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How to Port Forward Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 is a Shooter, First-Person, Tactical, and Action game published by Electronic Arts released in 2011.

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Battlefield 3 includes the following styles of play.

  • Shooter games are fast paced action games that are based on testing the players reaction time. They usually involve the player holding a weapon in front of them and attempting to shoot other players or characters. Some shooters are short lived arcade style, but most have both a single player mission series and some have a large multiplayer following. Common shooters include Call of Duty and Battlefield.
  • First person games are played from the perspective of the player. They typically have a gun or other weapon held out in front, but this is not always the case. Many first person games are sometimes called "shooters" because the primary goal of the game is to shoot other players or creatures, but this is not always the case.
  • Tactical games are a subgenre of strategy games that focus more on operational warfare, military style tactics, and troop placement. They focus more on logistics and production than on combat, and can at times feature complex battlefield tactics.
  • Action games are fast paced and tend to put the player in the middle of the action, requiring you to jump over obstacles, climb ladders, and shoot things.

How to Port Forward Battlefield 3

When you are playing Battlefield 3 you might need to forward some ports in your router. Forwarding ports is a useful trick in gaming because it can really help to make your network connection most stable and sometimes even faster. Routers were not designed to allow incoming network requests and some games can play tremendously better if an incoming connection is forwarded through the router to the game.

Before You Forward a Port

Before you can forward a port you need to know the following things:

  • The IP address of your network router.
  • The IP address of the device that the game will play on: either your computer or your console.
  • A list of TCP and UDP ports to forward.

How to locate your router's IP Address

The easiest way to find your router's IP address is to run our free Router Detector utility. It's a part of the Network Utilities suite of tools and it's completely free to use.

How To Forward Ports

A smart way to forward your ports is to use Network Utilities. Since Network Utilities allows you to both forward and un-forward ports easily you can keep your network security maximized, and then forward ports only when you need them. Alternatively you can do it by hand.

The general process for forwarding a port is:

  • Open a web browser and navigate to your router's IP address.
  • Find your routers port forwarding section.
  • Put the IP address of your computer or gaming console in the correct box in your router.
  • Put the TCP and UDP ports for your game in the matching boxes in your router.
  • Frequently you have to reboot your router for the changes to take effect.

Ports Required for Battlefield 3

The required ports that need to be forwarded for Battlefield 3 are as follows:

Battlefield 3 - PC

  • TCP: 9988,17502,20000-20100,22990,42127
  • UDP: 3659,14000-14016,22990-23006,25200-25300

Battlefield 3 - Playstation 3

  • TCP: 3478-3480,5223,8080,9988,10000-10100,17502,42127
  • UDP: 3074,3478-3479,3658-3659,14000-14016

Battlefield 3 - Xbox 360

  • TCP: 3074
  • UDP: 88,3074

Battlefield 3 - Steam

  • TCP: 9988,17502,20000-20100,22990,27015-27030,27036-27037,42127
  • UDP: 3659,4380,14000-14016,22990-23006,25200-25300,27000-27031,27036

If you want to follow guides that are custom tailored to your exact router and Battlefield 3 simply follow one of these links:

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Jason Bauer

Jason Bauer

Jason Bauer is an owner and programmer for PortForward. You can find more of his articles in the Games and Applications section of our site.