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Mad Catz Wireless-N Gaming Adapter

By November 18, 2009

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Mad Catz Wireless-N Gaming Adapter A company called Mad Catz known for making gaming peripherals released this week a new wireless adapter for game consoles. The Mad Catz Wireless N Gaming Adapter supplies full Wi-Fi capability including 802.11n. It arrives on the heels of a new Microsoft 802.11n gaming adapter but differs in one key respect: the Mad Catz adapter works via an Ethernet connection while Microsoft's requires USB.

Xbox 360 owners may discover Mad Catz is a cheaper alternative to Microsoft's adapter. And Mad Catz also works with Sony PS3, which USB adapters by themselves do not. Available in white or black, your choice. Have any of you tried it yet?

See also - Mad Catz Wireless-N Gaming Adapter Now Shipping (gameshark.com)

Mad Catz Wireless-N Gaming Adapter - Photo: store.gameshark.com
November 25, 2009 at 11:56 pm
(1) Anthony says:

Thing is too complicated for an average user. Better off paying $30 bucks more for one that you know is going to work. Wasted 4 hours on the thing until I gave up.

December 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm
(2) David says:

I have spent three hours on it and can not configure it. I am going to return it. Any suggestions on another model?

December 12, 2009 at 6:06 pm
(3) Chris says:

Wow, the previous two users must have a hard time programming a VCR as well.

If you can program a router, you can program this. Same concept. Just go into the device’s web page at (so you will have to temporarily make your pc IP address while connected to a pc, set it up to the router you want to connect to, and hook it up to the xbox. Should work right away after you do that. I don’t understand whats so hard, read the manual.
However, unless you’re constantly streaming media, the 802.11g connection will provide you with the same ping response, and thats all that matters in gaming. 150Mbps won’t give you better latency over 54.

December 25, 2009 at 11:56 am
(4) Biggs says:

very very hard to setup!!!!!!!!! still cant figure it out

December 26, 2009 at 12:44 am
(5) Jdog says:

this thing is ridiculous. my computer will not recognize the darn thing and i finally got it to and now it wont recognize anything. this is junk. get a regular xbox one

December 26, 2009 at 9:12 am
(6) dave says:

this thing sucks… won’t load!!!
going to store to buy xbox adapter!!

December 26, 2009 at 5:49 pm
(7) Josh Smith says:

I think it works great, however I work in Information Technology and I can definitely see where average users would have problems with the setup. Mine works fine and purrs like a kitten but it is definitely a different experience for someone who doesn’t know what they are doing in the interface.

December 26, 2009 at 10:08 pm
(8) brad says:

what do you do if the page doesn’t load? am i just doing something wrong? i would appreciate the help.

December 26, 2009 at 11:14 pm
(9) brad says:

nevermind i got it to work.

December 27, 2009 at 1:53 am
(10) Rich says:

Would someone mind detailing the steps they took to set this thing up…i’m having a hard time configuring mine!!!

December 27, 2009 at 5:48 pm
(11) JULIO says:

It suxs! Hard to set up. Tried for a whole day yesterday …ready to give up. PLEASE HELP.

December 27, 2009 at 6:49 pm
(12) TedK says:

This was a pain to setup but I finally got it working. Here are the steps.

1. Run the setup program that comes with the GWA.
2. Configure the PC IP address as instructed IP = (or whatever # you want for the final position) Subnet =
3. Run the configuration for the GWA setup.
4. I had WEP 64 bit security enabled on my router. I was able to scan and see my wireless network (under Wireless settings) , but I could not connect – tried many times. I reset my router to Open security, then I was able to connect and save the connection profile.
5. Open the profile, edit it and enter the WEP key.
5. Re-enable WEP security on the router.
6. Activate the profile in the GWA software.
7. Disconnect form PC and connect to the XBOX.
8. Go to Network Settings. XBOX will not see your GWA. Run the XBox Live test. It will connect to your network, then the internet, then if like mine, need to download and install software updates (what did you expect – its a microsoft product). After several restarts, the sw download finally took and I was able to create xbox live account.
9. Then more fun with MS Live accounts. I had to reset my password 4 times on the windows live web site (on my pc – could not do so from xbox) before we could get the accounts (parent + child) setup.

But finally works – son getting blown up by people he doesn’t know on COD.

Funny – the Wii wireless update took 2 minutes and there was no fee to play others on internet. Graphics only slightly different but the setup and cost to play beat xbox hands down (plus all the cost and headache for the wireless).

Good Luck!

December 28, 2009 at 7:44 pm
(13) Daniel says:

This this is a piece of ****. Unlike the other reviewers, I actually (surprisingly) got mine to work. And even if you were as lucky as I was, once it is working, the speeds are horribly slow. For example, I first tried playing a game of CoD. To my surprise, it wouldn’t even connect to a game. Frustrated, I took out Halo 3 and tried to find a game. After 10 minutes of searching, it finally got me into a game, but, unfortunately, it was so damn laggy I couldn’t even play.

Don’t trust the “3x the Speed” ads on the side of the box, it’s a load of BS. And don’t trust 3rd party developers like Madcatz. Even if it’s $20 less than the Microsoft one, it’s still terribly overpriced. You may as well go with the Microsoft adapter, however exorbitant the prices are, at least it’ll work. Or so I assume.

Anyhow, don’t waste your time.

December 31, 2009 at 1:00 am
(14) kp4bulls says:

This thing sucks!! Have tried for two days and will not connect (and yes I can connect a VCR). I am not an idiot. Will take back and by the x-box brand.

January 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm
(15) Zach says:

This thing sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Incredibly difficult to set up, still haven’t gotten it.
I would not recommend it to anyone.

January 6, 2010 at 12:25 am
(16) Allen says:

I have setup many Gaming Adapters before. I spend hours trying to setup the adapter with no luck. I have tried the PIN number, the Wi-Fi Protected Setup button, I manually setup my network info. I tried WEP, WPA, WPA2 with and without Encryption. I cannot get this to work. It really sucks. I will probably return it and get something else.

January 8, 2010 at 7:53 am
(17) Pogi says:

I got this working the very first day i bought it. Have my xbox360 in a 3rd floor connected to a wireless n two rooms and 1 floor away and it runs like its connected to a local. Connected it via WPS, it never runs manually so put automatic. If you got an iphone or laptop just go to your router website and click on WPS then immediately click the back of your madcatz or vice versa within 60 sec. Lock will flash. Let it finish connecting then you can load up your xbox live. Peace!

January 10, 2010 at 11:45 am
(18) John says:

I spent 5 hours trying to get 2 different adapters to work on 2 different machine. I’m a software developer by profession and I had hard time configuring this device.

Seem to me the software that comes with this device is the problem. Also the paper instructions are incomplete/crap.

You can get it to work in a WPA2 environment, but expect to spend hours doing it.

January 12, 2010 at 7:14 pm
(19) Emo says:

Completely overcomplicated. The walkthrough is ambiguous and unclear, the directions are murky, at best, and the good God this is too complicated for the average person. I’m pretty tech savvy and I have spent 3 hours trying to get this to work, and I’ve pretty much tried everything…twice. I am not impressed. I shall return this tomorrow and get the Microsoft wireless.

January 16, 2010 at 9:48 pm
(20) Josh says:

I agree with Chris on this one. It took me the better part of ten minutes to program it. It doesn’t get much harder than following the directions, and even if you did have trouble, it had an option saying “Click here for detailed instructions” and upon “clicking here” it displayed a full picture tutorial for every possible case. I saw this post and Lol’d. Just because people are too lazy to figure something out doesn’t mean that a little brain power won’t solve it.

January 17, 2010 at 1:05 am
(21) Joe says:

I am trying to find the reset back to factory settings. I could not get my netgear router to see the device, I tries wep and access list, so I reset the adapters ip to fit my local IPs and I lost it completely.

January 20, 2010 at 9:46 pm
(22) chris says:

joe to reset to factory default log into your adapter like your would to manually program the adapter. under the management link at the bottom the is a reset to factory link

January 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm
(23) Justin says:

Ive spent several hours trying to get this piece of **** to work. I even called the support number on the xbox website, guess what? They couldnt help either! Im returning this junk asap.

