Change NAT on PS4: 2 steps to improve the Internet connection

 NAT ( Network Address Translation ) configuration is a subject that has caused many headaches. To play online on PlayStation 4, you need to make sure that you can connect well to games and use PSN without problems. Most likely, you have experienced crashes, slowdowns, and much-hated lagIf so, we help you improve the connection!

For starters, there are three types of NAT: Type 1 or open, Type 2 or moderate, and Type 3 or strict. The most convenient NAT is Type 2, the moderate one since it is a good balance between flexibility in connecting to the Internet and security. Type 3 has many disadvantages for your online experience. Type 1 can put you in a very vulnerable position on networks, but you will have a more direct connection to the Internet.

It is possible that entering the PS4 options, informs you that the NAT is already Type 2. However, if you still have problems, it is that you need to modify some details. If you are looking to improve the online experience, follow this small guide to know how to change the PS4 NAT in the most recommended way.

Change NAT PS4
Changing the NAT can be confusing, but it is necessary for a smooth online experience!

Step 1 – Assign a static IP to your PS4

It is essential to assign an IP to your PlayStation 4 that is static, that is, that it does not change randomly. To go through the whole process of improving connectivity and ensuring that it always works for you, you will need to use a fixed IP . In order to know the IP to use, it is best to enter the settings of your PS4.

Go to "Settings > System > System information". You will see a few sections like the name of the software, but the important thing is the IP AddressWrite this number on a piece of paper, on your mobile, anywhere!

Then go to "Settings > Network > Set up Internet connection". Choose the way to connect, either by WiFi or network cable. When asked how you want to set up the connection, choose Custom and then Manual .

Once that's done, modify the numbers as follows:

  • IP address: write the IP that you have previously noted.
  • Subnet mask: put
  • Gateway (name may change): This is the address of your routerIt is usually or, but you should check it in your router's manual or on the labels behind the router itself. Save it for later too!
  • Primary and Secondary DNS: you must find them in your service contract from the company that provides you with the Internet connection, by calling the company, in the same router or by searching on web pages. If not, many users recommend using Google's DNS, which is for the primary and for the secondary.

If it asks you about MTU settings later, select AutomaticThe last thing is the Proxy Server. It is usual to choose Do not use, but if you use Proxy, you will have to choose the Use option and configure it yourself. We do not cover this aspect in this article.

Once this is done, you will have a fixed IP address assigned to your PS4. It will always be the same even if you turn off the console and turn it on again. Thanks to this detail, it will be easier to change the NAT on PS4 and configure it better to have a more stable connection. Let's go to the next step!

Step 2 – Open the ports manually

If you're wondering what ports are, we'll get to that point! For the moment, what interests you is to return to the data of the IP address of your routerAs we said before, in general, it is usually or, but it can vary. When you have the address in hand, you must go to your PC, open a browser and enter the address as if it were a web page.

This will allow you to enter your router's settings. To do this, you will need the username and password, which were shared when contracting the service. If you changed the data, enter the new credentials. In case you don't remember, you can always call the supply company.

When you are inside the router options, first look for the UPnP section, inside the advanced settings, and make sure that it is activatedOnce UPnP has been verified and enabled, the next step will be to go to the NAT section, Port forwarding, or one that allows you to open and configure connection ports. There are different sections to take into account.

The IP address of the server

In this slot, you will need to write the IP address you designated for your PS4, not your routerIt is important that you go back to the IP noted first and enter it here. Otherwise, this whole process is useless.

Ports and protocol

Finally, there are a number of ports you'll need to open on your router to communicate directly with your PS4 and online services. In general, you will see several columns with titles such as External / Internal Port, that is, External and Internal Ports. It will also ask you to select the protocol. But what ports should be put in the columns?

In the following table, we show you which ports you should put and how it should look in your router configuration (it can vary, but the base is the same):

External PortInternal PortProtocolIP adress
8080TCPIP of your PS4
443443TCPIP of your PS4
52235223TCPIP of your PS4
34783478TCP and UDPIP of your PS4
34793479TCP and UDPIP of your PS4
34803480PDUIP of your PS4

With this done, all you have to do is save your settings, go back to your PS4 and try it out!

Important Note: For some games, you will need to open more specific ports just for them. The ones we have placed on the table are the generals of the PSN. If a game keeps giving you trouble, you may need to check which extra ports to open. There are different people and web pages that are responsible for informing you about the ports to open on your router, such as Port ForwardSeek and you will find it!

By following these steps, you may not get to NAT 2 or 1. Unfortunately, every PS4, router, and Internet provider is a different world. What works for many, others may have to try different configurations. Finally, we always recommend that you use a network cable to connect your PS4 directly to the Internet. With Wi-Fi, the connection is often leaky.

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