Wireless Receiver for the Xbox 360 from China has arrived.
Wireless Receiver for my Xbox 360 controller (Sometimes referred to as a wireless dongle) from China is one of those tools that has become more and more relevant in the gaming industry with console ports and couch co-ops. And unlike other types of electronics I have gotten from China where it was inferior or simply was nothing more then a piece of plastic or an identifier chip saying what it was but it really did nothing at all. This adapter from china actually does work! But it needs the right drivers!
In case you have no-script enabled or for some reason cannot see the title video on this website. I have provided direct links for these videos.
- WebM – Link – This is the newest video standard, works great on Opera, Firefox, Chrome, and newer android phones, not good for Safari, IE, Apple.
- MP4 – Link – The most compatible codec but also rather large in file size. Make take a while to download.
- OGV – Link – The fallback codec for older PC’s and Linux USB stick OS’s. 1st generation web video streaming based on Ogg-Vorbis encoding.
When I still had an analytic installed I noticed a lot of people where saving my tutorials onto the hard-drive. I understand that you may not trust this site being around in the next few months. Or perhaps you are going into a part of the world where internet isn’t fantastic. Or perhaps you are a seller of these receivers and are looking for a document that you can print up and attach to your product. You can now download a PDF of this article for you to have , print, and read on your hard drive.
Now for those who don’t know what this little guy does; It allows you to hook up ANY wireless Xbox 360 Controller which operates on a wireless 2.4ghz range to your PC (Up to four devices just like the original Xbox 360) which is useful for playing a lot of Steam games which are coming out which are all about Couch-Action multiplayer action. This wireless receiver is actually a really nice device to have considering Xbox One is released making the hardware of the 360 obsolete. And when hardware becomes obsolete it gets very cheap! I personally paid for 4 Xbox 360 controllers on eBay for around $55 with shipping included. Which isn’t bad at all! Read on if you would like to know more about this little $8 unit!
Original wireless receiver versus the Chinese version.
This is a brief summary and differences between the two Xbox 360 receivers that you will find out on the internet.
This is the official Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver. Note the Microsoft Logo on the casing and the tab on Cable.
I should note it is next to impossible to find an OEM Microsoft 360 Wireless Receiver unless you are willing to fork out $50-60 for a controller and receiver pack. Used game stores such as GameStop will not keep these around and often will not even have a receiver. GameStop treats odd-ball hardware devices by only offering a few pennies to buy it off of someone. When you do official receivers show up on eBay. they are typically going anywhere from $15-20 dollars because they are no longer in production thanks to the Xbox One.
This can also be verified by checking the hardware ID in device manager. USB hardware ID for the official receiver is: USB\VID_045E&PID_0719
This is the Chinese Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver with has no indication it came from Microsoft.
Chinese receivers will come in cheaper packing (if any at all) and will not say the word “Microsoft” anywhere on the unit or package. This allows them to sell this units in this country without them getting pulled for various intellectual property related laws (And don’t think Microsoft won’t go after people for this! They still throw cease and desist letters to people giving out MS-DOS disks for gods sake!) You’ll also get a CD and that’s about it! No real instructions in the packaging itself.
This can be verified by checking the hardware ID in device manager. USB hardware ID for the official receiver is: USB\VID_045E&Pid_0291
for windows 7 or USB\VID_05C6&PID_9244 for windows 10.
Where to purchase the China Wireless Xbox Receiver.
- Ebay – Ignore the Malaysian listings as it generally takes three times longer then China and the sellers use dirty tactics to get the lowest price. Generally 8 to 10 dollars USD with shipping from China.
- NewEgg – More for North American buyers who don’t want to mess with Ebay. Prices are 9 to 13 USD plus possible shipping.
- DX – A little more expensive then Ebay in the 12 to 14 USD range. DX however may be more suitable for international buyers.
Note: Zero commission is made from these links. These are posted as a service to those reading this blog.
Wireless receiver woes:
Lets go through some of the issues encountered with the Chinese Wireless receiver.
Toss this CD, it’s pointless!
An issue with the Chinese receiver is that although it gives you a driver-CD. That CD is absolutely useless unless you have windows XP 32-bit you minus well just throw the thing away! So if you have a Windows 7 or Windows 8 box. The Screen Below is the typical screen you will get! Now for those who do not beleive me or just want to see what china packed onto this CD. I have uploaded an archive of my disc which can be downloaded. Click here to access this file. It is about 50Mb in size. This was only uploaded for archival purposes.
No driver update, can’t point to the CD because the OS supported is Windows XP. Crap!
This is because the China Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver is emitting a different hardware ID then the Microsoft one. USB\VID_05C6&PID_9244 for Windows 10 to be exact. Because of this Windows has no clue on what to do about this and Unlike a wired 360 controller or dance pad where it will simply pull its drivers off of Windows Update. It cannot do anything with our Chinese receiver.
