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FRITZ!Box 6490 Cable Service

Using an Xbox 360 in the FRITZ!Box home network

You can easily connect your Xbox 360 to the FRITZ!Box using a network cable or Wi-Fi. The Xbox 360 can then access the internet and be used as a playback device for multimedia content such as photos, videos, and music.

Note:Here we show you how to connect an Xbox 360 to the FRITZ!Box using the Microsoft Xbox 360 S with the NXE Dashboard (Version 2.0.13146.0) as an example.

1 Preparations

Enabling the FRITZ!Box's DHCP server

In the factory settings, the FRITZ!Box automatically assigns the correct IP settings to all devices via DHCP. If you disabled the FRITZ!Box's DHCP server, re-enable it:

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Network" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click on the "Network Settings" tab.
  4. Click "Additional Settings" in the section "LAN Settings" to display all of the settings.
  5. Click the "IPv4 Settings" button.
  6. Enable the DHCP server and define the range from which the FRITZ!Box assigns IP addresses.

    Note:The FRITZ!Box has the IP address (subnet mask and assigns IP addresses from xxx.20 to xxx.200 in the factory settings.

  7. Click "OK" to save the settings.

Configuring the Xbox to automatically obtain IP settings

  1. Call up "My Xbox" on the game console and select "System Settings".
  2. "Network settings"
  3. Select "Automatic".

2 Connecting the Xbox to the FRITZ!Box

Use a network cable or Wi-Fi to connect the Xbox to the FRITZ!Box:

Note:For Wi-Fi connections, the Xbox requires a wireless network adapter. With some Xbox 360 models (for example 360 Core Console), it must be purchased separately.

Connecting the Xbox using a network cable

  1. Use a network cable to connect the Xbox to a LAN port on the FRITZ!Box.

Connecting the Xbox via Wi-Fi

  1. Call up "My Xbox" on the game console and select "System Settings".
  2. "Network settings"
  3. Select the name of the FRITZ!Box's Wi-Fi network (SSID).

    Note:You can find information on determining the Wi-Fi settings in this guide.

  4. Enter the FRITZ!Box's network key and confirm the entry.

Now the Xbox is connected to the internet through the FRITZ!Box and can play multimedia content from the FRITZ!Box media server and other media servers in the home network (for example computers with the Windows Media Player).

Refer to Microsoft for further information on how to set it up, for example consult the Xbox support.

3 Playing multimedia content from the FRITZ!Box media server

The following steps are only necessary if you want to use your Xbox to play multimedia content from a USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box:

Setting up the FRITZ!Box as a media server

  1. Set up the FRITZ!Box as a media server.

Playing multimedia content

  1. Call up "My Xbox" on the game console.
  2. Depending on the media type you want to play or display, select "Video Library", "Music Library" or "Picture Library".
  3. Select the FRITZ!Box media server.
    • Now the Xbox 360 displays all of the files on the FRITZ!Box media server that can be played by the Xbox 360.
  4. Select the file you want to play.

4 Setting up port sharing for online games

By default, the FRITZ!Box's firewall protects all of the devices in the home network from incoming connections and unwanted data from the internet. However, this can cause problems with some online games (for example FIFA) because they must be accessible to other players from the internet.

If the Xbox displays the NAT type "Open" in the "Network settings", the FRITZ!Box and Xbox are already correctly configured.

If the Xbox displays the NAT type "Strict" or "Moderate", some of the services or data required by the Xbox are being blocked, which is usually because port sharing was not configured. In this case, adjust the FRITZ!Box settings:

Important:To be fully accessible from the internet, the FRITZ!Box requires a public IPv4 address.

Setting up automatic port sharing

Set up the FRITZ!Box for automatic port sharing so that the Xbox itself can open all of the ports it requires in the FRITZ!Box:

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Network" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click on the "Network Connections" tab.
  4. Click the (Edit) button next to the device you want to configure.
  5. Enable the option "Permit independent port sharing for this device".
  6. Click "OK" to save the settings.

Setting up static port sharing

If you still cannot connect to online games or the connection drops, configure the required port sharing settings manually:

  1. Configure static port sharing in the FRITZ!Box for the ports and IP protocols used by Xbox Live (source: Xbox Support):
    • TCP ports: 53, 80, 3074
    • UDP ports: 53, 88, 3074
  2. If the online game uses other ports in addition to the ones required for Xbox Live, configure port sharings for those ports in the FRITZ!Box. For example, FIFA 19, the football simulation game, requires the following additional port sharings (source: EA help):
    • TCP port: 3659
    • UDP port: 3659

    Note:With just a few clicks in the internet you can find lists of ports used by other games such as Battlefield, Call of Duty, Starcraft & Co., for example at

Now the FRITZ!Box is fully configured for incoming and outgoing internet connections. If you still experience problems when playing individual online games or the Xbox still displays "moderate" as the NAT type, the FRITZ!Box may not have obtained a public IPv4 address from your internet service provider.