January 24, 2010 at 12:48 pm
(24) Dan says:

worked just fine for me. here’s what i did:

1) unpluged the eithernet cable from my computer to the router and replaced it with the wga.
2) changed the IP address on my PC to the last three numbers can be anything from 2 – 253)
3) went to the device’s web page username: admin Password: admin
4) from there it was easy. the CD it comes with tells you where to put your WEP security key and after that i was done

thing works great. played AOT: TFD for about 5 hours with no lagging. afterwords i used it for my blu-ray player so i didn’t need to buy a seperate adapter for that

January 25, 2010 at 2:36 pm
(25) john says:

Finally got mine working should have read the instructions first!!!, a bit of a faff. Now using it to act as a rmote access point with a router switch on my existing N network to allow me to connect computers/media steamers etc in the main room when I like. Left the xbox360 alone via it’s own N adaptor.

January 31, 2010 at 5:38 pm
(26) John2 says:

God, why did I not read this first. Piece o poo this is.
Tried for 4 hours. Settin up with WPA is an issue. Worked for 10 minutes with security disabled, then nothing. Still trying.

How many setting options are there that are not listed in the instructions ?

February 5, 2010 at 6:08 pm
(27) Les says:

Got my working with WPA as far as connecting to my wireless router but have not be able to get it to work as a remote access point for a PC. The PC is unable to get an IP address. Anyone have any ideas?

February 6, 2010 at 12:21 am
(28) Garrett says:

guys can you help me out? its not loading the page

do i need to connect it to the computer or my wireless router? any help would be appreciated.


February 6, 2010 at 11:19 am
(29) Dan says:

if you can’t get to it might be because your computer is still connected to your router. disconect your computer and instead use the wireless gaming adapter into you ethernet port on your computer

February 6, 2010 at 5:35 pm
(30) Garrett says:

Yeah Dan I’ve tried to that as well. It keeps saying that the server at took too long to respond and it didn’t load the page.

Once I get the page opened I think I should be able to do the rest. The stupid page won’t open though. I don’t know why it won’t/ Do I need to change any settings on my Netgear router in able to get my madcatz to connect?

Or is there something else I need to do? Any advice would be appreciated.


February 7, 2010 at 12:43 am
(31) Garrett says:

Thanks Shane.

I have a white Xbox brand wireless adapter, (the one with the one adapter thingy) will the madcatz make my connection faster? Cause thats the whole reason i bought one.


February 8, 2010 at 8:23 pm
(32) Frank says:

This set up is actually really easy of you know how to follow the instructions that come with the CD set up. IF you do have any troubles the people at their support center are pretty good. Here is the number just in case, I actually did have to call them: 18006892287

February 11, 2010 at 4:28 pm
(33) Lauren says:

This is way too hard to use, it was not worth the $30 less. If my mom was not in information technology than I would have never been able to get it set up.

February 11, 2010 at 6:00 pm
(34) Adam says:

After trying in vain to set up for over an hour last night (trust me, trying at 12:30am with your significant other sleeping in same room being a light sleeper) feels a LOT longer. I have a Verizon FiOS Actiontec router. It does have a Wireless Protected Setup (WPS) button, but not lit up. I tried the WPS button on AP & WPS button on WGA, but failed. I was able to config PC to 10.10.10.X/ static IP/subnet mask, but needed the I did a site scan, found my network, entered the WPA key, saved it, unplugged WGA from my PC (while powered on), then plugged the WGA into XBOX’s ethernet port. At first, failed again. The Wireless light kept blinking. In desperation, I turned WGA off & back on, BOOM! FIXED! NO LAG WHATSOEVER WIRELESS!! Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 one floor up & two floors over from router! UNBELIEVABLE! Got lucky & I am NOT touching this damn thing anymore!

February 13, 2010 at 11:35 pm
(35) Bryan says:

I’m able to get the WGA to connect to my network while connected to the computer, but once I move it to the Xbox, the network connection test fails.

Is there anything that needs to be done before moving it to the Xbox? Do I need to reset the IP and Subnet I set on the Local Area Connection?

Is there anything that needs to be done on the Xbox?

February 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm
(36) Adam says:

I had the same problem as you, the Network Connection test failed before it could test to Internet, XBOX Live, etc. after I unplugged it from my PC (don’t know if it mattered, but I didn’t power mine off before switching the cable. All I did was power cycle the WGA w/ switch (20 seconds off) after I connected to XBOX then BOOM, connected. You shouldn’t have to configure ANYTHING on the XBOX, your router will assign it a dynamic IP the same it would w/ any other wireless PC (192.168.1.X or 192.168.0.X, with all the normal subnet mask/default gateway settings). It’s a pain, but I loved saving the $30, it works like a charm with my FiOS router (their routers are not known for great WLAN performance). If all else fails, call their support. Good luck!

March 2, 2010 at 9:56 pm
(37) David says:

I tried this one, and it’s junk. So I went on ebay and bought one from a seller who custom makes routers into xbox adapters. The setup was easier, but basically the same process. I just searched for xbox adapter and clicked on the one that looks like a router, not an xbox adapter. Works great!

March 4, 2010 at 3:47 am
(38) Michael G. says:

This is useless…Wireless N (300Mbit) over Ethernet (100Mbit)

You are still limiting yourself to 100Mbit. The only difference is you get a 50Mbit speed boost from the Wireless G 54Mbit

March 8, 2010 at 9:34 pm
(39) Dave says:

Wow!! What a process!! This was extremely challenging. I’ve logged in 4 hours and 15 mins!! Perhaps this may help. . .B/c the little cd would not even work for me : (
1) Plug your ethernet cable from from the PC to the mad catz adaptor. If this is not done, then nothing is going to work!!
2) You have to change the LAN network settings!! Once this is done, wait for a minute or so. Then, you should be able to open up the mad catz adaptor.
3) Enter admin and admin to access the settings for the adaptor.
4) Here things get hectic b/c I did some of everything. However, it helps to understand that you still have the mad catz adaptor connected to the PC directly. (For me, I had the road runner adaptor still running to my wireless router.)
5) The method which showed me the final results was going into site survery to verify that my wireless network showed.
6) Then I went to Profile and added in my wireless network info. Once that was complete, I said activate. Odd symbols pop up beside your network and who only knows what they mean.
7) After that, I unhooked the ethernet cable from the mad catz adaptor and reconnected to the wireless router.
8) Unplugged the mad catz adaptor, ran downstairs and connected it to the xbox. At this point, I waiting for a couple mins before running the xbox test.
9) Success!! Finally connected.
As a side note, If you are attempting the DLS (which never worked out for me, even though the wireless router said that they had connected) you may want to check out the tab under the mad catz adaptor webpage called QoS. There is a box to check to enable direct link setup. You will also have to enable this feature in your wireless router website also.

All I can say, is that now I’m too tired to game. Time to stream some movies. Good Luck!!

March 9, 2010 at 11:25 am
(40) James says:

I am having a hard time too. But I think I figured out why so many of us are having problems. When I started to configure the WGA, I was using Firefox. I could never get the thing to get online. Then I went on IE and reconfigured the WGA with the SAME settings. It worked. Only problem I am having now is issues with XBOX Live, it won’t connect due to RCP problems.

March 9, 2010 at 12:10 pm
(41) James says:

OK guys, quick update. After a few minutes of trying to figure out why XBOX Live would not work. When it first got online (after using IE to configure WGA), it actually did log on to XBOX Live. It started to download an upgrade and then it just stopped. Then I had an “IMCP” problem (sorry, I typed RCP in my last post). After checking everything, I powered cycled everything (WGA,router,modem, and even turned off my Xbox 360). Tried it again and it worked! I probably spent about 1-2 hours messing with the WGA using Firefox. Then it dawned on my that certain products are not Firefox friendly, usually anything by Cisco and of course Microsoft. After using IE, I spent about 30 minutes on the install (most of the time was spent power cycling everything). Hope this information helps.

