XBOX Live over 802.11g


Last night I decided to setup an 802.11g network at home so that we could remote my son and his XBOX from the main family room to the kids play room – the plan is to also use the newly connected 802.11g XBOX to remote the Media Center UI – I already have Comcast high speed internet access which uplinks into a Microsoft MN-700 residential gateway, this has been running for several months without needing to be touched and has been providing 802.11b wireless support to various PC’s and laptops around the house.

I’ve added a second MN-700 residential gateway which now adds support for 802.11g (I thought that 802.11g and 802.11b devices would both be able to connect to an 802.11g gateway, but that doesn’t appear to be the case, hence the need to add a second gateway).

AirPlus Xtreme G High Speed 2.4GHz Wireless 108Mbps Gaming Adapter, 802.11g, bI’ve added the D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G High Speed 2.4GHz Wireless Gaming Adapter (see the image on the right) to the XBOX, configuration of the unit was over a wired networking connection from my laptop – this was pretty quick and simple, configuring the security settings and SSID for the 802.11g network.

Performance of the 802.11g netork seems to be absolutely fine for playing Halo2 live, I’ve not seen any game lag in UI or voice – so far, so good.

The good news about remoting the Media Center UI is that we can see which channel the set top box is currently set to, and, we can see the wireless activity on the MN-700, so know when the squiddly-winks are playing Halo2 online

The next plan is to hook up an MSN TV2 box to the TV set and see how the family takes to using this for web browsing and e-mail – stay tuned…

– Mike

 


Comments (7)

  1. Jason Coyne says:

    both g and b devices can connect to the g network. However, the g access point can choose to reject b devices, because b devices slow down the whole network.

    There is a setting (for linksys routers, in the web based config thing) that says b and g, or g only. Maybe microsoft is defaulting to g only.

    If you have both a b and a G AP, you will get better performance seperating them.

  2. Mike says:

    Yeah, I did wonder about mixed mode, the Microsoft gateway supports a,b, and g modes – there is a mixed mode option (which I assume is b and g [I didn’t read the manual to find out for sure]) – I was also concerned about performance with a mixed mode A/P unit – I think the current b (for my laptop and PC’s), and g (for XBOX Live and remoting the Media Center) is a good solution.

    – Mike

  3. David Fries says:

    I’ve got my XBox hooked up using a Linksys WET11 802.11b wireless brige. I haven’t noticed any lag, so I’ll probably hold off on upgrading to g for now.

  4. Mike says:

    I found 802.11b laggy, I’ve not seen the same problem with 802.11g – but that’s just my experience.

    – Mike

  5. Zak says:

    I have a wireless G router & a wireless B Game Adapter that they sold me from Circuit City.

    It connected once but now won’t connect.

    I have roadrunner.

    Is it because I have one G & one B???

  6. Then google, found this, How could I know dlink pcmcia card is way different than usb!??