Experiencing connectivity issues during your PlayStation 5 gaming sessions, even when your modem seems to be working perfectly and there are no apparent network problems? The culprit might be your NAT settings. Let’s delve into how you can optimize it.
Understanding NAT Types
NAT, which stands for Network Address Translation, can be categorized into three distinct types. Each type affects your gaming experience differently:
- NAT 3: This is the least preferred option as it can lead to disconnections and other nuisances.
- NAT 2: A common setting that usually allows for a hassle-free gaming experience.
- NAT 1: The ideal setting, ensuring smooth gameplay without conflicts, even with apps that require specific port openings.
Checking Your Current NAT Type
To determine your current NAT type on the PlayStation 5:
- Turn on your console.
- From the main screen, press the triangle button to move the cursor to the top right corner.
- Click on the gear-shaped icon to access settings.
- Navigate to ‘Network’ and then ‘Connection Status’.
- Scroll down to ‘NAT Type’ to see whether it’s set to 1, 2, or 3.
Switching to NAT 1
To change to NAT 1:
- Go to ‘Network’ from the PlayStation 5 options screen.
- Select ‘Settings’ and then ‘Configure Internet Connection’.
- Press the Options button on the active connection and choose ‘Advanced Settings’.
- Click on ‘IP Address Settings’, which is usually set to automatic.
- Choose PPPoE and enter the Username and Password based on your internet provider.
Here are some login details for popular providers:
- Sky: Username: admin, Password: sky
- TIM: Username: aliceadsl, Password: aliceadsl
- Vodafone: Username: vodafoneadsl, Password: vodafoneadsl
- Windtre: Username: benvenuto, Password: ospite
After configuring, ensure everything works and that the NAT Type is now set to 1.
Using DMZ Mode
If your provider isn’t listed above, you can activate NAT 1 on your PlayStation 5 by first setting a static IP on the console and then enabling DMZ mode exclusively for that IP address. Remember, for security reasons, it’s best to avoid using this method if possible and ensure no other device connects using that specific IP.