I use my xbox 360 basically as a glorified DVD/Netflix player for a good long while now. I have been using the Clear USB Modem for my computer for working remotely for some time. But for home use I had AT&T’s DSL. Since moving to my new apartment, I had to find another ISP solution. And since I was already a Clear customer, it made sense to downgrade from my Clear USB 4G+ to the Clearspot 4G. This allows me to a) reduce my bill by about $10/month, AND b) connect more than one device to my ISP.
The Clearspot works not only as a modem but also a wifi router. Out of the box, my PC and Mac connect with no issue. I can even watch Netflix on my computer with no issue. Using XBOX Live, however, is not as functional as it should be. Trying to watch Netflix on the XBOX WILL work but not without the frustration of frequent adjustments to playback quality as well as being completely kicked off of Netflix and XBOX Live in some cases.
Rather than go on an on let’s get to the solution:
1. Determine the XBOX’s MAC address and/or IP address when connected to the Clearspot
On a connected computer navigate to the Clearspot Settings Webpage - http://192.168.1.1/ (this may be different for your device). You need to find the IP address that corresponds to your XBOX’s MAC address. Luckily there is a menu in the XBOX. Open your XBOX Dashboard and find the following menu:
My Xbox => System Settings => Network Settings => ( select your Clearspot Modem from the listed modem* ) => Configure Network.
* If your modem is not listed, then you need to research how to connect to your clearspot.
Now under the Configure Network menu, you should see your Xbox’s IP Address listed. If you Clearspot IP Address started with 192.168.1.1 then your Xbox’s IPA should look like 192.168.1.1# (# being the additional digit assigned to the address, in my case 192.168.1.11).
Match that up on the Clearspot Settings Webpage, mine is in red below (make note of the MAC Address AND IPA):
2. Reserve an IP Adress for your Xbox
Now that you have your IPA and MAC address of your Xbox, you need to reserve an IPA for the Xbox. Navigate to the Basic Tab, LAN Settings in your Clearspot Settings Page. From the Client MAC dropdown menu, find your Xbox’s MAC address, click the “<<” button and then type the last 2 digits of the Xbox’s IPA address.
Basically all we are doing here is making sure that we do not dynamically assign another device to the IPA or the Xbox to another IPA.
3. Set up Port Forwarding
You need to set up port forwarding to the Xbox. I do not quite understand the technical details behind how this works, but Microsoft has a nice webpage that tells you what you need to know about Port Forwarding (http://bit.ly/ia00sL).
Enter that data here:
5. Restart your Clearspot 4G
- Turn off the Clearspot,
- Wait 15-30 seconds,
- Turn it back on,
- Test the connection with your computer,
- Then test the Xbox.
All this information was taken from actually talking with Clear’s Tech Support. I had to talk to a few people before talking to a Level 2 Tech Support Person. The guy was SUPER helpful, spoke clearly and I know the guy wasn’t some person on the other side of the globe reading from a script. I forgot his name but I thanked him plenty.