How to adjust nat settings on linksys router

I have my X1 wired to a linksys EA6500 router which is causing it to have strict NAT. This is affecting games like Destiny and causing me to be kicked out of parties. Is there anyway that I can change my router to open NAT for just my xbox.

First step will be to make sure that UPnP is enabled on your router. I would also make sure that it's running the latest firmware in case there are fixes for UPnP issues with the version you're currently running. If those steps don't work, please let me know what hardware version you're running and what firmware release, as I'd like to take a closer look.

If UPnP isn't working for some reason, the next step would be to either use port forwarding, or just put your console in the DMZ to obtain an Open NAT.

Edit: Ah, forgot one more thing that happens often. What model modem are you using that the EA6500 is connecting to? A common issue is a double NAT setup where you have a router (the EA6500) behind another router/gateway (like one that is supplied by your ISP). This setup will often lead to a non-Open NAT since the console is requesting port mappings from the EA6500 via UPnP, but the second router is blocking incoming traffic since it doesn't have any port mappings, causing a non-Open NAT.

I tried to help my brother (who basically knows nothing about computers or routers or networking (which is even less than I know about them) set up his router to be secure. I can’t be there, he’s 2000 miles away from me, so I am trying to help him over the phone.

He got the router installed and working, but it essentially offers no security. After installing it, I had him go to and do the Shields Up test, and it basically said a ton of his ports are wide open to the world.

somewhere in the instructions it mentioned NAT, which I know would offer much more security than the wide open door. . in fact, the reason he even got the router in the first place (I told him to) was because the software firewalls weren’t working at all (Shields Up said that while using Zonealarm the ports were wide open, and then later trying Outpost Firewall, they were wide open as well. .)

Does anyone have any suggestions about how to secure it or set up NAT on this router?

it’s a wired router, model # DW7000 from Linksys.

He has windows 98 on his PC (it’s an Athlon 550 or so). . ancient, and he’s gonna get a new PC soon, but in the meantime needs to be online and would like some security. .

Thanks for any help anyone can give. .

btw, there IS a security tab on the software interface that installs on the PC, but it seems to point more than anything to a Zonealarm Pro download and/or a PC – Cillin one (seems that Linksys has some contractual agreements to those two companies to provide a commercial for their software. . problem is. . he bought the router to act as a firewall, and if ZA’s free version doesn’t do jack to stop incoming garbage from the internet, it’s highly doubtful their pay version will either. . )

You just got that new amazing game, so it's time for an exciting match with your friend. You connect and start playing, but, all of a sudden, you start losing points because of annoying lag. Your NAT type might be one of the culprits, so we'll explain how to change it on your PC below.

Oct 05, 2021 · 5 min read

How to adjust nat settings on linksys router

What is NAT and what is its purpose?

Network address translation (NAT) is a method of remapping an IP address by modifying the information in a data packet's header. Network packets are the packages of information that make up your traffic when it travels across a routing device.

NAT operates in the router and allows it to translate the private addresses of the entire network to a single public IP address. It turns the router into a mediator between your private network and the internet.

A NAT router could be compared to an office switchboard. Each department has its own number extension that is not visible to outsiders (the private IP). Outgoing calls usually display the same public number (the public IP). Like a secretary, the NAT can direct callers to specific callers to different departments using their ports while ensuring that those connections are legitimate.

NAT is used for the following purposes:

  • To prevent IPv4 address exhaustion. NAT's original use was to save available IP addresses, as their number is limited. With the increasing number of online users, there are not enough IPs for each of them. ISPs use NAT gateways to attribute a single IP address to a whole network rather than a single device. For example, your network can have many connected devices (e.g., laptop, a few mobile phones, IoT devices). If each of them had a unique address, the situation would require way more IPs. But with NAT gateways, ISPs attribute a single IP instead of several to all the network;
  • To hide your private IP. NAT also hides your private IP addresses by displaying a public IP instead. As a result, IP packets seem to originate from a routing device;
  • To protect you. NAT also acts as a firewall and can decide which data can go into your local network.

NAT connectivity issues

Stricter NAT settings can slow down your internet speed. While it won't be a big issue for daily browsing, this drop could be much more visible while gaming. Because NAT performs like a firewall functions, it can slow down your speed by restricting the flow of certain packages.

Also, devices with NAT routers usually do not have end-to-end connectivity and cannot support certain internet protocols. So some packets might not reach their destinations, and that may result in internet connection problems.

What is a NAT type?