March 9, 2010 at 9:37 pm
(42) Seth says:

hey guys im having trouble with the tiny disc that comes with the wireless adapter, it is too small for the cd drive, can i get a download off of the internet for the setup or are there any other possibilities? thanks for the help =]

March 12, 2010 at 12:38 am
(43) Brian91 says:

This was a pain in the butt to set up, and i still haven’t actually gotten it yet. i had to sit in my floor a meter away from the computer and play COD. DO NOT BUY IT UNLESS YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT TO DO!

March 24, 2010 at 9:41 pm
(44) Christian says:

Thanks everyone sooo much! I tried for 6 hours to set it up and was about to send it back, but then i tried wat dave said and it worked! thanks again

March 30, 2010 at 3:37 pm
(45) rane says:

OK for all those out there who can not get into the site

never fear, its real simple and as soon as the mad cats support line told me how to do it i was kicking myself in the ass for how simple it was

after you assign the IP address in internet protocol version 4 and click ok, in the box that you were in previously you HAVE TO CLICK ON THE CLOSE BUTTON!

believe me this is true and so stupid that they dont mention this in the instructions, try it, I bet it works, if you do everything else correctly ^^

April 5, 2010 at 5:29 pm
(46) sam says:

when i connect this to a pc, do i unplug the existing ethernet cord or do i use the other open ethernet port?

April 5, 2010 at 5:55 pm
(47) john says:

Do i have to leave it plugged in b/f i put it into my xbox?


April 6, 2010 at 7:22 am
(48) Another Dave says:

I posted this at Amazon, hopefully this helpful.

I read all the reviews on Madcatz WGA for the Xbox 360 and saw that about 30 to 40% just gave up on it and sent it back. I figured I knew what I was doing, so I took a chance and picked one up.

While the instructions are poor, I was able to get the thing configured by accessing the WGA through my browser at I was able to see my wireless network but was surprised at some of the signal strengths being a little low given that my WGA was 6 inches from my wireless router. I pinged it and got a response, so there definitely was a connection. Didn’t really think of it and took it to the basement on the other side of the house and plugged it into the Xbox360. Nothing. Went back reset it and tried again. Went into the settings and tried configuring static IP address, etc. Nothing. Quit for the night. At work, I talked to one of out network guys and he said try a few things, I did and nothing.

Was going to give it one more try but my daughter was on our desktop where our wireless router is connected. Took the WGA and our laptop went into the next room connected the WGA to the laptop. Accessed the WGA through browser and could not pick up my wireless access point. It saw it, but signal strength was zero.

After all of the messing around with this thing, the problem was the thing was not receiving the wireless signal. So my guess is all those people who follow the instructions and can’t get it to work, are victims of poor quality control. I might try this thing again, but then again it sounds like I am not the only one with this issue.

April 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm
(49) JIm says:

you can find all the directions on http://www.madcatz.com/%5CUsersGuides%5C4707-mug.pdf
it also helps to know that once you set up your LOCAL AREA CONNECTION to ip and the subnet mask to you have to open up internet explorer and type in in the url space then follow the directions on the website

April 7, 2010 at 9:58 pm
(50) chase says:

i absolutely CANNOT connect to ive dont everything listed on this site. all it keeps saying si it’s timing out.


i have no idea what i could be doing wrong!

April 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm
(51) Another Dave says:

Make sure the game adapter is connected directly to you PC. Unplug the Ethernet cable from from you PC that connects into your router and plug it into the adapter. I initially connected it to the router and same thing happened.

April 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm
(52) JM says:

I am an IT Engineer now 22 years. I got it to work but wanted it to integrate into my network, bridge and pass my XBOX DHCP request to my server. 3 hours later – I gave up,. IT IS A PIECE OF CRAP!

Taking it back to Best Buy tomorrow and I advise anyone looking for a good XBOX 360 WIFI adapter – DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. Mad Catz is just that – CRAZY JUNK!

April 16, 2010 at 8:56 am
(53) DJR says:

Read this post before setting it up. Good thing I did because the included instructions were a bit vague. Purchased this about 2 months ago.

Connecting to a Belkin Wireless N router. No drops, though I have had problems with the switch it was connected to: Airnet 5 port…inconsistent performance; SuperStack II 24 port…over kill and ran hot; Linksys 4 port wired router (used that before I switched to the Belkin).

Currently have XBox and DIRECTV hooked up to it. Connected a PC and ran a speed test. Wired : 30.99 Mbps; WGA MadCatz: 5 Mbps. My son has not reported any problems with online gaming.

I thought about getting the XBox USB wireless adaptor. That was plan B in case this one did not work out. Yes, it would have been easier to setup but I did not want to limit the WGA to the XBox. Plus, you can place this anywhere (for optimum signal reception) and make up the distance with network cable.

April 21, 2010 at 1:34 am
(54) xanatos290 says:

To everybody here, thank you for posting your stories and advice here. Had it not been for this thread, I would never in a million years have gotten this thing running in as little time as it took me. Looking at the bright side of things, my battle with the WGA took me to areas of my computer that I didn’t know existed and may be helpful in the future. There had to be a catch to saving 20 bucks…

April 26, 2010 at 8:06 pm
(55) Paul says:

hey everyone, took me hours and hours but i finally configured it, im unlike the rest of you and i want to use this gadget to pick up the new wireless n belkin router i have bought, hopefully online pc gaming should be a lot better now, if you guys though it was difficult getting it to work with the 360, you should try getting it to work with the pc, wat a bloody difficult setup this is, can you really imagine a 13 yr old doing this, mad catz should re-think theyre approach to user friendliness!

April 28, 2010 at 2:17 am
(56) gearmesh says:

I am still trying to get mine to work. The Setup Application is so poorly written. Their is no good troubleshooting included with the product. Next time I will stick with a major brand like LinkSYS or NetGear. Don’t buy this product. It is not worth the hassle.

May 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm
(57) Ben says:

What I dont get is why the directions are so complicated. If they have you running a program anyways, why cant there be idiot-proof step-by-step pictures.

I had to ask my IT friend for help, and even he did a double take at the instructions. He ended up figuring it out on his own.

Regardless, this was NOT WORTH it. After spending god knows how many hours trying to get it work, the connection is terrible. You get what you pay for, which in this case is crap.

May 6, 2010 at 2:57 pm
(58) jailhousews says:

“Rather than describe my trials and travails here, I’ll simply present you with this: the Mad Catz Wireless Adapter does not preserve any settings or configuration options when it is unplugged or power is lost. Any loss of power will require you to fully reconfigure it. After learning this lesson the hard way, I moved my laptop to the entertainment center and went through the setup process again. At this point, everything worked as advertised. ”

Mad Catz Wireless Gaming Adapter – review

I don’t have one of these myself, so I can’t say whether that is true or not, but it would explain why so many people could never get it to work.

May 7, 2010 at 12:16 pm
(59) Frank says:

I spent a great deal of time trying to manually configure this puppy but could never get it to work. My last resort was to see if the WPS feature was on my router. I have a WRT54G (ver 6) and found that it had a SES (Secure Easy Setup) button which was simular in most respects to WPS. After going to the manufactures web sight (Linksys) I located and installed the latest firmware. After pressing the button on the face of WRT54G router and then pressing the button on the gaming adapter I was able to automatically configure it.

My router is on the 2nd floor, I configured it on the first floor and my XBox 360 is in the basement. By connecting it to a PC I was able to also test it. Changing the network configuration of the onboard NIC from the static IP of to “Obtain an IP address automatically” it allowed me to connect the PC to my router using the gaming adapter. Once connected I opened a browser and verified that I could indeed get to Internet.

I unplugged the router and moved it to the basement and tested the XBox 360′s connectivity using the onboard utility and I am up an running. I am not sure what others are doing but it does retain the settings once configured and unplugged.

May 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm
(60) DJ says:

ok here it is for the people that say that when they type in there browser it dosent work.its beacause u have to type with the period at the end other then that the disk tells u exactly wut to do

May 21, 2010 at 12:44 am
(61) not stupid says:

My xbox and my computer are housed in separate rooms. Can get connected when the xbox is hooked up to a monitor in my office, but when I try to move the xbox and adaptor to my room (obviously I have to unplug them), it stops working. Any advice?

