches to the console with a couple of clips on the back, wouldn't fit due to the video cable coming out of the console interfering with the adaptor. I had to laugh as I tried cramming it in, which didn't help at all. Finally, I moved one of the 'feet' (which are there for the people who get tired of fighting with it apparently) and it fight like a tight glove. There was still interference, but it fit. Overall, it's working rather well, no complaints. Other than the money...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Some helpful information

    Posted
    twheel

    I bought my son the Xbox 360 Elite for Christmas and the wireless N adapter to go with it. First of all the console wouldn't read the installation disc. I found a lot of reviews where people had encountered the same problem but they said that they just plugged the adapter in and it worked fine. After trying everything I could think of, I finally called tech support. After the first guy I talked to couldn't figure out the problem, he transferred me to a person in hardware. After trying to diagnose my problem, he finally told me that the adapter was bad and that I should return it to the store. I truly felt that the adapter was fine, so I got back on the internet and did more searching. Finally after 3 days I found out that at the end of October, Microsoft put out an update that included the drivers for the Wireless N Adapter. Since I had just purchased the console, and had never hooked it up to the internet, there was no way I could have gotten the update. When I hooked it up using the ethernet cable, the update immediately ran. I then plugged the adapter in and within a couple of minutes it was up and running perfectly. No complaints at all about the performance, but was upset that the disc didn't work and that I wasn't informed, even by tech support, that the update needed to run before the adapter would work.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Costly, but good

    Posted
    KILLDOGG

    Let me start this review with a disclaimer: IF YOU DON'T HAVE A WIRELESS "N" ROUTER, YOU DON'T NEED THIS. I have read review after review about not seeing gains over the old wireless adapter, but if you don't upgrade your router to N speeds, this adapter will do nothing for you. Now, this adapter does exactly what you would expect it to. I noticed a huge speed increase over my old G signal, lag is non-existant, downloads fly, and Netflix is fantastic. Yes, it's way overpriced, but beats the heck out of dealing with slower speeds. If you don't mind the high price tag, then this is a solid product, easily installed and configured, that will enhance your online experience on the 360.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    Posted
    NNUTTHOWZE

    I love this. The download speed is far superior to that of the original wireless adapter. The night I got this I downloaded Call Of Duty Classic from the Marketplace, which is about a 1.2GB game, and it was done in under an hour. I was thuroughly amazed to say the least. A file that size would have easily taken 3+ hours using the older adapter. Downloading videos takes less then 10 minutes now. I also don't get as much lag as I once did on certain games, such as Call Of Duty MW2, when someone is using the laptop in the same room which used to seemingly suck the connection from the room so i'd randomly sign off xbox live. I don't have the problem anymore. Overall, this is definitely well worth getting. If for nothing more then decreased download times for games, videos, or whatever. I also didnt have to use the included CD. I just plugged it in and it worked right away. I assume the CD is for older models of the system, it may not have the firmware capable of recognizing the device without the CD. The newer models most likely do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Xbox360 Wireless Adapter goes 802.11N

    Posted
    Jahdoh

    After removing from it's packaging, I shut off my xbox360, plugged this in the rear USB port, then snapped it in place (as in the instructions). There was no need to force, jiggle, or manipulate. That took around 5 seconds. My xbox360 is using the current NXE and was updated. When it booted after attaching the new 802.11N wireless adapter, the system saw the apapter right away and did not need to use the driver disc that comes with it. I use a DLink DIR825 wireless dual band router (802.11N). The wireless adapter saw my SSID, I entered my WPA(2) security phrase and that was it. All done working as advertised. I have streamed my HD WMV's via media center and just a network drive to my xbox360 with zero buffering. I have several wireless devices connected to the same router (both G and N class) and have had no problems with interference. Thanks Microsoft for an accessory thats not white. This was black matching my xbox360.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This thing is awesome!!

