Xbox One is one of the most popular video game consoles currently on the market. One of the things that makes it great is the ability to connect with other players through the network. You can chat with friends, have multiplayer games and many other things. However, the ability to do this depends on the NAT type you have set up.
NAT is short for Network Address Translation. Depending on the type, your console can be either connected to other devices or not. Usually, your Xbox One will come with a Strict NAT type by default. Unfortunately, this means that you cannot chat with other users or join a multiplayer game. However, there is a way around this – you can change the type to Open. The Open option will provide you with the best playing experience. Not only will you be able to chat (voice chat, too), and join games, but you will also be able to match with other players – easily and quickly.
If you want the full experience, here is how you can get it.
First up, go to the Settings and open Network Settings. Then check your NAT type. If it is already Open, there is no need to change anything – you are all set up. But if it isn’t, do the following: while you are still in the Network Settings, go to the Advanced Settings option. Click on it to open new options. Here, choose the IP Settings and set it on Manual. This will allow you to change the address yourself, anytime you want.
Once you do this, you will need to type in a few things. Change the IP address, subnet mask and the gateway address. However, be wary that the address you put in needs to be used only by your device. If you don’t already know your IP, you can find it out by going to your computer and Googling it, or running the Command Prompt.
If you choose the second option (Command Prompt) type “ipconfig” (without the quotation marks) and press Enter. You can find the IP address there, subnet mask and gateway there. Now put those numbers into the Xbox One settings and press Save.
NOTE: the IP address must be different. It has to be unique, only for that Xbox One.
Afterwards, change the DNS, as well. Go to the DNS Settings and type in the information from the Command Prompt. When you finish this, save the changes and that’s it.
This was the first step in changing your NAT type. Now you have to do one remaining thing.
Go to your router settings and input your gateway address. If you don’t know how to access the router’s interface, you can easily find the information on the internet. The important information that you need for this step is the router model number. You need this in order to get the gateway address.
When you get to the router settings, go to Port Forwarding option. Here, type in the IP address you used for the console. Then, fill in these specific ports – 3074, 88, 80, 53 – into the Start Port and End Port fields, for each line. Save your changes and close it.
If you have done this correctly, your NAT type should now be Open.
Even though this might seem complicated – it isn’t. Just carefully follow the steps and everything will be fine.