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Use XBox360 Console Ethernet Port to connect Raspberry Pi to Local WiFi Network via XBox360

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December 29, 2013 8:38:24 AM

I want to connect my Raspberry Pi to my local WiFi Network. However, I don't have a powered USB Hub and there are only 2 USB ports on a Model B Raspberry Pi (taken up by the mouse and the keyboard). Thus, I want to *get* to the Local WiFi Network by connecting my Raspberry Pi via hardwire CAT5 ethernet cable to my XBox 360 console ethernet port and *piggyback* off of the already successfully configured WiFi connection from the XBOX to the WiFi enabled router.

Is this possible ?

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December 29, 2013 8:47:36 AM

Only if you hacked your Xbox and can run a linux CD off it.
The xbox does not have any sort of NAT/routing software embedded into it.
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December 29, 2013 8:58:14 AM

wacabletech said:
Only if you hacked your Xbox and can run a linux CD off it.
The xbox does not have any sort of NAT/routing software embedded into it.


Thanks. :-) Follow-up Question:

Is there a such thing as a *cheap* one device powered router(?) or switch(?) or *something* that I could plug my Raspberry Pi into via ethernet port such that the *thing* used whatever power, etc. was needed to get to the livingroom router that is wifi enabled ?


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December 29, 2013 2:12:10 PM

Your wording is a little confusing, you basically want to take the wifi router and turn it to bridge from wifi to Ethernet, and yes this is doable, depending on the router some support it natively, others require third party firmware like DDWRT or tomato.

Generally it is called WDS wireless distribution system, but some just call it bridging, and some call it something different, you will have to read the manual on the router you intend to use.
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December 29, 2013 2:59:19 PM

Thank you very much. I guess there is plenty to learn and plenty to buy in order to make a Raspberry Pi go. I guess there are various sorts of learning going on here.

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December 30, 2013 7:51:39 AM

If you are looking to get your Pi on the wifi, the best way would be to get a USB hub and a USB wifi stick that will work with the Pi. There are USB wifi sticks out there that should not require a powered USB hub.

But with my Pi I power the Pi off the powered USB hub, so there is only one power plug.
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