How to change your PS4 NAT type: Give your PS4 a NAT Type 2 connection

Looking to change your PS4 NAT type? You’ve come to the right place.

If you’re having issues with your PS4 or PS4 Pro’s connection to PSN, suffering frequent disconnections or high ping rates, changing your Network Address Translation (NAT) type could help. You’ll know if you need to change your NAT type if your PS4 has trouble connecting to PSN and, under your internet settings, you see your NAT type listed as Strict or Moderate.

There are three main NAT types to be aware of:

  • NAT Type 1 – Open
  • NAT Type 2 – Moderate
  • NAT Type 3 – Strict

You might think that an “Open”, or “Type 1” NAT is the ideal, but it’s really not advised to set your router to it. It may eliminate unwanted disconnections, but it’ll leave your network type completely vulnerable. The real NAT sweet spot is NAT Type 2, Moderate.

If you’re wondering how to move your PS4 NAT Type to NAT Type 2, our guide to changing your PS4 NAT type is here to help.

How to find out your PS4 NAT type

  1. This part is simple enough. On your PS4 system go to Settings | Network | View Connection Status.
  2. You should find your NAT type listed at the bottom of the page.ps4_connection

How to change your PS4 NAT type

Changing your PS4 NAT type isn’t as straightforward as simply navigating through your PS4 and altering a couple of settings. It requires you to hook up to your router and fiddle with some settings in its admin panel. Because of this, it’s a little different from router to router, but we’ve detailed the most common way to find it below.

  1. Access your router’s admin panel via your web browser by entering in the address specified in your router’s instructions into a browser URL bar. On most routers, the default is usually 192.168.1.1. If this doesn’t seem to be right, it’s generally printed on a label on the base of your router or in your router’s user manual.
  2. Once connected, you’ll need to enter a username and password at this stage. Again, this may be printed on a label on your router, or in the manual.
  3. Now you’re in your router, look for a setting that allows you to enable Universal Plug and Play (UPnP). You can generally find this under a section called “media”. If you don’t have a “media” section, have a look around as there will be a UPnP setting you can modify.
  4. After UPnP has been switched on, there are two ways to go about changing NAT type. You can assign it to your network’s Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), if you have this enabled, but we don’t recommend you do this – it will leave your system completely open to security threats. Instead, you should forward specific ports to the PS4 console.
  5. This varies from manufacturer and model of your router, but there’s a good guide to Port Forwarding here. Those running a BT Home Hub 5 should follow these steps. You may also need to assign a static IP address to the PS4 depending on your router, but you’ll find clear instructions on how to do that in the guide above, too.
  6. Which ports should you open and forward? Sony advises the following port numbers, which are used for connecting your PS4 console to the PlayStation Network’s services:
    TCP: 80, 443, 3478, 3479, 3480
    UDP: 3478, 3479
  7. After forwarding the ports and rebooting your console, follow our instructions for identifying your NAT Type on your PS4 and you should discover you’re now running a NAT Type 2 connection. There may also be extra ports that need to be forwarded for specific games; for those, you should refer to the online support pages for the game in question.

 

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