How to Change NAT Type on PC?

How to Change NAT Type on a PC?

There are times where you had to change NAT type on your PC but weren’t able to do it. Today, we will learn how to change the Network Address Translation type on your pc in the easiest way. Before we go ahead, let us first understand what is NAT and where is it used.

Methods to change NAT type on PC

Here are the simple methods to change NAT type on a PC device:

Method 1- Port Forward

It is the most common way to change your NAT type without going additional hassles. You just need to check the model of your router and the ports of the game that you want to play.

  • You need to go to the homepage of your router and find the Port Forwarding option from the list.
  • Enter the ports of the game in the first section and enter your IP address in the next column.
  • You will be asked to select the device where you want to point. After that, select UDP and TCP option.
  • You can now save the settings and reboot it for immediate results. 

Learn more about Port Forwarding.

Method 2- Use a VPN

Using a VPN is the best way to bypass the firewall of a NAT connection as there are no data restrictions on a VPN. IF you are using a VPN, All the data that is being transmitted through your computer is encrypted. It will help you protect your online identity from the physical network and you can access the network without any problem.

The biggest advantage of using a VPN is that it can restrict your internet service provider from monitoring your data and putting any restrictions on it, saving you from ISP throttling.

Method 3- Through Network Discovery

If you are a windows user, then you can turn on the Network discovery in your operating system.

Follow these steps to turn ON the network Discovery:

  1. Open the start menu
  2. Look for the settings
  3. Search for Network and Internet
  4. Look for “Sharing options” under network and settings
  5. Turn on the network discovery option and check the box for the connected devices too.

Now, you can save the settings and you will be able to turn on the network discovery of your windows device.

Learn how to change NAT type on Xbox One.

What is NAT?

Network Address Translation is a process that involves the mapping of an IP address to a different address by modifying the network address information. You need to change them in the network packets while they are transiting through a traffic routing device.

It looks like a simple process but you may encounter a lot of complex issues while changing NAT. It happens because there are some limitations of NAT by the manufacturers and you have to take care of them by yourself.

Types of NAT

You can set different types of setting for your NAT. However, these are the most preferred NAT settings for optimal online experience:

  1. Open NAT

As the name suggests, this is the open Type NAT that allows all the devices connected through the network to send and receive data. All the shared data is unrestricted and there are no firewall configurations in place.

While this will help you get a better experience, it does attract a lot of risks. Any hacker can easily get into your local area network as your ports are open.

  1. Moderate NAT

This is more secure than the open NAT and has only one or two-ports open for transmission of data. In this type of setting, NAT will act as the firewall and restrict the connections from interfering in your network. However. you may experience a little lag in your online gaming experience when on the moderate NAT setting.

  1. Strict NAT

This is the safest type of NAT and does not let any data to transmit through the local network. It can protect you from most types of attacks but you may face difficulty in joining other networks as most of the data is restricted in this network.

You may also face some lags in your gaming experience while being connected through a strict NAT.

Learn about NAT filtering.

There are many other methods to change NAT type on PC but these 4 methods are the easiest ways you can get the work done.

Ather Owais is a tech and cybersecurity enthusiast. He is a strong advocate for online privacy and security, following technological trends and their impact on today's digital era.

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