Network Address Translation is a router's ability to convert a private IP address into a Public IP address and vice-versa. In this conversion process, a security password is added to the network so that the private IP address becomes invisible to the world outside. One of the major issues that users face with Linksys router is losing internet connections while playing games.
Before we move ahead with the steps of port triggering or port forwarding, let us first get to know the NAT capability of a modem and learn how to check the IP configuration of a gaming console.
Mentioned below are the steps that you need to follow in order to determine the NAT capability of a modem.
Step 1: First of all, open the web-based setup page of your router. Launch your internet browser and then enter 192.168.1.1 in the location bar of the browser and then click on the search icon.
Step 2: After that, you will be asked to enter the login credentials. Don't enter anything in the username field and enter "admin" in the password section. After that, select Ok.
Step 3: Select the Status tab.
Step 4: Go down and search for the panel of configuration type and see if you have public or private addresses. In case you get a private address, then select the bridge mode on your modem.
Note: Public IP address is a unique IP address given by the internet service provider. If you set your modem to bridge mode, then the NAT capability gets disabled.
In case you want to acquire more details about how to set the Bridge Mode on your modem, then connect with your modem manufacturer. If DMZ mode is turned on your PC and your IP address is public, then that means your modem is on the Bridge mode already.
Mentioned below are the steps that you need to carry out in order to check the IP configuration of a gaming console if your console has a static IP address.
Step 1: Please make sure that the IP address of the gaming console is within the range of the network. To know the IP configuration, you need to get in touch with the manufacturer of the gaming console.
Step 2: Also, you need to ensure that you do port forwarding on the router to enable the connection to pass through.
Port forwarding can open a port of an incoming application when an outgoing connection is made by the server in the local network on the predetermined range of ports. To configure port forwarding, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Access the cloud account of your Linksys router through a web browser.
Step 2: Go to the Navigation pane given below the router settings and then click on security.
Step 3: Now, choose the apps and gaming tab on the security window. When you are done select the sub-tab of port forwarding and then choose the option of add a new single port forwarding button.
Step 4: After that, enter the information of the device that you wish to forward. Please ensure that you enter the internal ports, external ports, and application name. Also, enter the device IP and protocols to use. After that, select Save.
Step 5: Click on Apply and then select Ok.
Gaming consoles like Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 come across NAT related issues very frequently. You can easily fix this issue by taking a look at the router settings that can be a cause of NAT problems.
This problem can also arise because of the inbuilt firewall of the router. To resolve this problem, you will have to open ports. This can either be done by port triggering or port forwarding. When you are done opening the ports successfully, the NAT type will change to open or moderate and your gaming console will start working online. When we talk about the opening of ports, you will have to change the IP settings of the console to static for the completion of setup.