Best Routers for Xbox Live

Best Routers for Xbox Live

For online gaming, your Xbox 360 requires a wired or wireless connection through a router. Some router models offer the best performance and the best support for the Xbox 360. Read on, to learn the top router models for connecting to the Xbox LIVE.
If you have an Xbox 360, one of the best gaming consoles to ever grace the face of the Earth and an Internet connection, you are all set for online gaming. Video gaming is a highly social and competitive activity. Most gamers know their online buddies and fellow gaming enthusiasts better than their own friends and colleagues. And the thrill of battling against everyone and anyone from across the globe is like no other.

But for the best online gaming experience, you need a speedy Internet connection. Cannot connect to game servers, being disconnected in the middle of a game, losing a game because of slow connection speeds... just some problems that are caused due to poor networking equipment. To avoid such complications, you need a good router. The best wired or wireless routers for Xbox LIVE guarantee deliverance of a top-notch gaming experience.

Specs to Look For

What features or specifications make the best routers for gaming on Xbox 360 console? Below are a few:

I. Wireless-N Network
The fastest and most effective networking standard, today, is 802.11 n. It is quickly replacing 802.11 g and b wireless networks. And no wonder. The standard 54 Mbit/s data transfer rate of 802.11 g is increased to nearly 600 Mbit/s with 802.11 n. And less interference with more throughput at greater distances has made this standard, the new "it" trend in networking. High speeds and less lag means better gaming too. For online gaming and accessing the massively popular Xbox LIVE site, high speed Internet is a must.

II. Dual Band
Two different wireless N frequencies (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) can be connected to using a dual band router. The advantage is in terms of interference. 2.4 GHz is the standard frequency used by wireless devices to connect like cell phones, Bluetooth etc. But 5 GHz is slightly rarer frequency and also provides a faster data rate of transmission. So in crowded areas or places with a lot of wireless devices and routers, it is best to go in for a dual band router to avoid interference. But in areas with few wireless networks, a single band wireless router will do just as well. At first, a router could only use one frequency for transmission. But a new feature amongst some routers is using both bands simultaneously. So you can connect to both frequency bands at the same time.

III. Gigabit Ports
Wired connections should also be allowed on a wireless router. Nearly all wireless routers are equipped with 4 or 5 LAN ports for connecting other computers and devices. Look for Gigabit Ethernet specification over just Ethernet. Gigabit is a much faster data wire transfer protocol that has a speed of 1 Gigabit per second or 1,000,000,000 bits per second. Such a feature is more of a perk when it comes to router specifications.

IV. Xbox 360 Compatible
The game console Xbox 360 has a list of compatible routers, that offer optimum performance for the console. But router models, not present on the list, can also work well with the Xbox 360. The reason for such a list is with regard to port forwarding. Certain ports must be opened on your router to allow the Xbox 360 to connect. On Xbox 360 compatible routers, such ports are already opened. Other router models will require the ports to be opened manually and sometimes the router might not support such settings. But most of the latest router models are capable of dealing with changes in port settings.

Armed with knowing which features to look for, below is a round up of the best routers for Xbox LIVE.

Best Routers for Xbox LIVE

D-Link DIR-855 (Xtreme N Duo Media Router)
  • Duo™ feature - Dual Band router connects to both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band at the same time
  • Displays network settings and data rate with OLED display (Network Activity Display)
  • Connects to wireless N/B/G networks
  • Provides high-speed Gigabit wired connection with 4 ports
  • SHAREPORT® ability - connect USB devices to built-in USB port for file sharing over network
  • Designed for media use - increased coverage area, low interference rates and high security protocols
  • Specified by Xbox 360 as compatible router
  • Price: $300
D-Link DGL-4500 (Xtreme N Gaming Router)
  • Router specifically designed for gaming
  • Dual Band ability with data transfer rate up to 300 Mbps
  • Very high-speed wired connection with 4 Gigabit ports
  • Built-in USB port and SHAREPORT® feature supports connection of USB printer or pen drive for data transfer over network
  • Network activity display - Router has LED screen showing Internet traffic and network activities
  • Specified by Xbox 360 as compatible router
  • Price: $200
NetGear N600 (WNDR3700)
  • Connects to wireless N networks with Dual-Band ability (2.4 GHz and 5GHz)
  • Backward compatible with 802.11 b and g networks
  • Speedy wired data transfer with 4 Gigabit ports
  • Use NETGEAR Genie™ setup CD for quick step-by-step installation
  • Advanced networking features - parental control software, monitor traffic and data usage as well as setup security levels for different users
  • Secure your wireless network with Push 'N' Connect ability
  • Security protocols include WPA/WPA2-PSK/WEP
  • USB port allows data transfer from external hard disk to share over home network and the Internet
  • Specified by Xbox 360 as compatible router
  • Price: $160
Linksys E3200
  • Uses wireless 802.11 n standard, expected data rate of 300+300 Mbps
  • Dual-Band router - will work in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band
  • Connect your TV or other media devices to the Internet and experience fast downloading speeds and effective video streaming
  • 4 Gigabit ports provided for speedy wired connections
  • Built-in USB port - transfer data from external disk to router and share files over your home network and the Internet
  • SpeedBoost technology included for high speed irrespective of distance
  • Cisco Connect software for quick setup and helps manage your network through simple user interface
  • Security protocols include WPA/WPA2
  • Price: $150
Linksys WRT320N
  • Wireless and wired connections - 4 high data transfer Gigabit ports
  • Uses Dual-Band technology - access wireless networks in 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz
  • Connects to 802.11 n wireless networks
  • Will connect to 802.11 a/b/g wireless networks
  • Latest security protocols and Home Network Defender program included with router (30 day free plan)
  • Specified by Xbox 360 as compatible router
  • Price: $130
Buffalo AirStation™ High Power N600 (WZR-HP-AG300H)
  • Dual Band router allows simultaneous connection to 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands
  • Speedy wired connection with 4 Gigabit ports and wireless data transfer rates of 300 Mpbs
  • Can be turned into wireless access point or will connect to other router to act as a bridge or repeater
  • USB 2.0 port allows data transfer from pen drive to be shared over home network and Internet
  • Energy friendly - power consumption levels reduced by 80%
  • Specified by Xbox 360 as compatible router
  • Price: $120
Belkin N600 DB
  • Dual-Band router - connects to 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band with speeds of 300 Mbps
  • Wired connection through 4 Ethernet ports
  • Connect pen drive to USB port for data transfers through router
  • Setup a secure network with WPS feature, security protocols WPA/WPA2 present on router
  • 4 preloaded apps: SELF-HEALING, VIDEO MOVER, PRINT ZONE, MEMORY SAFE™
  • Specified by Xbox 360 as compatible router
  • Price: $80
Belkin Share N300
  • Single band router connects to wireless 802.11 n networks with data transfer rates up to 300 Mbps in 2.4 GHz band
  • Backward compatible with 802.11 b/g networks
  • Wired connection provided with 4 Ethernet ports
  • WPA/WPA2 security protocols with WPS(Wi-Fi Protected Setup) feature for easy security setup
  • Built-in SELF-HEALING app auto detects and solves network issues with notifications on the PC
  • Specified by Xbox 360 as compatible router
  • Price: $45
To get your Xbox 360 wireless able, you need to attach a wireless adapter to your Xbox 360. Check for Xbox 360 compatibility prior to purchase.
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