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DVDMagic
04-18-10, 12:45 PM
I know there are a couple of XBOX threads out there that may have the answer, but after searching I really haven't found anything definitive.

I am asking this on behalf of a family member as I'm not familiar with XBOX at all

What is the best way to set up an XBOX360 to enable them to watch Netflix 'Watch It Now'?

They have a PC, but no wireless router, so how do they connect to the Netlix service to use it?

Apologies if this is answered elsewhere, if it is and someone could point me in the direction it would be much appreciated

TheBigDave
04-18-10, 01:31 PM
If they just want to use either the PC or the 360 (not at the same time), you can run a wire from the modem (and plug it into whichever machine you're using). If they want both the PC and the 360 connected, I believe they'll need some kind of router.

Routers aren't that expensive. You can get them for around $30. If the 360 is near the PC, you can run a wired connection from the router. That's the best option. If you can't run a wire, you'll need a wireless router and a wireless adapter for the 360. That's gonna be a little more expensive.

Two things you need to find out. What kind of internet connection do they have (cable/DSL/phone)? And can they run a wire from their PC to the 360? Once they get the 360 connected to the internet, setting up Netflix is simple.

emachine12
04-18-10, 01:38 PM
Bear in mind that Netflix on the 360 is not a free option like the PS3 or Wii. It is part of the benefit package of having an XBox Live subscription. So once they sign up for XBox Live then setting up Netflix is pretty simple:

Download the application, run it, you get an activation code that you enter on the website and its ready to go.

DVDMagic
04-18-10, 02:28 PM
They have the PC in the back office and the xbox is hooked up to the TV in the living room so running a wired connection won't work so I guess they'll have to get the wireless router and the wireless adaptor for the xbox 360.

They do have the xbox live subscription, so they are set there

CKMorpheus
04-18-10, 03:13 PM
If they have an Xbox Live subscription, then they are already online with their Xbox... All they need now is a Netflix account.

TheBigDave
04-18-10, 04:03 PM
Yeah, if they have Xbox Live, their 360 is already connected to the internet. They can sign-up for the 1-Out plan at Netflix which is $8.99 a month. That's the cheapest plan that includes free streaming.

These pages might give you more info:

http://www.netflix.com/NetflixReadyDevicesDetails?pdid=5
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/netflix/

belboz
04-19-10, 05:51 PM
I think there might be a bit of confusion here. The OP said that this family does not have a wireless router and cannot run an ethernet cable from their cable/dsl modem to their XBox 360, so they almost certainly don't have an XBox Live Gold subscription.

MS advertises the 360 as coming with XBox Live for free so that's probably what's caused the confusion. However, you only get the Gold level for free for 30 days and thereafter, it falls back to the Silver level. I believe you need the Gold level to access Netflix.

It sounds to me like he needs a wireless router, a wireless adapter for the xbox 360 and an xbox live gold subscription. All told about $100-$200 for the hardware and $40/yr for the subscription (less if he's lucky and catches a deal).

CKMorpheus
04-19-10, 06:11 PM
I think there might be a bit of confusion here. The OP said that this family does not have a wireless router and cannot run an ethernet cable from their cable/dsl modem to their XBox 360, so they almost certainly don't have an XBox Live Gold subscription.

MS advertises the 360 as coming with XBox Live for free so that's probably what's caused the confusion. However, you only get the Gold level for free for 30 days and thereafter, it falls back to the Silver level. I believe you need the Gold level to access Netflix.

It sounds to me like he needs a wireless router, a wireless adapter for the xbox 360 and an xbox live gold subscription. All told about $100-$200 for the hardware and $40/yr for the subscription (less if he's lucky and catches a deal).

You're probably right. Let's make it a bit easier.

Belkin Wireless-G Router (http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Wireless-G-4-Port-Router/dp/B001CN9K6E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=pc&qid=1271718234&sr=1-1) - $30

Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter (http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-Wireless-Network-Adapter-Networks/dp/B000B6MLV4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1271718262&sr=8-2) - $70

12-month Xbox Live subscription (http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-Month-Live-Gold-Card/dp/B0029LJIFG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1271718284&sr=8-1) - $40

Netflix 1 dvd at a time + unlimited instant streaming (http://www.netflix.com/) - $9

If the OPs family has a fast enough connection (test it at www.speedtest.net and get back to us with the results if you can) a wireless-N router (http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Wireless-802-11n-Router-Black/dp/B001CEYYFK/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=pc&qid=1271718234&sr=1-6) ($80) and the Xbox Wireless N Adapter (http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-Wireless-Network-Adapter-Networks/dp/B002RS7NB2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1271718262&sr=8-1) ($77) might be beneficial and future proof them.

If you need help setting up a wireless router, either find a friend or family member who knows what to do, or search Google to find endless tutorials that can guide you step-by-step through the process.

TheBigDave
04-19-10, 07:46 PM
If the OPs family has a fast enough connection (test it at www.speedtest.net and get back to us with the results if you can) a wireless-N router (http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Wireless-802-11n-Router-Black/dp/B001CEYYFK/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=pc&qid=1271718234&sr=1-6) ($80) and the Xbox Wireless N Adapter (http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-Wireless-Network-Adapter-Networks/dp/B002RS7NB2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1271718262&sr=8-1) ($77) might be beneficial and future proof them.

It would be good to know their connection speed before going to all the trouble. Is Netflix even worth doing on a really slow connection?

You might be able to save a few bucks by getting a 3rd party wireless adapter. It's important to know that not all wireless adapters will work with video game consoles. TRENDnet has a Wireless-N Gaming Adapter for around $50-$55.

http://www.amazon.com/TRENDnet-Wireless-Gaming-Adapter-TEW-647GA/dp/B0024G48VA/

btbrossard
04-20-10, 03:27 AM
It would be good to know their connection speed before going to all the trouble. Is Netflix even worth doing on a really slow connection?
My parents use a 3 mb DSL line for their Netflix and they seem to enjoy it. They are not going to get HD with that speed, however.

Netflix recommends a 5 mb connection for HD.

We have a 6 mb DSL line and have no problems with HD (and 6 mb is pretty darn slow for high speed internet now...).