How to Connect PS3 to the Internet

Want to Know How to Connect PS3 to the Internet?

The PS3 offers two ways to connect to the Internet: the “easy” method, which assumes that you are using an unprotected DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) connection, and the “custom” method, which adds additional options to set up the connection.

Connecting to the Internet with a Wired Connection the Easy Way

Select “Network Settings” under “Settings” in the home menu, press the button.

Select “Internet Connection Settings” and press “X.”

A message will pop up saying the Internet connection will be terminated, even if you aren’t currently connected. Select “Yes” and press “X.”

From this menu, select “Wired Connection,” and press “X.”

Now you have a choice of “Easy” or “Custom” setup. If your Internet connection uses DHCP, select “Easy.” You should now be connected to the Internet.

Connecting to the Internet with a Wired Connection the Custom Way

The easy setup may not work if you have a static IP address, use a PPPoE (password protected) network, or need to set up a Host Name for your DHCP connection, select “Custom.” Follow the instructions above, and select “Custom” setup.

You will now have the option of letting the PS3 auto-detect your connection’s settings, or setting them manually. Most of the time auto-detect will work.

Proxy Server: A proxy server is a local computer that controls access to the Internet. If your connection is over a proxy server, select “use,” and input your settings.

UPnP: This option turns on support for Plug and Play Internet devices. This lets the PS3 open up ports in the firewall. Your Internet connection may work with this option off, but some services like video chat may be disabled.

Finally, you will be able to check your settings. After this screen, your Internet connection will be tested.

Connecting to the Internet with a Wireless Connection the Easy Way

Select “Network Settings” under “Settings” in the home menu, press the button.
Select “Internet Connection Settings” and press “X.”

A message will pop up saying the Internet connection will be terminated, even if you aren’t currently connected. Select “Yes” and press “X.”

From this menu, select “Wired Connection,” and press “X.”

Select “Scan” and press “X.” The PS3 will now look for available WiFi networks.

The screen will display a list of SSIDs (names) of the WiFi networks it found.

Setting up Your Wireless Connection the Custom Way

The easy setup does not support WLAN security

WLAN Settings: The PS3 can scan for WiFi connections as it would with the easy configuration, or can connect automatically to a system using AOSS used in Buffalo’s AirStation routers. The AOSS button on the router will need to be pressed to allow the PS3 to connect to it. If your WiFi network isn’t showing up when the PS3 scans for it, it can be searched for manually by typing in the connection’s SSID.

How to Connect PS3 to the Internet

How to Connect PS3 to the Internet

WLAN Security Setting: Here you can select the security encryption your wireless router uses, either “None,” “WEP,” or “WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK.” Both WEP and WPA will require a password to activate.

Setting Up Your IP Address Manually on Wired or Wireless Networks

The manual setup for both wired and wireless connections can be used to connect to networks that do not use SHCP. On the “Internet Connection Settings” screen, Select “automatic” for DHCP connection, “Manual” for a static IP connection, or “PPPoE” if you have a password-protected connection.

PPPoE: On this screen you will be asked for you username and password. This is available from your Internet service provider. On the following screen, you will be asked for your DNS setting. See “Manual” and “Automatic” below for these options.

Manual: You will need to input your Static IP address, Subnet Mask, Default Router, Primary DNS, and Secondary DNS. This information should be available from your Internet service provider.

Automatic: You will now be asked if you need to set a DHCP Host Name. Some ISPs require this to identify your connection before enabling it. If you do not use this, select “Do Not Set.” Selecting “set” will bring you to a screen where you will be able to type in your host name.

Next you will be asked if you would like to set MTU to manual or automatic. MTU stands for “Maximum Transmission Unit,” and is the maximum size of packets that can be sent. If you are having difficulty connecting over an IPv4 network, you may need to set the MTU manually. The majority of Internet connections can use the automatic setting.

What can I do if I still can’t connect?

There are a few things outside of the PS3 that may be interfering with the connection:

DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance): This system lets compatible electronics devices, including the PS3, communicate to each other and computers over a network connection, but may interfere with the PS3’s ability to connect to the Internet. DLNA should be switched off on all compatible devices. This includes your computer, as Windows Media Player 11 and later comes with DLNA support.

USB Wired Connections: Networking over USB is not supported by the PS3, even through an adapter.

MAC Address blocked by Wireless Access Point: Your wireless router may be blocking MAC(Media Access Control) addresses, including the PS3’s. To let the PS3 transfer data over the network, its MAC address will need to be added to the MAC filter table. To find the MAC address, go to “Settings” and select “System Settings.” Next, scroll down and select “System Information.” Here you will see your MAC Address listed. You will need the entire code, including the colons (:) to enter into your firewall.

Setting up a Network Connection With Linux

The original PS3, often referred to as the PS3 fat offers the option of installing alternative operating systems, typically Linux. Drivers are built into the Linux kernel, with support for PS3 hardware added in kernel version 2.6.21. Any PowerPC-based distribution with a kernel newer than this will work with the PS3, while PS3-specific ports have been available from Yellow Dog since 5.0, Ubuntu since 9.10, and OpenSUSE since 10.3. Fedora support has been spotty, but if it can boot both the wired and wireless connections should work.

Most distributions, including all the PS3-specific distros, use the Network Manager applet for making connections to the Internet. While the icon design depends on the graphics pack being used, it will generally be a picture of two computers connected by a wire or two plugs connected together. Right-click on this icon on the taskbar, and make sure the “Enable Networking” box is checked. Wired networks using DHCP should automatically connect. If WiFi networks are present, they will be listed under the right-click menu. If selected, the PS3 will attempt to connect to the router, and if it uses security, a box will pop up asking for the password.

More settings, like static IP addresses and WiFi security can be set under the “Edit Connections…” option.

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