I connect to xbox live by connecting xbox to laptop via ethernet and share the laptop's internet connection using internet connection sharing in Windows 7 Home Premium on my HP Pavilion dv6 laptop. This has worked perfectly until now when the xbox is unable to make any connection to the internet and xbox live. I can connect to the internet on my laptop using the public network provided by the landlord for the whole apartment building, using a 3G dongle and using my iPhone as a wi-fi hotspot - all of these have worked in the past for accessing xbox live.
The messages I get from xbox on testing the connection include:
- can't connect to network hardware using a static IP address (nothing is using a static IP address, all connections are set to automatic).
- turn your router off and wait 30 seconds (I have no router as I am using internet connection sharing).
- can't obtain IP address from your router or modem.
- your router or modem is assigning IP addresses automatically try a static IP address instead (despite the message above telling me not to do this, I have set the network settings on the xbox to match those in the support pages for internet connection sharing - no connection resulted).
I have tried to create a network bridge but this results in a connection to xbox live which does not allow online gaming or access to any of xbox live useful features - whether I connect to the public wi-fi network, use the iPhone as a hotspot, or connect to internet with the 3G dongle.
I have also created a home network and shared my internet connection with it. The xbox can connect to the home network but still cannot connect to the internet or xbox live. I tested the home network with my iPhone and this could access the internet with no problems.
I also have an old laptop running Windows XP and internet connection sharing does exactly the same as above.
Any ideas would be gratefully received.