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.
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Why you need Open NAT on Xbox One
Understanding UPnP in gaming
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
(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:
- Navigate to your router login page. (For more details on logging in to your router, search online for guides related to your specific model.)
- Log in to your router using the required credentials.
- 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.)
- Enable UPnP.
- Save your changes.
- Open the Settings app on your Xbox One.
- Select the Network tab.
- 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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