Unfortunately, there is no industry-wide standard classification for the different NAT types users often see on their devices. These usually describe how strict your NAT configuration is within the context of your device. NAT functions and technical specifications can vary depending on the device, so we recommend checking them before changing your settings.

Open / NAT type 1

Open NAT has no restrictions. All the devices can freely send and receive data, and it has no firewall. It also easily connects with other NAT types.

While open NAT guarantees a smooth online experience with minimal lag and buffering, it is not a very safe option. It doesn't provide firewall protection, so you are more vulnerable to hacking attacks when using it.

Moderate / NAT type 2

This NAT is more secure and leaves only a few ports open. It also employs a firewall to secure your network. While it is more secure, it may also slightly slow down your internet.

Strict / NAT type 3

This is the strictest and the most secure NAT type. It restricts the data entering the network and is also the safest of the three. Strict NAT protects you from various attacks and is enabled by default in most routers.

Its downside is that it slows down your internet, and you may experience more lag while gaming. This type can only connect to networks with open NAT, so you may experience connectivity problems more often.

How to adjust nat settings on linksys router

How to change your NAT type on PC

Here are a few methods to change your NAT type.

UPnP method

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) is a set of protocols that help devices in your network find each other. It also enables automatic port forwarding.

Before turning UPnP on, make sure to enable a static IP. The steps might differ depending on the router model, but they usually go like this:

  1. Open your router's control panel in your browser and log in;
  2. Go to the settings and set UPnP to on.

Just beware that using UPnP makes you much more vulnerable online. UPnP devices usually lack authentication mechanisms, making you more vulnerable to cyberattacks. It also experiences the so-called CallStranger loophole, allowing attackers to exploit it for DDoS, enumeration, and other attacks. To avoid these threats, make sure to implement the latest upgrades for the UPnP system.

I think I need to change the settings to open. I’ve never been on xbox live nor can I hook into it (we have satellite internet) so I don’t know if I even have an IP address I can use. I need to change it because Saints Row 2 is constantly freezing up when my friend and I play. I’m not too much of a techie, so Laymans terms as best as possible please. Thank you!

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    Well, NAT can be complicated to set up depending on your router. What I would do, is find the IP address of your 360, and make it the DMZ. That should fix your problems. I would hope.

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    It may not be your router. Check you firewall whitelist.

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    It’s not hooked into the computer. All we have set up is 2 xbox’s and a router to connect them. It’s worked for Halo 3 no problem but we can only play 5–10 minutes on Saints Row before one of the games disconnects or freezes

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    How is that a NAT problem and not a software problem?

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    @Daisygirl Wait, so you’re connecting two xboxes behind the router? In order to play between them?

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    @pdworkin I’m sorry, like I said I’m not too keen on all of the terms. I looked up on the net what our problem was and it said the NAT settings and a whole bunch of letters and numbers that could fix it. It’s like trying to read chinese to me :). If that’s not the problem I’ll look for a different solution.

    Ok, the set up we have is 1 xbox is in the basement and the other 1 is in the living room. We have 2 ethernet cables, each run from 1 xbox into a linksys router. We have had this set up since Halo 3 came out and it has worked fine for that game, but SR2 just is being a pain about it.

    As for the Xboxes, 1 is a year old with a game that is about 5 months old (no scratches, xbox well venilated) My xbox is about 3 months old and I just bought the game Saturday (well venilated, our basement is climate controlled so it’s not musty or at risk of too much humidity)

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    Interesting. Are you starting a multiplayer xbox live game or a local game for Saints Row?

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    @pdworkin, @Daisygirl: You don’t really need a software firewall. The router already acts as a firewall. The DMZ option, if your router supports it, is made for that type of scenario and is the least complicated way of resolving your NAT issue.

    Perform the first three steps and save the settings.

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    @andrew a local game. we both live in the same house, we’re not connecting to the internet in any way possible.

    I don’t know if this makes any difference or not, but as I was going through some of the options I found a spot to “name host” or something like that and so I put my name in and we didn’t have any problems last night.

    @rMacker83 If it messes up tonight I will check out that website, but with it working ok right now I don’t want to tempt it lol

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    NAT settings or DMZ, then, will have no effect on your game. NAT settings are only for communicating from devices on your local network to devices on the internet, and since you don’t need to talk to the internet at all, NAT won’t help you.

    One thing to check is if you can still play a local game if you unplug your router from your modem (so your router isn’t connected to the internet). If that’s the case, then it’s just buggy Saints Row.

