Finally, a cheap wifi adapter for the Xbox 360! Vonets VAP11G review
For anyone who was looking for a cheap wifi adapter for the Xbox 360 and found nothing but frustration, I share your pain. I spent quite a bit of time researching this, always telling myself “There has GOT to be a cheap way to do this without spending $50-$70 for the darn ‘official’ Microsoft wifi adapter”. Finally, I ran across the Vonets VAP11G. Like everything else, available on Amazon:
I’m not sure why I didn’t see more references to this ‘wifi dongle’. Perhaps it’s because Vonets is a foreign company that not many have heard of. Or perhaps it’s because the Xbox is a mass market device, so people just want the official, out of the box solution. I’m not sure. What I do know for certain, is that I’ll do what it takes to save %50!!
Basically, you have to plug this device into your computer’s USB and run the included software to make it recognize your wireless network. After that, you take it to your Xbox, and one cable plugs into the USB for power, while the other is an ethernet cable that plugs into the networking port. I believe this is often called a “Wifi Bridge”. So the Xbox actually thinks it has a wired connection since it’s using the Ethernet port. Sneaky! From what I read, this type of setup is needed since the Xbox 360’s hardware/software environment is fairly rigid, and unable to load in all sorts of new drivers that a computer would normally need to make a normal wifi adapter work.
Anyway, to cut to the chase, this thing works, and for only about $25. The one thing to be aware of is that the software is not very clear at all, mostly due to some language barriers. It’s definitely understandable, but just not as clean and clear as something you would get from Linksys etc.
The end result is that I was able to stream some videos from a bedroom on my second floor to my living room on the first floor. The signal seemed strong, and I had no issues over the course of several hour long shows (well, just once, but it was because I closed the door between rooms, impeding the signal).
It’s also worth noting that this only supports 802.11b/g, NOT n. But like I said, I was streaming 720p content with no issues, so good enough for me. One last point, the device actually seems of a higher quality build than the picture leads you to believe. I was impressed, considering how cheap it was.
So there you have it. If you’re looking for a cheap xbox 360 wifi adapter (and PS3 also) and are willing to put up with some unclear documentation, a little software setup at your computer, and some no-name foreign product, then you’ve found yourself about a 50% savings!