Way back when in December 2010, I wanted to connect my Xbox 360 games console to the Internet via a Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G Router. At the time, the cheapest I could find an official wireless adapter for online was an eye-watering £59.99. I felt the price was somewhat steep, considering it is a basic piece of networking hardware with limited application.

That being said, the official adapter is the fastest and most convenient method to get up and running, but this convenience comes at a premium. If that’s what you need and you are happy to shell out for one, then this article won’t interest you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for wireless freedom on a shoestring then read on.

A popular (albeit slightly bulkier) alternative to an official wireless adapter is a TP-Link TL-WA500G 54Mbps eXtended Range™ Wireless Access Point, which unlike the official adapter, supports Access Point, Client, Universal/WDSRepeater, Point to Point, Point to Multi-point operating modes. On Saturday 26th December, I ordered one from Broadband Buyer for £23.50 (delivered), saving myself a cool £36.49.

For the sake of convenience, throughout the rest of this tutorial I will refer to the TL-WA500G Wireless Access Point as AP, the Xbox 360 as Xbox and the Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G Router as Router.

Before the AP can be used with the Xbox, it is necessary to configure the device for use. To do this, connect the device to a computer using the network cable provided and insert the mains power lead. With the Ethernet cable and mains lead connected, plug the device into a wall socket and switch it on.

A complete guide in PDF format is available on the resource CD (inside the box) and online. The device supports a user-friendly, web-based set up for installation and management. To access the administrative controls, open your favourite web browser and navigate to the default IP address of the AP at http://192.168.1.106/. You will be prompted to enter a username/password. Enter admin and admin respectively.

Having set up the AP to communicate with the Xbox, it’s a good idea to create a backup of the configuration settings. To do this, log in to the AP administration web application and browse to System Tools > Backup & Restore and click the Backup button. You will be prompted to save a file named config.bin to your computer. I suggest changing the filename to something descriptive and meaningful, like 192.168.1.106-client-mode-xbox-360.bin.

Configuration

The Firmware Version is 4.2.3 Build 090707 Rel.37067n and the Hardware Version is WA500G v1 0815311C. The complete working configuration is provided below:

LAN

  • Type: Static IP
  • IP Address: 192.168.1.106
  • Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
  • Gateway: 192.168.1.1
  • MAC Address: XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX

Wireless Settings

  • SSID: viper
  • Region: United Kingdom
  • Channel: 6
  • Mode: 54Mbps (802.11g)

Wireless Mode Settings

Client.

  • Enable WDS (unchecked)
  • SSID: viper

Wireless Security

WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

  • Version: Automatic
  • Encryption: Automatic
  • PSK Passphrase: xxxxxxxx
  • Group Key Update Period: 3600

Wireless MAC Address Filtering

Disabled.

DHCP Settings

Disabled.

DHCP Clients List

None.

Address Reservation

None.

Wireless Advanced Settings

  • Enable WMM (unchecked)
  • Enable AP Isolation (unchecked)
  • Disable short preamble (unchecked)
  • RTS Threshold: 2346
  • Fragmentation Threshold: 2346
  • Beacon Interval: 100
  • Power: Max

For security, I strongly recommend changing the default administration password of admin to something more secure. The LastPass password manager is a fantastic tool to securely store and generate strong passwords.

Factory Defaults

The default factory settings are listed in the table below:

+--------------------------------+--------------------------------------+
| Item                           | Default value                        |
+--------------------------------+--------------------------------------+
| Common Default Settings                                               |
+-----------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Username                       | admin                                |
+--------------------------------+--------------------------------------+
| Password                       | admin                                |
+--------------------------------+--------------------------------------+
| IP Address                     | 192.168.1.254                        |
+--------------------------------+--------------------------------------+
| Subnet Mask                    | 255.255.255.0                        |
+--------------------------------+--------------------------------------+
| Wireless                                                              |
+-----------------------------------------------------------------------+
| SSID                           | TP-LINK_XXXXXX                       |
+--------------------------------+--------------------------------------+
| Wireless Security              | Disable                              |
+--------------------------------+--------------------------------------+
| Wireless MAC Address Filtering | Disable                              |
+--------------------------------+--------------------------------------+
| DHCP                                                                  |
+-----------------------------------------------------------------------+
| DHCP Server                    | Disable                              |
+--------------------------------+--------------------------------------+
| Start IP Address               | 192.168.1.100                        |
+--------------------------------+--------------------------------------+
| End IP Address                 | 192.168.1.199                        |
+--------------------------------+--------------------------------------+
| Address Lease Time             | 120 minutes (Range:1 ~ 2880 minutes) |
+--------------------------------+--------------------------------------+
| Default Gateway (optional)     | 0.0.0.0                              |
+--------------------------------+--------------------------------------+
| Primary DNS (optional)         | 0.0.0.0                              |
+--------------------------------+--------------------------------------+
| Secondary DNS (optional)       | 0.0.0.0                              |
+--------------------------------+--------------------------------------+

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