NAT Settings

Published on: Oct 4, 2014 @ 2:19

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Q: What does NAT mean?

NAT is your Network Address Translation. If you’re interested in knowing more, there are numerous sites that provide additional information. What matters for your Destiny experience is that your NAT Type is set correctly. If it isn’t set correctly we have guides to solve your problem.

Q: What are the differences between NAT types?

  • Open or Type 1 NAT – Nothing is getting between you and your connection to Destiny. You get the best experience using voice chat, joining games, and matchmaking with players.
  • Moderate or Type 2 NAT – With this NAT type, we have a harder time giving you the best possible experience. You may experience longer matchmaking times, issues with voice chat, or other problems.
  • Strict or Type 3 NAT – Strict or Type 3 NATs often indicate your console network settings are restrictive. With Strict/Type 3 NAT types, we have a harder time giving you the best possible experience, including voice chat with all players in your Fireteam. A Strict NAT or Type 3 NAT is not recommended and may cause noticeable problems.

Q: How can I change my NAT type?

In addition to changing your console’s network settings, in order to get an Open or Type 1 NAT connection you will have to change your home network settings. Check out the guides on for information on changing your network’s NAT type.

In order to get an Open/Type 1 or Moderate/Type 2 NAT type, you may also have to set up a Static IP Address on your console. Here are more links on how to do that for different consoles:

Finally, if your home or institutional network is behind a firewall, Destiny requires the following ports to be open:

Destiny Port Range Direction
7500-17899 (TCP) Outbound
30000-40399 (TCP) Outbound
3074 (UDP) Inbound and Outbound
1200 (UDP) Inbound and Outbound (Xbox One only)
If you’re still having connection issues, such as Beaver, after opening the above-mentioned ports, our network engineers suggest to open the following ports:
Port Number           Direction 
1001 (UDP) Outbound (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3)
2001 (UDP) Outbound (PS4)

If you are playing on a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3 console, Sony has a support article on configuring your network to play on PlayStation Network.

If you are playing on an Xbox One or Xbox 360 console, Microsoft has a support article on configuring your network to play on Xbox Live.


Please note: Not all NAT Type problems can be solved. If you are on a University or corporate network, or if your ISP limits what type of traffic you can send/receive you may have a NAT problem that is out of your control.


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  • Justin Gill

    This article has just as much techo babble as the original posting on I was hoping for a translation here as I feel I am half of a techie, not full blown to understand this level of jib.

  • eson83

    This is the official info from Bungie. The funny thing is setting this up doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get any of the famous errors. I have setup everything according to this list and still cannot log in, as I get CATTLE error – just after ‘Press X to play’ screen.

    I guess that you guys at DestinyNews should prepare an article about all the abandoned players that cannot enjoy the game and are left out by the developers with only uninformative animal error codes !!!! Help us Guys !!!