The following instructions can be used to configure your Windows computer to share the Internet connection in your residence hall room with a gaming console.
- A computer running Windows XP, Vista, or 8 that is currently configured for wired PittNet
- A USB Ethernet adapter (sold at the University Store on Fifth)
- 1 additional Ethernet cable (sold at the University Store on Fifth)
Note: A crossover cable must be used instead of a normal Ethernet cable if neither of the adapters connected between the computer and the console are a Gigabit Ethernet Controller. Crossover cables are rarely needed.
Before You Get Started
1. Ensure the Ethernet cable is connected from the wall network port to the computer.
2. Plug the USB Ethernet adapter into an available USB port on the computer.
3. Make sure the console is off.
4. Connect the additional Ethernet cable from the USB Ethernet adapter to the network port on your gaming console.
Internet Connection Sharing Set Up
1. Open the Control Panel
A. Windows 8: If you are currently using the new Win8 active tiled interface (Metro), switch to Desktop mode, and hover over the bottom right side corner of the desktop until the Charms bar appears. Click Settings, then Control Panel.
B. Windows XP, Vista, or 7: Click the Start button, then Control Panel.
2. Click Network and Internet, then Network and Sharing Center.
3. On the left hand side, click Change Adapter Settings.
4. Right-click on the icon representing your built-in Ethernet adapter and click Properties. This is typically called Local Area Connection 1 or Ethernet 1.
5. Click the Sharing tab and then select the Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection check box
6. In the drop-down box, specify the adapter that will receive the shared connection. This should be the USB Ethernet adapter connection [typically callled Local Area Connection 2 or Ethernet 2].
7. Uncheck the box labeled Allow other network users to control or disable the shared Internet connection.
8. Click Settings to add new Services. An Advanced Settings window will pop up with various services.
9. Various ports will need to be added depending on the gaming console. The process for adding each port is the same. The following ports will need to be added for the respective consoles:
- 88 - UDP
- 3074 - UDP
- 3074 - TCP
- 53 - UDP
- 53 - TCP
- 80 - TCP
- 80 - TCP
- 443 - TCP
- 3478 - TCP
- 3479 - TCP
- 3480 - TCP
- 5223 - TCP
- 8080 - TCP
- 3478 - UDP
- 3479 - UDP
Click Add to add a new service. A Window will pop up.
Enter the following information:
- Description of service: This can be anything. It is recommended to name it with the port type and number for simplicity.
- Name or IP address: 127.0.0.1
- External Port number and Internal Port number: Enter the same port number for both values. This will depend on the gaming console. Please refer to the list of ports below.
- Click the TCP or UDP option button. This option will depend on the gaming console. This will depend on the gaming console. Please refer to the list of ports below.
- Click OK when finished.
- Repeat this process for each remaining port for the console to be configured.
- Note: an error may be appear if a port has already been added. 80 - TCP is often pre-installed as Web Server (HTTP) and 443 - TCP is often pre-installed as Secure Web Server (HTTPS). If these exist, highlight the entry, click Edit, and enter 127.0.0.1 under the Name or IP address box.
10. Click OK to dismiss the Local Area Connection Properties window.
11. Right-click the icon representing your USB to Ethernet adapter and click Properties. This is typically called something along the lines of Local Area Connection 2 or Ethernet 2. A window will appear. The Networking tab should be displayed by default.
12. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click the Properties button.
a. Click the button for Use the following IP address:
- Set IP address to 192.168.0.1
- Set Subnet mask to 255.255.255.0
- Default Gateway remains blank
b. Click the button for Use the following DNS server addresses:
- Set Preferred DNS Server to 188.8.131.52 (for Pittsburgh campus students)
- Set Alternate DNS Server to 184.108.40.206 (for Pittsburgh campus students)
c. Click OK to dismiss the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window.
13. Click the Authentication tab and uncheck the checkbox for Enable IEEE 802.1X authentication.
14. Click OK to dismiss the Local Area Connection 2 (or similarly named) Properties window.
Gaming Console Setup
1. Turn on the Xbox 360
2. Navigate to the Settings tab
3. Choose System
4. Choose Network Settings
5. Choose Configure Network
6. Choose Wired Network
7. Choose Configure Network
8. Navigate to the right tab -- Additional Settings
9. Choose Restore to factory default and confirm when prompted
10. Navigate to the left tab -- Basic Settings, choose IP Settings
11. Choose Manual and enter the following values:
a. IP Address: 192.168.0.5 (Note: any IP between 192.168.0.2 to 192.168.0.254 may be used for this step.)
b. Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
c. Gateway: 192.168.0.1 (the IP address of Local Area Connection 2)
12. Click Done
13. Under Basic Settings, choose DNS Settings
14. Choose Manual and enter the following values:
a. Primary DNS Server: 220.127.116.11 (for Pittsburgh campus)
b. Secondary DNS Server: 18.104.22.168 (for Pittsburgh campus)
15. Click Done
16. Press B to go back
17. Choose Test Xbox LIVE Connection
18. Xbox should connect to Xbox LIVE. An error regarding NAT may appear, but this can be ignored.
1. Turn on the Playstation 3
2. Select Settings from the menu, and navigate to the Network Settings submenu
3. Choose Internet Connection Settings, enter the following information, and continue after each step
a. Select a setting method: Custom
b. Select a connection method: Wired connection
c. Select the operation mode for this network device: Auto-detect
d. IP Address setting: Manual
e. Enter IP information
i. IP Address: 192.168.0.5 (Note: any IP between 192.168.0.2 to
192.168.0.254 may be used for this step.)
ii. Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
iii. Default Router: 192.168.0.1 (the IP address of Local Area Connection 2)
iv. Primary DNS: 22.214.171.124 (for Pittsburgh campus)
v. Secondary DNS: 126.96.36.199 (for Pittsburgh campus)
f. MTU: Automatic
g. Proxy Server: Do not use
h. UPnP: Enable
4. Once finished, a summary of settings will be shown. Press the X button to save the settings. The settings can be tested at this time.
Nintendo Wii (Ethernet)
A USB LAN adapter compatible with the Nintendo Wii is needed to connect it to the Ethernet. The Wii does not have a built in Ethernet connection.
1. Plug in a Wii USB LAN Adapter.
2. Turn on your gaming console.
3. Select the Wii button in the bottom left hand corner.
4. Choose the Wii Settings box on the right.
5. Find and choose Internet from the list
6. Choose Connection Settings.
7. Choose a Connection that is not configured [Connection #: None] or overwrite one.
8. Choose Wired Connection.
9. Choose Change Settings.
- Click the right arrow twice.
- Make sure Auto-IP Address has Yes selected.
- Click the right arrow for Auto-Obtain DNS.
- Choose No, then click Advanced Settings.
- Set Primary DNS to 188.8.131.52 (for Pittsburgh campus)
- Set Secondary DNS to 184.108.40.206 (for Pittsburgh campus)
- Click Confirm
10. Choose Save and choose OK to test connection.
Important Points to Remember
- For subsequent connections after sleep, hibernate, or reboot, you may need to undo the connection sharing on the main Ethernet adapter and re-share the connection.
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