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System Link is a form of offline multiplayer gaming on the Xbox and Xbox 360 gaming console over a LAN (local area network). A network switch and standard straight-through Ethernet cables may be used to link multiple consoles together, or two consoles can be connected directly. Connecting two Xbox consoles to each other without a switch requires a crossover cable, while Xbox 360 consoles can use standard cables.

The purpose of this is to have multiplayer gameplay on multiple consoles, which allows for a non-split screen multiplayer gaming experience and far more players in one game than a single console can support. Halo: Combat Evolved allows up to 16 players on split screens on four consoles to partake in a simultaneous 16 player game. Later, post-Xbox Live games such as Halo 2 and Unreal Championship supported more consoles per game than the maximum of four supported by Halo.

System Link also allows for Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to take place, which allows LAN to take place over the internet.

The Xbox 360 can not only use wired Ethernet to connect to a LAN, but also use a wireless adapter (such as the Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adapter in an access point-based or mesh network). Additionally, some Xbox Live titles like Halo 3 can play a match with players connected over Xbox Live and on the same LAN.

By allowing multiplayer games over the same LAN, System Link has led to the formation of private and public LAN Parties.

Xbox 360 games compatible with System Link

Xbox games compatible with System Link

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3rd party System link cable

When two or more Xboxes are hooked together via a cable router, hub, or crossover cable it's called system link. Much like setting up a LAN for PC games but with minimal to no configuration. Microsoft and some 3rd party companies have made there own system link cables but they are just more expensive cat5 cables. Xbox Live account not required.

Programs like Xbox Connect and Xlink Kai use the system link function and trick an Xbox into thinking someone across long distances are in the same room. This method of online gaming is a free alternative to Xbox Live and a last resort for those that have been banned from the service due to modding or for breaking the Terms of service.


sorry, not sure if this term is used for anything else

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