How to set up a static IP address on your Xbox 360

Home > Guides > Static IP Addresses > Static IP on 360

It is very important to setup a static IP address, if you are going to use port forwarding. When you set up port forwarding, your router forwards ports to an IP address that you specify. Without setting up a static IP address port forwarding will probably work when you initially set it up, but after restarting your Xbox 360 it may get a different IP address. When this happens the ports will no longer be forwarded to your Xbox 360's IP address. So the port forwarding configuration will not work.

What is an IP address?
IP addresses are four sets of numbers separated by periods that allow computers to identify each other. Every computer has at least one IP address, and two devices should never have the same IP address. If they do, neither of them will be able to connect to the internet. There is a lot of information at the following link. You don't need all of it. But if you want to know more about how networks work, you'll find it there. For more information on IP addresses, subnets, and gateways go here

Dynamic vs Static IPs Most routers assign dynamic IP addresses by default. They do this because dynamic IP address networks require no configuration. The end user can simply plug their computer or console in, and their network will work. When IP addresses are assigned dynamically, the router is the one that assigns them. Every time a computer or console reboots it asks the router for an IP address. The router then hands it an IP address that has not already been handed out to another computer or console. This is important to note. When you set your Xbox 360 to a static IP address, the router does not know that the Xbox 360 is using that IP address. So the very same IP address may be handed to another computer or console later, and that will prevent both devices from connecting to the internet. So when you asign a static IP addresses, it's important to assign an IP address that will not be handed out to other devices by the dynamic IP address server. The dynamic IP address server is generally refered to as the dhcp server.



Setting up a static IP for your Xbox 360.

Step 1:
Turn on your Xbox 360. You should now be at the following page.

Xbox 360 Home Screen

Step 2:
Use the right bumper on your controller to scroll over to the Settigns category heading. Make sure that your cursor is highliting System, then push the A button.

Xbox 360 System Settings Screen

Step 3:
Highlight Network Settings from the list, then push the A button.

Xbox 360 System Settings Menu

Step 4:
Choose either Wired Network or Wireless Network depending on weather you are connected wirelessly or wired directly. Choose the option with a check mark in the top right corner, then push the A button.

Xbox 360 Network Type Menu

Step 5:
Highlight Configure Network, then push the A button.

Xbox 360 Network Settigns Menu Highlighted Configure Network

Step 6:
Highlight the IP Settigns area, then push the A button.

Xbox 360 Configure Network Screen

Step 7:
Highlight the Manual option, then push the A button.

Xbox 360 Edit IP Settings Screen

Step 8:
Highlight the IP Address option, then push the A button.

Xbox 360 Edit IP Settings Screen Highlighted IP Address

Step 9:
Enter the the IP address you want to use for your Xbox 360 into this page. It's important to choose an IP address that not in your router's dhcp range. You can check this by login in to your router and looking at it's dhcp or LAN page. Alternatively you can just pick an IP address that is not close to the IP address your Xbox was previously using. For instance if your Xbox was using something like 192.168.1.2, then you would want the new IP address to be something like 192.168.1.200. If your Xbox was using something like 192.168.1.240, then you would want the new IP address to be something like 192.168.1.2. Only the last group of numbers on the IP address should change, and that group of numbers would range from 2 to 254. Please, don't over think this just pick a number and go with it. I have just tried to provide some guidelines here so you can pick a better number. Once you are done entering the IP address press the Start/Done button.

Xbox 360 Enter IP Address

Step 10:
Highlight the Subnet Mask option on this page, then push the A button.

Xbox 360 Edit IP Settings Screen Highlighted Subnet Mask

Step 11:
Enter the subnet mask of your network in to this page. The subnet mask for almost all home networks is 255.255.255.0. When you are finished push the Start/Done button.

Xbox 360 Enter Subnet Mask

Step 12:
Highlight the Gateway option on this page, then push the A button.

Xbox 360 Edit IP Settings Screen Highlighted Gateway

Step 13:
Enter the IP address of your router into this page. Your router is your network's gateway. Then push the Start/Done button.

Xbox 360 Enter Gateway IP Address

Step 14:
It is now time to test your Xbox LIVE Connection. Push the B button to get back to the Network Settings page. Then highlight the Test Xbox LIVE Connection option on this page, and then push the A button.

Xbox 360 Network Settigns Menu Highlighted Test Xbox LIVE Connection

Step 15:
You will be warned that testing your network connection will sign everyone out. Highlight Yes, then push the A button.

Xbox 360 Test Xbox LIVE Connection Warning Message

Step 16:
Check to make sure that your Network, Internet, and Xbox LIVE statuses are connected. If any one of them is not then you have made an error in setting up the static IP address for your Xbox 360.

Xbox 360 Confirm Xbox LIVE Status

You may also have to specify the DNS servers your Xbox 360 will be using. This is usually required when your network's router is not passing the DNS server information to the computers that have static IP address properly. First you need to find out what DNS servers your Xbox 360 should be set to. The easiest way to do this is to give your ISP a call. They will probably ask you why you need them. Tell them the truth, your Xbox 360 is requesting them. They should give you two IP addresses, one for the primary DNS server and one for the secondary DNS server. Once again get back to the Configure Network screen of your Xbox 360 as shown below.
Highlight the DNS Settings area, and then push the A button.

Xbox 360 Configure Network Screen Highlighted DNS

Highlight the Primary DNS Server option, then push the A button.

Xbox 360 Edit DNS Settings Screen

Highlight the Manual option, then push the A button.

Xbox 360 Edit DNS Settings Screen Highlighted Manual

Enter the primary DNS server address your ISP gave you on this page. Then push the Start/Done button.

Xbox 360 Primary DNS Server Screen

Now enter the secondary DNS server in to the secondary DNS server section in the same fashion.

When you are finished setting up your secondary DNS settings, highlight the Done option. Then push the A button.

Xbox 360 Edit DNS Settings Screen Highlighted Done

Navigate back to the Network Settings screen by using the B button, and test your Xbox LIVE Connection once more.

Xbox 360 Test Xbox LIVE Connection

Your Xbox 360's Test Xbox LIVE results should be "Connected." If it is not then you have made an error in setting up your IP address or DNS servers for your Xbox 360.

Xbox 360 Confirm Xbox LIVE Connection Status

Jason Bauer

Written by

Jason Bauer is an owner and programmer for Portforward.com. He's available on Google+, twitter and facebook, and you can find more of his articles in the Guides section.