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How to Set Up Port Forwarding on Your Xbox One

By: Hannah Fillmore-Patrick

If your Xbox One frequently lags, drops you from games, or blocks you from lobbies, then your router’s Network Address Translation (NAT) might be affecting your gameplay.

NAT is a default router option that hides your IP address from the people you interact with online. While NAT makes your private network more secure, it can affect online gaming by slowing down gameplay or preventing you from connecting to other players.

Luckily, it’s easy to open your NAT protocols for better Xbox gaming when you use port forwarding. With port forwarding, you can:
Stop getting dropped from games
Prevent lagging
Voice chat with all players (in higher sound quality)
Take part in multiplayer games
Host your own multiplayer games
To set up port forwarding, you need to determine your NAT type, get a static IP address for your Xbox, determine your game’s port number and type, and–finally–change your router’s NAT type.

Determination of Your NAT Type

Xbox has three NAT types: open, moderate, and strict. Each type provides a different level of network security and affects gaming in a different way.
  • An open NAT doesn’t provide any anonymity or additional network security. With an open NAT, you’ll be able to chat with other players and you’ll be able to join and host multiplayer games with players who have any NAT type on their network.
  • A moderate NAT provides some anonymity and network security. It lets you chat and play multiplayer games with some players, but not others (depending on the type of NAT on the player’s network). With moderate NAT, you typically won’t host games.
  • A strict NAT provides maximum anonymity and network security. It limits connectivity with other players, particularly those who also have a strict or moderate NAT on their network. With strict NAT, you’ll only be able to chat and play with players who have an open NAT.
To discover which NAT type, you’re using on your Xbox One, follow these steps:

  1. From “Home,” scroll left to open the guide.
  2. Select “Settings” > “All Settings.”
  3. Select “Network.” The “NAT Type” field is in the center column, under “Current Network Status.”

Set a Static IP Address for Your Xbox One

Before you change your router’s NAT type, set a static IP address for your Xbox One:

1. Navigate to “Settings” > “All Settings” > “Network” > “Advanced Settings.”

2. Open “DNS Settings” and note your “Primary DNS” and “Secondary DNS.”

3. Open “IP Settings” and note your current IP address and your subnet mask.

4. Under “IP Settings,” choose “Manual.” Then, enter an IP address that’s compatible with your router. Any unused address that’s outside the DHCP range of your current address will do (including your current one).
To discover which IP addresses are compatible with your router, use your PC.

5. In the subnet mask field, enter the subnet mask from earlier. It’ll usually be 255.255.255.0. In the default gateway field, enter your router’s default IP address. Press enter.

6 Return to “Advanced Settings.” Open “DNS Settings” and enter the primary and secondary address from earlier. Press enter.

How Do You Change Port Number and Type?

To change your NAT type to “open,” you need to input the port number and type of your game into your router setup page. To find your game’s port number, navigate to network settings and look for “Inbound port.” Here are the inbound ports and types for some of the most popular Xbox One games:
Fortnite
TCP: 3074
UDP: 88, 500, 3074, 3544, 4500
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
TCP: 3074
UDP: 88, 500, 3074-3075, 3544, 4500
Fallout 76
TCP: 3074
UDP: 88, 500, 3074, 3544, 4500
Battlefield V
TCP: 3074
UDP: 88, 500, 3074, 3544, 4500

Xbox One: Change your NAT Type

To change your NAT type to “open” with port forwarding, open your PC and navigate to your router’s setup page.

1. Access the setup page by entering your router’s IP address into your browser’s address bar. Most routers have the default LAN IP address
192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1. See a full list of default IP addresses here.

2. Login to access the setup page. The default password is usually “admin,” but here’s a full list of default router passwords.

3. On your router’s setup page, navigate to “port forwarding.” Every router manufacturer arranges the setup page in a slightly different way.
Here’s how to find the port-forwarding panel on a Linksys router, for example.

4. When you make it to the panel, a list of ports should pop up. Enable a new port and give it a name in the “Description” box.

5. Enter the inbound port number of your game and the type of port.

6. See “Determine your port number and type” above.

7. Under “Private port” enter the same number you entered under “Inbound port” i.e. the one indicated in your game’s network settings.

8. Save your settings.

9. Unplug your console for 30 seconds. Then, reboot it.

10. To check your new NAT, open “Current Network Status” on your Xbox One.

For information specific to your router, we suggest visiting your router manufacturer’s website.

Port Triggering for Numerous Consoles on One Network

To change your console’s NAT type to “open,” you can use either port forwarding or port triggering. If you have multiple gaming consoles on the same server, you’ll want to set up port triggering instead of port forwarding. You can set up port triggering on your router’s setup page by navigating to “port triggering” instead of “port forwarding” from the main menu.

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