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Install a Wireless Card Into Your XBOX

In this tutorial, I will show you how to install a wireless game adapter into your XBOX internally so that you can have a wireless connection, where available, without the extra hardware. Please read all the way through this tutorial before attempting. If you feel at all like you cannot accomplish this modification to your XBOX, DON'T. I am not responsible for any damage to your XBOX, expressed or implied, simply because this is a DIY tutorial. USE THIS TUTORIAL AT YOUR OWN RISK! Items needed:

XBOX (Modded or unmodded, doesn't matter)tutorial. USE THIS TUTORIAL AT YOUR OWN RISK! Items needed: - 8" 4-Pin Power Cable Splitter

- 8" 4-Pin Power Cable SplitterItems needed: XBOX (Modded or unmodded, doesn't matter) - Netgear WGE-111 Network Adapter Torx-10 and Torx-20

- Netgear WGE-111 Network Adapter Network Adapter

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Step 1: Open the XBOX:

See http://www.xbox-scene.com/articles/open1.php (Courtesy of www.xbox-scene.com). If you followed the instructions correctly, you should be looking at the XBOX motherboard with the HDD, DVD-ROM, and their 'racks' removed. Step 2: Prepare XBOX You need to make a little room in order for the adapter to fit without being stressed to a breaking point

a. Trim out all of the metal flashing along the back side with a dremel

a.

Trim out all of the metal flashing along the back side with a dremel and cutting wheel, or a pair o

tin snips. You may have to fully remove your motherboard, power supply, and fan; pull out the entire metal piece, and cut it while it is removed. Replace when finished.

b. With diagonal cutters or Dremel if you have it, trim out the underneath of

b.

With diagonal cutters or Dremel if you have it, trim out the underneath of DVD tray so that your

wireless adapter board will fit in the same area. I had to cut out more than is shown in the picture, all the way over and into the vertical tube my hand is holding (marked in red).

cut out more than is shown in the picture, all the way over and into the
into the vertical tube my hand is holding (marked in red). Step 3: Prepare Netgear WGE-111

Step 3: Prepare Netgear WGE-111 Adapter:

You need to strip down the adapter in order for it to fit inside your XBOX.

a. Remove 4 screws on the bottom of the adapter located under the rubber feet.

a. Remove 4 screws on the bottom of the adapter located under the rubber feet.

b. Separate the top and bottom grey pieces of the case. Center clear piece will

b. Separate the top and bottom grey pieces of the case. Center clear piece will come free as well.

Discard the case as it will not be used.

c. Remove antennae from back plate by pinching together tines and pushing through. Carefully

c.

Remove antennae from back plate by pinching together tines and pushing through. Carefully

de-solder coaxial wire from board making sure to not smear solder between two side solder pads and the single center solder pads. It is paramount that these not be shorted out because you will neither receive nor transmit any signal.

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Note: Back plate does not need to be removed. d. Remove

Note: Back plate does not need to be removed.

d. Remove the power adapter jack plug using de-soldering braid. Cut the metal tabs off

d.

Remove the power adapter jack plug using de-soldering braid. Cut the metal tabs off of the plug

and solder them back in place. This is where we are going to provide power to the board via the

modified power cable in step 4b. Note the polarity of the two tabs on the second pic below.

 
 
 
e. Cover the side of the board that has the plugs installed with electrical tape

e.

Cover the side of the board that has the plugs installed with electrical tape to prevent it from

shorting out on the Audio/Video Input/Output plug shielding. STEP 4: Prepare Power supply & 8" 4-Pin Power Cable Splitter This modified power splitter will be the lifeline from the power supply.

power splitter will be the lifeline from the power supply. note: The wires to supply power

note: The wires to supply power to out Wireless adapter are the RED +5v and Black Ground.

to out Wireless adapter are the RED +5v and Black Ground. a. Using a pair of

a. Using a pair of diagonal cutters, cut the power plug cable going to the HDD so that it is

approximately 2" long from power supply board to end of wire. Noting the order the wires, remove

plug from cut piece and place on short wires coming from the PS board.

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b. Looking at the 8" 4-Pin Power Cable Splitter, you
b. Looking at the 8" 4-Pin Power Cable Splitter, you

b. Looking at the 8" 4-Pin Power Cable Splitter, you need to understand that we need one part of

the split to be a full plug and the other part to be just a red and black wire with no harness. Cut on of the splits' plug off. Then at the common plug, remove the pins for the red and closest black to the red wire. Trim the 'plugless' wires off of those pins and reinsert into plastic plug. You should an up with one fully wired 'common plug', one fully wired plug for the HDD; and two wires, one red an one black, for the wireless adapter.

two wires, one red an one black, for the wireless adapter. STEP 5: Install WGE-111 Wireless

STEP 5: Install WGE-111 Wireless Adapter Now on to the good part

5: Install WGE-111 Wireless Adapter Now on to the good part a. With both drives out

a. With both drives out of the XBOX, place the wireless circuit board in the back of the case upside dow

until you find a good fit. The wireless adapter RJ-45 port will be approximately 7/8" from the XBOX

LAN adapter. Mark off where you are going to cut out the holes for the plug, ADHOC/Internet switch and RESET switch. Using a dremel tool and drill, remove the plastic where you need to access the two switches and plug.

