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Will Your Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter Work on a Computer?Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adapter

By March 12, 2008

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| FAQ | People occasionally ask me about removing the Wi-Fi network adapter from their Xbox 360 to use it in an ordinary computer. If you are using the official Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adapter, this simply won't work. You cannot use Microsoft's 360 adapter on your computer for the same reason that ordinary USB adapters don't work on the Xbox - the needed device driver support is lacking.

If you are using a generic USB wireless game adapter or Ethernet-to-wireless bridge (like I do), then of course you can swap the adapter between your Xbox and computer with no problem.
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Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adapter / microsoft.com
September 7, 2008 at 9:02 pm
(1) Zach says:

Thanks very much for that information

May 25, 2009 at 9:02 pm
(2) Chris says:

thanks u saved me a few hours of tryin to figure it out

September 15, 2009 at 8:52 pm
(3) Constintine Vampy :) says:

When it comes to NT (Windows) drivers, you may not be able to find a specific driver for the adapter but that does not mean that one does not exist that will work!!!!
If you are running Linux you are in luck :) Find out first what chipset the adapter uses and get the latest Linux source code for that chipset :) compile + install = MAGIC!

December 6, 2009 at 3:23 am
(4) Nicck says:

hey well hey i put the xbox on my usb how do i install the driver or whatever ; ) help plzz

December 13, 2009 at 9:33 am
(5) aj mitch says:

Good thing I run Linux!

March 14, 2010 at 11:46 pm
(6) Derick says:

Hey what driver do i install that would help me a bunch

March 25, 2010 at 10:14 pm
(7) ran says:

thanks man

June 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm
(8) Homero says:

jejeje I brougth it, I plug it to a pc, and it not work.

the pc not find the drivers.

December 15, 2010 at 12:45 pm
(9) mike says:

thats kind of odd.. i use a regular xbox wirless adaptor on my pc, and on my 360.. thats kind of weird that the 360 1 wouldnt work…

February 21, 2011 at 9:59 pm
(10) brainiak005 says:

has anyone tried putting the disc in that came with it? maybe that has the needed drivers-it does for the 360.

March 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm
(11) scott says:

i tried. windows didnt recognize any of the files in it.

June 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm
(12) jake says:

i personally think that is just stupid i don’t see why windows wont recognize it unless Microsoft wants you to blow your money on more of their price junk.( like its a evil plan to seal all our money like every other company in this world only looking at the $$. lol)

August 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm
(13) Shmalc says:

Well thats all it ever is is just money to them, and im sure there will be a driver out there some where that you could use its Microsoft and so is windows, even if there is drivers that you could find why would you care u have just spent like 30-40 pound on the 360 wireless device why not like another 7-8 pound for a pci wireless card for pc off of ebay

December 2, 2011 at 2:32 am
(14) nelson says:

Well then is there a way to dump the memory and reformat it so the device can be used? I’ve already cut the small plastic casing off and reinforced the base with 14g copper wire. I made an adapter to connect to the 10 foot antenna on top of my M997 ambulance. My laptop wifi is picking up a weak signal because of the proximity to the antenna but I’d get better results with a hardwire connection.

January 5, 2012 at 12:16 am
(15) tony says:

hey man I got a question for ya idk if you’ll ever see this message again but thought I’d give it a shot. Thank you.

February 8, 2012 at 11:44 am
(16) CommunicationsTechSupport says:

To reiterate an earlier answer, no, the Xbox 360 Plug N’ Play charging kit will not transmit the analog signals needed for the pc to recognize button inputs. There are no drivers for Windows that supports this. Your only options are to use a standard wired 360 controller (drivers are needed and can be found with a simple search on google) or a wireless to usb adaptor specifically made for the 360 wireless controllers. Hope this helps!

March 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm
(17) Frank says:

well the drivers that are lacking… would it be possible to find them on the internet?

June 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm
(18) Phoenix says:

What if you use it on a XBOX 360 emulator?
Will that work?

June 7, 2012 at 9:59 pm
(19) Retard patrol says:

Hey CommunicationsTechSupport says:

Way to not read a thread before you comment… Wireless adapterhas nothing to do with the controller.

You sir, are a retard.

July 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm
(20) scott says:

is there anyway to download the drivers for the wireless router on to a PC, or not?????????

March 29, 2013 at 10:24 am
(21) Patrick says:

So I tried using it for my computor without researching if it work. Now my adapter won’t work with my Xbox anymore. Am I going to need a we one? Or is it another problem?

April 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm
(22) dave says:

does anyone know where i can get the adapter cord so
i can plug my turtle beach headset into my cumputer
ive looked everywhere

May 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm
(23) Metarortiz says:

what if the wirelesss adapter was a third party accesory? will it work? i bought a cheap one for the xbox 360 and it worked but its not officially an xbox 360 adapter…its a madcatz or something like that

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