Lately I've been unhappy with my Xbox Live connection speed, and with the number of wireless devices sharing my 802.11n wireless router, I decided to buy my first 802.11n client device. Linksys makes a 802.11n wireless game adapter that supposedly will work with my Xbox 360. So I ordered one to upgrade my "ancient" 802.11g adapter.
Got the product today, open it up wondering whether it would install seamlessly on the 360... no such luck. It comes with an installation CD that runs only on Windows. Bah, what to do. I get on Linksys web site, look for some docs or tech specs, no such luck. Ah, but they do have online chat support, so I try that. Sure enough, after a while, a tech support dude tells me I can use a web browser, connect to the factory default static IP (192.168.1.250) and configure the wireless settings that way.
My *.*.1.* subnet is occupied by my Vonage router, so I connect it up and sure enough able to play with the device settings to my liking. Take it to the 360, connect it up, run through the "Test Connection" wizard... and for some reason DNS is not working. Argh. Back to connecting it to my Vonage router. I gamble and change the setting to dynamic from static IP (this is only supposed to affect the IP address of the device) and disable some other features I've never heard of, and sure enough it worked.
So how was the performance? No worse than my old adapter, and at times I did notice I got a four-bar signal, something that never happened with my old adapter. Most importantly I don't think my Xbox Live connection will crap out anymore whenever someone gets on the computer and starts downloading their favorite Youtube or MP3s.