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    @andrew yeah the router isn’t anywhere near the internet, since we have an alltel internet card xbox live won’t work on it period, so we disconnected it all about a year ago. Must be just Saints Row being buggy. Thanks for the info ya’ll, now that I know that all the acronyms associated with xbox live don’t apply to me, I guess were at the mercy of the game 🙂

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    Doubt it has anything to do with Saints Row.

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    You said you were behind a Linksys router and you know the password right? Okay so log in to your router ( and hit the ’‘Administration’’ tab and make sure the ’‘Upnp’’ option is checked. If it was previously unchecked restart your Xbox. That should resolve the detection of devices on a local network. Otherwise, it could be a number of things. Did that help?

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    @rMacker83 I’ll have to hook it up to the computer for that right? If that’s the case I’ll have to wait until my husband gets home and has time to link things up. He did all of the set up and the way things are done, it looks like a giant rats nest of wires that HE knows where and what they go to but nobody else does (hee hee) anyways, I will try that and report back what I find 🙂

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    How to adjust nat settings on linksys router

    NAT stands for “Network Address Translation.” It is the basically the capability of the router through which it can translate IP address from public to private one. That’s how IP address can hide from the public sector. NAT is a basic thing you have to be careful for. For instance if you are playing game and it get stuck due to error of network connection , then you have to look for your NAT type because NAT is unable to connect your device to the internet.

    You can change information of your IP address. NAT process can be different in different addressing cases and their impact on network traffic can be vary.

    NAT is also beneficial in case of request log. NAT can save the request log that is made by router of your device. Web can receive the request and router can receive the response. So thought NAT request can sent back to the right device.

    Moreover, Through NAT you can have connection with more than one players at the same time and also can filter out the game players for you.

    NAT’s Drive:

    • It provide security to the network. It hide the IP address from the outer world and keep it private.
    • It maintain and control the IP address. You can say IP address is the address of home of that devices so other devices on network can receive and send messages to that device. So when you are using your device in your area, send and receive data via internet then NAT security protocol is get active.
    • NAT also use as firewall. It make sure that your data remain in your LAN and router save the log of request made by device.

    Types of NAT:

    Usually there are three following types available for NAT.

    NAT Type 1: Open.

    In this type data can stream without any limit and apps on your device can work easily. Through this all devices can exchange messages over the internet without control of internet traffic by firewall. But with the NAT type 1 there is high chance that your local network can be hack easily. Furthermore, you can have connection with any of three types. Less time is require for searching games and less chance of getting interrupt.

    NAT Type 2: Moderate.

    When you have setting of moderate NAT it will permit ports to remain open. In this type searching games takes some time but less then type 3. You will find interruption more than type 1 but less then type 3. It will act as firewall as well.

    NAT Type 3: Strict.

    This is extreme type pf NAT. whatever the data is exchanging in a local network is strictly controlled and might you will find trouble to get connected with internet. Most routers have this type is default setting. This will be connected only with those customers who have Nate type 1. It take more time to searching the games as compare to other two types. And in this type you will find trouble with lags and interruption.

    Connection between different types of NAT shows in the following table:

    Connection with types Type 1 Type 2 Type 3
    Type 1: Open yes yes Yes
    Type 2: Mod yes yes
    Type 3: Strict yes

    How to Change type NAT:

    For this purpose you have to con with admin settings of your router. We are writing down common method to change the settings of NAT.

    Step 1: Select the command option to open command window, Go to admin panel to your router through the web. See the instructions of router by entering the address via URL bar browser.

    Step 2: See the list and find out default Gateway. Usually the default is Otherwise you can see on a label at the base of router.

    Step 3: After getting connected you have to put user ID and its password which might you can find n your router in label form.

    Step 4: Afterwards, look for settings in your router to make Universal plug (UPnP) enable from disable option. You can have this option in the media section.

    Step 5: when you have UPnP turned on, afterward there would be two options for NAT changing. You can do this via DMZ or you would put forward few ports to the console. I suggest you to do not go for first option because it can make your system vulnerable to security threats. By putting format the ports you can switch your NAT settings. When you are done with pots simply select OK.

    Step 6: when you are done with ports, save the settings and now close all the windows that are already open and restart the console. And you will get to know that NAT TYPE 2 is running now. You might need some additional ports to be forwarded for different games. T do this you have to seek online support for the game enquiry.

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    Every time you need to change active connection you have to reboot your router again. This is not a permanent solution. After rebooting the modem it will be reset. Type 1 will take less time rather than type 2 or type 3.

