Are you having trouble playing your favorite games online because of a NAT error? Do you need to open ports on your Xbox One or Xbox Series X but don’t know how? Fear not, our guide will take you through all the steps necessary to get your console connected and game on! Opening ports for your Xbox can be a bit tricky, but with this guide it’s easy enough for anyone to do.
What Is Network Address Translation?Network Address Translation (NAT) is a method that takes a bunch of local private IP addresses and redirects them to a public one before transferring data. Most home internet companies use this tech on home routers. To elaborate, let’s say you’re connected to your home’s internet router, and you google anything you’re curious about. Your request should now be sent to your router, which will pass it along to the web, and that’s where NAT tech comes in. What it does is that it makes the router change the outgoing address from your private home IP address to a public address. This very concept applies to playing multiplayer games from your Xbox. NAT is responsible for transferring and receiving the gaming information from you and your fellow gamers. However, NAT is not always efficient. One crash with the data transfer or an unstable internet connection can ruin the whole game, and that’s where port forwarding comes in handy.
What Is Xbox Port Forwarding?You can think of ports like your desk organizers. Your desk organizers organize your papers and pens, and ports organize internet traffic. Ports are used to organize both incoming and outgoing internet traffic, which in turn helps make your internet connection smoother and your console more accessible on the internet. You can even set up port forwarding with separate games to ensure getting the best connectivity settings for each individual game.
How to Open Ports for Your Xbox
- Open Settings on your Xbox.
- Choose the network tab.
- Choose Advanced Settings and take a picture of your console’s IP address, or write it down—you’ll need it later on.
- Head over to your router’s login page. Instructions on how to access your router login page should be written on your router.
- Assign the IP address you previously saved to your Xbox console.
- Back to your console, open the settings tab again.
- Choose the network tab.
- Choose “test connection” to make sure your console is connected to the internet.
- Log into the port forwarding page for your router. The login method differs between router methods, so make sure to look up the instructions for your specific router model.
- Open the following ports and make sure to type the protocols correctly. UDP: 88, 500, 3544, 4500 TCP & UDP: 3074
- Back to your console again, head over to the settings, then the network tab.
- Select “Test NAT type” to make sure everything is working correctly.