How to Change Your NAT Type on the Xbox 360

Written by stephen lilley
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Your Xbox 360 has a specific "network address translation" type associated with its network connection. This NAT type dictates what types of connections you can and cannot make with the console, and a "Strict" NAT type may prevent you from playing some or all games on Xbox Live. If you want to change your Xbox 360's NAT type you have to do so by enabling a specific setting on your wireless router.

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    Turn on your computer and open your Web browser. You do not change the NAT type on your Xbox 360 via the console itself, but through the settings on your computer's router.

  2. 2

    Type your router IP address into your browser. This IP address is different depending on the type of router you own. For example, Netgear routers use the IP address while Linksys routers use the IP address.

  3. 3

    Log into your router using your user name and password. This identification information was specified by you when the router was originally configured.

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    Select the "Administration" option in the page for your wireless router. From this window, select the "Enable UPnP" option. On Linksys routers this box is just labelled "UPnP."

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    Select "Save." This will change your Xbox 360's NAT type from "Strict" to "Open," allowing you to play all online games without issue.

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