    Posted
    Darkstar1010

    Very easy to hook up. Zero connection problems. Downloaded a 750MB game demo (Force Unleashed 2) in 3 minutes!! Netflix streams instantly in HD. Absolutely no lag time on Xbox live. Awesome. I've read other reviews on this website about it not working with certain games, which is FALSE. If the game is meant to be played on xbox live, then it will work with this device. Someone else mentioned loosing the connection repeatedly. That is going to be a problem with the computers firewall/anti virus/router location. So don't blame the receiver if you don't know how to work your computer. I know it's $99, but it's so worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great If Needed

    Posted
    gizmo1

    My wife and I just bought a new home and the Xbox is setup on the other side of the house nowhere near the router. Running Ethernet cable to the Xbox would require drilling and snaking Ethernet cable through the walls which I wasn’t about to do. My wife bought gave the adapter to me for Christmas. I plugged it in and in less than a minute, I was connected through a neighbor’s wireless network. We have yet to get the Cable Company and internet to our house; they are coming in 2 weeks. If it can connect to a neighbor’s network, then it will have no trouble connecting to ours. Obviously since it wasn’t my network, I disabled the adaptor. This will make online play a reality once again. The only downfall I have is I believe Xbox set the price a little high. Sixty to $70.00 would be more realistic, but for Xbox gamers in a pinch, what are you going to do? Xbox knows it and like any other business and base their prices upon demand.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not always the right one

    Posted
    Joesadler123

    I bought this on line for the XBox 360 live and it would not work with my network. After hours of going round after round with Nintendo and my ISP , we determined that my (White) 360 required a 801.11n wireless adapter for my 360 to go wireless. I was talked into a new router, which after bringing home and trying to connect to the net, found out that I still needed a modem.. Duh! Also I was talked into another wireless device that I was assured would work too. Finally after one week and over two-hundred dollars , My ISP provider sent me a new router with the correct multi bands that would get my network going again. My gripe is that the online ordering process asked the color of my 360, and what modem I was using, and other info that I thought would have given them a clue as to what was the correct wireless to send. Okay that's enough venting!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quick and easy set up

    Posted
    starboy2012

    Very easy to install, just plug it in and x-box will auto detect and install. I bought it to use with my 5 ghz network band and for some reason it could not log me into my live acct. The network test passed the initial connection tests to my network and the internet but kept failing at the XBox Live acct login but on the 2.4 ghz band, it went through fine. I didn't want to use the 2.4 ghz band b\c of too much interference and 5 ghz band has much greater bandwidth. So I played around with my router settings for the 5 ghz and set the wireless mode to accept only 802.11n connections. After that it worked like a champ. I'm watching HD movies from my Windows Media Center via the XBox, watching youtube in HD, etc.... all from the XBox... awesome performance, no lagging.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works.

    Posted
    Inspector57b

    This adapter works just fine. That being said, in the month I've had it I've only used it for XBox Live gaming (primarily Modern Warfare 2) and I honestly haven't seen any performance gains over the wireless G adapter I previously had on the system. Would likely see some gains when using the XBox as a media extendor and maybe when trying to stream video off the 'Net, but I just can't comment on that as I haven't used it for that yet. I kind-of doubt it on the latter as I tihnk my cable internet connection is the choke point on my Internet transfer rates, not whether I'm using wireless G or N. I do wish the thing was available in white as it clashes nicely with my all white original XBox 360 system and accessories. Minor complaint, though!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Product Ever!!!!!!

    Posted
    TDay728

    Okay, so I got xbox live for the first time on Black Friday so i cant really compare it to the 1st generation network adapter (white). this gives me very fast speeds and thats good because im only allowed to play for 30 minutes a day (i know, super messed up). it is very easy to set up. i didnt even need the manual to set it up. everything is great about this except for the price. i mean really you're paying $100 for a peice of plastic. also when i clipped it on to the back of the xbox, it wouldn't clip on all the way and the only way it would go on fully is if i took out the Audio/Video input which is no good. anyways im sure that the whole line of these isn't like that. everything is great about this and i hope you decide to get it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the switch from 1st gen to this new version

