PSA: Problems connecting to the switch?  We Wouldn't Recommend Nintendo's Network Patch

PSA: Problems connecting to the switch? We Wouldn’t Recommend Nintendo’s Network Patch

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It seems like a lot of people have been having connection issues with Splatoon 3 since its launch last week, which has caused a lot of people to search the internet for any kind of tips or tricks to help them maintain a better internet connection. . And that brought to light a support page on Nintendo’s official website that’s been around for a while, but is coming under increasing scrutiny as players try to figure it out on their own. their problems connecting to Splatoon 3.

In the guide linked above, Nintendo explains how to forward network ports to a Nintendo Switch. Already confused? Don’t worry, we’ll explain (because we absolutely certainly knew all this before writing this article).

Usually routers only have a small number of specific ports open by default, allowing us to do things like send emails, access websites, play online games and all the others. things you might want a router to do, with specific ports used for different functions, all to keep things tidy and most importantly, secured.

There are in fact over 65,000 ports available for Internet use, many of which are governed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, which designates which numbers are reserved for which specific services.

Still with us? Typically you may need to open a few specific ones if you are having trouble playing an online game or accessing a specific service. Nintendo’s guide, however, mentions opening ports “1 to 65535”, which basically means you need to open Each UDP port on your router, which is basically unlocking your front door.

This would allow traffic from all ports to pass through your router to your Switch console, leaving it (and by extension, your home network) open to potential, current, and future vulnerabilities yet to be discovered.

@TarZangief spotted instructions on how to set up port forwarding from a PC, phone, or tablet, and shared them on Twitter after researching Splatoon 3 solutions:

On a PC or smart device
1) Go to your router settings.
2) Locate Port Forwarding Settings. Although the location will vary from router to router, it will usually be in an area labeled firewall, virtual server, security, or apps and games.
3) When asked for an app name, you can enter any word (Nintendo Switch, etc.)
4) In Port Range, enter the start port and end port to forward. For Nintendo Switch console, this is the port 1 to 65535.
5) Set the protocol to UDP.
6) Enter the IP address you assigned to the console.
7) Check Enable or Apply to enable this rule.
8) Save the changes to the router.

This isn’t a new tip from Nintendo, though. Ever since the Wii, readers of our forums have been discussing Nintendo’s instructions on how to transfer, and they’ve been pretty much the same since at least 2012.

Naturally, Nintendo also included a “get out of jail” “don’t blame us” disclaimer at the top of the guide:

Although Nintendo provides this information to our consumers, it is up to each consumer to determine their security needs for their own networks and decide how best to configure their network settings to meet those needs.

In our view, this approach to port forwarding is potentially dangerous and, at a minimum, a security issue and not something we would do ourselves. Nintendo is often criticized for its online services, and this is another example of why it has a reputation for being behind other platforms.

For example, Microsoft has instructions on how to do this for the Xbox One. However, the company only lists the ports that should be open for the console, rather than highlighting all that exist. For the PlayStation 5, Sony recommends opening a few ports when encountering PS5 error code NW-102417-5, and there are similar instructions for the Vita (RIP, Vita means life and all that). But all of these specify which ports you should try to open rather than all of them.

Shortly after the launch of Splatoon 3, Nintendo confirmed that they are working on a patch that will hopefully fix connectivity issues along with a few other issues:

Have you spotted these instructions yet? Having trouble logging in with Splatoon 3? Let us know below!


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