XBOX Netflix DNS Settings
Before you read all this if you are in another country outside of the US you can try these DNS Servers If you’re just looking for DNS IP Address.
If you are in the United States you should follow these steps to get your XBOX 360 DNS Server Settings fixed.
The first step would to be to try Automatic Settings.
From the XBOX 360 Dashboard press the Guide Button on your controller.
Go all the way to the right to the Settings blade.
From there select System Settings.
Then go down to Network Settings.
You will select Wired or Wireless.
Next select Configure Network.
In this screen you will make sure both IP Settings and DNS Settings are on Automatic.
If Automatic DNS Settings do not work on your XBOX for Netflix and Hulu we will try manual settings.
Which you may need if you want your NAT Type to be open which I will explain in detail at the end.
Manual DNS Settings
First we have to get your routers DNS servers from your computer.
I’m assuming you have Windows XP, Vista or 7.
On your keyboard hold the Windows Key and press R key. The Windows Key is usually near the bottom left between ctrl and alt. It looks like a small flag.
This will pop up the Run Prompt, type in cmd and press Enter.
Now that a little black Command Prompt has opened up type in ipconfig /all (note the space).
You should see something like this:
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : xxx.xxx.xxx.x
Default Gateway. . . . . . . . . : xxx.xxx.x.x
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : xxx.xxx.x.x
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : xxx.xxx.x.x
These numbers will vary based on your router and settings.
But write them all down so we can go back to our XBOX.
We may only need the DNS Servers.
Now we have to enter DNS Servers in the XBOX 360.
Press the Guide Button.
Go to Settings.
Select System Settings.
Then Network Settings.
Choose Wired or Wireless then Configure Network.
Now go down to DNS Settings, Manual and enter the two DNS Addresses you wrote down from IPCONFIG /ALL under Primary DNS Server and Secondary DNS Server.
Try that out. Save the settings back out to Test Connection and see what happens.
If that doesn’t work we are going to assign your XBOX a Static IP which will also be helpful in opening up NAT type.
Static IP Netflix DNS Settings
Now we go back to the Configure Network screen from above. You should know how to do this by now.
Now that you’re in the Configure Network Screen you’re going to select IP Settings and set it to Manual.
In here you’ll notice IP Address, Subnet Mask and Gateway.
The numbers you wrote down earlier covered the Subnet Mask and Gateway however the IP Address you found earlier was already assigned to your computer. So we’re going to need to choose an IP address to assign your XBOX 360.
In theory you should just be able to change the last digit up by one. So example if your IP Address was 192.168.1.2 you can make it 192.168.1.3. As long as it’s above .1 and below .254. However if you have an iPOd, cellphone and a laptop all connecting to your wireless router then chances are .2 is taken so to be safe and random let’s do 192.168.1.20
Ok, save those settings and one last thing while we’re in the Network Configuration. Go to the Additional Settings tab then go down to Advanced Settings and copy the MAC Address. This may help us when opening up your NAT type.
Save all the settings, back out and hit Test Connection. This should be working now.
Restricted or Moderate NAT Type
As for opening your NAT type I am going to be very brief and assume you have router navigation and login down or can figure it out from the link I provide below. I do have this information available on my site.
First you are going to need to assign your XBOX a Static IP unless your router supports MAC Address based Demilitarized Zone. If you want to check follow the next steps.
We must log in to the router. For simplicity I am assuming you have something like a Linksys e-1000 or other Cisco router with a very similar GUI.
Once in the router you click on Applications & Gaming then DMZ under the sub menu.
Check Enable and Any IP Address for the Source IP.
Under Destination if it gives you the option for MAC Address you should use the one you got from the XBOX.
If it does not you must enter the Static IP you assigned your XBOX. We did 192.168.1.20 but if you did not do that head back up and do it or else the DMZ settings will not go into effect on your XBOX and you will still have Restricted NAT Type when playing games like Call of Duty.
XBOX 360 Netflix
Are you getting the most out of your Microsoft XBOX 360 Home Entertainment Media Center? With it’s easy to navigate and manage user interface anyone can utilize it to it’s full capability.
With the XBOX 360 Media Center you can watch several sources of streaming media directly on your TV like movies, documentaries, TV Series, News, Youtube videos and more. No more sitting at your computer watching online media!
Here is a list of the current of the services.
The Today Show
Now of course you have to pay for subscriptions like Netflix, Hulu Plus and such but as always Youtube will remain free and MSNBC News and such are free.
I use my Netflix almost daily for movies, TV shows and Documentaries. I like to throw on Youtube when I have a bunch guest over and let people take turns picking a video and they love it.
I skim through the MSNBC News every few days and pick out only the stories I want to watch saving me time of all the other BS that comes with the news on cable TV.
But, that’s not it. You can also stream video files(or pictures and mp3′s) that you download to your computer. I know a lot of people like to use Torrents and with a simple program by the name of TVersity you can stream downloads from your PC to your XBOX and watch them on your TV instead of your computer screen. I’m actually doing that right now as I type this. I’m sitting on my couch using my laptop to add this article but watching free How To Tutorials that I downloaded to my desktop in the other room. They are streaming from my PC to my XBOX and being played on my HDTV. Perfect.
Oh and if you want you can use Facebook and Twitter through your XBOX 360. Yay.