Internet Ports used by Xbox 360 Live

These are the Internet ports used by the Xbox 360 Live:
TCP 80
UDP 88
UDP 3074
TCP 3074
UDP 53
TCP 53

Read this Microsoft article ( )
that describes in further detail the conditions why and when ou have to open the Internet ports to play Xbox 360 Live. Make sure you know the ip address of your Xbox 360 Live. Better yet, make sure it has a static ip outside of your DHCP range, so it will always be the same and you won’t need to keep going back to your firewall or router to change the IP.

I also pasted the article here for your convenience:

Ports that must be open for Xbox LIVE on your router or firewall

You have to open ports only if one of the following condition is true:
You experience the following symptoms:
When you try to play a game together with a particular friend, you cannot join their game or they cannot join yours.
You cannot hear a particular player although you can see that the player is talking.
You cannot accept a game invitation.
You cannot join certain parties.
When you test your Xbox LIVE connection from the Network Settings screen, a yellow warning triangle appears between the Internet icon and the Xbox LIVE icon.

Note The triangle indicates that you have a Network Address Translation (NAT) problem

For more information about NAT, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
908880 ( ) Description of NAT and how it impacts your online experience

If there is a firewall or a router between the Xbox console and the networking hardware, and if the Xbox LIVE test reports an NAT problem, you may have to make configuration changes to enable communication on the specific network ports that are required by Xbox LIVE. This reconfiguration is known as “port forwarding.” If you use an Xbox LIVE-compatible device or a Windows Vista-compatible device that has the correct firmware installed, you should not have to make these changes.

For more information about how to determine whether your networking hardware is compatible with Xbox LIVE, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
944293 ( ) How to find out if your networking hardware is compatible with the Xbox LIVE Service
If your device is not on the compatible list, and if you experience the symptoms that are described in the “Introduction” section, you can try to open the following ports:
TCP 80
UDP 88
UDP 3074
TCP 3074
UDP 53
TCP 53
For information about how to configure port settings on a firewall, on a router, or on a gateway, please see the documentation that was included with that device, or contact your network administrator or local technical support for help.

You can also review Xbox documentation online about port forwarding. To do this, visit the following Xbox support Web site: (
On the Choose a Topic menu, select How To. Then, select the “How to use port forwarding” topic for the appropriate router.

Additionally, you can visit the official forums to see whether other users are experiencing the same problem.


This other article shows the Firewall ports that must be open to use your Xbox 360 console as a Media Center Extender


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