Update 07/24/2009 I apologize once again for my absence but taking care of a one month old son takes up most of my time now.I would still like to help those of you who are still having trouble.Add me to MSN or email me at email@example.com if you need help and ill get to you as best I can. I was thinking for some of you who are having troubles maybe changing DNS servers will help some, if you can use other DNS servers besides your internet provider's DNS servers. I use open DNS you can learn more about it here.
Update 02/28/2009 I apologize for the long leave but I am back now and I will try to get caught up on helping everyone.
Update 01/04/2009:Added a few screen shots to better help readers find the pages to gather needed information,an example of how to log into a router,places where the DMZ page can possible be found in your router and a screen shot of where you need to enter the info to issue your computer a static IP. All image links posted under titles in Cyan color.
Please DO NOT message me over xbox live about this.Please feel free to message me on the forums or post here at any time. I am on here everyday.I like to help out,but I like to play too.Its hard to do that getting swamped with messages.Thank you for your consideration.
Primary Note:IF AFTER READING THIS YOU ARE STILL LOST PLEASE POST HERE WITH ANY QUESTIONS AND I WILL TRY TO HELP YOU THE BEST THAT I CAN.WHEN POSTING A QUESTION PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT PART YOU NEED HELP WITH SETTING UP A STATIC IP OR DMZ.IF YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW TO ACQUIRE YOUR NEEDED INFO JUST POST AND I WILL WALK YOU THROUGH IT.IF YOU HAVE ALL YOUR NEEDED INFO AND DO NOT KNOW HOW TO ENTER IT IN CORRECTLY PLEASE IM ME WITH THE FOLLOWING:YOUR DEFAULT GATEWAY,YOUR PRIMARY AND ALTERNATE DNS SERVERS. YOU DON'T WANT YOUR IP ADDRESS NUMBERS FLOATING AROUND IN PUBLIC AND I ASSURE YOU ANY INFORMATION YOU GIVE ME WILL BE FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF HELPING YOU AND NOTHING ELSE.
IF ANYONE HAS ANYTHING HELPFUL THEY THINK SHOULD BE ADDED TO THE GUIDE PLEASE SEND ME A MESSAGE
Here is a guide on how I set up my 360 for online play and got my NAT to be always open for the best connection hosting and playing alike.One way involves allowing DMZ on your 360 console and the other forwarding ports for better xbox live connectivity.
NOTE:I apologize if any information in this guide is different from vista as I do not own a computer with vista
NOTE:This guide in NO WAY involves any modification of your console's hardware in ANY way that will get you banned from Xbox live or cause any damage to your console.
Step 1:Gathering Info You Will Need
YOU WILL NEED YOUR DEFAULT GATEWAY,SUBNET MASK AND YOUR 2 DNS SERVERS IF YOU ALREADY HAVE THIS SKIP THIS STEP.
NOTE: If this is your first time hooking up your router you may need to call your internet provider to get your preferred and alternate DNS servers.
NOTE:If you are routing over a voice over IP router such as Vonage you will need to call vonage to get the proper dns server address to set up static ips.
First off if you do not know your routers ip (also called default gateway),subnet mask,or your 2 DNS servers, simply go down to your task bar,click start. When the start menu comes up find the shortcut to your run option and click it.When run comes up in the blank next to open type "command",without the quotes. A black DOS box should pop up.In the DOS box right where the cursor already is type "ipconfig/all" without the quotes and all together as one word.Some information should popup. In the information scroll down until you see where it says Default Gateway. Follow the dots over to make sure you get the right number for your default gateway. It should look something like 192.168.15.1. Write this number down. And Also write down the subnet mask and the 2 DNS servers. You will need the subnet mask and dns servers later.
Where To Find Run In The Start Menu:
Command Prompt Highlighting What Info You Need:
NOTE:Be sure you write down the DNS servers IN ORDER the top one will be your preffered DNS server and the bottom will be the Alternate DNS server. Label them accordingly so you do not forget which one came first earlier.
Step2:Logging Into Your Router
IF YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW TO LOG INTO YOUR ROUTER YOU CAN SKIP THIS
Now that you have your default gateway number open up Internet Explorer and type it just how it was shown in the dos box. This should bring you to your router's login page. Your router page should ask you for a login and password.If you have never manually changed this a lot of times the log in will be either "router" or "admin" with no quotes. The password will also usually either be "router" or "admin" also with no quotes. If Neither combination works please google your router instruction manual if you do not have it handy. If you manually changed your password and forgot it you'll need to reset your router. PLEASE kids ask your folks first before you reset the router as it will undo all port forwarding etc.
How To Log In To Your Router:
Step3:Giving Additional Computers Static IP Addresses
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY ISSUED STATIC IPS TO OTHER DEVICES ON YOUR NETWORK JUST TAKE REFERENCE OF THEIR IP NUMBERS SO YOU DON'T GIVE THE 360 THE SAME ONE. IF YOU DO NOT NEED TO KNOW HOW TO GIVE A COMPUTER A STATIC IP ADDRESS SKIP THIS STEP.
