05-09-2013 11:08 AM
After buying PSASBR I had a serious issue playing online matches. After choosing a character my PS3 would freeze on the "Searching For Opponents" screen. Nothing would respond. Not even the PS button. Then it would come back to life when opponents were found and every button press/ps message/status initiated during the frozen period would pop up at the same time. This would happen a couple of times before going back to the character select screen. I would do this for hours trying and usually end up back at the character select screen with some error code or the other. I did manage to find a few matches but the were few and far between (like 2-3 matches for every 5-6 hours I would spend trying, weekends were wasted). This baffled me since everything else on my PS3 worked. I stream videos via Amazon Prime and play various games (Fat Princess etc) online. Every other device in my house worked. I had a 30MB/s internet connection and the connection test one the PS3 said everything was fine. (The only thing that bothered me was that UPnP was Not Available, but from what I understand as long as it doesn't say disabled it should be fine). I was using a modem/router combo provided by my ISP so I wasn't allow inside to alter settings. Months passed and I finally broke down and got my own router (ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Router). After hours of working with my ISP to set the modem to bridge mode (they accidentally disabled it instead to switching it to bridge mode) I hooked up the router and gave the game a try. Within seconds I was into a match. I didn't get it. Was that all it took? It now takes seconds to find a match as opposed to hours. I did the PS connection test and the only difference is that UPnP now says available. I'm guessing that means the game heavily relies on UPnP, though that's not supported by all the forum threads I read through looking for hours. My firewall is up and there weren't any special configuration settings so I don't know why it works. I just figured I'd put this up here in case others are in the same situation as I was in.
TL,DR: If you can't connect to online matches and you use a modem/router combo provided by your ISP, try switching it to bridge mode and hooking up your own router.