May 21, 2010 at 11:54 pm
(62) gehang says:

First off, I am a computer tech, your results may be different. I took it out of the box, ran the CD, and was on xbox live about 10 minutes later.

May 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm
(63) Adgam Nasibullin says:

THIS THING SUCKS …, I think i could train my fish to talk before i get this thing to work. SERIOUSLY PEOPLE STAY AWAY FOR THIS THING!!!!!!. Your better of going into a hardware store and building your own @#$%ing adapter. I think that would be a lot less complicated then setting this thing up.

May 25, 2010 at 11:06 pm
(64) not stupid says:

Gonna bring it back. This thing is a piece of junk. It’s gonna be easier to hardwire a jack from my office to my xbox in the other room that to get this thing to work!! Buy the microsoft wireless adaptor.

June 4, 2010 at 9:29 pm
(65) Travism says:

What was the big deal. I had this thing working in 15 minutes.
All ya do is set you pc ip to 10.10.10.xx. and the subnet to
I unpluggedthe adapter and plugged it back in. Made sure i could ping
Opened up in a browser.
Found my router under wireless settings. Provided my passphrase and the handshake was there.
Xbox signed right in.

June 5, 2010 at 11:44 pm
(66) Headscratchin says:

Man…this is a pain.

As a rundown, here is what the situation is:

I have a relatively old tower pc running XP-Pro which is not very close to where my XBox is located. It has one ethernet port connected to my NetGear wireless router.

I disconnected the cable from the NetGear unit to my tower, and plugged in another cable from the back of my PC to the MadCatz unit. Powered up and all 3 led’s lit up.

Went to Control Panel–>Network Connections–>Properties–> for my Marvell Yukon ethernet, and changed the IP to and then changed the subnet to

My NetGear unit doesn’t have the WPS feature, so I attempted to do it manually. I was able to connect to the web based utility, and found my network under the ‘Wireless Settings-Site Survey.’ I selected the radio button, and clicked ‘Add Profile.’ I entered in my password, then went back into ‘Wireless Settings-Profile,’ selected my network, and clicked ‘Activate.’

A check symbol in a red box appeared next to my network. Who the F knows what the hell that means…but I deleted the profile a couple of times and re-added, to get the same red check. Not knowing what else to do, I quickly disconnected the network cable and power, and scurried over to the XBox and plugged the MadCatz unit in.

Turned on the XBox, went into network settings and tried to ping the network-internet-XBox Live with no success. I have noticed that the IP address settings on the XBox are automatic, with the correct subnet. I tried switching to manual ( with subnet but was not able to connect to the network using this method either.

Any suggestions? Is the power issue/settings not saved a factory glitch on some units, or is it a ‘feature?’

June 12, 2010 at 5:01 pm
(67) spooky says:

its easy follow the steps to change to a static ip but DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT PLUG OUT UR ROUTER and PLUG IN THE WGA…PLUG THE WGA INTO UR ROUTER and once everything is setup u should be able to login to

June 15, 2010 at 9:03 pm
(68) (guitarplayer360@msn.com says:

ok guys. you dont need to buy ANY of these wireless adapters. Use your laptops!! If you have a mac, you can bridge your connection (use the wireless connection from your mac on your xbox) by going here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV4qd1RHmH8

PLEASE give it a chance. It will take you 5-10 minutes to set up, and will save you a good amount of cash.

I am sure if you look it up you can find one for windows users

June 16, 2010 at 10:59 pm
(69) daxter says:

You Dip! The address is dead……not so easy!

June 20, 2010 at 11:43 am
(70) Pissy says:

I see two different suggestions here…plug WGA into PC and/or plug into router directly?? which one? I can’t get xbox to find IP. Followed all steps to the T!! frustrating.

June 21, 2010 at 11:11 pm
(71) Tiana says:

I really don’t see what is so difficult about setting it up. If your not computer literate then spend 30 bucks more on the easy set up adapter. I had the adapter working in about 30 minutes, but I’m very computer literate. I give it an A+ for price and it works great!

July 1, 2010 at 4:59 pm
(72) mik says:

Listen to TedK – he’s right. There’s nothing wrong directions from madcatz except they are vague. I figured it out i was having trouble with Windows 7. When I went to change the IP address i was thinking “I don’t see a LOCAL AREA CONNECTION”. If you’re using Windows 7 go to the control panel and on the left side click “Change adapter settings” then you will see your local area connection. Click it then right click and click Properties then click Properties on the new window and type for the IP address. Then when you go to it should load. Most people’s problem is they can’t find “Local area connection” and they are changing something else and sometimes messing up so bad the cant even access internet on their computer. Well, thanks TedK.

July 1, 2010 at 9:02 pm
(73) dz says:

I know what this looks like, but other than trying to keep off the Apple Kool-Aide, why not just get an Airport Express for around the same price. It uses 801.11n wireless. It’s going to be more versatile (with the audio and USB inputs) and should get the job done the same, presumably without all the headache people are talking about. Just throwing it out there.

July 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm
(74) Edward says:

This is a piece of ****. Buy the Microsoft version because they’re more trustworthy, even though they rip you off.

July 6, 2010 at 10:49 pm
(75) thxcuz says:

I am using it to bring a roku soundbridge back to life (the older ones don’t do wpa) I used a mac to set it up…after a few attempts I re read some of these comments and the light bulb turned on…the router must temporally replace your wifi card (or usb adapter or whatever you use) after I realized that I set it up and it works perfectly. I am by no means an expert at this stuff. My only gripe is that if it gets unplugged I have to re enter all my info. Fine if you use it as intended but I need to unplug it once in a while

July 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm
(76) Sean says:

I posted a video to walk through a set-up on Windows 7. I spent over an hour setting this thing up originally. Hopefully, the video will help some people.

August 1, 2010 at 6:43 pm
(77) Kevin says:

my thanks to dave.

You saved me tons of agrivation, when you said, it would not work UNTIL you plugged it into the xbox.

Also red check once you hit activate means conected to wireless but wrong password

Green check means ready to go, time to connect to the 360!

August 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm
(78) Jared says:

Hey guys,

There one was critical step that I was missing until deep into my struggle with this thing, and it was a bonehead mistake.

My security is 128bit. I never changed it from 64bit. Therefore it wasn’t accepting the entire WEP key. Stupid mistake…but once I fixed that, it connected like a charm!

Oh ya, and I didn’t disconnect my PC from the router. I connected the WGA to the router. You do still have to change your PC’s IP, just don’t have to disconnect it. FYI.

Overall a very simple process IF you follow closely. Check out the advice on this page. It’s very helpful.

Thanks for all your help, fellas!

August 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm
(79) Levi says:

This thing is a complete piece of ****. Bought it off Amazon for 30$, didn’t realize it would be this complicated. It works without plugging it in to your PC, but it either almost always doesn’t connect or loses the connection within an hour. Connection speed is absolute crap too, my ping on L4D2 was off the walls. Man, even for 30$ this was a waste of time and money….

August 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm
(80) Sol says:

Finally got this set up, the instructions are very vague essentially for me I had to do the following:
Set up for Windows 7, Xbox using standard (not WPS) Netgear router:

1) Connect the device to PC via Ethernet. Change network connection IP address as shown in manual for Vista. IP – Subnet – Ensure you apply settings and close all the setting windows down to apply these change.

2) Open Internet Explorer and type WARNING – Saving profile settings for the adapter did not seem to work in Chrome. Essentially for me wasnít saving in Chrome so I used IE and it worked, I havenít tried Firefox so that may also work.

3) Add the settings for your router as it says in the manual. Upon activation you should see a green tick in the profile and a green handshake in the site survey screen.

4) Go to the QoS menu and tick Direct Link Setup.

5) Disconnect from the PC and plug into the Xbox 360

This all took me a while mainly because I was using Chrome and didnít tick QoS so I would recommend following these steps if you are struggling.

I bought this adapter as it can be used for more than the Xbox, so I think it is worth the money but certainly not very easy to set up.

