Gaming via Cellular Connections

Gaming via Cellular Connections

Gaming over the cellular network (any cellular network, really) will not be like gaming on a hardwired connection. Most games can be played successfully, so long as you are not hosting over cellular.

In the world of gaming consoles, there are three NAT types that classify the connectivity they have to other players over the Internet:

  • Open NAT (Type 1 | A) – all is permitted – your gaming device can connect to anyone’s games and host games. Plus – other users will be able to find and connect to the games you are hosting. This is usually the case when your console is connected directly to the Internet with no router or firewall.
  • Moderate NAT (Type 2 | B) – your gaming console will be able to connect to other players, but some functions will be limited. When connecting to the Internet through a router that is configured properly, you’ll get this NAT type. 
  • Strict NAT or CG-NAT (Type 3 | C) – your gaming device has limited connectivity with other players. Other players on a moderate or strict NAT will not be able to join your hosted games. This is the case when the router doesn’t have any open ports.
Due to cellular providers using Carrier Grade NAT, hundreds or thousands of users share the same IP Address or IP Range resulting in STRICT NAT, with no non-technical work-around to reduce the NAT Level. This is beyond the scope of support offered by Travel Data, and our support teams are not able to troubleshoot these requests. 

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