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Ghost Recon Wildlands – How to Fix Connection Issues

by Josh Hawkins

We’ve all been there, you’re trying to play a new multiplayer game with your friends, but your internet just won’t keep up. If you’ve found yourself struggling to stay connected to a match in Ghost Recon Wildlands, you aren’t alone. The problem is pretty common when new multiplayer games launch, and in this article we’ll go over several things you can do to make sure your internet isn’t the issue when it comes to how to fix connection issues in Ghost Recon Wildlands.

How to Fix Common Connection Issues

Connection issues can be a real downer in today’s multiplayer gaming world. Thankfully there are a few things that you as a player can do to ensure that any connection issues aren’t on your end.

If you’ve been experience any lag, disconnection, or other problems regarding your game’s connectivity, be sure to try all of the items listed below, as they should resolve your issue. If for some reason your issue is not resolved after trying all of these steps, please contact Ubisoft support to let them know about the issue.

Forward Your Ports

Your router is a powerful part of your connection, and it helps govern what data gets to enter and leave your network. Sometimes the ports that applications like Ghost Recon Wildlands, and even Uplay itself need are blocked by default. You’ll want to forward (or open) these ports to allow the transfer of data through them.

While port forwarding instructions will defer based upon your router, the ports that you need to forward are listed below.

Uplay ports:

  • TCP: 80, 443, 14000, 14008, 14020, 14021, 14022, 14023, and 14024

Ghost Recon Wildlands Ports:

  • UDP 3074 – 3083

Reset Your Network Hardware

If forwarding your ports doesn’t resolve the issue, then the next step is to reset your network hardware. Your network hardware includes your modem, router, and any computers or consoles that are connected to your modem or router.

To reset these items, simply shut them all down, then power down and unplug the modem and router. Wait a total of at least 60 seconds before turning everything back on, as it takes a full minute for the items to completely shut down and reset. After 60 seconds, power everything back up. It may take several moments for your system to completely come back online.

Check for Software Conflicts

The next step of the process is to check for any software conflicts that may be causing issues. First, make sure Uplay isn’t set to Offline mode. Open up the Uplay client, navigate to Settings, click on Network, then make sure that Always StartUplay in Offline Mode is unchecked.

With that out of the way, be sure that Uplay and Ghost Recon Wildlands have been given access through your Windows Firewall and any Antivirus software that you have in place. You can also try disabling all background applications through the System Configuration screen on your computer.

Reset Your Hosts File

The next step of the process is to reset your hosts file to ensure that it isn’t causing any issues with online connectivity.

If you are doing this on Windows 1, 8, or 8.1, then please follow all of the steps mentioned in this helpful article from Microsoft

If you’re playing on Windows 10, you can follow the simple instructions below.

  • Navigate to c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc
  • Find the file hosts in this folder and rename it to hosts.old.
  • Create a new hosts file.
  • Right-click on an empty space in the folder, select New >Text document
  • Enter hosts as the name of the file. Press Enter.
  • You should be prompted to check the file name extension. Click Yes to confirm that the file extension will not be .txt.
  • Open the new hosts file in Notepad and copy the following text into it.

# Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.


# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.


# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each

# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should

# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.

# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one

# space.


# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual

# lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.


# For example:


# # source server

# # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.

# localhost

# ::1 localhost

  • Save the file and close the folder. Try the game to test your connection.

Flush Your DNS

You can also try flushing your DNS, which will help clear the cache of IP addresses that contain web pages you have recently viewed. This can often resolve many connection issues that users experience when playing online games or browsing the web. Flushing your DNS is actually extremely easy to do.

Windows 10

Launcher Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu when Right-click on the Windows 10 desktop.

Type in the following command without parentheses: (ipconfig /flushdns)

Windows 8/ Windows 8.1

Launch the Windows 8 Start Screen and type cmd in the search bar. Right-click on Command Promptand choose Run as Administrator.

Type in the following command without parentheses: (ipconfig /flushdns)

Windows Vista / Windows 7

Click on the start button and navigate to Command Prompt. Right-click and choose Run as Administrator.

Type in the following command without parentheses: (ipconfig /flushdns)

If for some reason the troubleshooting steps above do not resolve your issue, then be sure to contact Ubisoft support and let them know what’s going on. If these steps resolve your issue, and you need help in the game, be sure to take a look at our free Ghost Recon Wildlands guide for more information and guides.