Making The Connection
  • Thought it was time to christen the PSP section of the forums and I figured what better way than to try to give a quick instructional on a somewhat common question- how to get the PSP online. Some of what is said here will sound like "geek speak" but I did my best to simplify things- if you have any questions while going through this process feel free to hit me up with a PM and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

    First, if you are on dialup you are out of luck- the PSP's online capabilities are made for broadband only (cable, DSL, etc.). For those that have broadband you are halfway there- all that is needed now is an access point. For this you will need a wireless router. The D-Link and Linksys brands are 2 of the best brands to get. If you are going on the cheap and have no plans for other devices to hook up wirelessly then go for an inexpensive one that uses 802.11 B- this is the type of wireless the PSP uses. If you get one that uses 802.11 G wireless, however, it's no problem as the router is backward compatible with the other standard- you're paying extra money for nothing, however, if the PSP is going to be the only thing going online this way. You might need some information out of the router settings pages so it's a good idea to have this open, just in case. For those that do not wish to buy a router another alternative is Datel's WiFi Max, which lets your PSP online by going through your computer's connection. I haven't had any experience with it, however, so this covers connecting via wireless router.

    Once the router is hooked up and running smoothly it's time to fire up the PSP. Turn on the PSP with no game in it to get to the menu. This is also a good time to turn on the switch found on the left side of the PSP (just above the memory stick slot)- this turns on the PSP's wireless ability.Head to Settings and select Network Settings at the bottom. You will see two choices here- Ad Hoc Mode and Infrastructure Mode. The one we want is Infrastructure (Ad Hoc is for local play between 2 or more PSPs). Highlight Infrastructure and hit the X button.

    For those that haven't done this before you should only see one choice, New Connection. Hit X to start entering information. First thing it asks is Connection Name- this is just a label you can put on it to make it memorable so this can be anything you like. Hit X to bring up the keypad on screen and set the name- if you want to leave it as-is just hit right on the D-Pad.

    Next screen is called WLAN Settings, which means Wireless Local Area Network. You have two choices here, Scan and Enter Manually. Select Scan and wait for the PSP to pick up the signal (should only take a couple of seconds). Once the information comes up hit the X button to continue.

    First thing asked is the SSID- this is a special name given to the wireless connection on the router. If this wasn't changed you can hit right on the D-Pad for the next step. Otherwise, hit X and put in the name exactly as in your router options using the on screen keypad- this info will be found in the wireless section of the router set up (which is why I suggest keeping that open ;) ).

    Next is called WLAN Security Setting- routers have the ability to encrypt the connection to keep people from freeloading your bandwidth and keep them from possibly accessing your computer. This is normally off by default in routers- if this wasn't changed then leave the selection at None and hit right on the D-Pad. If this is turned on, however, you will have to select the type of encryption used and enter the key (password) that is set for accessing. This information can be found in the security section of most routers' set up pages.

    Up next is Address Settings- we have 2 choices here, Easy and Custom. Easy will let the PSP get the settings information automatically, whch should work for most. Try this first- when you push right you should see a summary of the settings you put in. If you see any changes to be made you can back up to that point and correct things by hitting left on the D-Pad. If everything is correct push right and hit the X button to save the settings. This brings you to a page where you can test the connection- highlight this and hit X. If everything goes smooth you should see your connection information and you are ready for online play (yay!). If you time out or see an error you may need to enter some settings manually (as I had to do). If this is the case go back to the start, highlight the connection you made and hit the Triangle button to bring up a menu- highlight Edit and hit X.

    On the WLAN Settings screen select "Enter Manually" and go right. Again, it asks for the SSID name first- if this wasn't changed move right. Next we again come to the WLAN Security Settings- if any changes need to be made do so using the instructions up above. If all good here move on to the right.

    On Address Settings highlight Custom and move right. First thing it asks is IP Address Settings, which gives 3 choices (Automatic, Manual and PPPoE)- selecting Automatic lets the router give the PSP an IP address. Manual has you entering in all settings. PPPoE is a login and password used mainly by DSL:connections. Seeing as most would have their router handle the log in select Manual and hit right.

    On the next screen you will see places to enter an IP address, Subnet Mask, Default Router, Primary DNS and Secondary DNS. IP Address is for setting an individual IP address for your PSP. I found it worked best to set this and once done do a bit of adjustment on the router itself. Have a look at the router's IP address (you'll see it in your web browser window address bar). It should be a set of numbers like or (it varies by brand name). What needs to be changed for the IP Address is the last digit. Hit X when IP Address is highlighted and you will have the first bit of the setting flashing. Scroll up or down to get this matching the router then hit right to move to the next section of the IP address. Match the second and third parts as well. When you get to the last bit make this number high enough to be sure it doesn't interfere with anything else going online through the router (like your computer). If you set the last digit higher than 5 you should be fine. When done hit X.

    The rest of the numbers on this screen should match with your router exactly- if you go into the router set up you should easily find the numbers needed for everything else here. Just enter it all the same way as you did the IP Address. When you are finished hit right. The next screen asks about a Proxy Server. If this function is not used on your router select Do Not Use and move right.

    For those of us with version 2.0 or greater firmware on our PSP the next question is about the PSP Web Browser and if we want it to start automatically when we access the 'net with the PSP. Leave this at Do Not Start and go right. This brings us back to the setting summary. If everything is correct move right, save the settings and test it out.

    To make sure this works we need to go into a section of the router settings called DHCP- this is what lets the router give your PC, PSP or anything else connecting online its own IP address. Normally this is in its own section of the router settings. First thing is to make sure this function is turned on in the router- just click the Enable button if it isn't already. On this page you should see down below a spot called Static DHCP- what this means is you can tell the router to give the PSP the same IP address every time it goes online. Select Enabled/ On for this, then put the same IP address in the blank that you entered into the connection setting in the IP Address blank. Under this you should see something called a MAC Address- this is an identifier number that every device has that goes online. You will find this number in a different section of the PSP's Settings menu, System Information. Put this in the blanks exactly as it is shown on the PSP screen (minus the : symbols). When done hit the Apply or Save Settings button. You now should be able to play online! :)

    I hope this helps you out- Good Luck!!
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