September 11, 2010 at 2:38 am
(81) Rick West says:

This thing was a piece of cake to set up. Took me only a couple of minutes. I don’t see what the big deal is. Just common sense. Plug it into the computer’s Ethernet port, change the computer’s IP to, open IE, to to webpage for device homepage, do site survey and find your network, add profile, exit IE, then change the computer’s IP back (in my case, default), unplug from Ethernet port and ready to transport to any system. Just like following a cookbook!

September 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm
(82) Nims says:

There’s a video on YouTube showing how to set it up also if ur having problems connecting it to you router try the open encryption on (which only works on Internet explorer) and look for the open security

September 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm
(83) Buddy says:

Chris, try changing your router, and it will never work again. At least that’s what happened in my case. The very first time I set it up it went smooth, then upgraded to T1, now I can’t get it to connect to the router at all. I don’t even know the proper steps to reset it. It’s not in the owners manual. Pressing the reset button and/or holding it obviously doesn’t work.

September 29, 2010 at 7:38 pm
(84) Michael says:

how can you go to the routers webpage after you unplugged the pc from your router?

October 4, 2010 at 2:57 am
(85) Chris says:

i hate this, dont buy it….

October 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm
(86) Nick says:




Chrome and firefox do not properly configure it

October 5, 2010 at 9:33 am
(87) m1mv2.5 says:

I love my madcatz AP. It was easy to set up and I got mine for $25 new. Microsoft is over rated and over priced.

October 11, 2010 at 2:26 am
(88) D.Hill says:

As someone mentioned earlier, DO NOT USE CHROME. USE INTERNET EXPLORER. This is what was effing me up.

Also, after you have added the profile per the instructions, if you want to see that it is in fact connected to your network and to the internet, go back into your ethernet adapter settings and clear the 10.10.10.x you had entered, and check “Obtain the IP Address automatically”.

October 21, 2010 at 8:41 pm
(89) Brendon says:

This took me a little while to get set up – I couldn’t understand what the problem was for hours.

I was able to get the WGA to connect to the network, but couldn’t get the Xbox to connect to the internet or XBL.

After many frustrated attempts at changing the settings in Google Chrome, I switched to Internet Explorer on a different computer. Note: If you are having trouble adding profiles, this should help.

Finally I figured it out: I had bought the Xbox used from a guy on Craigslist, and he had his own settings input for the LAN he had it connected to. I hit the factory settings button on the box, disconnected the WGA and reconnected it to my computer, opened the WGA settings and activated it for my network, plugged it back into the Xbox and voila: it worked.

November 3, 2010 at 10:53 pm
(90) sparkymoffett says:

I’ve tried it all. All instructions to the T
Used firefox and IE.
Still, when it’s connected to laptop, it can see the wireless network and connect to it.
When connected to xbox, nothing. Does not get to network.
I’m in IT and I’ve configured routers that were easier than this.

November 11, 2010 at 12:24 am
(91) Jeff says:

To anyone who has posted “Whats wrong with you noobs, this thing is cake to set up!”… you are a massive tool. Sincerely.

I’ve been able to make this infernal device work with two different routers over the past year, but the first time it took 15 minutes, the second time it took 3 hours.

There are so many things that could go wrong with this setup that honestly I just wish I had forked out the extra $30 and bought the official adapter.

For round 2 I figured that since my new router featured WPS, setup should be a breeze! Denied.

I went the manual route, no issues with connecting to the WGA, found my network, configured the settings, little check mark next to the profile turned ‘green’, oh boy oh boy no problems! Denied.

Lather, rinse and repeat the above for a couple hours, including lots of quality time getting to know all the WGA config options. Finally on a whim I changed my encryption type to WPA2 (my router is setup for WPA/WPA2) as it was either that or start drinking… hard.

Success! Oh my puppies and rainbows!

Once you have the WGA working, just walk away. Never turn it off and just walk away. I’m fairly certain it unplugs itself at night, saunters into the kitchen and drinks my beer. I’m also fairly sure it may have used sub-space harmonics to scratch all my CDs. It may or may not be sleeping with my girlfriend.

Just do yourself a favor, if you have an extra $30 and don’t need the money for more important things like eating, or bail money, buy the official adapter and be done with it.

November 16, 2010 at 12:21 pm
(92) Pete says:

You are much better off just paying the extra $$ and getting the microsoft adapter. The instructions are poorly written and almost impossible to use. I got it working, but when I look at the value of my time and the headaches encountered in trying to install this for my teenager, I should have just given him $30! Mad Catz gear is garbage.

November 27, 2010 at 4:50 am
(93) xbox787 says:

What does the majority say: YES people – its a piece of junk.

December 1, 2010 at 11:04 pm
(94) Ethan says:

I lost the damn disc tutorial. It didn’t help anyways… I got to the part where I save my network and it would never save. So me and my stepdad took the easy way out. We climbed into the attic and ran an ethernet cord all the way to the loft and installed our own plug into the wall next to my Xbox :s.

December 4, 2010 at 4:10 am
(95) new jordons says:

I went the manual route, no issues with connecting to the WGA, found my network, configured the settings, little check mark next to the profile turned Ďgreení, oh boy oh boy no problems! Denied.

December 4, 2010 at 4:18 am
(96) new jordons says:

You are much better off just paying the extra $$ and getting the microsoft adapter.

December 15, 2010 at 4:28 am
(97) maxg says:

heres a good one…

i plugged it in with NO SETUP AT ALL. literally ripped it out of the box, set fire to the convoluted directions, plugged it into the xbox and it worked fine…

the first day.

after that it worked occasionally. none of the online setups worked for me. i am savvy enough to figure it out, but REALLY? this is just unnecessary. that damn pdf manual for this thing, as well as the setup cd, EVEN IF IT DOES WORK, is like reading cuneiform tablets while drunk.

im keeping it while it occasionally works, and employing the macbook shared ethernet option otherwise.


December 18, 2010 at 4:32 am
(98) Slash says:

Set mine this way

using XP and a Sky Wireless Netgear Router

plug in ethernet cable to madcatz and PC

turn on madcatz

using Windows XP

go to Start>my networkplaces>click view network connections on the left hand side

Where you see Local Area connection right click on there select properties (this may have a red x on it this is okay)

click on TCP/IP select properties

click on “use the follwing” then do the below

IP Address = 10 10 10 2

Subnet Mask = 255 255 255 0

Click OK

now put the CD in the drive i used the WPS set up for some of this amd click next until it asks wps or web set up

When you get asked to press the WPS button (use a needle)

press the madcatz first with the needle then go to your router and press the needle in the reset there also.

These will then talk to each other (flashing lights)

Wait 3 minutes Finish the set up by clicking exit

Go to web browser (IE 8 extra)

type in and press enter

Here you will see the set up have a look through all of these and look for where to put your password in mine was under my router, if this is done right you will find that the madcatz has picked up other routers near you as well, click on yours then add the password.

As a double check

go to start>Run type in CMD press Enter

then type


you should see a message that 4 packets were sent and received

i knew a year of Cisco would finally come in handy :)

For the Xbox set up will follow some of the other comments but it should plug straight in and work…………..!

December 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm
(99) Madds says:

Thank you, jailhousews in post 59! I spent all day with this. Then I read his post about how you shouldn’t remove power between the configuration stage and plugging it in to your Xbox. When I did this it worked perfectly the first time.

December 22, 2010 at 2:28 pm
(100) Rockland USA says:

AFTER TWO HOURS I FIGURED OUT MY PROBLEM!! It was the Chrome web browser. I switched over to Internet Explorer and everything worked as stated in the instructions.

My initial problem was that it would not accept my wireless router as a profile when selected. Switching browsers solved the issue.

Someone on here in the thread tipped me to the idea of changing browsers and it worked. No speed issues.

