Since launching in March 2020, Call of Duty: Warzone has become one of the most proficient free-to-play Battle Royal games of the modern day, boasting an active player base of 272,383 players and counting. With so many players around the globe, it’s not uncommon to encounter the painful NAT Type errors that make surviving the Gulag near impossible. Fortunately for you, Get On Stream has you covered if you’re having trouble connecting to COD online services.

Read on to discover the difference between your NAT Types, their importance and how to change your Call of Duty: Warzone NAT type for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, and PC.

Benefit Of Having An Open Nat Type

If you’re thinking of charging into Warzone’s Verdansk with anything short of an Open NAT Type (or PlayStation NAT Type 2) think again. Get On Stream recommends maintaining an Open NAT for the best overall experience online. 

When you have a restricted NAT type while gaming it makes it much harder to find lobbies. This means you may have to wait for a long time to find games and when you do find games they likely have a worse connection.

If your NAT Type is restricted you may also struggle to join friends’ games until it is set to Open. Let’s take a look at how you can open yours.

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How to Change Warzone NAT Type to Open on PlayStation

Changing your PS NAT type can be tricky; it’s not as simple as navigating through your PS4 and altering settings. Here are two fixes which should get you an open NAT Type.

Fix 1 – Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)

UPnP is a set of protocols that allow devices on the same network to discover and connect with each other. We want to make sure we have this enabled on our router. Follow the steps below to enable UPnP.

  1. You have to access your router’s admin panel via your web browser. To do this, find your router’s IP address, usually a series of numbers located on the base of your router (for example: 192.168.1.1.), and enter them into your web browser. 
  2. You may be required to enter a username and password. Check your router’s base or manual for this information and enter accordingly. 
  3. We’re looking for a setting called Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) which can generally be found under “media”. If you cannot find a “media” section, keep looking. The UPnP setting will be hiding somewhere. Once you’ve found the setting, enable UPnP. 
  4. Reboot your Playstation and load up Warzone. Your NAT Type may now be open.

If your NAT type is still not open you may have to use the second fix, port forwarding.

Fix 2 – Port Forwarding

Here’s where things can get complicated. In order to change your NAT type to Open, we need to forward several ports to your PS console that mirror COD: Warzone’s Port Numbers:

Playstation Port Forwarding Numbers

TCP: 1935, 3478-3480

UDP: 3074, 3478-3479

Your port requirements may vary depending on your router. We recommend researching Port Forwarding before attempting this. 

  1. Navigate to settings on your Playstation
  2. Go to settings –> Network –> View Connection Status
  3. Note the IP Address of your console (We need this later). Also, note your mac address as this may also be needed.
  4. Log into your routers web interface
  5. Manually assign a static IP address to your PS4 console.
  6. Navigate to the port forwarding rules for your router
  7. Add the TCP and UDP ports outlined above for Warzone
  8. After successfully forwarding the ports, reboot your PlayStation console and check your NAT Type, which should now read NAT Type 2 (Open). 

You should now have successfully opened your NAT Type on Warzone for Playstation.

How to Change Warzone NAT Type to Open on Xbox

Before trying anything, attempt these soft fixes:

  • Turn off Instant On & Energy Saver
  • Hard Restart your Xbox.

If these didn’t work, keep reading. 

Changing your Xbox NAT Type is about as tricky as the PlayStation method. Fortunately, Xbox One automatically recognises Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) so there’s no need to mess about with this setting via your router. 

Port Forwarding

We recommend researching Port Forwarding before attempting this fix. 

  1. Firstly, head to Settings on your Xbox and open Network Settings. You’ll want to select Advanced Settings as seen below, and then finally, IP Settings
  2. Record your IP address and MAC address
  3. You have to access your router’s admin panel via your web browser. To do this, find your router’s IP address, usually a series of numbers located on the base of your router (for example: 192.168.1.1.), and enter them into your web browser.
  4. You may be required to enter a username and password. Check your router’s base or manual for this information and enter accordingly. 
  5. Our goal here is to set the IP address for your Xbox as a Static IP, using the IP address and MAC address you grabbed from the Xbox settings. You may find the option to do this under Advanced Settings but every router’s admin panel is going to be different. 
  6. Lastly, we’ll need to adjust your router’s Port Forwarding settings to mirror COD: Warzone’s Port Numbers:

TCP: 3074

UDP: 88, 500, 3074-3075, 3544, 4500

After successfully forwarding the ports, reboot Your Xbox and check your NAT Type, which should now read NAT Type Open. 

