Strict NAT pfSense PS4 and Xbox - Easy Fix!

Out of popular demand, I give you a quick tutorial on how to fix the Strict NAT pfSense PS4 and Xbox issue and the NAT Type 3 problem on your PS4 or Xbox Gaming Consoles. I came across this question several times and people are recommending hilariously complicated solutions where you just really need to create an Outbound NAT rule within a few seconds.

Let's get right on it.

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🚀 This article has been updated in December 2021

Table of Contents

Step 1 - Creating an Outbound NAT Rule

Log in to your pfSense Web Interface and Navigate to Firewall / NAT.

Strict NAT pfSense PS4 and XBOX

Navigate to Outbound and change the Outbound NAT Mode to Hybrid outbound NAT Rule Generation and click on Save.

Strict NAT pfSense PS4 and XBOX

Don't forget to click on Apply Changes and click on Add to Add a new Rule next.

Strict NAT pfSense PS4 and XBOX

Step 2 - Modifying the Outbount Rule

Adjust the rule like in the example below. The Source IP is the IP of your Gaming Console. You can see that under Status / DHCP leases or ideally give your console a static IP Address. You can do that over your pfSense DHCP Server. Also make sure you select 32 as your subnet mask, which means that this rule ONLY applies to this one IP Address or your Gaming Console.

Make sure you tick Static Port. Give it a Description and hit Save.

Strict NAT pfSense PS4 and XBOX

Now hit Apply Changes again and you are good.

Strict NAT pfSense PS4 and XBOX

You should now have NAT Type 2 on your console and be able to use Voice Communication and play with your friends.

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Strict NAT Fix for PS4 and XBOX with pfSense
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6 thoughts on “Strict NAT pfSense PS4 and Xbox - Easy Fix!”

  1. Wow thanks to you, I have a solution to why Destiny 2 gave me 'strict NAT' all day, and yes you are right all the other solutions are super complicated - this is the only one that worked!

    Amazing, and well done, and thanks so much!

  2. Alright this was a lifesaver. Thank you for the great explanation and screenshots. Kind regards from me and my kid man. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for the info. I have 8 X1s and 8 PS4s on my network and this fixed the NAT Strict issue that we used to have.

    But the problem that we have now is that the PS4s cannot simultaneously connect to an online COD game. One will connect, and then none of the others can connect. Really weird problem - one that only affects COD onthe PS4


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