You’ve finally managed to buy an Xbox One, just in time for the weekend. You’ve already added all your friend’s gamertags, got all the games they play, and have the supplies to lock yourself away for a couple of days. After what feels like an age of waiting, you’re able to connect to a server, but your latency has skyrocketed and you keep getting kicked. Sounds like you need to explore your Xbox One’s port forwarding capabilities.
Port Forwarding is when you set up your router to redirect certain packages onto different locations. It has multiple home uses, like remotely accessing a home camera from work or directly linking with an online gaming server. Once set up, port forwarding ensures that incoming packets will only use the ports that have been assigned. This allows a direct link between your computer and a server, potentially stabilizing a few connections.
10 minutes of effort is all it takes to port forward your Xbox and prepare it for Halo Infinite. But first, let’s look into why port forwarding is paramount for those looking to optimize their gaming setup at home.
Your router is full of ports, each of them serving as a “toll booth” checking data packages before they get sent through the router and making sure they aren’t malicious in nature. If so, your router’s firewall will stop them in their place. By redirecting packages from, for example, an Xbox Live server directly into an open port on your router, you’re bypassing a lot of those “toll booths”, thus allowing a shorter connection and a significant boost in performance.
Setting up port forwarding on your Xbox One should be the first thing you do if the types of games you play are predominantly multiplayer. The benefits of port forwarding your Xbox One are obvious once you realize just how much they stabilize and streamline your online gaming experience. Such benefits include:
Sounds like everything a gamer needs to be able to succeed.
Before you start setting up your Xbox One ports, you’re going to need to know which ports to open. Opening ports for your Xbox One may sound like a daunting task, but it’s incredibly simple — you just need to know which numbers to look for. Here are the Xbox One ports to forward:
These are all numbers you’ll be entering into your router.
Figuring out how to port forward your Xbox One doesn’t require a software engineer, and the simplicity of the process proves that. Let’s get started.
It’s as easy as that. While juggling a few long numbers may feel daunting, it’s just a simple case of making sure you input the data correctly.
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