hey i try and play and game type and it takes for ever then it times out so the only way i can play is if i join friends games, can anyone help with this issue
That's your problem right there then
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This is more than likely a NAT issue, when your in matchmaking on COD what does it say your NAT status is? strict moderate or Open?