NFL Sunday Ticket Online

For those of you living in an apartment, you may now be eligible for NFL Sunday Ticket online from DIRECTV. Since my complex doesn’t allow dishes and I cut the TV cord already, this is an awesome option for me this year. Don’t know if I’m late to the game or what, but I just discovered this glorious deal. Now I have to see how many games will actually be blacked out and see if the service is worth buying. Since we’re Patriot fans, I would guess that most games should be available for us and I’ll just have to figure out what to do for the ESPN/Monday night games. Plans start at $199 for mobile/web streaming or $239 to stream on your PS4/XboxOne console only. You can check your eligibility at NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV.

Xbox Live Open NAT Type With Cisco IOS Router

Recently I implemented a Cisco IOS router at home because I got tired of the home versions just crapping out after a year or so. When I did, I noticed my Xbox Live Open NAT type went to moderate and even strict at times, making multi-player gaming pretty terrible. It took a while for me to find out some fixes online so I figured I would summarize it below for anyone else out there looking to get Xbox Live back to open NAT type.

Step 1
Create an access list for the WAN interface to allow the Xbox Live specific traffic through.

ip access-list extended Xbox_in
permit tcp any any eq 3074
permit udp any any eq 3074
permit udp any any eq 88
permit ip any any

Step 2
Apply the access list to the WAN interface

interface FastEthernet0/0
ip access-group Xbox_in in

Step 3
Create static NAT statements to allow the Xbox Live ports to forward to the Xbox console

ip nat inside source static tcp 192.168.1.XXX 3074 interface FastEthernet0/0 3074
ip nat inside source static udp 192.168.1.XXX 3074 interface FastEthernet0/0 3074
ip nat inside source static udp 192.168.1.XXX 88 interface FastEthernet0/0 88

Step 4
If you have the router doing DHCP, you can create a reservation for the Xbox console so you don’t need to manually assign a static to it on the console.

ip dhcp pool Xbox
host 192.168.1.XXX
client-identifier 01XX.XXXX.XXXX.XX

Fill in the X’s with the MAC address of the Xbox console. The 01 needs to stay in the front.

That should do it. As soon as configured the above I had Xbox Live Open NAT type. Leave a comment if you have any questions or need any assistance with your config.

World Cup 2014 Final

Maybe I should have put some money on my World Cup 2014 bracket. So far I’m 12/14. Don’t think I have ever been that accurate on a bracket before. My NHL bracket this year was an abysmal dumpster fire. Now that the Netherlands have lost I’m going to have to say Argentina takes it this year. Glad the final is on Sunday so I can actually watch that match.

Arianna’s New Toy

Arianna woke up this morning to a new toy in the house. Thanks to MiMi and JoJo for her new kitchen set! She absolutely loves it, hasn’t stopped playing with it all morning. I’ve already had a hearty helping of biscuits and orange juice! She’s working her way up to those brownies for MiMi.¬†Our cat also loves the new toy. She sees her reflection in the oven and climbs all over it. 2-for-1 toy I guess.

the incoherent ramblings in my head