    In this article, we will share how you can configure your Linksys router using the OpenVPN protocol.

    As you must know that currently, Linksys does not support OpenVPN protocol so in order to set up OpenVPN on the Linksys router you will need to flash your Linksys router firmware to DD-WRT. This guide is divided into 3 sections each explains the process of configuring the OpenVPN protocol on the D-link router.

    Things to Consider:

    Before you begin, please make sure that:

    • You have a working internet connection
    • VPN Supported Router.
    • A Premium PureVPN account (If you haven’t bought yet click here to buy)
    • Login to the PureVPN member area

    How to adjust nat settings on linksys router

    • Once logged in go to Account & Billing section.

    How to adjust nat settings on linksys router

    • On Account and Billing section click on drop-down icon

    How to adjust nat settings on linksys router

    • Click on Show/Update VPN password

    How to adjust nat settings on linksys router

    • Note down your PureVPN username and click on Eye icon to make your password visible and use it in the manual configuration.

    How to adjust nat settings on linksys router

    To download the DD-WRT firmware files according to your Linksys router, please visit this link to download your router files for DD-WRT firmware.

    • Login to your Linksys router and click on Configuration
    • Click on Adminstration
    • Click on Firmware upgrade.
    • Click on Choose file and select the downloaded DD-WRT firmware file.
    • Click on Upload

    Congratulations! Firmware upgraded to DD-WRT.

    First, you need to download all OpenVPN files. Once downloaded, extract the files.

    1 Open your DDWRT Control Panel and select ‘Services’ then go to VPN tab and Enable ‘OpenVPN Client

    How to adjust nat settings on linksys router

    2 Insert the following info:

    • Enter your desired Country / Server address in the Server IP / Name box. Open *.ovpn file to get the server address. OR you can also get the complete server list here
    • In the Port, field enter 53 for UDP and 80 for TCP
    • Select TUN from the Tunnel device drop-down menu
    • hIn Encryption Cipher field, select encryption level AES-256 CBC
    • hFor Hash Algorithm, select SHA1
    • Enable the Advance option
    • For TLS Cipher select ‘None’
    • In the LZO Compression tab select ‘Adaptive’
    • Disable NAT and also disable Firewall protection
    • Leave the IP address and Subnet mask field unfilled
    • Disable the Tunnel UDPMSS-Fix option
    • For the TLS Auth key, go to downloaded OpenVPN files.
    • Open the file WDC.key in notepad, copy all its content and paste it in the TLS Auth Key field.
    • In addition configuration, Insert auth-user-pass /tmp/user.txt.
    • For CA cert, once again open the downloaded OpenVPN files
    • Now, save and apply the settings

    Note: For some Disabling NAT gives error MANAGEMENT: Client connected from [AF_INET] so Enable NAT then try again

    How to adjust nat settings on linksys router

    4 Now, click on the Security Tab at the top menu bar. Select the Firewall tab and go to SPI firewall and disable the option. Once again, click on ‘Save’ and ‘Apply settings’

    How to adjust nat settings on linksys router

    5 Now, click on the “Administration” tab and select the ‘Command’ tab. Enter the following script in the command box:

    touch /tmp/user.txt
    echo -e “purevpn usernamenpurevpn passwrord” > /tmp/user.txt

    OR use alternate script

    echo username >> /tmp/user.txt
    echo password >> /tmp/user.txt
    /usr/bin/killall openvpn
    /usr/sbin/openvpn –config /tmp/openvpncl/openvpn.conf –route-up /tmp/openvpncl/ –down-pre /tmp/openvpncl/ –daemon

    There are some changes that you need to make in the text box such as:
    Change PureVPN username with the actual username provided to you by PureVPN.
    Change the PureVPN password with the actual password provided to you by PureVPN.
    In the end, click on ‘Save Startup’

    How to adjust nat settings on linksys router

    6 Now, click on ‘Management Tab’ go to the bottom and click on ‘Save’, and then ‘Apply settings’. You need to reboot your router, once the router reboots, open the control panel and click on ‘Status’ and select ‘OpenVPN’. You can see your VPN status from this window.

    When you’re changing the SSID of your router or enabling WPA2 encryption for added security, you may have come across a setting known as bridge mode.

    Routers have a configuration setting known as bridge mode that is disabled by default. However, you have the option to enable bridge mode by accessing the router’s dashboard. That doesn’t mean you jump right in and enable the setting. Let’s understand bridge mode, its advantages, and how it might come in handy.