How To Change NAT Type on PC

There are several methods to adjusting your NAT type on PC. 

UPnP 

Step 1: You have to access your router’s admin panel via your web browser. To do this, find your router’s IP address, usually a series of numbers located on the base of your router (for example: 192.168.1.1.), and enter them into your web browser. 

You may be required to enter a username and password. Check your router’s base or manual for this information and enter accordingly. 

Step 2: We’re looking for a setting called Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) which can generally be found under “media”. If you cannot find a “media” section, keep looking. The UPnP setting will be hiding somewhere. Once you’ve found the setting, enable UPnP. 

Step 3: Restart your computer and check your NAT settings in-game. 

Windows Network

Step 1: Click on the Start menu button. Navigate to your Settings

Step 2: Click Network and Internet. Then choose Wi-Fi

Step 3: Then click Change Advanced sharing options

Step 4: You’ll want to enable the Turn on Network Discovery option and check the Turn on automatic setup of network-connected devices box. 

Step 5: Restart your computer and check your NAT settings in-game.

Port Forwarding

  1. You have to access your router’s admin panel via your web browser. To do this, find your router’s IP address, usually a series of numbers located on the base of your router (for example: 192.168.1.1.), and enter them into your web browser. 
  2. You may be required to enter a username and password. Check your router’s base or manual for this information and enter accordingly. 
  3. In your routers admin settings find Port Forwarding
  4. You’ll need to adjust your router’s Port Forwarding settings to mirror COD: Warzone’s Port Numbers:

TCP: 3074, 27014-27050

UDP: 3074, 3478, 4379-4380, 27000-27031, 27036

Once complete, make sure to save the settings and reboot your computer. You should then see your NAT Type open in Warzone.

What are the different NAT Types? 

NAT stands for Network Address Translation. Your NAT is the bridge between your gaming device and the online world at large. Different gaming devices use different types of NAT. For example, PlayStation has NAT Types 1, 2 & 3 whereas Xbox uses NAT Types Open, Moderate & Strict. (We’ll get to PC later). 

Despite different names, NAT Types 1, 2 & 3 are the same as Open, Moderate and Strict. 

PlayStation NAT Types

NAT Type 1: Full Connection, Poor Security. Your console is connected directly to a modem or connected to a router but has been excluded from its security restrictions. In terms of connection, you shouldn’t encounter any issues but security breaches may arise. 

NAT Type 2: Full Connection – Moderate Security. This is the ideal NAT type for online gaming on PlayStation. You’re connected to your router and the router is permitted to bypass certain security restrictions in order to communicate with the PlayStation Network. 

NAT Type 3: Full Connection, Full Security. Your console is connected to the router, but is not permitted to bypass certain security restrictions in order to communicate with the PlayStation Network. 

Xbox NAT Types

Unlike PlayStation, Xbox is broader when determining its connection types. 

NAT Type Open: Your console is connected directly to a router and the router is permitted to bypass certain security restrictions in order to access Xbox Online services. There should be no limits on chat, video, downloads, hosting multiplayer lobbies etc. 

NAT Type Moderate: This NAT type is downright confusing. While you are technically connected to your router, and therefore, to Xbox Live Services, somewhere somehow there is a connection issue. Mostly, this has to do with your ports communicating between the router and your Xbox console. On this NAT Type, you will experience more significant lags due to higher pings and you will be unable to host. 

NAT Type Strict: Undoubtedly, the worst possible NAT type to have for online gaming. Having this connection type means that your router is not forwarding incoming connection requests to your Xbox. You’ll be unable to host multiplayer games, communicate with other online players or video-call others. 

PC NAT Types

Thankfully, PC Gaming uses the same NAT types as console gaming; specifically, the Microsoft system (Open, Moderate, and Strict). 

Wrapping Up

There you have it gamers. The ultimate How-to guide for adjusting your NAT type on Call of Duty: Warzone. With Season 6 already in full swing, and your NAT settings fixed up, we expect to see you dominating the Caldera battlefield in no time.

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