HQ NETWORKXboxOne-Hq.Com | Xbox-Hq.Com | InstallerDeluxe.Com 1,846 HQ Network UsersHQ Network: 1,846 | Members OnlineGuests: 796 |Guests OnlineMembers: 6

Xbox Live - Router & Port Forwarding - Guide
Browse through our collection of tutorials or submit your own..
Printer Friendly Page

Xbox Live - Router & Port Forwarding - Guide

Xbox Live - Router & Port Forwarding - Guide
Published by ozzy on 2006-03-28
Category: Networking | Page Views: 189928

Routers & Port Forwarding
Have you ever noticed that sometimes you can't join certain games on Xbox LIVE??? Have you noticed that in some games there are people that you can't hear or talk to?? If this is the case you probably don't have a fully 100% xbox live compatible router or you don't have your ports setup for optimal online gaming. Here are some notes and instructions to hopefully assist you people in at least working towards fixing up your setup and which may alleviate these issues.

Network and Router Intro
First things first - I'm assuming your setup looks something like this:

Xbox -> Broadband Router -> (possibly a modem) -> Internet

Your broadband router may have a built-in ADSL modem or you may be using a separate external modem (ADSL or Cable). You may also have one or more network hubs and/or switches - these shouldn't affect things for this discussion.

If you are using a broadband router (with multiple wired and/or wireless ports) which does NAT for connection sharing (NB: This is typically the case with most if not all of these devices) and you have an external (separate) modem then I'm expecting that you are running your modem in Bridging (passthrough) mode and not Routing (NAT) mode - if this is not that case then you "may" want to try connecting your xbox directly to the modem instead.

Now this guide is going to be using some potentially confusing acronyms and terms (like NAT, UDP, TCP, Port, UPnP, IP, DMZ, etc) - in most cases you don't actually need to know what these mean or what they really represent - most of the time you just need to find and select an option with that name in the routers administrative interface. Which brings us to another point - most (if not all) home broadband routers have some form of administrative interface (where you can set things up and change settings) - it is usually accessed via a web based (via a web browser) interface. To make changes to the router configuration you will need to know:

- the web address for this admin interface (usually something like http://192.168.1.1/ or http://192.168.100.1/ or something like that - more on this elsewhere)
- the administrative account name (usually "admin" or something like that)
- the password

Use one of the Three Options below to configure your broadband router to make it more Xbox Live compatible.
All of the Options below require you to log into the routers administrative interface (using a web browser) and make changes to its configuration. Options 2 and 3 also require you to know the IP Address of your Xbox (instructions for doing this are given after the three options). The second option also requires you to work out how to setup port forwarding rules in the router. The following web site details instructions (with pictures) (for a huge number of Routers) on how to both log into the web interface (giving the usual default address and username) and how to configure a port forwarding rule for each router. In most cases the example given is to setup a port forward to the PCs IP Address - you want to set it up to forward to the Xboxes IP Address instead. If your exact router is not listed then perhaps try choosing a similar one and use the example. http://www.portforward.com/routers.htm

Three Basic Options for Setting up your Router
Option 1: UPnP - the first thing to check is to see if your broadband router supports a feature called UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) and turn it on. You may also be able to install a newer firmware in your router (which you can usually obtain from your router manufacturers web site) which has the UPnP feature. However UPnP just may not be available for your router in which case try Option 2.

Option 2: Port Forwarding - the second option you can try is to see if your router supports the setup of "port forwarding" rules and if so setup (three) port forwarding rules for the following three ports to the IP address of your Xbox:
UDP 88
UDP 3074
and
TCP 3074
(see http://www.portforward.com/routers.htm for more info on how to do this)

Option 3: DMZ Host - the last option you can try is to see if your router supports specifying a DMZ (Exposed) Host and if so configure it so that the IP address of your Xbox is setup as the DMZ Host.

Your Xboxes IP Address
To setup any port forwarding or DMZ rules you need to determine the IP Address of the device you are going to forward these ports to (your xbox).

Most people with a router will have it setup such that it is a DHCP server and all the devices you connect to your LAN will be DHCP clients - which will be automatically assigned an IP address (and other information) by the DHCP Server in your router.

Most routers have a nice status web page which show you the currently connected devices (DHCP Clients Table, Attached Devices, LAN Status, etc) and their MAC addresses and IP Addresses - however how do you determine which one of these devices is the Xbox?

The easiest way is to have only two devices active on your LAN (the PC you are using to administer the router with and the xbox). Have them both connected and turned on and then go to the routers connected devices web page and hopefully you should have only two devices listed in the table. One of them will be your PC and the other will be the Xbox. By a process of elimination if you determine your PC (Computers) IP Address the other one will be the Xbox.

An alternative is to manually assign an IP Address (and Gateway and DNS server address) to your Xbox (using the Xbox Dashboard network settings) - you must assign an address from the same pool as the routers DHCP Server assigns (basically one which has the same first three numbers in the IP address as your PC (and the web admin interface address) has - e.g. 192.168.???. NB: Don't choose an address which is already in use on your home network.

Your Computer's IP Address
Windows 98SE and ME users
- Click the Start button.
- Click Run button.
- In the text area type Winipcfg. (Your computer's IP address should be listed next to IP Address. If you have more than one NIC card select the IP address that starts with 192.168.)

Windows 2000 and XP
- Click the Start button.
- Click Run button.
- In the text area type cmd. (A black screen should pop up on the screen.)
- In the black screen type IPConfig. (Your computer's IP address should be listed next to IP Address. If you have more than one NIC card select the IP address that starts with 192.168.)