    What is Bridge Mode?

    Bridge mode is a networking feature that enables two routers to coexist without any issues. Once bridge mode is enabled on the router, the extended router essentially creates a mesh network.

    You can easily connect to the network from a distance. However, it no longer performs Network Access Translation (NAT) processes and allows the router to function smoothly without creating an IP Address conflict.

    Connecting a router to your ISP-provided modem/router can extend your Wi-Fi coverage. However, each router has its private IP address, and your devices can have a hard time communicating with each other. This situation is referred to as Double NAT .

    Let’s take an example. Say you want to print an image via your smartphone wirelessly. If you’re using a router as an extender, your smartphone may be connected to the extender while your printer is connected to the ISP-provided modem/router.

    In this situation, both networks are private, and your smartphone will be unable to communicate with your printer to print the image. Here’s where bridge mode comes into play and solves this problem by letting multiple routers share one Wi-Fi network.

    How to Set Up Bridge Mode

    Here’s how to set up bridge mode on a NETGEAR router:

    Before you begin with the bridging process, note down the WiFi settings of the primary router to which this router will connect. Have the SSID, WiFi security mode, wireless password, and operating frequency (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) written down with you.

    1. Open a web browser from the device that’s connected to the network of the router that will run in bridge mode
    2. Type and press Enter
    3. On the login screen, enter the router’s username and password
    4. Head over to Settings > Advanced Settings > Advanced Setup > Wireless Bridge
    5. Click the Enable Bridge Mode checkbox
    6. Click the Setup Bridge Mode Wireless Settings button
    7. Enter the settings of the other router (wireless frequency, SSID, WiFi security mode, and WiFi password)
    8. Click the Apply button

    Your settings are saved. The router will restart and enable bridge mode.

    For optimal online privacy and security, you must have WiFi security enabled on your network router. This ensures that any device connected to the WiFi network is backed by encryption which keeps your online activities private.

    Why Use Bridge Mode?

    Routers have what’s known as NAT. When connecting a router that has NAT to a modem with built-in NAT capabilities, you might encounter issues without enabling bridge mode. Additionally, bridge mode helps by:

    • Increasing your Wi-Fi coverage and allowing devices to communicate smoothly
    • Preventing IP address conflicts and connecting issues

    Advantages of Using Bridge Mode

    Bridge mode is highly beneficial if you want to extend the range of your WiFi. While its use isn’t limited to businesses, it is mainly used by large-scale offices and commercial spaces where a single router isn’t a viable option.

    When you’re close to the ISP-provided WiFi router, you will get a good reception. However, as you move farther away, you start to lose signals to a point where the device is no longer connected to the WiFi network. Bridge mode is an effective solution for this problem, as it “bridges” the connection to the further-away network and extends the range.

    By connecting multiple routers to a single ISP-provided modem/router, devices connected to the routers will not communicate with each other. Bridge mode allows you to connect numerous devices, extend the WiFi, provide faster speeds, and improve reliability.

    Disadvantages of Using Bridge Mode

    The primary disadvantage of using bridge mode is that it limits some of the features available on a router. Bridge mode may disable helpful features, such as parental controls, MAC address filtering, and a few other things.

    There’s a way to get around this, and it’s by bridging your primary ISP-provided modem/router instead of the connected router. However, it may not be possible as some ISP-supplied routers often lack this option. If that’s the case, then you should enable bridge mode on the secondary router and connect all your devices there instead.

    When Should You Use Bridge Mode?

    You should use bridge mode if:

    • You’re connecting a second router to your network
    • You’re creating a mesh Wi-Fi system for your network
    • You want to avoid NAT conflicts

    Bridge Mode in a Nutshell

    You don’t necessarily have to enable bridge mode in all instances. If your home or office WiFi works great with sound WiFi coverage and doesn’t annoy you with sluggish speeds when you move farther, then there’s no reason to use bridge mode.

    Bridge mode is most effective when you’re moving farther away from your router and need extended WiFi coverage. Also, it helps devices connected to the private network communicate with each other without any performance issues.

    How to adjust nat settings on linksys router

    When encountering connectivity issues on Xbox One, your Network Address Translation (NAT) type is the first place you should look. NAT determines how easily you connect to other players, potentially limiting who you can enjoy games with. While various solutions can alter your NAT type, enabling Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) is generally accepted as the first step.