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Pre-finished back plate. I know it's ugly! b. With a

Pre-finished back plate. I know it's ugly!

b. With a fine piece of sand paper, dress up your workmanship so that there

b. With a fine piece of sand paper, dress up your workmanship so that there are no burs.

c. Halfway in between the 'Audio/Video Input/Output' port and the side of the fan opening,

c. Halfway in between the 'Audio/Video Input/Output' port and the side of the fan opening, drill a

3/8" hole for the antennae. Insert antennae, coax first, and snap it into place.

d. With the board upside down, re-solder the antennae coax to the board. Again, be

d.

With the board upside down, re-solder the antennae coax to the board. Again, be careful not to

bridge the center and outer solder pads or the antennae will neither transmit or receive any signal.

From this point forward, please handle board with care. One hard tug and it may come loose inside the antennae, making it inop.

e. Flip the board over and put it in place. Using 2 small screws, secure

e.

Flip the board over and put it in place. Using 2 small screws, secure it through the back plate of

the adapter to the back side of the XBOX. Alternatively, you may also use double-stick cellophane

tape without covering the switches and secure it that way. You want to make sure to keep it as clos to the back plastic as possible.

f. Solder the red and black wires left over from STEP 4 to the wireless

f.

Solder the red and black wires left over from STEP 4 to the wireless adapter board. Red is POS

(+) and black is NEG (-). Make sure you have a good clean solder or you will short out your power supply and blow a fuse. Plug the other end into the short plug off of the power supply we made in step 4a.

out your power supply and blow a fuse. Plug the other end into the short plug
the short plug off of the power supply we made in step 4a. STEP 6: Put
the short plug off of the power supply we made in step 4a. STEP 6: Put

STEP 6: Put XBOX back together. Temp install all parts, start her up, test for serviceability, and finish her off.

a. Temporarily install the hard drive and DVD drive. Plug the XBOX in and turn

a. Temporarily install the hard drive and DVD drive. Plug the XBOX in and turn it on.

b. If the LEDs on the underside of the board light up, you have successfully

b. If the LEDs on the underside of the board light up, you have successfully installed you wireless

card into your XBOX. If not, review all your previous steps and make sure you did a good job of

soldering the coaxial antenna cable and the power supply connections to the board.

c. If all has checked correctly, install your DVD drive TRAY (with DVD drive uninstalled),

c.

If all has checked correctly, install your DVD drive TRAY (with DVD drive uninstalled), making

sure not to dislodge the board. Check for clearance of the rear left leg of the DVD rack (previously

removed plastic in step 2a.). If there is not enough clearance, dremel out more of the leg so that it is not pushing down on the card.

d. Remove the Hard drive from its tray by removing the four machine screws from

d.

Remove the Hard drive from its tray by removing the four machine screws from the sides. Place

the remaining power cable through the underneath of the tray though the opening. Plug in the power cable to the hard drive and place the hard drive back into the tray. Making sure the 4 power

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wires are lying flat, screw the 4 screws removed back into their holes.

flat, screw the 4 screws removed back into their holes. This is the opening in the

This is the opening in the HDD tray to pass the power cable through. This pic is with the card not installed.

e. Finally, finish the install by plugging in the DVD power cable, placing the DVD

e. Finally, finish the install by plugging in the DVD power cable, placing the DVD back into its tray that was installed in Step 6c. Make sure you hear it snap into place, or your case will not close. Install screws removed in Step 1 to secure the drive trays into place.

f. PLACE THE COVER ON THE XBOX AND INSTALL ALL SCREWS TO THE BOTTOM EXCEPT

f. PLACE THE COVER ON THE XBOX AND INSTALL ALL SCREWS TO THE BOTTOM EXCEPT THE MIDDLE BACK SCREW. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! INSTALLING THIS SCREW MAY RUIN YOUR WIRELESS ADAPTER!e. Make a jumper to go in between your WGE-111 Wireless Adapter card and the onboard NIC by creating a small CAT5 jumper like the one below. It is a simple T568A jumper. Plu this into both the wireless adapter port and the onboard NIC port.

like the one below. It is a simple T568A jumper. Plu this into both the wireless
both the wireless adapter port and the onboard NIC port. VIOLA! You now have a working,

VIOLA!

You now have a working, internal wireless adapter that will travel with you everywhere you go. Configure the adapter the same way you did before and you are good to go!

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How do you like the label Yeah, yeah, I know I need to clean

How do you like the label

Yeah,

yeah, I know I need to clean it

Note: If you install the latest firmware to the WGE-111, you will be able to connect to you network via

a WEP-PSK secure connection!This tutorial brought to you by BrutalByte

Contact me @ brutalbyte@digital-drama.com if you have any questions/comments/complaints.Quick Bio: I am a product of a Texas family of engineers (all types) and chemical plant workers. For as long as I can remember I have been tinkering; tearing apart all things mechanical and electrical, trying to figure out how they work and how I might improve on them. The XBOX is my latest item to 'seriously' mod. I am now in the AF as a Aerospace Propulsion Craftsman (Jet Surgeon as my wife calls it). I hav the honor of tearing apart Dual Spool, Axial Flow, Secondary Bypass Turbofan Engines of the GE and Pratt & Whitney make. What a life!

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