December 26, 2010 at 12:59 pm
(101) spinalstarsark says:

im 12 years old and i figured out how this piece of junk woks in a matter of minuites

December 26, 2010 at 6:33 pm
(102) newboxroxmisox says:

I’ve just about had e-f******-nough of this damn thing. The instructions (and CD, might I add) are best left as bird cage liner, I can’t figure the thing out worth my life, and why the hell does it NEED setup? It should be plug and play right out of the box. Can anyone help me with setting up this soon-to-be-makeshift-C4-explosive? I’m running Windows 7 and my router’s upstairs on the second floor while my XBOX is on the basement floor.

January 4, 2011 at 8:23 am
(103) DannyGB1 says:

Thankyou so mutch Dave this is the way to do it

‘Wow!! What a process!! This was extremely challenging. Iíve logged in 4 hours and 15 mins!! Perhaps this may help. . .B/c the little cd would not even work for me : (
1) Plug your ethernet cable from from the PC to the mad catz adaptor. If this is not done, then nothing is going to work!!
2) You have to change the LAN network settings!! Once this is done, wait for a minute or so. Then, you should be able to open up the mad catz adaptor.
3) Enter admin and admin to access the settings for the adaptor.
4) Here things get hectic b/c I did some of everything. However, it helps to understand that you still have the mad catz adaptor connected to the PC directly. (For me, I had the road runner adaptor still running to my wireless router.)
5) The method which showed me the final results was going into site survery to verify that my wireless network showed.
6) Then I went to Profile and added in my wireless network info. Once that was complete, I said activate. Odd symbols pop up beside your network and who only knows what they mean.
7) After that, I unhooked the ethernet cable from the mad catz adaptor and reconnected to the wireless router.
Unplugged the mad catz adaptor, ran downstairs and connected it to the xbox. At this point, I waiting for a couple mins before running the xbox test.
9) Success!! Finally connected.
As a side note, If you are attempting the DLS (which never worked out for me, even though the wireless router said that they had connected) you may want to check out the tab under the mad catz adaptor webpage called QoS. There is a box to check to enable direct link setup. You will also have to enable this feature in your wireless router website also.

All I can say, is that now Iím too tired to game. Time to stream some movies. Good Luck!!’

January 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm
(104) Sumguy says:

I’m an experienced IT guy, and it took me a few minutes to get this thing working. I was expecting a really hard time, reading all the reviews on amazon, but I wanted to try it for myself. I would say that if you are not an IT person, by trade, you may need to get help from someone who is.

I realized within the first 2 minutes I needed to use IE rather than Firefox (well, I used the IE Tab addon to emulate IE within Firefox).

Yes the directions are a little difficult, and the configuration tool looks ugly, but it gets the job done.

My question is, the specs say that this gets speeds of 54mbs, but it’s an N wireless adapter. Shouldn’t it be getting faster speeds, like 150mbs? What’s the point in making this an N adapter, with a cap at 54mbs?

Also, my speed goes up and down a lot with the WGA. On Netflix, sometimes I get HD quality, then it goes down a bit, then way down, then back up again. Very annoying, but it works.

January 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm
(105) Rene says:

I hate this thing. I wish I never bought it. If I could kill it and make it feel pain, I would! I will never buy anything from Mad Catz again. Cheap materials are used to make cheap electronics. Did I mention that I hate this thing???

January 25, 2011 at 10:28 am
(106) Lee says:

Connection rate with this device is good, mine connects at 100 mbs, however actual data transfer rates are horrible. It will work fine for anyone who does not require a solid connection, but if you intend to use this adapter for games which require a low lag connection invest in another product. There are lower cost USB adapters that even work better than the Mad Catz wireless N.

January 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm
(107) Norm says:

Only issue I had was that it doesn’t work nice with FireFox. Use Explorer and it was pretty easy. Set up took only a couple of minutes and it works great on the Xbox 360.

January 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm
(108) Dave says:

I played around with this for four hours, finally realizing the checkmark on the wireless settings profile was red and it needs to be green. I was trying to add my bell internet profile instead of the lynksys profile for the router. Pretty simple to configure by following the cd now that I look back at my error.Hope this helps works great.

February 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm
(109) Lynne says:

I’ve been trying to get my son’s adapter hooked up. I’ve gotten all the way to the site and a red check mark. Now I don’t have his CD because of course he lost it. I’ve tried using my router info but that’s not working either. Does anyone have any ideas? I just want this darn thing hooked up and done with. Thanks.

February 3, 2011 at 6:27 am
(110) Bob says:

I have no idea about computers and i just followed the directions and had it working in ten minutes. I didn’t even need the setup disk. The thing works great! Best way to save 30 bucks.

February 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm
(111) Craig says:


Went through two. First one, the flimsy plastic housing around the ethernet port snapped and the cable would not stay in. The Second one did the same thing, but this time I taped the little F-er in so it wouldn’t fall out. Then, it started trying to connect to some other wireless with a completely different I.P. address from my home network.

February 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm
(112) tim says:

do i have to have an actual wireless router in my house in order to have this or can i connect to my verizon modem like i do with my laptop and xbox live. only thing is internet fades when i run them both off it.

February 25, 2011 at 4:08 am
(113) Janna says:

I am a pretty smart person (^^and I know how to set up a VCR ), but the instructions were not extensive enough. I followed the instructions perfectly and I have worked on it for over an hour and still nothing! I would highly suggest you find a different product, because this one is not user friendly!

March 17, 2011 at 8:24 pm
(114) alej says:

how do i get the wep page to work

March 23, 2011 at 1:01 am
(115) jonny says:

its too hard to setup

April 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm
(116) kellyC says:

was a pain in the a** for a min. but went to a walkthrough on youtube and easy after that works great saved about 70 bucks im happy

May 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm
(117) MAD Cats says:

my disc doesn’t work is there any where i can download the set up that came with it.

May 9, 2011 at 1:02 am
(118) Seriously Guys says:

It complicated at first but once you understand it works like a charm. It runs extremely well, if not better, than the Microsoft rip off. If you can’t understand text instructions then there’s this guy on youtube who does very well done tutorial on how to set it up. Just youtube it.


May 13, 2011 at 11:53 pm
(119) R26 says:

the web page for login didn’t work. Now what do I do?

May 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm
(120) dacoolguychris says:

I love this thing.. don’t know why everyone is finding it sooo hard to setup.. I just plugged it into the ethernet port on my pc and windows automatically downloaded the driver for it.. and setup was easy.. every once in a while I have to reset it (unplug it and plug back in) but besides that great price.. works on my xbox.. my bluray player.. tivo.. and laptop(when I want better signal than built in wireless)

May 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm
(121) Djwizzo says:

I am very impressed got it connected with the 6 steps explained in the package. Very fast connection just like i was hooked up to the router and i am around 300 ft away. The one complaint i do have is i loose connection every couple of hours but that is fixed by restarting the connection. 4.5 out of 5 stars is my rating.

June 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm
(122) Panf says:

Hey guys. You have to use internet explorer for this to work with

Also for when you get there user name and password is admin and admin repectively

June 15, 2011 at 11:40 am
(123) Zachery says:

Copy this link into your address bar and you should have no problem setting it up. I spent the last week off and on try to set it up then i found this video and did it in 10 minutes.


June 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm
(124) X-man says:

Followed all the instructions…and when I added my profle and activated it will not change from a red Check mark to a green. I have WPA encryption and tried two different passwords – no luck. Can anyone help? I am using IE, Windows 7.


June 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm
(125) Metal Mind says:

This is a STUPID machine. I was in the trying to add my wireless profile in the ”sire survey” would enter my rooter password and click apply, nothin confirms it worked or not,, would go in profile and my wireless would just never appear so couldn’t activate it… I knew my password was good and i was doing the steps right. I tryed and i tryed, for like 30 got damn minutes until out of nowhere, without changing any steps in the procedure, the profile FINALY appeard and then i was able to activate it. I JUST DON’T GET IT. I didn’t change anything, i was doing exactly the same: in site survey, click add profile, enter password, click apply, go in profiles, and look for my devide… would never appear until i guess God choosed to help me a lilttle and made it appear loll so i could activate it, and pluged it in the xbox and i worked perfectly… So i guess U rather say a prayer before tryin to set it up and it will work lollll. There’s just no explanation except UNRELIABLE DEVICE…

June 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm
(126) Daniel says:

I had a bit of trouble getting my profile to save. I then figured out from much research that you have to run the web setup in internet explorer ( i was using chrome/firefox ) to get it to load the settings properly from there i had no problems.

