Xbox 360 And Airport Extreme 802.11n Get Along (sort of)

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It was only a matter of time before someone found a work around to the Xbox 360, Airport Extreme compatibility issue. If you were one of the many who have been affected by this strange but predictable phenomena then Phil from 25 Experts is here to help out. I can’t validate this fix, but maybe one of our gracious readers can tell us if it actually works or not.

In Airport Utility, Option-Click (or alt click on windows keybaords) the radio setting button to get the hidden choices, and select “b/g compatible”, NOT “n (b/g compatible), just straight b/g. That will limit each device to 54 mpbs, which is fine.

Next, Option-Click your encryption setting button and select “WPA Personal.” Go into the Internet:DHCP settings (I think) and reserve an IP address for your 360 based on it’s MAC settings to make sure it gets the same IP all the time. In the NAT options, select that IP as the “Default Host” so as to cause no issues with XBox Live functionality. Restart the Apple Extreme.

After it’s up and running, start your XBox 360, go to the last blade of the Dashboard and select your network settings – it should let you select your new WPA-encrypted network and you’re good to go.