Some of you may be having a difficult time joining chats or multiplayer matches on your Xbox One due to your network having a Strict or Moderate NAT Type. If you can configure your network to get an Open NAT Type you can greatly improve your online gaming experience. The best way to enable an Open NAT Type on the Xbox One is to assign a permanent IP address to your console and then to forward some ports in your router.
It is important to permanently assign an IP address to your Xbox One. Otherwise, when you reboot your console you may get a different internal IP address and that could cause your port forwards to stop working. You can accomplish this by either:
After you have permanently assigned the IP address, you can forward the correct ports in your router to your Xbox One. This guide should help you take care of this common networking problem and get you back to enjoying your game.
Look for a way to permanently assign an IP address in your router. This process will differ from router to router. If you have a router that does not allow you to manually assign IP addresses, you will need to set up a static IP address within your Xbox One console.
If you find this feature in your router, simply assign a permanent IP address to your Xbox One (in your router) and no changes are required in your Xbox One console. Your router will take care of always assigning your Xbox One the same IP address which will function the same as a static IP. Follow these steps to assign an IP address in your router:
1. You can choose to permanently assign your Xbox One to the IP address that it is currently using. To find this number:
2. Login to your router (through your computer) and permanently assign your Xbox One to that IP address. For help logging in to your router visit our login guides.
Here is an example of a router that allows you to manually assign IP addresses.
In this router, there is a box to type the IP address into and then a drop down menu for the MAC address. Use the numbers that you wrote down in step 1 of this guide. In this example, after typing in the addresses there is an "Add" button to click.
Some routers do not allow you to assign IP addresses within the DHCP range of the router (the range of addresses that your router automatically assigns to devices on your network.) With this type of router, you will need to choose an IP address to assign that is outside the DHCP range of the router. See steps 2 through 4 of the following guide for help with choosing an IP address that is outside your router's DHCP range.
3. After you have assigned your Xbox One to a specific IP address, test the connection from your Xbox One Dashboard to make sure it is working. To test the connection:
4. Once you have permenantly assigned an IP address to your Xbox One (in your router), and you have tested your connection (through the Xbox One Dashboard), you can proceed to forwarding ports in your router.
If you have a router that does not allow you to manually assign internal IP addresses, follow these instructions to set up a static IP address in your Xbox One console:
1. Find out what IP address, subnet mask, gateway, and DNS settings your Xbox One console is currently using. To find this info:
2. Next, login to your router (through your computer) and note the DHCP range your router uses. The DHCP range is the group of numbers that your router uses to assign internal IP addresses to devices on your network. For help logging in to your router visit our login guides.
Here is a screenshot of a linksys router. The DHCP range is circled in red.
3. You will need to pick a number between 2 and 254 that is outside of your router's DHCP range to assign to your Xbox One.
In the example above, this Linksys router uses the range 100-149 to assign IP addresses to devices on the internal network. I chose to assign my Xbox to 201. The IP address that I am going to assign to my Xbox is 192.168.1.201. (Be sure to use the first three numbers that are in your router's IP address, also known as gateway.) Here are a few more examples for you:
4. To find out if this number is available ping the address using the command prompt.
To open the command prompt:
To check whether or not the IP address is available for you to assign:
If you ping an address and do not receive a reply, then the IP address is available for you to assign. (See example above.) If you do receive a reply then that IP address is in use and you will have to try a different one. Below is an example showing an address that is already in use.
5. Next, go to your Xbox One console to set the internal IP address to the number you have chosen.
6. Test the network connection for your Xbox One.
In the Xbox One Dashboard:
7. After you have assigned an IP address, Subnet Mask, Gateway, and DNS addresses to your Xbox One and checked to see that the connection is successful (through your Xbox One console), you can forward the correct ports to your Xbox One (in your router).
Forwarding ports in your router points all traffic coming in on certain ports to a specific internal IP address. This is also called opening ports. You will want to point traffic coming in on the following ports to the IP address of your Xbox One:
For help with port forwarding you can visit our router guides.
After you have assigned a permanent IP address to your Xbox One console and forwarded the correct ports in your router, you can test your network connection. To test the connection from the Xbox One Dashboard:
Your network connection should now have an Open NAT Type. If you are still having difficulty getting an Open NAT Type check to see that your network is set up properly. You may have more than one router on your network. To determine if there is more than one router on your network you can run our free Router Detector software. It is important to only have one router on your network otherwise it is difficult to configure your network without running into problems.