July 7, 2011 at 9:18 pm
(127) gunny says:

This thing sucks… . I can’t get it running for the past 4 days. I’m going to buy the Xbox adapter! This has to get it more easier then you can get.

July 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm
(128) Neil says:

Okay so it is a bit difficult to set up however some of the comments really helped (thanks Chris – Comment #3). Now that I am set up it works like a dream. Much better reception and speed than my previous Xbox 802.11g adaptor. I picked this MadCatz adaptor up for $25 as an open box unit at Best Buy and it is rock solid for me. And I can use it for my BluRay player too!

Transfer rates are pretty good (still cannot tell if it runs 5GHz mode or not – probably just 2.4GHz but still much better than the Xbox 802.11g.

July 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm
(129) David says:

What if I don’t have the setup CD, is it still possible to install?

July 21, 2011 at 1:18 am
(130) timewizared says:

It could be hard to setup for someone who has no clue on any type of network setting ect.. OK this is how to do it 101.

1) hook it up to your PC.
2) goto network settings and enable network and in edit tcp settings enter and subnet then hit ok
3) now load up IE and type in
4) a logon screen will pop up type: admin in both lines.
5) goto survey and your wireless router should show up. If not you will have to enter it manually in a different part. Anyway click on your router.
6) Edit any changes you like or if you have a wep ect for the unknown then hit activate
7) unhook the network cable from the pc and hook it to your xbox.
8 Goto system settings then network settings and try auto config first to see if it works. If not then you need to enter all the information manual and you will need to know what type of network you have for andy ip address conflicts ect.

August 10, 2011 at 12:38 am
(131) Jim says:

The biggest problem people seem to have is that they can not load the page This is because they do not understand the first step… so they just ignore it. Do not skip the first step! You need to go to the computer’s network connections screen, right click on the ethernet card, go to properties, scroll down to internet protocol, click properties, then under the general tab, click ‘use the following IP address, and manually enter

After you access the Madcatz setup page, and set up all the necessary changes, you will need to undo the above step by clicking on the ‘Obtain the IP address automatically’ option.

August 14, 2011 at 6:14 pm
(132) ToyKalibur says:

I have had this for almost 5 months now and it was… ok for streaming movies onto Xbox. Occasional pixel catchup on movies about 2.2gb in size but yea… This piece of crap still sucks! I’ll explain…

1: If the power goes out or you turn it off… you will have to redo all your settings or go through the circus you did just to get it to work the first time.

2: The firmware is crap and old and not very configurable. No firmware updates for this thing. No easy way to see what speeds your are getting if in fact it is operating at high speed.

3: You waste soooo much time with this POS so if you have no patience, DO NOT BUY IT! Cause even those with patience will be tested. Also, not all of them are that difficult to set up… its like there are 50 different models of this thing they made.. I don’t know but it works for a few but not for a lot.

4: You may find it hard to keep your cable plugged into it. I not have nothing holding my cable into the little black box so that sucks too.

5: How about those push buttons inside the box that you need a thin needle to push with??? What a great idea!!! (Sarcasm)

Overall… don’t waste your money on this or your time helping someone with one just get something else that is a bit easier to deal with. The people who make this product need their arses kicked cause it’s pure junk.

August 16, 2011 at 9:59 am
(133) waseet says:

this thing is such a better alternative to the $90 xbox adapter, but i will admit that it is very complicated to setup. But i know alot about networking so i was able to do it in 30 min. least people could do is just Google It and you will figure out; or u could just buy the xbox adapter for twice the money!!

August 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm
(134) Vadim_Latvia says:

Bought it to stream blue ray movies from PC media server using my PS3 (as it has only G class adapter built in, no N class). Got it to work. Some problems – yes. Main problem: was not able to “add profile” using the Safari browser. Switched to IE and all worked.

Result: blue ray movies are still lagging. So, was not sense to buy it.

August 29, 2011 at 4:20 pm
(135) Tobi says:

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. I always have problems with this piece of crap. I can be connected to the internet one minute and then the next I can’t connect at all! It only pics up my wireless connection in certain SPECIFIC spots in my room (such as ontop of the tv where the cord almost doesn’t reach). It’s a waste of money and only good if you can tolerate its inconsistant performance. Hopefully I can scrounge up enough money to buy something that isn’t useless.

September 4, 2011 at 10:30 am
(136) Bex says:

This is driving me mad. It used to work with my old ISP, but since I’ve changed I can’t get it to work

I cannot access the address for love nor money!

-I’ve manually changed the IP and subnet
-i’ve tried using IE, not firefox
-I’ve not switched off the power at any time

When I ping, 4 packets are sent and none are received but i have no idea how to remedy this

I know this adaptor DOES work as it’s been fine with the old ISP, but if I can’t get into the ..254 address I’m totally stuck!

Any help welcomed!

September 21, 2011 at 11:51 pm
(137) .Dexter says:

I bought this yesterday, first time I plugged it in I connected to just fine, all three lights were on great, oh wait, my netowork ssid is not discoverable, I’ll just switch my ethernet cord over and turn that on then log back into the WGA, DENIED. after I disconnected I could not log back into 10.10.254. tried all three browsers on my pc(firefox, chrome and IE) also after power cycling wga now I have no wireless light. fought with it for an hour or two then gave up and went to bed, left it unplugged all day and when I turned it back on again low and behold I had a wireless light again and was able to log on, set up everything. unplugged, moved it to where the xbox is plugged it in and no wireless light. unplugged it for an hour again, plugged it back in, still no wireless light and no connectivity to the wifes laptop. if it is losing settings when it loses power that is a terrible design flaw and the makers should be flogged. either way it isn’t that complicated of a setup process, but it just doesn’t fing work.

October 22, 2011 at 3:15 am
(138) Sexy man says:

Ok so i had the same problem that many of u have. After fiddling with it, if you power off wps and let it sit for half an hour it will reactivate no problem. Second when u are doing the 10.10.10.xx to the IP create a new protocol reliable multicast and then search for the This should solve for XP users and maybe other windows systems??? Your welcome!!!!

October 22, 2011 at 9:37 am
(139) Djo says:

I’m using it right now, witht the TCP IP and sub

It works fine but when it does, i’m losing my internet connection. IT either i play on my xbox wireless and i dont have internet on my cpu,or vice versa. I have to remove the IP adress of the mad catz to have internet back on my cpu. Anyone can help? Thank you.

October 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm
(140) dan says:

i have been trying for hours to get the wireless adapter set-up i had 2 out of 3 lights flashing is there any way to get the second light to flash?

November 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm
(141) storm says:

I don’t want to hate on it already but i am having a hard time setting this up. My dad got me this for at my moms place so this is my first time setting up a xbox live connection by myself can somebody please help me so i dont have to ask for another adapter

November 18, 2011 at 8:24 pm
(142) scott says:

I lost my disk and had to reset it does anyone have a copy they would like to post?

December 16, 2011 at 12:13 am
(143) Larry says:

I having a problem with the setup.

I have done the setup get the green check. I hook it up to the xbox and dont connect. after reading the forum i seen someone say ping. So I tried and didn’t recieve anything. So I try with it was connected to the pc and it was good. So at first I thought maybe it was broken but it picked up the signal from my router and others around me also.

So now i;m stuck and dont know that to do now? anyone have an idea.

December 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm
(144) Dumbfounded says:

Super frustrating, but did get it to work after reading these comments.

****Very important *** to use Internet explorer and not google chrome or firefox or it won’t work. Once I changed to to internet explorer, everything worked according to on disc instructions. Also, set up network IPv4 (not IPv6) for windows 7, as it is not specified in the on disc instructions.

December 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm
(145) Tom says:

I can program a vcr. I optimized my router for best results. I pulled this out of the box and set it up in 10 minutes. Not sure how everyone is having a problem with this beautiful device.

