How To Connect Your PS3 to Your Home Network

Connecting your Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) to your home network offers a plethora of benefits to this already powerful gaming system. Once your PS3 has been connected to your home network, you will be able to stream movies, music, and pictures directly to your PS3 and as such, your TV. You will also be able to access services like Netflix and the PlayStation Network (PSN), which will add a lot of value to your entertainment center.

If you will be using a wired connection, or your PS3 doesn’t have a built in WiFi adapter, connect them to the PS3 first, before powering the PS3 on. If you are using a wired connection, which will offer much great performance, ensure that the Ethernet cable you are using is long enough to reach from the PS3 to your router.

Once all connections have been made, turn on your PS3 and wait for the bootup process to complete. Once you are presented with the PS3’s dashboard, navigate to the left until you find the “Settings” menu. Now scroll down and fine “Network Settings,” then select “Internet Connections” and choose “Enabled.” Now select “Internet Connection Settings” and select “Yes” to begin setting up your Internet Connection.

Select “Custom” when prompted, then select the appropriate connection type: choose “Wired” if you connected an Ethernet cable to your PS3 and router; choose wireless if you are using an internal or external WiFi adapter on your PS and have a WiFi network available to you. For all of the other screens, choose “Automatic” except for those using a WiFi connection, who will need to enter their WiFI password for one of the final steps. Finally, press the “X” button to test the Internet connection and verify that the connection was successful. This test may take a few minutes, and if it failed, the PS3 will give you guidance on what needs to be addressed.

Once your PS3 is connected to the Internet, it may prompt you to upgrade your system’s firmware. If you want to be able to utilize all of the PS3’s functions, you will need to perform this operation. While the PS3 is upgrading, it is imperative that you not turn the power off or disconnect the PS3, as this could result in permanent damage to your PS3. Do not update the PS3 if you are in the middle of an electrical storm or any other situation where you might expect frequent power outages.

Sources:

Sony Support – PS3 Networking: http://playstation.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/playstation.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=261&p_sid=KHqfcpzj
Sony Support – Network Hardware Setup for PS3: http://fp.scea.com/csimg/global/PS3_CBLrouter_1_0.pdf