360 wireless adapter--cable extension?

I’d like to be able to extend it a bit because A–it doesn’t really fit properly in the cabinet the Xbox 360 is in (not quite enough vertical clearance to attach it to the back of the box and stand the antenna up) and B–I think I could improve the quality of the connection to the wireless network if I moved it a bit.

Will an ordinary female to male USB cable work? Maybe about 4 to 6 ft. long?

It should work just fine but I’ve never actually tried it because… who actually buys the 360 wireless adapter?

(raises hand)

I will agree that lack of built-in wireless, and a $90 adapter to add it, is ridiculous in this day and age.

Still doesn’t make the PS3 worth having, though.

Especially how a $99 Apple Airport Express will work better, have 802.11n, and provide iTunes wireless streaming to your stereo. If you’re going to spend money, at least get all the features you can.

Or spend half that on a DD-WRT compatible router and put it in bridge mode allowing you to connect any of the wired network devices in your entertainment center to your wifi network. ‘Course, MS really ought to just spend the $4 to add wifi as a default option to every 360. Hell, if they hadn’t decided to use a proprietary standard for their wireless controllers they’ be able to use a really cheap integrated bluetooth/wifi solution…

Yeah, but both of those solutions require a giant external dongle with its own power connector. The MS wifi adapter is Xbox-powered, tiny, and mates with the Xbox itself so it looks seamless.

That’s worth at least $40 to me right there. I don’t want another goddamn plastic box with a power cord in the house if I can avoid it.

Thanks for all the replies. I’m going to get a short cable (alas, the shortest I can find seems to be 6 ft long at monoprice.com --I’d like something shorter) and let you all know how it works out.

But then you won’t get wireless music streaming from iTunes, which is very wife-friendly.

Wife-Fi, as it were?