playstation 3 wireless connection setup
  • I know that quite a few PlayStation 3 owners are having problems with the PlayStation 3 wireless connection and wanted to share my experiences...

    First of all, try to connect the PS3 using a wired connection before spending hours trying to get the wireless working. (Wire refers to an Ethernet cable connected to your router)

    A wireless connection can be unreliable for many more reasons than a wired connection, so get it working with a wire first - it will save you hours of wasted time. Our wireless connection was made totally unreliable by placing the wireless router too close to the base station of our cordless telephone.

    Second, if you have bought a USB wireless adapter that is plugged into your PC (computer) and you are hoping to connect your PS3 to that wirelessly, then stop right now... it wont work.

    You need a wireless router or better still a wireless modem/router. A wireless modem/router means that everything is in one box: the modem that connects you to broadband and the router that allows you to connect more that one thing to the Internet at the same time. Please note that there are different types of modem required for Cable and ADSL (DSL) broadband, so check first.

    assuming you have the right equipment, here are a few things you should do:

    log into your router (or modem/router) and make sure you have done the following things:

    Assign the IP address of the PS3 to the DMZ (this is a completely open connection on your router that will not block anything coming into or going out of the PS3. Doing this will solve 90% of the connection problems you could be having.

    Click on this link to see the DMZ setup screen on a router: image

    What is DMZ
    DMZ If you have a client PC that cannot run an Internet application properly from behind the firewall, you can open the client up to unrestricted two-way Internet access. This may be necessary if the NAT feature is causing problems with an application such as a game or video conferencing application. Use this feature on a temporary basis. The computer in the DMZ is not protected from hacker attacks. To put a computer in the DMZ, enter the last digits of its LAN IP address in the Static IP field.

    Next, find the following options within your router setup:

    uPnP -> switch this ON
    NAT -> switch this ON
    DHCP -> switch this ON

    What is uPNP:
    UPnP (Universal Plug-and-Play) is a technology that offer seamless operation of voice messaging, video messaging, games, and other applications that are UPnP compliant. Some applications require the Router's firewall to be configured in a specific way to operate properly. This usually requires opening TCP and UDP ports and in some instances setting trigger ports. An application that is UPnP compliant has the ability to communicate with the Router, basically "telling" the Router which way it needs the firewall configured. The Router ships with the UPnP feature disabled. If you are using any applications that are UPnP compliant, and wish to take advantage of the UPnP features, you can enable the UPnP feature.

    What is NAT:
    NAT Network Address Translation. This process allows all of the computers on your home network to use one IP address. Using the NAT capability of the Belkin Router home network gateway, you can access the Internet from any computer on your home network without having to purchase more IP addresses from your ISP.

    What is DHCP:
    The DHCP server function makes setting up a network very easy by assigning IP addresses to each computer on the network. The DHCP Server can be turned off if necessary. Turning off the DHCP server will require you to manually set a Static IP address in each computer on your network. The IP pool is the range of IP addresses set aside for dynamic assignment to the computers on your network. The default is 2-100 (99 computers) if you want to change this number, you can by entering a new starting and ending IP address.

    Click on this link to see the main setup screen on a router: image

    Before you leave the router setup screen, find the MTU value. A typical value is 1458, however your Internet company will tell you on their website EXACTLY what number to use.

    What is MTU:
    MTU is the Maximum Transmission Unit. The largest unit of data that can be transmitted on any particular physical medium.

    Finally, make a note of the Channel Number, manually changing the channel can vastly improve the connection quality. It is usually set to auto, however when we set ours to channel 13 we got a far better connection than the auto channel 1 that the router chose.

    Next consider the physical location of the PS3 and the modem/router. You need to avoid interferance, so keep them well away from other electrical equipment. Wireless telephones will almost always cause problems as will microwaves. The bad news is that televisions and computer monitors can also cause interference, so for the purpose of this setting up your playstation3 get the console as close to the wireless modem/router as possible and away from the items mentioned above.

    Most wireless modem/routers allow you to wall mount them, the reason for this is that the higher its mounted, the further away it will be from possible interference.

    Newer modem/routers have a technology called MIMO, this basically reduces the problems caused by interference by having several antenna mounted inside. These bounce lots of identical wireless signals around your house in different directions and the idea is that at least once of them will get to your PS3 without being blocked.

    You will see from the above image that you can also see the primary and secondary DNS numbers, these are also useful to know as they can be added into your PS3 Network settings too.

    I will go into the settings you require on your actual PS3, but if you follow the above advice you may well be able to connect automatically.

    Assuming you cant use the automatic connection option on your PS3, here is how to set up the wireless connection.

    ...information to follow
  • Help, I had my ps 3 running wireless, then changed providers, now i can not get the wireless to work. we have the ssid in, and it appears to be searching, but not doing anything.
  • Along with the SSID other things would have changed like the DNS addresses used by your router. Check this out and change your PS3's settings accordingly.