Ok last night I ran into every conceivable problem trying to get games going in Gamecenter, at one point my buddy MantaRay was causing fails (not intentionally) every time I tried to get into a challenge. I was frustrated because some people could connect and others could not. I started to look for problems associated with Gamecenter and in the Apple support page I found this information on port forwarding. I realize that some of you have probably already done this nifty little entry in your routers but I had not. After creating the port forwarding I noticed right away that my connection times are greatly improved and I was able to connect easier than before. I am still not able to connect to MantaRay and still get a failed bro if I put you into a challenge. This I don't understand.
If you are on a Wi-Fi network that is behind a firewall, see below.
Frequently used by corporations and educational institutions for increased security, firewalls block certain Internet traffic from entering or leaving a network.
Internet traffic moves through a firewall based on service-identification numbers called ports. Certain ports must be open for Game Center to work. Network administrators typically open a minimal set of network ports, allowing the traffic for approved applications to enter and leave the network while blocking other network traffic.
Ports to open
If the Wi-Fi network router you are connected to uses a firewall or security software to restrict Internet access, contact the network administrator and refer to this article. To use Game Center on a restricted Wi-Fi network, port forwarding must be enabled for these ports:
The Wi-Fi network administrator can refer to their router, firewall, or security software documentation for information about configuring port forwarding.
I would encourage everyone to allow port forwarding if you are playing behind a firewall, you can always delete the entries later if you choose. Here's to better Gamecenter action.
Dapper [S&A Co.™]
Yeah that's my GC name!