How to Network (FTP) Xbox to Computer (Mac or Windows PC)


This is Part 2 of the Xbox Softmod Kit tutorial. This tutorial will show you how to customize your original Xbox after you have installed the softmod. Purchase the Original Xbox Softmod Kit to get started on softmodding your Xbox. 
How to Transfer/Install Files to Xbox
There are several ways to transfer files such as Emulators, ROMs and homebrew apps to the original Xbox. The easiest being via FTP program (free). An FTP program is easy to use with our tutorial. To network (FTP) into your Xbox you will need a computer or iOS device see (option #5). We show several ways to transfer files to the Xbox starting with the simplest. Transferring files is everything, there's no need to install a homebrew app, once it's transferred it automatically installs as well. *internet is not required to FTP

Option #1 - Wired Xbox, Wired Computer: An Ethernet cable is simply any internet cable. As modern technology advances Wi-Fi (wireless signal) has replaced the need for these cables but they are still used. Setting up an FTP connection is easy, simply connect the Xbox and your computer/device to your the same router. *this is the same connection setup for streaming multimedia to the original Xbox via XBMC

 Option #1
original xbox ftp ethernet router modem connection softmod transfer emulators
This is the most common connection, and it's also what is on the video tutorial. It shows both the computer and original Xbox making a wired connection to the same router, each using an Ethernet cable. In the photo (above & left) aside from the computer and Xbox you see a two boxes, this was an older setup. A more modern setup will have both the modem and router as one unit.
*if your computer is already connected to the modem/router via Wi-Fi than use option #2 below. (Internet is not required to FTP/transfer files)

Option #2 - Wired Xbox, Wireless Computer: A modern Cable or DSL modem does not require a router because they are one in the same. In this case your computer/device can access the modem/router via wireless. Then the only wired connection necessary is the Xbox to the modem/router. (Internet is not required to FTP/transfer files)

Option #2
original xbox ftp transfer files connection softmod modded

Option #3 - Direct Connection, Xbox to Computer via Crossover Cable: A crossover cable or system link cable is used to make a direct connection from computer to Xbox. A crossover cable will not work with a modem/router. A crossover cable is NOT an ethernet or internet cable, although they look very similar. A crossover cable can also be used from Xbox to Xbox to transfer files or to play multi-player system-link Xbox games (Internet is not required to FTP/transfer files)

If you need further assistance on options 1, 2 & 3 visit the tutorial from on How to Network (FTP) a Xbox from PC or How to FTP using a Apple Mac

Option #4 - Make a Disc: You may be able to create a disc with the files you want to transfer. The Xbox is capable of ripping files from the disc to the hard drive. Your Xbox may look the same on the outside but it all depends on the type of DVD drive you have inside your Xbox. There are three types of DVD drives each with its share of pros and cons, Philips, Thompson and Samsung. CD-RW is recommended, it is the best recognized throughout all three drives.

original xbox dvd drive drives samsung philps thomson

Thomson Drive:
Will not read CD-R
Will only read some (generally expensive media) CD-RW
Reads all DVD-R/DVD-RW
Reads all DVD+R/DVD+RW

Philips Drive:
May or may not read CD-R (my Xbox has a Philips drive and reads a music CD that was burned on CD-R)
Will read some (generally expensive media) CD-RW
Reads all DVD-R/DVD-RW
Does not read DVD+R/DVD+RW

Samsung Drive:
Reads all CD-R and CD-RW
Reads all DVD-R/DVD-RW
Will not read DVD+R/CD+RW


Option #5 - Wired Xbox, Wireless Apple iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad)
This option should be a last resort since it's for the more computer savvy. It does not require a computer but it still requires a router/modem that gives out wireless/Wi-Fi signal. It's similar to option #2. Here's the iOS tutorial.