When atteempting to estalish a wireless connection using the 360xbox wireless adapter I continually receive a "hardware conflict" message telling me that there is also an ethernet cable connected. Won't let me therefore go any further.
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If this is the first time you have connected your Xbox 360 to Xbox Live, you will probably be prompted to apply an update. If there are no updates, the Xbox Live Connection page shows that you're connected to Xbox Live. Press the Y button on your controller to continue.
If testing the Xbox it says DNS failed, then update your NETGEAR router firmware:
From your computer, open an Internet Browser and navigate to http://kb.netgear.com to download the firmware for your router.
Log in to your NETGEAR router by browsing to http://www.routerlogin.net or http://www.routerlogin.com. Enter the username (admin) and password. By default, the password is password or 1234 unless it has already been changed.
Click Router Upgrade on the top left pane under Maintenance, browse for the firmware downloaded and click Upload.
Check the status light on your adapter
The state of the adapter's status light indicator can tell you the
status of the Xbox 360 Wireless G Networking Adapter. Here's what the
different lights mean:
Steady green light: The adapter is connected to a wireless router, gateway, or access point. The adapter is ready to use.
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Steady red light: The adapter is ready to be configured. For information on how to do this, please see:
How to configure wireless settings on your Xbox 360 console
Flashing red light: There is a problem. The adapter might be experiencing a hardware failure. Contact Xbox support.
The adapter is not receiving power. Unplug the USB connector and plug
it in again. Still no light? Try plugging the adapter into a USB port on
the front of the console.
On the console, go to My Xbox, and then select System Settings.
Select Network Settings.
Select Configure Network.
On the Basic Settings tab, select Wireless Mode.
wireless mode is not available and you are using the black Wireless N
Networking Adapter, try using the software installation disc included
with the adapter. For more information about how to do this, please see
the following article: 977641
How to set up the Xbox 360 Wireless N Networking Adapter
Select Scan for Networks.
Select your wireless network name.
If your network is not listed, try the following:
Select Specify Unlisted Network, and enter your wireless network name (also referred to as your Service Set Identifier [SSID]).
Select your wireless security: WEP, WPA, WPA2, or No Security (if your network doesn't have a password).
If you can't connect to your wireless network, try improving your wireless signal using the tips in the following article: 909336
Your Xbox 360 console receives a weak wireless signal
Enter your wireless network password, and then select Done.
sure that you have entered the correct password. An incorrect password
might allow your console to connect to your wireless network, but you
might receive an IP address error when you test your Xbox LIVE
Press B on your controller, and then select Test Xbox LIVE Connection.
If you successfully connect to Xbox LIVE, you'll see this screen:
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If you receive an error message, please go to www.xbox.com/networkhelp
for further help.
the problem is that your xbox rejects the adapter. try another adapter or try plugging it in to another port. I cannot for sure say its your xbox but it may be the adapter so try another one. if it works your adapter is not sending any information to your xbox and cannot be used. if it doesn't your xbox wont accept any hardware. to be sure its your xbox try connecting it through a ethernet cable. if it works your xbox cannot connect to that adapter..
Try resetting your router and reconfiguring. Secondly try using a different wireless security mode that the 360 adapter supports. If the router is a linksys, that could be the problem. Linksys has a very common drop problem. I have found that D-Link has better integrity for wireless devices. Also try putting another device on the network via Wireless, if the same result, replace the router. Also, you can do a search on google for wireless router tweaks, to optimize the router for and xbox wireless connection. One more thing. be sure you force an ip address for the adapter in the settings area on the 360. That promises the same IP everytime it connects. Then go into your router configuration and forward the ports for xbox live, the wireless connection may not even be dropping, but a port problem with live while trying to authenticate your game system
The following ports must be available for Xbox Live to operate correctly: • UDP 88 • UDP 3074 • TCP 3074