 Members Online (6) / Guests Online (796)
Members Browsing
JacquettaY, LeonieQza, ChastityCa, dw5304, MarshallRe, FernandoP4,

Legend
Administrator  Moderator  VIP Member  Registered User  Banned Users

Latest Xbox 360 News

Xbox 360 NewsDay One Patch Won't Fix Animations in Mass Effect: Andromeda
Mass Effect: Andromeda is shaping up to be one of the biggest releases this year, and if considered the history of the series, it can also be a strong Game of the Year contender. For those of you who ..

Free Xbox Live Games With Gold For March 2017..

Sniper Elite 4 OUT NOW on Xbox One, PlayStation..

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Xbox One Di..

Prey Digital Pre-order Details And Release Date..

Xbox 360 News | Submit News
 Site Statistics

  HQ Online Statistics
    Members: 6 | Guests: 796 | Xbox Live Tags: 4,357

JacquettaY
HQ Registered Member
LeonieQza
HQ Registered Member
ChastityCa
HQ Registered Member
dw5304
V.I.P. Lifetime
MarshallRe
HQ Registered Member
FernandoP4
HQ Registered Member
View Detailed Statistics
 Site Statistics

  HQ Online Statistics
    Members: 6 | Guests: 796 | Xbox Live Tags: 4,357

   Profile
Active Users: 225
   Forums
Active Users: 141
   Home
Active Users: 79
   Xbox Games
Active Users: 72
   Downloads
Active Users: 46
   News
Active Users: 42
   Xbox Media
Active Users: 40
   your account
Active Users: 40
   Xbox Achievements
Active Users: 30
   Xbox Homebrew
Active Users: 30
View Detailed Statistics
 HQ Arcade Toolbar

  HQ Arcade Toolbar
    FlashGames: 152 | Categories: 8 | Hi-Scores: 3,390

Xevious Hi-Score Flash Game ScreenshotXevious
by Unknown
Genre: Action Games
Comments: 0 | Hi-Scores: 26
Page Views: 8,957
Fruit Slot Machine Hi-Score Flash Game ScreenshotFruit Slot Machine
by Unknown
Genre: Gambling Games
Comments: 0 | Hi-Scores: 56
Page Views: 9,109
Super Flash Mario Bros Hi-Score Flash Game ScreenshotSuper Flash Mario Bros
by Unknown
Genre: Action Games
Comments: 0 | Hi-Scores: 8
Page Views: 22,527
YetiSports2: Orca Slap Hi-Score Flash Game ScreenshotYetiSports2: Orca Slap
by Chris Hilbert
Genre: Action Games
Comments: 0 | Hi-Scores: 0
Page Views: 7,576
Kelis Quick Cards Hi-Score Flash Game ScreenshotKelis Quick Cards
by mgeorg1
Genre: Gambling Games
Comments: 0 | Hi-Scores: 0
Page Views: 5,016
View All HQ Arcade Toolbar Games (152)
 HQ Arcade Toolbar

  HQ Arcade Toolbar
    FlashGames: 152 | Categories: 8 | Hi-Scores: 3,390

YetiSports Pingu Hi-Score Flash Game ScreenshotYetiSports Pingu
by Chris Hilgert
Genre: Action Games
Comments: 0 | Hi-Scores: 845
Page Views: 26,738
Super Flash Mario Bros Hi-Score Flash Game ScreenshotSuper Flash Mario Bros
by Unknown
Genre: Action Games
Comments: 0 | Hi-Scores: 8
Page Views: 22,527
Ms.Pacman Hi-Score Flash Game ScreenshotMs.Pacman
by Kent Patfield
Genre: Arcade Games
Comments: 0 | Hi-Scores: 0
Page Views: 15,334
1942 (WIP) Hi-Score Flash Game Screenshot1942 (WIP)
by Kent Patfield
Genre: Arcade Games
Comments: 0 | Hi-Scores: 192
Page Views: 12,871
YetiSports Bloody Pingu Hi-Score Flash Game ScreenshotYetiSports Bloody Pingu
by Chris Hilgert
Genre: Action Games
Comments: 0 | Hi-Scores: 88
Page Views: 11,241
View All HQ Arcade Toolbar Games (152)
 Xbox 360 Blogs

  Latest HQ Member Blogs


legendary
Comments: 0 | Views: 1,229
my game tags on xbox live
Comments: 6 | Views: 1,333
Fresh meat ..
Comments: 1 | Views: 1,605
360-HQ is BACK!
Comments: 5 | Views: 1,927
Xbox One Battlefield Gameplay in Full HD 1080p
Comments: 0 | Views: 1,909
See All Blogs(722) | Publish New Blog
 Xbox 360 Blogs

  Active HQ Member Blogs


360-HQ is BACK!
Comments: 5 | Views: 1,927
my game tags on xbox live
Comments: 6 | Views: 1,333
Fresh meat ..
Comments: 1 | Views: 1,605
MAC vs. PC
Comments: 2 | Views: 2,061
Skyrim Thoughts
Comments: 2 | Views: 1,752
See All Blogs(722) | Publish New Blog
 Xbox 360 Blogs

  Popular HQ Member Blogs


GTA-4 Park More Cars
Comments: 7 | Views: 8,458
Xbox 1 tut, let me know what you think guys
Comments: 9 | Views: 7,736
Success: Upgraded my 360 HDD
Comments: 5 | Views: 7,670
GTA4 CHEATING AND LOVING IT!
Comments: 5 | Views: 7,503
Project Devil Box complete!!
Comments: 5 | Views: 6,633
See All Blogs(722) | Publish New Blog