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When I play Pokken DX on my home university network, it takes a long time (>10 minutes) to be matched with another player, and I frequently experience error code 2618-0513 ("NAT Traversal Process has Failed").

However, if I try playing on a non-university network, such as my phone's personal hotspot or hotel wi-fi, I get matched up with players in seconds, and I never experience that error code. Additionally, I have no issues with the store or other online functionalities.

I have run the connection test, and it says that my NAT type is B, with up/down speeds greater than 3 mb/s. Switching between wired and wireless connections doesn't make a difference.

How do I improve my network connectivity on my university network?

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    I believe this can be generalized to home networks too. The term is Carrier Grade NAT (CGN). It's rolling out to personal connections. – Nelson Feb 18 '18 at 5:20
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You need a public IP address, not a private one.

The problem has to do with the specific NAT that your university might use. This answer is specific to my university, but hopefully it's useful to others.

When you register your Switch on your university's network, there will likely be some firewall settings to choose from. You need to set your Switch's settings to that of a server, so that it can accept P2P connections. Additionally, you need to ensure that your Switch has a public IP address, not a private one. In my case, private IPs use NAT, whereas public ones do not.

After I changed my Switch's IP address to a public one, the connection test said that my NAT type is now A, and I am matched up with players as quickly as I am on other networks.

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It is happening when you play games that don't use dedicated servers. Games which use P2P connection requires you open ports to play with other people and generally all ports in university network closed. You can use VPN service to pass through that problem. However, you should make sure that VPN service provide NAT Firewall service. So you can open specific ports (or all of them) on VPN servers. After that, either you can setup VPN to your router or you can connect to VPN from your computer and open a hotspot for your Nintendo Switch.

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