Static IP Address for Xbox 360

For those of you forwarding ports on your router to point all traffic coming in on certain ports to the internal IP address of your gaming console, you may want to also permanently assign an internal IP address to your gaming console. Otherwise, when you reboot your console you may get a different internal IP address and that could cause your port forwards to stop working. You can accomplish this by either assigning an IP address in your router or by setting up a static IP address in your Xbox 360 console.

Look for a way to permanently assign an IP address in your router. This process will differ from router to router.

If you have a router that does not allow you to manually assign IP addresses, you will need to set up a static IP address within your Xbox 360 console.

Here are some important terms to understand before trying to set up a static internal IP address.

Internal IP Address vs External IP Address

Internal IP addresses are allocated by your router and are assigned to devices on your home or office network. Your router uses these internal IP addresses to get the correct data to each device. Internal IP addresses are used only by your router and they are not available to others over the internet.

External IP addresses are those that are shared with the world over the internet. Your router has an external IP address, allocated by your ISP (Internet Service Provider), which it uses to transfer data between your home/office network and the internet.

Static vs Dynamic Internal IP Address

Most internal IP addresses are dynamic IP addresses. These addresses are assigned by the router and can change from time to time which is why they are called dynamic. For example, a laptop using a dynamic internal IP address may have a different internal IP address after power is cycled to the laptop.

Some internal IP addresses are permenantly assigned, known as static internal IP addresses. The internal IP address of your router is static. Some devices work better with a static IP address.

How to Manually assign an IP address in your Router

If you find this feature in your router, simply assign a permanent IP address to your Xbox 360 (in your router) and no changes are required in your Xbox 360 console. Your router will take care of always assigning your Xbox 360 the same IP address which will function exactly the same as a static IP. Follow these steps to assign an IP address in your router:

1. You can choose to permanently assign your Xbox 360 to the IP address that it is currently using. To find this number:

xbox360 ip address with arrow

2. Login to your router (through your computer) and permanently assign your Xbox 360 to that IP address. For help logging in to your router visit our login guides.

Here is an example of a router that allows you to manually assign IP addresses.

ASUS IP manually assign

In this router, there is a box to type the IP address into and then a drop down menu for the MAC address. (The MAC address of your Xbox 360 console is a unique number and every console is assigned a different one from the factory.) Some routers do not have a drop down menu to choose the MAC address from and instead have a place to type it in. If this is the case in your router, you will have to find out what the MAC address is for your Xbox 360.

To find the MAC address of your Xbox 360 console, follow these steps:

3. After you have assigned your Xbox 360 to a specific IP address, test the connection to Xbox LIVE from your Xbox 360 Dashboard to make sure it is working. To test the connection:

xbox360 live test with arrow

4. Once you have permanently assigned an IP address to your Xbox 360 (in your router), and you have tested your connection (through the Xbox 360 Dashboard), you can proceed to forwarding a port. For help setting up port forwards visit our router guides.

How to set up a Static IP address in Xbox 360 Console

If you have a router that does not allow you to manually assign internal IP addresses, follow these instructions to set up a static IP address in your Xbox 360 console:

1. Find out what IP address, subnet mask, and gateway your Xbox 360 console is currently using. To find this info:

xbox360 ip address with arrow

2. Next, login to your router (through your computer) and note the DHCP range your router uses. The DHCP range is the group of numbers that your router uses to assign internal IP addresses to devices on your network. For help logging in to your router visit our login guides.

Here is a screenshot of a linksys router. The DHCP range is circled in red.

linksys dhcp range with circle

3. You will need to pick a number between 2 and 254 that is outside of your router's DHCP range to assign to your Xbox 360.

In the example above, this Linksys router uses the range 100-149 to assign IP addresses to devices on the internal network. I chose to assign my Xbox to 201. The IP address that I am going to assign to my Xbox is 192.168.1.201. (Be sure to use the first three numbers that are in your router's IP address, also known as gateway.) Here are a few more examples for you:

4. To find out if this number is available ping the address using the command prompt.

To open the command prompt:

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start menu cmd.exe with circle

To check whether or not the IP address is available for you to assign:

cmd ping ip with circle

If you ping an address and do not receive a reply, then the IP address is available for you to assign. (See example above.) If you do receive a reply then that IP address is in use and you will have to try a different one. Below is an example showing an address that is already in use.

cmd ip ping busy with circle

5. Next, go to the Xbox 360 Dashboard to set the internal IP address to the number you have chosen.

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In the Xbox 360 Dashboard:

xbox 360 edit ip settings ip address subnet mask gateway

6. Test the connection to Xbox Live.

In the Xbox 360 Dashboard:

xbox360 live test with arrow

7. You may need to make sure that DNS Settings are set to Automatic.

xbox 360 dns settings automatic with arrow

8. After you have assigned an IP address, Subnet Mask, and Gateway to your Xbox 360 and checked to see that the connection is successful (through your Xbox 360 console), you can set up your port forwards to your Xbox 360. For help with port forwarding you can check out our router guides.

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