    Posted
    iRichard76

    About 4 months ago I moved into an apt, my set-up here doesn't allow me to have a wired connection close to my XBOX360 so I purchased the 1st gen (white) wireless router for my XBOX360. I literally stopped playing online because I would always get disconnected! Way too frustrating! I also couldn't enjoy Netflix streaming. I purchased one of these new routers yesterday at my local Best Buy. I already had an "N" wireless network. I had my doubts about how much of a difference it was going to make. I am so happy with the change of speed! I played yesterday and today without any issues! I also viewed a movie on Netflix and didn't have issues! This product was long overdue! I highly recommend it! Make sure you have an "N" wireless network to maximize your data transmission!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great, a little over-priced

    Posted
    Rico5652

    Had the old adapter and was able to get 2 bars of connection at best. Had serious lag time issues playing COD and could not host games. Picked up this new adapter yesterday, plugged it into the console, the light turned green and I immediately got a solid 4 bars of connection. It was all automatic, the Xbox recognized the device, found my SSID, transferred my network key, etc. Very easy. This fixed my lag time issues. I have not yet tried Netflix, but I'm fairly certain I'll see a very large improvement. I have a Linksys wireless-N router (wrt160) Only issue is the $$ - should be $50-60. That's what you get when a company has a monopoly (thanks Microsoft).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced Should Be Built In

    Posted
    xXBabyGeezuzXx

    I got my "N Wireless Adapter" in October of 2009, I had gotten tired of running ethernet cord to where my Xbox 360 is. Having to pay for $100 for something that should be built in to the Xbox. It is just another way for Microsoft to cut prices from the console to make it seem cheaper. This is just a improvement of the original adapter that could not do the N and only had one athena for signal. The price for this product is absolutely pointless, it cost much more because it is one of the two that is compatible. If it where up to me again I would use computer as a wireless adapter for the Xbox 360.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works but expensive

    Posted
    Mac85

    My old original Xbox adapter wouldn't work with my new N router so figured Id buy this. Don't think the disk does anything if your 360 is pretty current with the past updates. Turned on the 360, plugged in the adapter and put in the disk. Turned off and on the 360. A notification popped up saying something about configuring the network. It then scans for a network, select it and type in the password. You are done. It took under 2 minutes and I was on Live. I played CoD4 and Halo2 online for just over an hour and had no problems with the connection. It works well, just think the price is a bit high.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well but a little over priced

    Posted
    MIKEoftheDEAD24
    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    I like this product alot. First if you have b or g network routers then you do not need to get this adaptor unless you plan to upgrade. This adaptor will work with b, g, or n connections. I moved from my apartment to a townhouse and the cable for the internet was downstairs but my gaming center is up stairs. I decided to go wireless with my whole home network. Just wish it was cheaper. I think microsoft over prices alot of there add on for the 360. Wish I had one of the new smaller Xbox 360's but still working with my original Xbox 360 pro.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    I hate this thing...

    Posted
    Nick5

    Well i completely hate this thing. Ive had many problems with it so far and i dont know what i am doing wrong. I bought this thing a week or two ago, and it worked fine for 2 days, then started having random problems like disconnecting me from xbox live for like an hour, then lets me play for 30min then disconnects me again saying it doesn't recognize my internet. The corded cable worked completely fine so i know their is nothing wrong with my xbox or internet. I even exchanged it for a new one and that one doesn't work either so I highly doubt getting one of these things.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Review of XBOX360 Wireless Network Adaptor

    Posted
    BobWW

    Overall I am very pleased with this product. I have not had it for very long, but it was very easy to set up and begin using. There seems to be a lot of issues with changing signal quality, but I believe that is a symptom of my internet provider and not the wireless device. I would make this purchase again in order to make my 360 more mobile, but I still shake my head at how expensive it was.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Instant gratification

    Posted
    CubanConnect

    I was having a serious problem with lag while playing MW2 online. The second I started playing with the new adapter I saw an huge difference. I was almost at the point of giving up online multiplayer gaming (nah, just kidding) but then I herd about this new adapter that cuts down on interferance and increases speed. I was hooked, plugged it right in (dont try and use the install disc, its pointless) and started working like a charm. I would reconmend this to anyone looking for a better online experience (using a wireless adapter)

    I would recommend this to a friend