Port forwarding is well known among the online gaming community because most gamers have experienced connectivity and lag issues at a certain point in time. By enabling port forwarding on your PS5, you instantly unlock the gaming potential you’ve long been waiting for!
Port forwarding on a PS5 is configured via the router. Since gamers have varying types of router brands, a few of the router settings may differ. However, the steps to configure port forwarding on a PlayStation 5 are mostly the same on most routers.
View Connection Status.
IP Addressof your PlayStation 5. Note this down as you’ll need it later on.
MAC addressof your PS5.
Log into your
routervia the browser and head over to the
IP addressto your PS5 console from the data you’ve noted down (Step 4 & Step 5).
both protocols, then add 1935, 3074, 3478-3480. If your router does not have the ‘both’ option, then add
UDPports separately: Protocol TCP: 1935,3478-3480 & Protocol UDP: 3074,3478-3479.
Port forwarding is connected to Network Address Translation (NAT). When port forwarding, you’re essentially redirecting a communication request from one IP address and port number combination to another IP address and port number.
If your router isn’t directed to forward ports to a specific device, the traffic will come to the router but once it sees what port it needs to travel to, it stops. Thus, port forwarding needs to be enabled on the router side.
Think about it this way: let’s say a letter comes to an apartment building. Without a specific apartment number, the mailman at the lobby might just drop the mail in a generic mailbox.
Port forwarding tells the mailman to direct the mail to a very specific apartment, just like your router is directing traffic to a device connected to the network.
When port forwarding is configured on a PlayStation 5, the online gaming servers of a game you’re playing connect to your PS5 console, which significantly improves your online gaming experience as you don’t experience disconnections or lag during the gameplay.
Port forwarding is configured on your router since most routers aren’t gaming-friendly. Routers don’t come packed with the settings that facilitate online gaming since they’re not solely made for that purpose. This leaves you with no other choice but to port forward for improved online gameplay.
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