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Setup Tutorials

How to set up Smart DNS on XBOX 360

In this tutorial we will show you how to set up Smart DNS on XBOX 360 but first let’s see what are our requirements and recommendations.

Requirements

In order to set up the Smart DNS you will need:

  1. A CactusVPN account. If you don’t have one you can try our services for free.
  2. Your DNS addresses. You can find them in Settings -> DNS Servers in Your Account our website.

If you still want to set up Smart DNS manually, go step-by-step through following instructions:

Part I. Validate Your IP Address

If you have already validated your IP address go straight to the “Part II. Change your DNS addresses” of this tutorial.

  1. Sign in to your account on our website and go to Settings -> Validate Your IP Address.
  2. Click on Validate IP button.
Windows XP Smart DNS Setup: Step 1

If you see the “Validated” green label near your IP address, go straight to the “Part II. Change your Windows DNS addresses” of this tutorial

Remember! You have to validate your IP address each time it changes. If your Smart DNS service is not working, just try to validate your IP address again.

You also have other two options to validate an IP address:

Part II. Change your XBOX DNS addresses

This has to be done only once.

It is important to save your original DNS settings before making any changes. You might need them in case you will want to switch back to your original settings.
  1. Go to “Settings” (3) tab and click on “System” (4).

    XBOX Smart DNS Setup: Step 2
  2. Go to “Network Settings” (5).

    XBOX Smart DNS Setup: Step 3
  3. Choose your Wi-Fi network (6).

    XBOX Smart DNS Setup: Step 4
  4. Enter in “Configure Network” (7).

    XBOX Smart DNS Setup: Step 5
  5. In the “Basic Settings” tab (8), choose “DNS Settings” (9).

    XBOX Smart DNS Setup: Step 6
  6. Change your “DNS Settings” to Manual (10).

    XBOX Smart DNS Setup: Step 7
  7. Choose Primary DNS Server (11).

    XBOX Smart DNS Setup: Step 8
  8. Enter CactusVPN primary DNS Server address (12). You can find them in Settings -> DNS Servers in Your Account on our website. Click “Done” (13).

    XBOX Smart DNS Setup: Step 9
  9. Choose Secondary DNS Server and enter CactusVPN secondary DNS Server address (follow step 8 to find it) and click “Done”.
  10. Go back and choose the “Test Xbox LIVE Connection” button (14).

    XBOX Smart DNS Setup: Step 10
  11. Change your location to “United States”. Go to “System Settings” > “Console Settings” (15).

    XBOX Smart DNS Setup: Step 11
  12. Go to “Language and Locale” (16).

    XBOX Smart DNS Setup: Step 12
  13. Got to “Locale” (17).

    XBOX Smart DNS Setup: Step 13
  14. Choose “United States” (18).

    XBOX Smart DNS Setup: Step 14
  15. Restart your XBOX. You will have to do that just once.

That’s all!

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