How to Connect Your Xbox 360 Console to Your PC
by Paul Sanders
Streaming music and video from your computer to your Xbox 360 console is easy. As long as both your Xbox 360 and PC are both connected to your home network, setting up media sharing is quick and easy. Here are the steps to connect your game console to your computer.
Connecting Your Xbox 360:
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- Connect you Xbox 360 to your network.
Both wired and wireless connections are available to all Xbox 360 consoles. You may need a wireless adapter in order to enable wireless connectivity on some Xbox 360 game systems. Once your console is connected to your network, you can enable media sharing.
- Update your Xbox 360.
You'll need the latest software and firmware updates for your game console in order to enable media sharing with your computer. After it is connected to your home network, you can update your Xbox 360 console by connecting to the Xbox Live network.
- Download Windows Media Player 11 to your PC.
Windows Media Player will allow you to set up media sharing with your Xbox 360 console, and you may already have it installed on your computer. The settings for the player may be slightly different, depending on which version of Microsoft Windows you are using. Then open the player.
- Change settings to allow media sharing with your Xbox 360.
Click the arrow below the "Library" tab and open up the "More options" menu. On the "Library" tab, click "Configure Sharing …" and allow file sharing for your Xbox 360 console. Click "Apply" and close the menu.
- Check for media access on your Xbox 360 console menu.
Different Xbox 360 consoles have different dashboard appearances, but all game consoles will feature a "Media" area. Navigate to this area on your Xbox 360 menu and select a type of media, such as pictures, to access on your PC. Your Xbox 360 console menu will list all PCs on your network. Select your computer to reveal the media files available to your Xbox console.
- Play or open a shared media file.
Test out your media streaming setup by playing a video or music file or by opening a photo. Once media sharing is enabled, you can stream movies and music to your home theater through your Xbox 360 console.