Just like your computer, the Xbox gaming console needs an IP address to access the Internet or connect to the Xbox Live gaming network. In most cases, the Xbox receives a new IP address from the network router every time it connects to the Internet. If you want to create private Internet games or matches--for which you want to invite only certain individuals--you must provide the IP address to the other players so that they connect directly to your Xbox. Finding the current IP address for your Xbox console is relatively simple and only takes a few button clicks.
Power on the Xbox console. Press the down-arrow button on the controller to navigate to the "My Xbox" menu option. Press the "Start" button.
Use the controller arrow buttons to navigate to "System Settings." Press the "Start" button.
Scroll down to "Network Settings" and press the "Start" button.
Use the arrow buttons to move the cursor over the "Configure Network" menu option. Press the "Start" button. The IP address for your Xbox console displays on the screen next the "IP Address" label.
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