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FCC leaks Xbox 360 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter

updated 09:30 am EDT, Tue September 15, 2009

Xbox 360 Wireless N Adapter in testing

The FCC inadvertently revealed through a filing Microsoft's plans to replace its aging Xbox 360 Wi-Fi adapter with a new model. Labeled as the Wireless N Network Adapter, it would not only add the faster wireless speeds but a second antenna to improve reception. The peripheral would as before attach through USB but is now black to color-match the now mainstream Xbox 360 Elite.

No evidence appears to exist for when the new Wi-Fi adapter would ship, though the peripheral is at the FCC just weeks before a major Xbox 360 fall update that should bring instant-on 1080p Zune video on top of existing Netflix HD streaming, either of which depends heavily on a fast, stable Internet connection.

A close launch has gained support from Microsoft offering a Canadian Xbox Wi-Fi bundle that includes the present-day Wi-Fi adapter and Halo 3 for just a $30 premium, possibly hinting that Microsoft is trying to clear stock of old wireless adapters to make room for new ones. [via Gizmodo]

by MacNN Staff



  1. alterseekers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    wireless alternatives

    That's a nice and creative way to provide WiFi connection to those who already have the Xbox 360 with no built-in WiFi. With this , they can be able to connect their Xbox 360 to the internet using wireless connection through their wireless router. If this doesn't work for you though, and you're looking for a nice alternative, I've got just the thing for you. Check out this Xbox 360 Internet Connection Kit from Netgear, it acts the same way as the WiFi adapter giving wireless internet connectivity for your Xbox 360, and it also works for your PS2, PS3, and PC gaming. Check this link out:, for more information about this wonderful product from Netgear.

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