So how do we work around this problem?
Simple, we force the Microsoft driver down its throat!!!
Acquire the software.
You are first going to want to download the driver from Microsoft’s site dealing with Xbox Controllers. We highly recommend installing this driver as it will load all of the default Microsoft interfaces for this tutorial. Microsofts driver will give you a battery utility so when you press your center button for Xbox control it will tell you how much battery is left in your controller.
Direct download links.
As our usual disclaimer you should always run a virus checker over any executable you get from a third party site including my own. Do not trust anything unless it comes from the source manufacturer. We will keep things clean as long as the site owner is alive but you may never know!
Would you like to download it directly? Click here to download the 32 bit version. This binary is version 1.2 and is identical between all platforms, windows XP, Vista, 7, and presumably 8.
Otherwise, click here if you would like to download the 64 bit version also version 1.2 for windows XP, Vista, 7, and presumably 8 and finally windows 10 (even though a crappier windows 10 driver is already installed)
02/26/16 – Due to too much hot-linking from other sites then my own the Dropbox mirrors kept getting suspended and taken offline. Files are now being hosted locally through Anubianhost.
Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver driver installation for Windows 10.
For those with the latest windows 10 operating system please continue reading.
The very first thing we will be doing is (with administrative rights of course) launch that installation file you have downloaded to begin installing the drivers into windows 10. Check the box to “I accept this agreement” and click the Next button to continue.
You may or may not see this window depending if there was another application on your computer that requires this dependency. In windows 10 the .NET Framework 3.5 can be automatically downloaded. If for some reason it does not automatically download for you you may click here to go to Microsoft’s website for .NET Framework 3.5.
If you are working offsite for any reason you may wish to download the Offsite version of .NET Frame 3.5 by clicking here.
Otherwise you can let Windows 10 take care of it for you by simply selecting “Download and install this feature” and give it permission to do so. The only reason why this program requires .NET Framework 3.5 as a dependency is due to the battery and player status tool that comes with this program which you shall see later in this blog.
You may now click the Finish button to complete the installation.
Plugging in the hardware.
Upon plugging in your USB cabling windows 10 will attempt to find the driver for these Chinese controllers. It of course will not find anything and label the device as “Unknown Device.” If this were a true Microsoft OEM receiver it would have found your driver and installed it ending the tutorial for you. however, due to differences in product ID we have to install this driver manually.
To begin you are going to want to go to your device manager. On windows 7 you an click your Start Button and then right-click your “File Explorer” and click on Manage to open the Computer Management screen. Finally, click on “Device Manager”.
From here provided that you have already hooked up your Xbox 360 USB Receiver. We see that we have other devices that the system cannot identify. Right-click the Unknown Device and then click on Update Driver Software of this particular device.
Since this driver cannot be found by the CD or Windows Update. Searching automatically is a waste of time. Click on Browse my computer for driver software.
Since we are going to inject the driver manually select “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer” and then click Next.
Note: If you did not install the software as stated at the beginning of this tutorial this catagory may not exist. In my case since I had some Xbox wired controllers Windows Update did the job for me. Select “Xbox 360 Peripherals ” and then click Next.
This is the section which deals with only Xbox 360 Controllers. All of these drivers are digitally signed indicating that they come right from Microsoft which is good. Select “Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows Version: 18.104.22.1689” and click the Next button to continue.
Note: Windows 10 by default will have the newer driver v10.0.10240. The software we just installed inserts 22.214.171.1249 into the list. The reason why I choose the old version of the driver will become very apparent when we go and test the Xbox 360 controller later on in this tutorial. I shall explain why at the end.
This is the part where windows does not believe that you know what you are doing. Silly windows. Click Yes to continue and it will begin installing the driver.
It will come up stating that the driver has been successful in installation. You may now Close this window.
To verify the driver is installed. Go back into your Device Manager section of Computer Management and you should see a catagory dealing with Xbox 360 Controllers. A Xbox 360 Peripherals at the button and inside of this section Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows.
Driver installation on Windows 10 is Complete
Testing the Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver from china.
The steps here will seem really simple for people which have owned an Xbox 360 however when looking at a lot of forums this is also the most overlooked step. Resulting in people thinking that they got a bad receiver when in all reality it is perfectly fine!
- Turn on your Xbox 360 Wireless Controller. It should have all four corners of the controller flashing indicating that it’s on but it cannot find a device to connect to.
- Press the button on the wireless receiver and it will begin flashing.
- While the wireless receiver is flashing, press the “Sync” button on the front of your Xbox 360 Controller as shown in the picture above. You know it will begin to Pair the device if you see the Green LEDs on the start button of your controller move in a Clock-Wise Fashion
- If you have a solid LED light in the upper left-hand corner indicating player 1. Congratulations! Your Xbox 360 controller is now paired up to your wireless receiver. If the LED’s spin in a clockwise circle but then returns to all lights flashing that means that it cannot find your Wireless receiver to pair up to. (Special notes: If you are hooking this up to an Android box. the controller will still flash but at a slower speed. This is because the Android OS has no official drivers for the Xbox 360 Wireless controllers as for the date of this publish your compatibility will vary from game to game under Android)
Windows will begin installing drivers the moment the controller is properly paired up.
