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How to Boost an Xbox Live Connection

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How to Boost an Xbox Live Connection

Xbox 360 has a huge inventory of games available, but few are as exciting as the popular multiplayer games. Using Xbox Live, players on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles can compete against each other in tournaments, fight against hordes of enemies as a team, or do their best to defeat all their friends in combat. However, it is impossible to do any of this on Xbox Live if something is wrong with the connection, and players sometimes suffer penalties for dropping out of games due to lost connections.


How to Boost the Connection

Speeding up a connection between an Xbox and a router is challenging, especially over great distances. It takes time to test options to see which ones have the best ping times.

Speeding Up a Wireless Connection on an Xbox

Wireless connections are the hardest to troubleshoot because many different things can cause slow speeds. A cabled connection is the fastest and easiest to set up, but many consoles also offer wireless connections. Anyone can test the connection by going to System Settings on the Xbox and choosing to test the Xbox Live connection. If the connection only shows one or two bars of signal strength, this is not strong enough to connect to multiplayer games. Three bars represent a good connection, although four bars are better. If the Xbox shows three or four bars, the connection is not the problem.

Clearing the Path

The fastest way to speed up a wireless connection is to clear the path between the Xbox and the router. Any walls, doors, furniture, or electrical items between the two devices slow down the connection. Users may need to move routers or consoles so fewer objects block the signal and then re-test the Xbox Live connection. If an Xbox and router are too far from each other, the connection could drop at any time and cause errors.

Minimizing Electronic Interference

Many different electronic devices that people use every day interfere with wireless broadband signals. Most cell phones, Bluetooth gadgets, and transmitters or receivers such as garage door openers and baby monitors use the same 2.4 GHz frequency as Wi-Fi connections. The everyday microwave found in millions of homes across the country is the biggest culprit in disturbing Wi-Fi connections. A poorly shielded microwave causes signal disruptions. The escaping microwaves are harmless to humans, but refraining from using the microwave and the Xbox connection at the same time often helps. Buying a new 5 GHz, dual-band router also helps with this problem.

Switching to a Cabled Connection

A cabled connection is definitely the best option when speed is a concern. Using a 50-meter Cat6 Ethernet cable enables a faster connection between the console and the router than if they were next to each other and communicating wirelessly.


Console Network Speed

Wireless Connection

Wired Connection

Xbox 360 Network Speed

802.11a: Up to 54 Mbps

802.11b: Up to 11 Mbps

802.11g: Up to 54 Mbps

Up to 1,000 Mbps

Xbox One Network Speed

802.11n: Up to 600 Mbps

Up to 1,000 Mbps


The Xbox 360 only supports 802.11a/b/g connections. These connections achieve a maximum of 54 Mbps, depending on the type of router. Although the Xbox One can use the faster 802.11n protocol, it requires an 802.11n-compatible router to achieve this higher speed. Many households do not have routers capable of that speed.

Suggestions for Cabled and Wireless Connections

If the noted tips fail to help, the likely causes of the problem are low broadband speeds for the carrier or heavy network usage. If other PCs and devices in the house also use the network, users may have to learn to work around each other to enjoy the fastest connections. Network streaming, such as when a user watches a streamed movie, also slows down the network.


How to Buy an Xbox Live Subscription on eBay

You can find many choices for Xbox Live subscriptions on eBay. Simply locate the search bar on any page and type in "Xbox Live" to review the possibilities. In most cases, a variety of timed subscriptions are available for Xbox Live Gold accounts. If you know the amount of time you want to purchase, try searching specifically for something like "Xbox Live 12 months" to narrow the field. These subscriptions are simple codes that sellers often send by email rather than through postal mail. This allows for quick service, and you can join your friends online in record time.

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