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Windows Virtual PC DNS Not Working Over Shared Networking NAT

Windows Virtual PC is pretty slick for having virtual machines on a Windows 7 computer. I use it for multiple Linux virtual environments including Backtrack and CentOS on a  regular basis. One issue you may run into is that your wireless network card will likely not work in Linux so you will be required to use shared networking (NAT) instead. Below is information on what you will need to do to get shared networking (NAT) operational in Backtrack Linux.

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Xbox 360 Behind pfSense Firewall: Your NAT Type Is Strict

We recently put a Xbox 360 online at the computer shop and I finally got around to configuring everything so we could get on Xbox Live. Our network uses a pfSense firewall along with some other security measures which create a fairly secure environment however it can take some configuration to get things working properly at times. The pfSense firewall is a really amazing open source firewall software developed by some folks here in Louisville. Anyhow depending on how your firewall is set up you may run into a couple issues, which aren’t really issues, connecting to Xbox Live. Below is information on how to get past your Xbox 360 reporting that the NAT type is Strict when your Xbox 360 is located behind a pfSense firewall.

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Xbox 360: Your NAT Type Is Moderate, Configure Port Forwarding On Your Router

If you have an Xbox 360 connected to the Internet (Xbox Live) on your LAN (Local Area Network) then you have at one point or another probably seen an error message stating something similar to “Your NAT type is Moderate”. This message was more than likely discovered while troubleshooting your Xbox 360’s connection over your home network to Xbox Live. Some of the problems associated with the “Your NAT type is Moderate” include but are not limited to problems connecting to Xbox Live online games, issues joining Xbox 360 Party Chats via Xbox Live, other Xbox Live users having problems connecting to your Xbox 360 when you are hosting an online multiplayer game, and almost any other scenario where you are attempting to communicate with other Xbox Live users from the Xbox 360 connected to your Local Area Network.

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How To Configure A Static IP On A Xbox 360 Located On Your Local Network

There are many reasons that you may want to set a static IP on your Xbox 360 but the biggest reason would probably be the fact that you are having trouble playing online multiplayer games. I will be writing another article soon about how to resolve the issue of NAT showing as Moderate on your Xbox 360. This article is specifically related to assigning a static IP on your home network to your Xbox 360. Once you complete the below steps you will always know the address of your Xbox 360 on your local network which will make things such as port forwarding easier in the future. Follow the steps below to assign a static IP address to your Xbox 360.

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Firewall Settings for Playstation 3, PS3 Firewall Ports

If your PlayStation 3 is operating slow, losing connection, or just not working right most of the time the chances are that you need to change some settings on your Internet router or firewall. Routers use NAT(Network Address Translation) to allow multiple devices to function behind the router as if they all have the public address that your ISP(Internet Service Provider) has provided to you. The PS3 requires various ports to be open to communicate with other users online as well as other ports to be opened to the PlayStation 3 for other games to function properly. Below I list these ports required for the PS3 to operate, ports required for certain games to operate, and followed by a brief explanation of what you need to look for in terms of configuring your router or firewall.