If you don’t want to go into control panel and navigate all of the different windows you can simply type the command “control joy.cpl”
However, for the sake of this blog we will do it the long way in Windows 10 by first clicking on settings.
In windows 10 we will first select the Devices tab. then we select Connected devices and finally select the devices and printers link to open up something that we are more firmilliar with in the older tutorial.
Lets see if windows can actually see and test our new joystick that we installed. Click the start menu and click “Devices and Printers” .
Right-Click on the Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows and click on “Game Controller settings”.
As you see, inside of the wireless receiver is where all of the wireless Xbox 360 Controllers will reside. Click on whatever controller you would like to see and click the “Properties” button.
From here you may now start pressing buttons and moving your joystick around. You also get to see if perhaps you had any bad buttons, poor analog hats which are badly calibrated or are in need of replacement hats for your controller. Also you get to visually see how terrible the D-Pad is on the X-Box controller.:)
About Driver versions.
Wait a minute S, you’re telling users to install an older driver designed for windows 7 when windows 10 has it built right in. Why even install the files you provided for Windows 10?
Lets assume that you did install the “latest and greatest” driver that came built right into Microsoft . Will it work? Yes, but you will be missing two things.
The first thing that you’ll notice upon using the new wireless receiver driver is all of your Xbox 360 controllers are listed as generic HID-compliant game controllers. They are not listed as true Microsoft Xbox 360 controllers anymore. In about 80 to 90 percent of the games on the market this will not affect a thing! There are however some games that are built around the Xbox 360 controller and will map all of the keys for you if it so happens to find a true controller that came from Microsoft.
This bug in the new driver is an annoyance and not a deal-breaker .
The second bug deals with functionality of the center xbox button. Using the old driver when you download and install the software. Let it install Net 3.5. Normally it places a file known as XboxStat.exe as a startup program for Windows which will listen through the Chinese wireless receiver for any command from that button to give the user information such as what controller is connected, battery life, and more.
This is a nice feature but once again it’s not a deal-breaker. The lights will flash on your controller when the battery is getting low. If you don’t care about this and you want to save about 3mb of memory by not installing the older driver. Then the new driver should suit you just fine.
Summary of driver confusion:
As for exactly why Microsoft neglected to put these tools into their OS could end up with a lot of different answers. That they wanted to keep the drivers simple? That perhaps they didn’t bother to talk to the hardware development side of Microsoft prior to releasing their OS? Either way it goes everyone thinks that a bigger version driver means better but you have to take into consideration that this is Microsoft the same company that skipped a version number in their OS because they didn’t like the way it sounded. Version numbers no longer have the integrity they used to.
Notes for critical errors.
on 02/01/16 – We had one of the Chinese wireless receivers die on me after a years worth of service bouncing back and forth between devices. This can even happen to a Microsoft OEM Receiver as the only thing that is really inside your dongle is a microchip and that’s it. The Chinese versions don’t even have a fuse along the 5 volt power lines and in my case the regulator that reduces voltage from 5.0vdc to 3.3vdc for the chip to use was totally fried out.
A dead give away that the receiver died on me is by pulling up the Hardware ID in device manager underneath the properties of the USB device and it will display USB\VID_0000&PID_0000 or USB\VID_???? depending on operating system.
Also when you try installing the drivers you may receive this description for your Chinese wireless receiver. This is not a good sign. What your system is telling you is that it cannot get a response from the micro-controller inside. You can try a different computer/USB port but if it keeps saying the same thing then it’s a serious hardware failure of the receiver.
Related Blog Articles:
China receivers do not work with the Xbox One Controller. More details here. Have an older operating system like windows XP? Click here.Android / Ouya user? We got you covered in this entry!Linux / Raspberry Pi users? Get your game on here.Windows 7? This archived blog article may help you!Want to know some games we liked playing on this receiver? Here’s a few we’ve tried. Manually install driver in case it refuses to be found.For next level hardware hacking. Lithium battery mod.
Besides the driver headaches explained above. It behaves just like the Microsoft OEM version. I got it to work all the way across my house which is identical to my Xbox 360 console wireless length. So no real complaints about connectivity or lag issues. For $8 it’s not bad and I suppose the great thing with having the wireless receiver is they give you a few feet of cable so you can place the wireless receiver anywhere giving you better reception then the Xbox 360 could ever give you.
I hope you find this article useful and hopefully it will keep a few xbox 360 controllers in circulation. If you have any problems you may leave it in the comments below. Please include OS and hardware ID of the controller you are using.
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