Port Forwarding for Xbox One Gamers

Rejoice your gaming experience with Xbox One Port Forwarding capability.

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What is Port Forwarding?

Port forwarding is a widely used technique which allows devices from other networks the ability to access the devices that are on private networks.

Nearly all online gaming applications will require you to configure port forwarding on your router. To simplify this further, the Port Forwarding feature allows you to connect with or access any internet-connected device or service from any corner of the world.

Why Do You Need Port Forwarding?

Port forwarding is needed when a device that’s connected on the internet is requiring to establish a connection with a device that's unavailable due to certain firewalls or a NAT router. If a device is requesting a connection with another device that’s not a part of the connection, the router needs to know what to do how to entertain that particular request.

Essentially, the device will reject the request. However, if port forwarding is configured, the device will know who to send it to. Simply put, you need port forwarding if you want to communicate with devices on other networks.

Port forwarding has the ability to send data through a firewall which is why it’s preferred for gaming. Primarily, port forwarding is used for the following reasons:

  1. To remotely access a device from a device that’s connected to a different network.
  2. To play multiplayer games.

How Port Forwarding Works?

When you’re requesting or receiving information on the internet, packets of data are created which contain the details of your request and its intended destination.

Usually, the Wi-Fi router scans the IP address and the data packets before it forwards that request to another router or device that can comprehend that information. However, some devices are unable to communicate with the other due to varying configuration which is where Port Forwarding ensures that the communication flow between devices is clear.

With a VPN configured port forwarding, the data packets sent and received are secured with the highest grade encryption, making your online activities secure between devices and on the internet.

How to port forward Xbox One?

If you want to maximize your Xbox Live experience, you’ll need to forward ports. It’s suggested that you forward specific ports recommended by Microsoft.

These steps will guide you through the process of configuring port forwarding, though exact steps may vary between router models and manufacturers.

  1. Open Settings on your Xbox One.
  2. Select Network.
  3. Select Advanced.
  4. Write down the IP address of your console. You’ll need it later on in the port forwarding process.
  5. Write down the MAC address of your console. You may require this later on.
  6. Navigate to your router login page. For additional details on logging into your router, you can go through online guides.
  7. Log in to your router with its username and password.
  8. Manually assign an IP address to your Xbox One, using the previously fetched IP and MAC addresses.
  9. Open Settings on your Xbox One.
  10. Select the Network tab.
  11. Select the Test network connection tile.
  12. Follow the on-screen steps to ensure your Xbox One connects to your network.
  13. Navigate to the port forwarding tools on your router. This may vary from router to router so dig in if you’re unable to find it.
  14. Open the ports: UDP: 88, 500, 3544, 4500 and TCP & UDP: 3074
  15. Now head back to Settings.
  16. Select the Network tab.
  17. Select the Test NAT type tile.

Once the test NAT type is complete, you should have Open NAT on your Xbox One. Enjoy online gaming now!

List of Xbox one ports

A network port lets your Xbox One console communicate with the Xbox Live servers and other Xbox One consoles over the Internet.

To let your Xbox One console communicate with Xbox Live, you might have to open or forward ports, which means you'll be making a configuration change to your firewall or network hardware, such as a router.

Port forwarding for Xbox One is done on your router or other network hardware, not on the Xbox console itself.

These ports must be open for Xbox Live to work:

  • Port 88 (UDP)
  • Port 3074 (UDP and TCP)
  • Port 53 (UDP and TCP)
  • Port 80 (TCP)
  • Port 500 (UDP)
  • Port 3544 (UDP)
  • Port 4500 (UDP)

Xbox one UPnP settings

If you want to enable UPnP on your router, the setup process is simple. Steps will vary between router models, though we've provided a general guideline of what to expect.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to your router login page. For additional details on logging into your router, you can go through online guides.
  2. Log in to your router with its username and password.
  3. Head over to the UPnP menu on your router. This step will vary from router to router so before you begin, search if your router has this feature. If not, then we recommend port forwarding.)
  4. Enable UPnP.
  5. Save your changes.
  6. Open Settings on your Xbox One.
  7. Select the Network tab.
  8. Select the Test NAT type tile.

Once the test NAT type is complete, you should have Open NAT configured on your Xbox One. Enjoy online gaming now!

Using VPN to Open Xbox LIVE Ports

Some ports are unavailable in multiple regions due to various reasons which is why you need a VPN service to gain instant access to these ports. A VPN will bypass regional limitations and open Xbox Live ports so that you can rejoice an online gaming experience like never before.

Benefits of using PureVPN Port Forwarding

Here are some other benefits of using the PureVPN’s Port Forwarding Add-on:

  1. Opens or forwards any UDP/TCP ports from any device
  2. Ability to access your PC or laptop from anywhere
  3. Speed up your P2P downloads
  4. Use Port Forwarding to configure CGNAT (Carrier Grade Natting)
  5. Use Port Forwarding to open specific ports for online gaming