Okay, I have successfully done port forwarding for xbox live, and given my xbox a static IP address. Here are my settings: The tutorial websites all showed the "IP Address" box as being blank. Mine wouldn't let me leave it blank, and kept filling in random IP Addresses from my home network. I asked a techie buddy of mine if I could just put my router address in that box, and he said it should work fine. Badaboom, it works. I still can't connect to my friend on the other side of the country. I have him set up with all the same settings as mine (he even has a very similar router to mine, same company, slightly different model). His won't let him leave the "IP Address" box empty either. So I told him to put in his router address. When he tried to save the settings, it said "IP Address conflicts with LAN address" or something along those lines. HOW THE FRIG CAN WE MAKE THIS WORK? It's been nine months since he moved out there and we still can't connect to each other. Ideas anyone?