This is the first installment of the ULTIMATE Ultimate guide series by jg101987. See bottom for more.
I noticed how many posts there are asking for help on fixing NAT type 3 to type 1 or 2. (NAT 3 can cause your PS3 to not connect well on the internet or to PSN) Here is the guide to fixing EVERY NAT ISSUE EVER (almost).
A NAT is identified by the PS3 as being one of 3 types.
NAT 1: PS3 is directly connected to the internet
NAT 2: PS3 is correctly connected through a router to the internet
NAT 3: PS3 is incorrectly connected through a router to the internet
The PS3 will function under a NAT 3, but users may be blocked in online games, certain features of the PSN will not work, etc.
NAT type 1 or 2 are the correct ones to have
Fixing your Nat is a simple process. It involves assining a static IP address to your PS3 the forwarding the porst that the PS3 uses to connect to the PSN through your router, and assigning them to the PS3's new static IP address.
First, to get a static IP adress on your PS3, you must know some of the information from your router. This requires a PC.
1) Make sure the PC is on and connected to the internet through your router.
2) Click the "start button"
3) Click "run"
4) Type: cmd
5) Click "OK"
6) Type (in the black window): ipconfig /all
7) You will see a long list of words and numbers.
Write down the following from the list:
Thats all you need from the PC for now. Double check your numbers and make sure they are correct.
8) Go into your PS3
9) Select Network Settings under the Settings Menu
10)Select Internet Connection Settings
11)Instead of choosing Easy, we will do things the complicated way Press right until you get to Address setting, and then choose custom.
12)Go right until you get to the page that says" Select the operation mode of the selected device. and choose manual settings.
13) Now continue until you get to the page with all of the numbers on it (presets are all zeros)
Enter the information as follows
Enter your Primary DNS as the 1st DNS number you got earlier from your PC
Enter your Secondary DNS as the 2nd DNS Number you got from your PC
Enter your Default Gateway (linksys default was 192.168.1.1)
Enter your Subnet Mask (linksys default was 255.255.255.0)
To make it easy, use 192.168.1.23 as the IP address
14) Go to the right until you get to the screen that says "press X to save" do so, and press "test connection on the next screen.
There you go, your PS3 now has a static IP address.
But your PS3 will still test as NAT type 3. there is one more step.
On the same PC as earlier, open your internet browser and type the default gateway ( 192.168.1.1 ) into the address bar (Where it says www.google.com below)
You will get a prompt asking you for a name and password
The default user name for a linksys router is "admin"
The default password is "admin"
When you log in, at the top navigation bar click "Applications and Gaming" this will bring you to the "port range foreward" screen.
It looks like this:
Make your screen look exactly like the one above, and you will have correctly forwarded all the ports to your PS3 necessary to get on the Network.
Questions? Reply below.
Message Edited by jg101987 on 08-23-2007 11:39 AM
Edit: Moved from PS General
Mod note: Updated thread title. This thread is unofficial, but a good place for people share theirNAT-type issues and to get advice from the community. Thanks all! U--J