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I was looking to have a Halo: Reach party with 16 people (4 Xbox 360s) at my house, but in talking to a friend, I became worried when he said he was not able to connect through the (Existing) wireless network to play vs other XBox 360s. Can you run 4 xBoxes off the same wireless network and have them connect to (local) network games or can this only be done with a wired hub? If so, is there any special setup I need to do first?

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Make sure that you are not running a whitelisted Wi-Fi network. People sometimes leave a whitelist turned on in their router that blocks their friends from using the network. I had the same problem at another LAN party until I saw the host's router config had a whitelist that was keeping me out. –  CyberSkull Dec 11 '11 at 21:46
    
I don't think I am...I have had multiple 360s use the Network, just not to play each other, just unique 360s connecting at different times, so that shouldn't be a problem. –  SSumner Dec 12 '11 at 21:43
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Wireless works fine for Xbox System Link. Microsoft's help page for system link states:

A system link cable or crossover cable for each console, an Ethernet hub or switch with enough open ports to connect the consoles together, or a wireless networking adapter for every console.

The more recent version of the Xbox 360 has a wireless adapter built-in. It's safe to assume that if you can play on Xbox Live wirelessly at home, that it has the correct hardware to play in a wireless system link setup with other Xbox 360s.

If you have a wireless network already in place where you plan to play, you'll have to configure the wireless settings on the Xbox 360s to connect to the wireless network wherever you're getting together, but otherwise no additional setup should be required. You can also mix and match using the wireless adapters on some consoles and connecting via an ethernet cable on other consoles, so long as they're all connecting to the same router/network. For instance, you might put one Xbox near the wireless router and use an ethernet cable for that one, and then have 3 others spread out in the area connecting to the router via wireless.

The Xbox 360 also supports an "ad-hoc" wireless mode where you don't need a wireless router, but in this configuration you'll only be able to play with 4 Xbox 360s if they all have wireless adapters.

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Is there any additional setup required for ad-hoc mode? And can you mix and match old-style 360s with external wireless and new slims with internal wireless when using ad-hoc? –  SSumner Dec 12 '11 at 21:40
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According to Microsoft, you can mix and match 360's with wireless adapters with 360 S'es that have one built in in ad-hoc mode. The setup is covered in the document I linked with the words "help page" in my answer. Scroll down to: Method 3: Connecting two to four consoles together (wireless connection) –  agent86 Dec 12 '11 at 21:57
    
Thanks. That's what I needed. –  SSumner Dec 13 '11 at 18:38
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