How to make a homemade Xbox 360 controller wireless receiver for PC!

Discussion in 'Xbox 360 Modding & Tutorials' started by halopro77, Jan 21, 2012 with 295 replies and 165,272 views.

  1. halopro77

    halopro77 The Wombologist

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    Hello se7ensins. This is my first tutorial on something neat I did today. So I've been wanting to play on my PC with my wireless controller, but Microsoft won't release the drivers to play on PC via play and charge, so I took matters in my own hands.

    Things you will need:
    • Soldering Iron
    • Soldering Flux
    • An Xbox 360 RF Module (Ring of light board at the front of the Xbox)
    • An old USB you don't care about
    • 5v Diode
    • Driver for the receiver
    • A brain
    • OPTIONAL: Play and charge kit to sync controller to board anytime you want to
    Before we go on, I have to warn you that you MUST sync your controller to the RF Module via Xbox before you move on. You don't have to worry about this if you have a play and charge.

    People have been hooking up the RF board to Arduino's and similar micro-controllers. Thanks to robot9706 he developed a program to re-enable nearly all the functionality and more using these mico-controllers.
    Setup:
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    I know it's a little bit messy....

    The USBPWR powering the FTDI chip from the VCC50 with 5V.
    VCCIO tells the FTDI chip the high level voltage, which is connected to VCC30 so it's 3.3V.

    The USB 5V goes through 2 diodes. (5V is not connected to the diodes in this picture, this is how i turn off the RF module :biggrin:)

    All the GNDs are connected together, so they have a common ground.

    Program:
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    (GitHub link: https://github.com/robot9706/Xbox360RFController)
    I wrote it :biggrin:
    It supports all the commands that I found on this site:http://tkkrlab.nl/wiki/XBOX_360_RF_Module

    Here's a picture of the working RF module:
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    And that's it.
    Now I can use my controller both with my PC and my Xbox360 :biggrin:

    Ohh, and it's working with RevH modules without any resistors :smile:


    STEPS:
    1. Cut the USB with scissors keeping the male part and at least 6 inches of wire.
    2. Strip the wire down to the 4 basic wires inside (Red, White, Green, and Black)
    3. Strip those wires down to what ever length you feel comfortable with (Cut the red wire the shortest because the diode goes on this one)
    4. Solder on the diode to the red wire (Look below for diagram)
    5. Now follow this image I made;
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    6. This should be your final product;
      [​IMG]
      (The black wire is kinda hiding)
    7. Lets go to the PC portion. First download the official Microsoft wireless receiver driver from the top and install it normally.
    8. Now watch this video:
    To sync a controller either;
    A) sync the controller by plugging in the RF Module in an Xbox and sync with the Xbox's sync button.
    B) Plug in the controller via play and charge while the ghetto receiver is in.
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2014
  2. Dare to Inspire

    Dare to Inspire Maybach

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    The second image and the video are broken.
     
  3. halopro77

    halopro77 The Wombologist

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    Ok will fix the picture now, and the video is being rendered. I just decided to make the whole tutorial into a video.
     
  4. halopro77

    halopro77 The Wombologist

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    Should Work :smile:
     
  5. halopro77

    halopro77 The Wombologist

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    Or you can take an old fried xbox Rf board and make something useful of it
     
  6. halopro77

    halopro77 The Wombologist

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    I read somewhere that its an 1n4004, but it can be any of one of the 1n400x series. All I knew that my diode was 5 volts and it worked.
     
  7. halopro77

    halopro77 The Wombologist

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    just use the one from the jtag
     
  8. THE QBN BEAST

    THE QBN BEAST Engineering the Future

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    Thats awesome
     
  9. xMODDEDxSKILLZx

    xMODDEDxSKILLZx Seasoned Member

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    zener diode correct?
     
  10. halopro77

    halopro77 The Wombologist

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  11. xMODDEDxSKILLZx

    xMODDEDxSKILLZx Seasoned Member

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    thanks for this tut...
     
  12. halopro77

    halopro77 The Wombologist

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  13. xMODDEDxSKILLZx

    xMODDEDxSKILLZx Seasoned Member

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    not sure didnt complete it yet... need to run to radioshack to get some zeners.
     
  14. Codster333

    Codster333 Getting There

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    Yess been looking for something like this thank you! Amazing find. :smile:
     
  15. Anonamous

    Anonamous Contributor Premium

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    Wow, I can't believe I never thought of doing this lol. Great job bro.


    yes, it would be a 5.1v Zener Diode
     
  16. hartk1213

    hartk1213 Newbie

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    i just made this and since it called or a diode (didnt have any and i made it on a whim) i used a L.E.D. (Light Emitting DIODE ) and it worked perfectly and it lights up haha
     
  17. halopro77

    halopro77 The Wombologist

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    Congrats hoped i helped
     
  18. halopro77

    halopro77 The Wombologist

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    bump...
     
  19. halopro77

    halopro77 The Wombologist

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    *Cough*
     
  20. Intel

    Intel I'm #Magical.

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    Now I just need a diode might just go buy one from radio shack or something!

    BUT THANKS ALOT