Which router would be the best to buy to connect multiple xboxes to xbox live?

This past weekend, several friend all brought there xboxes over to my house for a huge Lan Party. The whole time we were trying to figure out how to get them to stay connected. We could get 3 of them connected at once, but if the three of us joined a party and tried to play on Black Ops 2, it would just search for games until we gave up. If 2 of us were in the party and we tried to find a game, we would find one after about 5-10 minutes, and one of us would get kicked after about 5 more minutes.

I have a pretty crappy router, I will admit, its the sbg surfboard sbg6580. And after looking around online I see that connecting more then one Xbox is just not possible for this router. So  I want to buy a new one, specifically for these lan-parties.

My question is: Which router is the best/easiest to set up for these types of parties? I'd honestly prefer one that is just plug-n-play with all wired connections. Are there any suggestions to help me? 

 

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Last updated July 4, 2018 Views 2 Applies to:

When it comes to routers, I've found that the thing to focus on is the firmware rather than the hardware. Look for either a Linksys/Cisco router or a Netgear router that is flashable with DD-WRT. The hardware should be affordable and DD-WRT is going to offer a more robust feature set than any stock firmware package. It's pretty much the best you can get on consumer level hardware.

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Are there any suggestions for specific routers? Im not the most tech savvy when it comes to routers and when i google Flashable, DD WRT, netgear, it just gives me a bunch of different links to dd-wrt.com, and that website is speaking in a language that is beyond me.

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Hey there, we don't have any official guides that I can link you that are specifically regarding routers for multiple console.  However, I do know that there are community members around the Forums that have looked into that.  If you don't get an answer here, you can also check in the connection forums here: forums.xbox.com/.../9.aspx

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The DLink DIR-655 is a good router for multiple consoles. It will generally allow open NAT on more than 1 Xbox without changing router settings. If open NAT is not consistently achieved on 2 Xbox units, the go to the Xbox forum, look up the DIR-655 and follow the instructions for; 1) putting one Xbox console in the router's DMZ, AND 2) setting the other console up for Port Forwarding. Note, almost all routers support both DMZ & Port Forwarding. And, to do both it is easier if you manually assign each Xbox's IP address (easier, but not strictly necessary).

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