I gained archenar access some long time ago – definitely not at baron rank (not actually there yet…).
Confusingly, there’s a master elite federation rank, and a master Empire rank.
There are guides I’ve grabbed from elsewhere and linked here about rank grinding – and if I wasn’t on a cell with no battery (and no charger), I’d drop them in 🙂
Port forwarding is painful in elite; it works, but my experience has shown some relatedness with hardware. For example, I’ve gone from a mikrotik 951 router on a 100/50 fibre connection (port forwards and/or upnp as tests and tonnes of connection issues), to a draytek dv130 on vdsl, with upnp enabled. It’s a lot better for me now days.
I’ll be back online Friday am (NZ time), so may see you then!