Xbox Live at Hull University

I got an Xbox 360 for Christmas, so I’ve brought it to my university accommodation to use while I’m here. However, to use the internet, we need to connect via a proxy server. The settings for this are set up in a wizard application available for Windows, Mac OS, and iPhone. This means that you can’t just plug and play with Xbox Live.

However, it is possible to use (albeit without the store and some other dashboard features due to network restrictions) with the use of a USB-ethernet adapter and secondary ethernet cable.

What you will need:
USB-ethernet or other secondary adapter (I have one as pictured below)
Secondary ethernet cable
Computer switched on while using Xbox live
Windows XP or Vista if using the same USB-ethernet adapter as me (can be run in a VM)

Step 0 – Install Virtual Machine with Windows XP/Vista
This step only applies if using an ethernet adapter without drivers for your main OS – the USB-ethernet adapter I bought doesn’t work on Windows 7

If you are using Windows 7 Professional, you can download Windows XP mode from Microsoft for free at:

Once installed, insert your USB-ethernet adapter into your machine along with the driver CD if you have it. Attach the adapter to your virtual machine and install the drivers. You should now have another LAN connection available in your Network Connections control panel area.

Step 1 – Follow the guide available at

If running XP:


And that’s it, you should now be able to connect to Xbox Live at Hull University. This should work for anywhere on the University network – the Lawns, Thwaite Hall, Needler Hall, University owned houses etc. However, you will not be able to access a lot of dashboard features such as the store and messenger due to network restrictions (you will receive an 8b010008 error).




  1. Anthony said,

    2010/02/06 at 1:35 pm

    Hey, ive got the xbox live working cause i had 2 ethernet ports in my pc, and i do get the 8b010008 error, but i cant download any updates which is a pain, any help on this?

  2. 2010/02/07 at 3:40 pm

    Hi, this is because some of the features are blocked either purposely or as a result of the IT department blocking something else that uses the same ports. I have heard that if you keep trying to update new games when you first play them, eventually it will work however I’ve not had the patience to keep trying and test this. Apart from this there’s not really a lot you can do, if you really need the updates you could by a USB internet dongle to use just for Xbox updates and share the connection with your xbox using the same method as above, then use the University network for normal usage.

  3. Alex said,

    2010/04/12 at 7:10 pm

    are we not able to just type in the university proxy codes into the xbox live proxy settings?

    • 2010/04/12 at 11:21 pm

      No, I don’t think that will work because there are other settings that need to be applied to the device than proxy settings, such as the certificate for example. As far as I know, you can’t edit these settings on the Xbox.

  4. Alex said,

    2010/04/28 at 9:51 am

    ok thanx. iv bought the adapter and its installed the drivers onto my laptop (eventually) but now when i connect my xbox to laptop and bridge connection then run an xbox live connection test it recognises that the xbox is plugged into the network, just cant connect the xbox to the internet or xbox live. says something about DNS settings?

    • 2010/04/29 at 9:33 pm

      It seems like this is a problem for some people, and one that can sometimes occur out of the blue for no apparent reason. If I was you I’d see if there are any DNS options in the network settings on the Xbox – I don’t have mine with me so can’t check – and if there are, make sure they are all left blank or set to automatically detect. If you still can’t get it to work you could try using the OpenDNS DNS servers instead of those of the university: .

  5. Alex said,

    2010/04/30 at 5:33 am

    iv been making sure the dns settings are automatic or clear, iv even matched them to what my laptop says they are and the link’s one didnt work either but thanx for trying. could it be something as simple as the fact im using n ethernet cable to connect my laptop to my xbox instead of a crossover cable? thats literally the only other idea i have.

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