Less common Xbox Live connection problems

Overview

Learn how to resolve less-common connectivity problems on Xbox Live such as network ports issues or denial of service (Dos) and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

Network ports

Network ports used by Xbox Live
Do you have a strict firewall on your home network and want to open just enough network ports to enable your Xbox 360 console to connect to Xbox Live? Read this page to identify which ports to open and how to open them.

DoS or DDoS attacks

Denial of Service (DoS) or Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks: Frequently asked questions
If you play games on Xbox Live, you could experience a DoS or DDoS attack. DoS and DDoS attacks may render your device (that is, your Xbox 360 console or your computer) temporarily unable to connect to the Internet or to Xbox Live. Read this page to learn more about DoS and DDoS attacks and what to do about them.

Connect to Xbox Live using a computer instead of a router
Connect your console to Xbox Live using a Mac computer in place of a router

If you want to connect your console to Xbox Live and you don’t have a router, you can connect your console to a Mac and share your Mac’s Internet connection.

Connect your console to Xbox Live using a Windows-based computer in place of a router
If you want to connect your Xbox 360 console to Xbox Live and you don’t have a router, you can connect your console to your Windows computer and use its Internet connection.

Find your network password
How to find your wireless network password
An Xbox 360 console can connect to Xbox Live using your wireless network. But you do need to know your wireless network password.

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