Any body know how to update my modem to reserve an IP address for my xbox 360 so i could port forward so i can reduce the lag?
I have the latest Motorola large modem. Step by Step instruction would be very helpful.
For sure viper6, here are the steps to assign an IP manually.
First find the wired (or wireless) MAC address for your 360. Some good info on that here. Then on the modem:
1. Log into the modem at 192.168.0.1 with cusadmin as the username and the serial number as the password.
2. Select BASIC along the top and click DHCP
3. Scroll down to the Reserve IP Address section
4. Enter the MAC for your 360 and enter the last portion of an IP address in the next box (any number between 10 and 50 would be good, provided the number you enter isn't already reserved already)
5. Enter a name (Xbox 360 I think would be appropriate) in the Host Name section.
6. Click Apply
7. Restart your Xbox 360 and it should have the static IP you've assigned
At this point, you can go into the ADVANCED section, select Port Forwarding and forward ports to that IP (make sure the External IP Address is set to 0.0.0.0 for each rule you create).
If you're not having any luck though with these steps reducing latency, let us know.
IIt did help reduce latency, but only get 3 of 5 status bars on my connection.
I think the bars you are referring to here would be the wireless signal status bars on your Xbox? If so, 3 of 5 bars does not necessarily indicate a problem. Ideally you'd be seeing 5 out of 5 bars but depending on range/physical barriers, interference, etc. that's not always possible to achieve when you're using wireless. How far is the Xbox positioned from your modem? Changing the wireless channel on your modem may help reduce interference if that is a factor, more information on that available here:
How to Change the Wireless Channel on Your Shaw Wireless Modem
Thanks for the quick reply. My Xbox is hard wired. I briefly had four bars. Lately, I've had issues streaming video on my iPad, where is pauses, then degrades the quality, then goes back to normal. I wonder if I should get a Shaw tech to test my internet connection.
Hm, usually the "bars" when talking about an internet connection measure the signal strength of the WiFi as [shaw]jeff suggested above, so perhaps your Xbox 360 is still running on a wireless connection rather than the wired one? If that's the case, I'd recommend either disabling wireless on the Xbox 360 or just disconnecting from the wireless network on it to ensure you're using the wired connection, as it will be faster & more reliable than wireless.
In terms of your wireless signal not being great, how far away from the wireless router are you when you're getting these sort of drops, and where is the wireless router in relation to where you are in the house?
Do you have both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz wireless networks enabled on your router? Perhaps check your modem settings to see, and if you've been primarily using the 2.4Ghz network, give the 5Ghz (dual band) network a try as it may work better. You can also try adjusting the wireless network's channel.
I doubt that will reduce latency though.
UPnP should take care of the port forwards as your Xbox comes online, worth a try for sure, but I doubt it will help
IIt reduced most of it, but only get 3 out of 5 connection bars on Xbox live. At least I'm more competitive in my gaming now.
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