This guide will show you how to connect an original Xbox (pictured right) to Xbox LIVE. There's a separate guide for the Xbox 360. Please note: Xbox LIVE access for original Xbox models was removed on April 15th 2010. There are 3 ways to connect to Xbox Live:
2 spare Ethernet ports on your PC (you may need to install additional Network Interface Card/s (NIC) If you have a USB modem you will only need 1 Ethernet port
A PC running Windows 98S, Me, 2000 Professional or XP
Turn off your hardware (Xbox, broadband modem and PC).
If you are using an external USB modem make sure this is connected to your computer.
Connect the crossover Ethernet cable to a spare Ethernet port on your PC and the Ethernet port on the back of your Xbox.
Turn on your broadband modem and PC.
Setup Internet Connection Sharing in Windows to share your Internet connection with your Xbox. See Windows help section for more support.
Once Internet Connection Sharing is set up, check your PC can connect to the Internet.
Turn on your Xbox. Make sure there isn't a disk in the disk tray.
Choose Xbox Live from the Xbox Dashboard.
Please note: if using Internet Connection Sharing you will need to have your PC switched on and connected to the Internet to play Xbox Live. [Top] If you're having difficulties with Xbox Live, or you're looking for fellow gamers, check out our lively games discussion forum.