How To Get an Open NAT on the Xbox One for Better Connections

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The Xbox One is just over a day old, and for the most part it’s a solid next-gen gaming console. One of its many facets that makes it a worthy addition to your gaming lineup is its robust Xbox Live network, which has been refined for years on the Xbox 360. Chatting with friends, or joining multiplayer and co-op matches efficiently is what made the 360 stand out during the last gen, so one would think that the same environment would be present on the Xbox One. For the most part it is, but just like the 360 it takes a little elbow grease with your network settings to get the best possible environment for chatting and gaming with friends.

If you go to your One’s Network Settings and see that your NAT type is “Strict,” then there’s a good chance you’ll have issues joining party chats, and possibly games that feature a multiplayer component. The goal is to get a NAT type of “Open”, which will allow for much smoother connections in your XBL environment. To achieve an open NAT type you will need to know your way around the Xbox One, and your home router. Below you’ll find detailed steps to take to ensure that your Xbox One NAT type always remains open so you never have to worry about not being able to join a chat, or a multiplayer match again. Happy networking!

How to Enable an Open NAT Type on the Xbox One

Xbox One Settings:

  1. On the Xbox One go to Settings -> Network Settings
  2. Verify your NAT type in the “Current Network Status” section – If it’s open there’s no need to change anything, if it’s closed then you’ll have to manually change some settings
  3. If the NAT type is closed you need to select Advanced Settings from the options under Network Settings
  4. In Advanced Settings select IP Settings, and then choose Manual
  5. In this menu you’ll need to enter in a static IP address, a subnet mask, and a gateway address. Most home networks will be on an IP range of 192.168.0.x or 192.168.1.x, so you will need to choose an address that no other device on your network is using.
  6. To find out your network’s IP addresses you can go to a PC and open the command line and run ipconfig /all – this will return the IP address of the PC (can’t use same for Xbox One, but will let you know your IP range), subnet mask, gateway address, and DNS addresses used on your network
  7. The subnet mask and gateway address you find will be used for the Xbox One, but you’ll need to pick a different IP address. Try picking one that ends in .100 or higher since those addresses rarely get used on home networks with only a few devices.
  8. With those three addresses in hand you can fill out the required fields for manually setting up an IP address on the Xbox One – enter them in with the controller and save the new settings
  9. Once you enter in the manual IP settings you’ll have to do the same for DNS, so choose “DNS Settings” on the same screen where you changed the IP settings in the previous step.
  10. Take the DNS information from step 6 and fill in the primary and secondary DNS server fields and save your settings
  11. You should now have an Xbox One with static IP settings, so you can turn it off in preparation for the next step

Router Settings:

  1. You’ll need to be able to access your home router’s admin interface for this piece of the puzzle. Search the Internet for your router’s model number to see how to connect to its admin pages if you’re unfamiliar with that process. Typically you can just browse to the gateway address you found in step 6 above in a standard web browser to pull up the admin interface. You will need a username and password though, so refer to your router’s documentation for that information.
  2. Once you access your router’s admin interface you should see an option for either “Advanced Settings”, or something along the lines of “Port Forwarding”. Basically, you need to get to your router’s port forwarding settings.
  3. In the port forwarding section you’ll see a configuration similar to the one belowScreen Shot 2013-11-23 at 10.42.27 AM
  4. This is the section where you have to enter the IP address that you assigned to your Xbox One in step 8 above, fill in the IP Address field with the Xbox One’s IP address on four separate lines in your Port Forwarding screen.
  5. Once that is in place you can fill in the specific ports (3074, 88, 80, and 53) to forward for each of the four lines you just added. Use the image below for reference and copy the port information and protocol information exactly as it appears to your setup. Screen Shot 2013-11-23 at 10.42.30 AM
  6. Once that is done click Apply or Save, and then close out of your router’s admin interface
  7. Turn on the Xbox One and verify that the changes took effect by viewing your Network Settings again. If everything was entered as planned you should now see a NAT type: Open status where you saw it set as Strict before.
  8. With the Open status you should no longer have issues chatting with certain friends, or joining multiplayer matches. If your friends are having similar issues please share this how-to with them so they can also have a better Xbox One networking experience!

This process isn’t nearly as complicated as it may look, so give it a try and get back to gaming and chatting with your friends on the Xbox One without any hiccups!

 

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