NOTE:Be Careful When Issuing Your Xbox360 A Static IP. Make Sure You Do Not Give It An IP Address Already In Use By Another Device On Your Network.
It Is Also Recommended All Of Your Computers Connected To Your Network Also Have A Static Ip To Avoid IP Conflicts. An Ip Conflict Happens When 2 Or More Devices On Your Network Have The Same IP Address Resulting In The Devices Not Being Able To Connect To The Internet At The Same Time. Please Refer To the Following Link To Set Up Static IPs On Your Connected Computers.
If You Are Unsure If Your Computers Have Static Ips Or Not Do The Following. Go to your control panel, click network connections. Right click on your local area connection and go to properties. In the list left click "Internet Protocol (TC/IP)"(be sure not to un check it when you click it) then click the properties box below to the right. if the option "use the following ip address is checked and information is entered and use the following dns servers is clicked and information is entered then your computer has a static ip address. if not you can quickly give it one by doing the following. Click use the following ip address. now type in your default gateway and change the last number for instance if your default gateway is "192.168.15.1" give the computer "192.168.15.2". The information you gathered earlier will make this a breeze. Grab your list where you wrote down your default gateway, your subnet mask and your 2 dns servers. The info should look like this when you have it all typed out in the option boxes. The following is an example you will need to use the numbers you acquired in the gathering information step to make this work for you. Please DO NOT use the numbers as they are just examples.
Use The Following Ip Address Should Be Checked
IP Address: 192.168.15.2
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.15.1
Use The Following DNS Servers Should Be Checked
NOTE: Enter The DNS Servers In The Order They Appeared In The DOS IP Config Box.
Preferred DNS server: 184.108.40.206
Alternate DNS server: 220.127.116.110
After you have entered all the requested info click ok then click ok again on the next box. Repeat this step on any other computers you have connected to the network changing only the last number in the default gateway. For example if you had to do this on another computer the next static ip you would issue will be 192.168.15.3
How To Get To The Page To Configure A Static IP And What To Do (WIN XP):
Step4:Giving Your 360 A Static IP Address
NOTE:Remember to take reference of the static ips of other devices on your network before proceeding,Also have your gathered info ready.
Your Xbox360 will need a static IP address for this to work. More information on how to set up a static ip for your 360 can be found here.Be sure you give it an ip address that is not being used by another device on your network.When you know what static IP you want to give your 360 write it down and click the link below. It will guide you through the entire process of giving your 360 a static ip address.
With any luck the guide above now has you the proud owner of a 360 with a static IP. The guide explains it a lot more visually than I can.
Step4:Allowing DMZ On Your 360
IF DMZ MAKES YOU FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE OR PARANOID IN ANY WAY JUST SKIP THIS PART AND MOVE ON TO THE PORT FORWARDING STEP
Placing your xbox360's static IP in the DMZ option will allow all traffic to pass through as needed, incoming and outgoing. Giving you a better connection to Xbox Live and in a lot of cases making online play smoother for you and smoother for others playing when you host.
The DMZ trigger is commonly an option under your port forwarding page of your router. You should be able to select your 360's static ip address in the list and click enable DMZ.
Warning: Be sure you only allow DMZ for your Xbox360. Enabling DMZ on one of your computers leaves it wide open and is NOT recommended.As far as I know it should be perfectly safe on your xbox360,as far as I have read there's no way someone can hack your 360 and steal credit card numbers or accounts or anything to that nature but if this makes you uncomfortable then please SKIP THIS.
Possible Places To Find The DMZ Menu:
NOTE: The DMZ trigger might be on a different page depending on what router brand you are using.
Step5:Forwarding Ports For Better Xbox Live Connectivity
If you don't feel comfortable going with the DMZ option on your xbox360 then you can still possibly open it up enough via port forwarding to solve connection problems.
Here is a simple guide to get you on your way. You will also need a static ip on your 360 for this to work, please refer to the link above to learn how to set up a static ip on your 360 before you continue.
First off you will need to identify your router Brand and model number. The best way to do this is the user manual for your router. If you don't have it no problem. Grab your router and look for the name brand which should be clearly visible somewhere on the router. The model Number should be on there as well, don't get confused and mistake the mac address you may see stamped on the bottom for the model number. The model number is usually some letters and numbers,example:"VTT2442".
Once you have your brand,model number and your 360 now has a static ip click the following link.
Select your router Brand and model number from ones in the list. If yours is not in the list go with the one most similar as a lot of times the interface will be the same. After you have selected your router brand and model on the next page just scroll down the through the list of the many different apps and programs the guide will show you how to forward. Look for the X section and click on "Xbox Live 360". It will guide you step by step after you enter your 360 static ip address on what ports to forward etc.
I hope I didn't loose anyone too badly with this guide. I just wanted to make sure no one ends up with an IP conflict because they did not issue static IP address to their other devices as it happened to me when I first routed my 360. I really wanted to add pictures but since photoshack.us isn't around anymore I didn't know a site where i could link every individual picture from.I hope this guide helps with getting your 360 online experience running better.If there is anything I can explain better please let me know.
Thanks for reading and have a Merry Christmas