I am playing FIFA 12 on PC and the firewall status is always Moderate even I have forwarded all necessary ports :

9000    9999    UDP     
10000   20000   TCP     
9946    9946    TCP     
9988    9988    TCP     
42124   42124   TCP     

As I know the best firewall status is OPEN so I am wondering how to make the firewall status changed from Moderate to Open ?

  • Just wondering, if you can send and receive packages (ergo: can play FIFA online), why would you want to open further ports? What are you hoping to achieve? – magnattic Apr 8 '12 at 12:16
  • @atticae, I followed this artice : help.ea.com/article/fifa-12-online-ports – JatSing Apr 8 '12 at 19:13
  • How does that answer my question? Can you play with »moderate« and if yes, why would you want to open more ports? – magnattic Apr 8 '12 at 19:30
  • With moderate it often lost connection right after opponent found in head to head mode so I want to change to OPEN to see if it will be better. – JatSing Apr 8 '12 at 22:43
  • @atticae, is your firewall status OPEN ? – JatSing Apr 8 '12 at 22:44

From my research it is impossible or at least very rare for PC players behind a router to reach a FIFA 12 firewall setting better than "moderate".

There is no official statement from EA about what "open" distinguishes from "moderate", but it does not seem to have any negative impact per se to "only" have moderate settings.

If you run into trouble with playing online, entering the EAS FC center or submitting after-match results (e.g. in FUT), you should make sure the FIFA 12 ports are correctly forwarded in your (software or router) firewall, as you did.

If however you have none of these troubles and you are able to play online, you can rest assured that there is nothing to worry about. All other players are playing on "moderate" as well, there is most likely nothing you can do to reach that mystic "open" state and even if so it will not improve your experience. If ports are open, they are open. There is no semi-open state that slows down your connection or anything like this.

The connection aborts when searching for Head-to-Head season opponents that you describe are annoying, but normal. They result from the fact that FIFA checks the ping (=how fast the connection is between two PCs in a network) and aborts if you and your opponent are too far apart to have a proper fluent match.

So rest assured, there is nothing wrong with your FIFA or your firewall.


From my experience the only way to set to "open" the connection, is only when you will establish a connection without !!! a router .

Also there are many " gaming " routers in the market , but most of them are not compatible for Europe , but only for US .

Forwarding dosnt change a thing , but " fast path " from your Internet provider could improve online gaming experience.

I don't know why , but some thing where not ment to be fixed , the question remains..... why ??

Online gaming is the most fun , in the present days ...!!!!

Fix it !!!!!

  • You may be right. I heard that someone got an OPEN status by using wireless. – JatSing May 28 '12 at 1:25

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