How to Connect Your Xbox One to Your Network - dummies

How to Connect Your Xbox One to Your Network

By Ciprian Rusen

When you set up your Xbox One console for the first time, you are asked whether you would like to connect to the network. You can go ahead and set the network connection during the initial setup or later. Here’s how to connect your Xbox One to the network and the Internet, using both wired and wireless connections.

Using a wired Ethernet connection

This is the simplest method for connecting the Xbox One to your home network. You need a network cable and your router, which is set up to connect to the Internet and provide network access to the devices you are using. The cable should be similar to the one in the following figure.


Plug it in the Ethernet network port, on the back side of your Xbox One. The next figure shows you a picture of this port.


Then, plug the other end of the cable in one of the available Ethernet ports, on the back of your router. The Xbox One will detect the wired connection and configure itself appropriately. There’s no manual configuration to perform.

Most routers are configured to assign IP addresses automatically to all the devices that are connected to your network and automatically provide Internet access to them. If your router doesn’t automatically give IP addresses to all the devices that are connected to your network, please consult your router’s manual to figure out how to set it up. Otherwise, your Xbox One won’t receive an IP address and Internet access. This procedure varies from router to router so we can’t help with providing step by step instructions how to do this.

Connecting to a wireless network during the first time set up

During the first time set up of your Xbox One, you are asked to select how you want to connect to the network. This comes after selecting the language you want to use and where you live. The procedure goes like this:

  1. Xbox One asks, Which of these is yours?


  2. Select Add wireless network to see the list of available wireless networks. Then, browse to your wireless network and select it.

    Xbox now asks you to enter the password for your wireless network.


  3. Type the password for your wireless network, using the keyboard displayed on the screen.

    Then, press Enter on your controller.

  4. Xbox One connects to the selected network, using the password you just provided.

  5. If the connection to the network succeeds, then it checks whether it can access the Internet or not.

    If all is well, Xbox One displays a message saying that you are connected.


  6. Press Continue and Xbox One goes to the next step in the first time set up wizard.

    This involves updating the Xbox One to the latest software version, using the network connection you just added.

  7. Follow the remaining steps in the wizard to complete the first time set up.

Connecting to wireless network after setting up your Xbox One

You can change the way you connect to the Internet at any time during your use of the Xbox One. For example, if you are moving to a new place, you may want to use a different wireless network than the one you have used in the past. Here’s how you do that:

  1. Turn on your Xbox One and go to the Settings menu.

  2. Select Network.


  3. Select Set Up wireless network, to connect to a new network.


  4. Xbox One asks Which one is yours? and displays the wireless networks it detects in your area.


  5. Select the network you want to connect to.

  6. Type the password used by that wireless network using the keyboard displayed on the screen.


  7. Press the Enter button on your controller.

  8. Xbox One connects to the network you select, using the password you provided.

    Then, it checks whether it can connect to the Internet. If all is well, Xbox One informs you that your console is now connected to the Internet.


  9. Press Continue to get back to the Network Settings.

  10. Press the Home button on your controller.

You are now connected to the new wireless network you have selected.