NAT Type Restrictions for consoles


  • Why is my NAT type set to strict / Type 3 on consoles?
  • Can I change the NAT Type?


  • Oregon State University
  • Student
  • Resident Network
  • Xbox Console
  • Playstation Console
  • Nintendo Console


Students in the dorms may notice that their Network Address Translation (NAT) type is set to strict on their console.  Network Address Translation or NAT is used by a firewall, router, or computer and sits between an internal network (like OSU's) and the rest of the world. The primary purpose of NAT is to take any amount of devices you have on your local network and allow them to use a single and unique IP address on the Internet. 

In years past, this only happened on wireless and the solution was to move to a Wired Etherent connection. The dorms were moved to private IP space this year so students will notice that using a Wired connection in the dorm room will not allow the them to have an open NAT type this year.

Note: With a NAT type set to strict, on Xbox you won’t be able to host any multiplayer lobbies, communicate with other online players, or have a video conference.

On Playstation, with a NAT type 3 you will be unable to host any mulitplayer lobbies or communicate via chat or video.


Method 1

There isn't anything we can do at this time to change the NAT type on consoles


For assistance, contact the Service Desk.


Article ID: 148287
Wed 9/21/22 11:33 AM
Mon 3/13/23 4:31 PM