Network Address Translation (or NAT) is the process by which you connect to a server on the internet (ex: a website).
- First, your computer sends a packet of information to your router.
- This packet is then sent from your router to a web-server (ex: cox.com)
- Cox's web-server then sends back your requested information back to your router.
- This data packet is then sent back to your computer.
Applications that use Open NAT allow for any machine on the internet to send traffic to your router, thus sending the traffic to your computer.
The Cox Elite Gamer (CEG) application uses Strict (or Closed) NAT, which won't allow internet traffic through to your computer unless it came from the same web-server address and port that you originally connected to. We use Strict NAT by design in order to ensure that only authorized game traffic passes through our game router network, and may at times have an impact on certain 'hosted' type games.
*For example, if 2 users are using CEG and one of them attempts to host a match, the other CEG user may not be able to join the same match depending on that individual game's rules.
Our recommendation is to have a non CEG user host the matches.