The Xbox One console along with the Xbox Series X | S feature the ability to remotely play Xbox games on your computer or smartphone. This feature is a popular selling point for the Xbox console. The Xbox companion app generally does a good job of automatically detecting your console but occasionally it falls short.
In these situations, it will ask you to enter the IP address of your Xbox. Some people exclusively use the remote play function and do not have their console connected to a TV. In this situation you will need to locate the IP address from your computer or smartphone. This process is straightforward using either the Xbox Companion App or an IP scanner app.
Step 1) Power on Your Xbox Console
Press the power button on your Xbox console and make sure it powers on. The console must be powered on for the following procedure to work properly.
Step 2) Ensure Your Xbox is Connected to Your Network
If your Xbox has been previously connected to your Wi-Fi it should connect automatically assuming your Wi-Fi SSID or password has not changed. If your Wi-Fi configuration has changed you will need to temporally connect your console to your network with an ethernet cable or connect a TV and reconnect to your Wi-Fi network. Any TV with HDMI support will work just fine for this step.
If you are already using ethernet simply make sure the cable is firmly connected to your Xbox One or Series X | S console and to your router or switch.
Step 3) Download a Free IP Scanner Tool
From your computer download a free IP scanner tool. You can also do this on your smartphone if you prefer, however it is easier on a computer. The IP scanner I recommend is called Advanced IP Scanner.
From this point you will want to download the IP scanner. If you are using the tool I recommend, you have the option of running a portable version of the software which doesn’t leave anything on your computer after you are finished using the program.
Step 4) Run the Scan
Press scan and allow the software to scan your network for devices. This will usually take between 30 seconds and a minute to complete. Generally you do not need to change the IP address range that is being scanned. The software by defaults scans the same network that your computer is connected to. Assuming your Xbox is connected to the same network it will show up in the scan results.
Step 5) Find Your Xbox in the List of Discovered Devices.
When the scan finishes you will get a list of devices found on your network. From here you will look for a device named Xbox. in most cases that will be the name that shows up. If you do not see a device called Xbox you will want to looks for anything that looks similar such as Microsoft or gaming.
From here you will want to record the IP address of your Xbox console. Once you have recorded the IP address you are good to go. Enter that IP address into your remote play application and you will hopefully be able to connect.
If your Xbox doesn’t show up make sure it is powered on and connected to your network. If you are still having trouble, try temporarily setting your Xbox right beside your router and plugging it in with a short ethernet patch cable. This will ensure your console is connected to your network. If you don’t have an ethernet cable you can purchase one very affordably.
Step 6) Optional: Set Up a Static IP Address
From here you will want to set up your Xbox One or Series X | S console with a static IP address. Once you assign a static IP address your IP address will never change. This way you simply need to make note of this IP address and you will always be able to connect.
This step is optionally but highly recommended for sure. There are a couple of different way of setting up a static IP address on your Xbox. The best way is using a DHCP reservation on your router.
Your Xbox IP address in most most cases will be a private IP address that begins with either 192.168 or 10. There are other possibilities but these private IP addresses are by far the most common. An IPv6 address on Xbox will look like a much longer value consisting of both numbers and letters A-F.
You can either use an IP scanner tool or you can use the Xbox Companion app to view your consoles IP address on your PC. Having an IP scanner tool on your PC is useful for other things as well. The computer and Xbox must be connected to the same network either via ethernet or via Wi-Fi.
The Xbox app will allow you to connect your Xbox to your laptop to use your laptop as a monitor. Your latency will be a little higher than if you were using an HDMI cable. For most people the additional latency is not all that noticeable. It is mostly a problem is FPS games such as Call of Duty.
No, Xbox does not have any router or hotspot functionality. Xbox consoles are strictly gaming devices. You can however use a PC as a router using software such as Connectify. That said a dedicated hardware router is far and away the best option for most people. Using a PC as a router is handy in a pinch, but not suitable for long term use.