    Xbox Live is down on May 22, 2020 for Xbox One consoles, which may cause NAT issues to be displayed. Check here for the latest updates.

    Why you need Open NAT on Xbox One

    How to adjust nat settings on linksys router

    When connected to Xbox Live and playing online games, you may have seen terms indicating the leniency of NAT types. This somewhat represents your compatibility with other players, with stricter NAT types often experiencing issues with multiplayer connectivity. A good way of showing how NAT influences connectivity is through a handy grid (below). This shows the compatibility between NAT types and why aiming for Open NAT makes for the best overall experience.

    Open Moderate Strict

    Users with Open NAT will usually see the best experience on Xbox Live. While getting your NAT open is ultimately the end goal for the best connectivity, this has proven to be difficult for many users. One of the common solutions is port forwarding, helping to route gaming traffic directly to your console.

    Understanding UPnP in gaming

    How to adjust nat settings on linksys router

    Ports are digital channels for your router, used for sorting incoming and outgoing internet traffic. UPnP essentially allows applications to forward ports automatically, avoiding the hassle of manual “port forwarding.” Although they often achieve the same end result, UPnP allows the console to request a port seamlessly, rather than requiring specific port numbers to be entered manually. And for many, it’s a simple flick of a switch.

    You should note that UPnP has seen heavy criticism in the past, due to a long list of security flaws associated with the technology. Malicious programs can leverage UPnP vulnerabilities, simply as a result of its open nature. So there might be some related security risk here. The technology is also far from standardized, meaning implementations can vary between routers, especially on older or less reputable models. It’s a case of slightly relaxing security for convenience, though generally, the risk isn’t high for home users.

    To maintain higher levels of security, port forwarding only creates specific port maps but requires a bit of manual work.

    How to enable UPnP for Xbox One

    How to adjust nat settings on linksys router

    If you want to enable UPnP on your router, the setup process is simple. Steps will vary between router models, though we’ve provided a general guideline of what to expect.

    (Note: Do not use a combination of UPnP, port forwarding, or DMZ when configuring your Xbox One’s connectivity. Make sure these are all disabled before moving forward.)

    Just follow these steps:

    1. Navigate to your router login page. (For more details on logging in to your router, search online for guides related to your specific model.)
    2. Log in to your router using the required credentials.
    3. Navigate to the UPnP menu on your router. (This action once again varies between models, so search for specifics on your router. If UPnP isn’t available, we recommend port forwarding.)
    4. Enable UPnP.
    5. Save your changes.
    6. Open the Settings app on your Xbox One.
    7. Select the Network tab.
    8. Select the Test NAT type tile. (You should now have Open NAT on your Xbox One.)

    If the above steps didn’t work for you, we recommend trying port forwarding with your Xbox One. For a step-by-step explainer, check our Xbox One port forwarding guide.

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    Hi guys,
    I’m trying to set my NAt settings to open on my router but haven’t got a clue, I’ve got to the option where I can ‘enable’ or ‘disable’ it, but that’s all.

    What else can/should I do?

    thanks in advance


    Distinguished Member
    • Sep 22, 2009
    • #2

    Enable it. If not, you will not be able to use more than one device at a time on the Internet (possibly none.)

    A lot of NAT terminology ("open", "strict," "moderate" etc.) is a Microsoft confection. (Uncle Bill’s company once again bringing us new terminology to confuse things that are already well understood. Grrrrr. )

    If you want to know about NAT, Wikipedia has a pretty good article.

    Standard Member
    • Sep 22, 2009
    • #3


    Distinguished Member
    • Sep 22, 2009
    • #4

    Try turning in uPNP on the router if you haven’t already.

    If that doesn’t work you’ll need to set up sone port forwarding (maybe port triggering) rules.

    I’m searching to see if I can find a definitive definition of what XBox NAT terminology really means. Looks to me like it’s more about firewall transition rules that actual NAT’ing proper (as menitoned, MS confusing things.)


    Distinguished Member
    • Sep 22, 2009
    • #5

    Found an MS definition of their NAT terminology. Sadly, it said almost nothing (technical) and didn’t offer much help.

    Suffice to say, "open" "moderate" and "strict" are XBOX definitions of how it assesses that your NAT/firewall is working. Thus you will not find a setting in your "router" that say "NAT type = open/moderate/strict" for you to click on an abracadabra it all starts working. SImilarly, I doubt Linksys support will offer much help either, on the basis that it "ain’t their problem."

    Enabling uPNP on your router looks like your best option. If that doesn’t work post back.