The PlayStation 4 is a great console with various exclusives, first-person shooters, and sporting events, but most of these games are much more enjoyable when played with friends.
In the latest generation of consoles, same-console gaming, also known as couch co-op, has become incredibly limited, but you can still play online with your mates from all over the world.
If you want to use NAT type 2 on your PS4, the first thing you'll need to do is set up a port forward. Logging into your router and making a port forwarding entry can be daunting, but don't worry; we'll guide you through it.
A port forward allows data to pass through your router and your home network. After all, you'll need someone to be able to link to your PS4 while you're playing.
It's also worth noting that you can also send your PS4 a static IP address when you established a port forward. When you give your PS4 a static IP address, it means that any time you turn it on, it will get the same IP address.
The PS4 can receive a different IP address from each power cycle if you don't use a static IP address, causing your port forwarding to fail. The static IP address stage is the more difficult of the two, but it is often worthwhile because it ensures that your port forward can function for a longer period of time.
The first step is to create a list of IP addresses. From the PlayStation menu, pick Settings and then Network. This displays the IP address of your PS4 as well as your Source Address address.
A four-number series divided by a dot is an IP address. The IP address of your PS4 is likely, to begin with, 192.168.0 or 192.168.1, followed by a number. Another set of widely used IP addresses starts with 10.0.0 and ends with a number.
To reach your router, log in with your username and password.
We must now create a link with your router. To find the IP address, open a browser and type it into the address bar. Any browser, like Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera, and Safari, is used.
After logging into your router, search for the port forwarding portion. Virtual Servers, Applications and Gaming, and simply Port Forwarding are all words used to describe the same thing.
A port forward is essentially a setting on your router instructing it to send data received on specific ports to a specific device.
When configuring a forward in your router, you can be asked whether you want to use TCP or UDP. If your router requires you to choose between the two, do so because it is the simplest option.
If you need to forward TCP and UDP ports separately, build a forward for TCP ports and another for UDP ports.
Port forwarding is a reasonably common term among online gamers because gamers have had their gaming made inaccessible due to NAT issues at one stage or another.
When it comes to networking for online multiplayer games, Network Address Translation (NAT) is important because it determines how incoming traffic is handled. NAT is relevant for online gamers because it decides who you can play with. If you complete all of these steps, your PlayStation 4 should have NAT type 2.