Today (June 16, 2009) I tried logging on to my Xbox Live account to play a little Rock Band 2 and Halo Wars. When trying to log in I got an error message saying my network was improperly set up. Seeing as I just bought a new router for my Xbox and AirPort Express station I figured there was something wrong with the configuration.
I ran the network diagnostics on my Xbox hoping for a solution. First, it said my router was improperly set up (even though my wireless internet worked which is routed through it). I reset everything and tried again.
Next, I got a message saying my MTU settings were incorrect. Now I think I know a lot about computers, but networking is my weak spot. I have never even heard of MTU. After doing a lot of digging and searching I eventually found that the MTU settings on my router could not be changed.
After about 45 minutes of frustration I decided to turn to xbox.com for help.
“500 – Server error”
So after another 30 seconds of research I found that Xbox Live was having a planned outage today. D’oh!
I am thankful for the new features that are coming soon, but I do wish that they would handle their blackouts better. It would be nice to get a little “try back tomorrow” message instead of “your hardware is broken” message.
Now, time to run outside in the sun, away from video games!