I am so confused!!!!1

I am tring to make me a network.So we can get the Xbox to go on line.I called windstream they sent me a GATEWAY HomePortal 2701HG.What else do I need to get the Xbox to talk to the gateway now?I been researching this for hours.I am not going to give Xbox $100.00 for there adapter.That is just nuts.

I no for fact I will need a Network Adapter for gaming bridge/ethernet bridge.(wireless)

Cisco Linksys Wireless N Router, WRT120N
will this work with a xbox?
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  1. The 2701HG is your modem+router. So first things first, is that properly installed and providing Internet access for your PCs?

    If so, then if you wish to make the XBOX wireless, you need a wireless Ethernet bridge:

    [modem + wireless router (2701hg)]<-- wireless -->[wireless ethernet bridge]<-- wire -->[xbox]

    Sometimes routers can be converted into a wireless Ethernet bridge, but unfortunately your WRT120N isn’t one of them. But you can always buy a standalone/dedicated wireless Ethernet bridge. They tend to be a bit expensive though unless you wait for a deal (but still cheaper than the MS adapter). As I said, sometimes you can find a router that can be converted into a wireless Ethernet bridge, or one that supports third party firmware (e.g., dd-wrt or tomato) and configure it as a wireless Ethernet bridge.

    ZyXEL WAP3205 (using native firmware)

    ASUS WL-520GU (w/ dd-wrt or tomato installed)
  2. Can you look at wal-mart for Berea ky and see if their is one that would work?And thanks you for the information and explaning to me!
  3. Being limited to your local Walmart doesn’t give you many options, and certainly not the best bang for your buck. But that’s up to you. I found two options, both about $45 before tax. It may require an online purchase, or perhaps ship to store.

    ZyXEL Prestige Wireless Internet Sharing Router, P330W

    The ZyXEL P330W can be configured as a wireless Ethernet bridge by placing the router into “client” mode. A relatively simple process and doesn’t require the installation of third party firmware.

    $45 (+ tax) is a lot of money for a relatively simple and otherwise ordinary router. You could get it for about $33 shipped from either ( ) or ( ).

    Linksys WRT54GS2 Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster Technology

    The Linksys WRT54GS2 v1 supports dd-wrt third party firmware. Once dd-wrt is installed, it can be configured as a wireless Ethernet bridge using “client bridge” mode. This assumes the WRT54GS2 is indeed v1, not some later release (a quick check of the Linksys website indicates they’ve only ever produced v1, so that’s good news). But of course, having to install third party firmware and configure dd-wrt might be a bit overwhelming for some ppl. But you do get a bigger bang for the buck compared to the ZyXEL P330W. The Linksys is simply a better quality product.

    Like the ZyXEL P330W, I’m sure you can find this Linksys WRT54GS2 much cheaper at places like,, or

    So if you want the simplest solution, that’s the ZyXEL P330W. If you want the most bang for the buck but with additional complexity, that’s the Linksys WRT54GS2.

    And if you decide to purchase online as I suggested, the best options are those I listed originally for the ZyXEL WAP3205 or ASUS WL-520GU in terms of bang for the buck. Or the ZyXEL P330W for the absolute least configuration problems (not exactly plug and play, it takes some effort, but as simple as it’s going to get unless you buy the MS wireless adapter instead).
  4. I took back a USB wireless adapter today and got a Netgear,I spent 6 hour workig with it and windstream support as well as netgear support and found out once again I have got the wrong product.NetGear 300 N .....The 300 Netgear is Ethernet and wireless is why I got it.

    I will return to wal-mart tomarrow and get the Linksys WRT54GS2 Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster Technology if is their.I hope you will be here somewhere to walk me threw this stuff cause man,its maken my mind hurt.I never thought something so easy could be yet so hard.
    Thanks again for your help
  5. Best answer
    Well maybe you'd be better off spending the extra bucks for the MS wireless adapter, at least you know it will work and without headaches. And you can sometimes find a decent deal for about $70 or so. I just wonder whether all the time and energy spent is worth it.

    Btw, if you have a laptop w/ both a wireless and wired connection, you could create a wireless Ethernet bridge out of that and use it in a pinch. At least while you wait for a really good deal on a standalone wireless Ethernet bridge.
  6. Eibgrad thanks for your help.I like to say that again.And yes all the energy worth it to me.Cause it is helping to learn about wireless Networking that will help our home to be free.

    The 2Wire Homeportal 2701HG is just the start of maken our home free!
    I just trying my best not to give X-Box $100.00.

    And just maybe the next thing I get from wal-mart will do this.
    Linksys WRT54GS2 Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster Technology.
  7. Ok got the Linksys WRT54GS2 Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster Technology,where do I start now?
  8. mighttuss said:
    Ok got the Linksys WRT54GS2 Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster Technology,where do I start now?

    Go to the dd-wrt website ( ), use the database, locate your router and version #, and grab the necessary files and review the installation procedures.
  9. Dam ran in to a problem I have the WRT54G2 v1.5 and do not see it in the list!
  10. Darn I called them and they have none of the WRT54GS2 in the sotre here.I guess I will have to order it after I take this one back.

    The one I have is WRT54G2 !
  11. Ok looks good!Will order it after I get back from Wall-Mart!

    ASUS WL-520GU 2.4Ghz 125mbps Broad Range 802.11g Wireless Router 4-port
  12. Best answer selected by mighttuss.
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