December 28, 2011 at 11:31 am
(146) Lambo says:

HERE’S THE PROBLEM EVERYBODY!! this thing will lose all it’s settings if you UNPLUG it from it’s power source! so you gotta take your pc and put it right next to your xbox keeping the power supply plugged in the whole time during setup. when you remove the ethernet cable to plug into you’re xbox this won’t cause any lose of data because obviously you gotta plug it in to the xbox. just don’t unplug the power supply. EVER!!!!

December 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm
(147) Graham Ward says:

Spent hours trying to configure this thing, was on the verge of throwing it against the wall and then I got it to work.

1) Connect the device to PC via Ethernet. Change network connection IP address as shown in manual. IP Ė Subnet Ė Ensure you apply settings and close all the setting windows down to apply these change.

2) Open Internet Explorer and type WARNING Ė Saving profile settings for the adapter did not seem to work in Chrome, Firefox or Opera. I had to use IE for it to save the settings, after that it was straight forward. Hope this helps

January 5, 2012 at 9:47 pm
(148) Tom says:

Got this piece of …. to work in less than 10 minutes, but the instructions bite big time. For somebody who doesn’t know networks, this thing is less than worthless.

It does work, but I wouldn’t suggest this thing to anybody.

Spend a few extra dollars and get the plug & play Micro$oft official wireless adapter.

January 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm
(149) sam says:

this thing sucks no doubt because after i finally got it working i went on xbox live and went in to play some modern warfare 3 and i had so bad of a connection and i was right beside the router and all the other computers were turned off so dont buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm
(150) Megan says:

I am not tech savy at all and I can set it up in 7min no problems at all.

January 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm
(151) don says:

stiil cannot make the MADkatzzzzzzzzzzz work maybe Madkatz should have a web site update!!!

January 29, 2012 at 1:00 am
(152) Hacked off says:

This router is so confusing i have watched numerous videos setups and even had some of my geek buddies come over and try. This brand is *** for making Xbox connectors. It has taken me almost a week before I finally figured it out, and i tried to play halo reach and it was so laggy that it crashed my xbox after 1 hr of looking for a suitable match.

I suggest anyone wanting to buy this don’t.

If u have this router return it and spend the extra $60 on buying the Xbox brand.

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February 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm
(155) jamie says:

sucks, doesn’t configure, what instructions?

March 7, 2012 at 10:59 am
(156) Glen says:

Got mine configured in about 5 minutes, 4 minutes of which was trying to find a paper clip. If you have a WPS capable router this thing is 10x easier to set up than the MS USB adapter. My only gripe is there’s no memory in the adapter so it resets to default during a power outage and if you have it tucked into a cabinet it’s hard to get to that WPS button (right next to the reset button with very hard to read labels, mark it with a sharpie, it’ll help)

March 16, 2012 at 11:20 pm
(157) Alex says:

Guys, I got this working in 5 minutes. If you follow the directions given, it works just fine. As Glen says, having a router with WPS does make it a cinch. It’s working as advertised for my 360. Just because it isn’t plug n play and works right out of the box, doesn’t mean it’s a bad product. I picked one up for $20 used and it is working wonderfully.

April 11, 2012 at 2:08 am
(158) erik says:

holy mother of god its a miracle i got the damn thing working. i literally tried everything that is humanly possible and i came out victorious!

April 21, 2012 at 7:57 am
(159) Stuart says:

Try using Firefox or Google Chrome to enter the settings. MS Internet Explorer would not save any settings!!!!

April 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm
(160) Daffy Duck says:

Easy to set up even for a thick head

July 11, 2012 at 11:01 am
(161) Shaun says:

Mines keeps getting a red check and I don’t know how to change it

July 25, 2012 at 2:16 am
(162) John Erdei says:

I got the device today and only took about two tries without software. I didn’t have any problems with it but I have a slow connection that is the same as the one that I had with the non n adapter. I know one thing though I don’t get signal loss like I did with the other and it works with plaster walls in between me and the adapter on the other side of the house. The connection is faster then the one that is built into my computer and that is saying alot seeing how the hp is newer then the adapter. I think if I had a stronger wifi signal I will have faster speeds and less lag when playing the games. You don’t need the instructions just push the button on your router and then the one on the adapter and let it hook up I recommend doing it with a computer hooked up and looking at the adapter settings so that you can see if you connected to the right router if all is done right you should have no problems with it and I get high speed cable based internet. over 100mg a second if hooked up with Ethernet to the router but with wifi I get about 1.5 to 30 depending on where I am in the house and what I am using. I hope this helped make your choice.

July 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm
(163) flowryder says:

My Internet service provider supplies a dynamic IP. Madcatz is requesting a static IP. Can I still use this device?

November 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm
(164) Susan says:

Having trouble getting this to work, cant finf where to type in any numbers..have a windows 7 …the instuctions in the book looks like old school computer display, how do i hook this thing up!!

December 4, 2012 at 11:46 am
(165) Ed says:

This is not a bad box. To Setup YOU MUST USE MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER. It is stupid but the setup works then. I connected this to my xbox and my blueray player and it worked great.

December 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm
(166) Shaun says:

I had an issue last night of my Madcatz Wireless Gaming adapter not saving the settings. It was really frustrating me because I knew the I was doing everything right. I fixed it by manually making a settings file. You’ll have to play with this a bit if you aren’t using WPA2. If you aren’t using WPA2 then that’s your own fault :D

* Administrative > Settings Management > Export

* Save this at the end of the file


* Import the settings in the same place and reload

* Should be active, if it isn’t then try activating it.

February 12, 2013 at 1:17 pm
(167) TheTruthHurts says:

For every person calling it a piece of …., or saying it doesn’t work properly is a complete retard.

Nothing is rocket science if you read the instructions…well, maybe if you have dyslexia, but if you’re just lazy then that’s your own damn problem. There’s even Youtube videos out there how to set these up.

I must say, it’s a GREAT little unit for the price. It will take you a bit of time to set up if it’s your first time – that’s a given. But once you have it set up, it runs great. Slap a high gain antenna on there and you increase your range too! Another plus is that you can use this as an AP for ANYTHING: PS3, HD receiver, Blu-ray, etc.

Great for versatility of use, functions very decently despite no 5Ghz (tried it with CoD & Netflix no problems), upgradeable antenna.

RATING: 4/5 stars

March 15, 2013 at 10:03 pm
(168) CDEdwards says:

My main problem with this adapter is that the included mini-CD is useless unless you have a tray loading drive. Works great after you’ve set it up, but if the settings are ever reset it’s a real pain trying to manually configure without the setup CD. Back when I first got this it was the only alternative I could find for a ethernet instead of USB adapter for XBox 360. MadCatz should have provided a downloadable copy of the setup software on their website. They don’t even seem to acknowledge that they ever even offered this device…

November 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm
(169) The desktop says:

Hi guys. I wanted to know if I can use the mad catz as a wireless adapter for my desktop. Meaning, my router is too far away to plug an Ethernet cable into it. So what I want to do is plug the mad catz into my desktop via Ethernet then receive my routers internet to the mad catz via wifi then transfer the internet to my computer via Ethernet. Have in mind I don’t have internet on my desktop so I can’t download software for this to work and I do not have any installation disk for the mad catz (my friend gave it to me)

November 24, 2013 at 6:08 pm
(170) Shepherd564 says:

I picked up a Wireless Mad Catz 4586 X Box controller at Good Will for $0.50. It does not have the controller or the remote but If anyone would like to have this they can respond to this comment in some manner and I’ll send it for the postage cost. I have no use for it. I thought when I got it it might work on my PC but I find even if I got the controller it still wouldn’t work on the PC. I don’t have any kids that could use it either. So it’s free gratis to anyone interested.

December 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm
(171) Arnold says:

Any Mac users here?
Unfortunately, that small CD can’t get in a Imac, anybody can copy these files somewhere? This WGA Seems awkward to install…but still wanna try.

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(173) matt says:

Has anyone ever got this to connect to a mobile hotspot???

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(174) Adam says:

Thanks for the review took 10 minutes to setup. Just plugged it in pressed the WPS button on my router and the adapter and it’s worth the money

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