Connect a PlayStation3 to a wireless network

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The PlayStation 3 was one of the top selling game consoles of the previous generation and still enjoys a huge market share as we move on to the next. With the PlayStation 3, Sony introduced a wealth of online features like online game-play, game downloads, downloadable game content, movies and music downloads just to name a few. To get the most from your PlayStation 3 you will need to connect the console to the internet and with the built in wireless capabilities, it's much easier than you might think. Read on below to find out how.

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What You Will Need

  • A PlayStation 3 console.
  • A wireless network in the home or location where you are setting up the PC. The network will also need internet access.
  • A TV or monitor to connect your PlayStation 3 to.
  • The settings for your wireless network, like the network name (SSID), the password and the encryption (security) type.
  • Before you begin, start by resetting your PlayStation console and your network equipment. To do this, just turn off and remove the power from each device for around 30 seconds before powering them back on. If possible, ensure that your wireless network is connected to the internet by testing it on another device like a computer, Tablet or phone.

Connecting The PlayStation 3 To Your Wireless Network

  1. 1
    Turn on your PlayStation, and from the XMB menu, head to Settings and then Network settings.
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  2. 2
    Inside Network settings, ensure that internet connection is enabled (press X on your controller to enable it).
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  3. 3
    On the same screen, move down the menu to internet connection settings and open the settings by pressing X.
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  4. 4
    When prompted for the settings method, choose "Easy" and press X to continue.
    You will then be prompted to set up a wired or wireless connection. Select wireless and press X to continue.
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  5. 5
    On the screen now you will see an option to scan.
    Select this and press X to begin scanning for your wireless network.  
    1. If you are using a router that supports the AOSS settings, you must select "Automatic" from this page and discontinue these instructions. The settings will be automatically configured between your router and the PlayStation.
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  6. 6
    After scanning, a list will be displayed with any wireless networks within range.
    Choose your network from the list and press X to continue. The next screen will display your network again, making sure that you have selected the correct one. If all is OK here, press X to continue or press O to cancel and choose your network again.
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  7. 7
    On the next screen, you will need to select the security setting for your network; you have the choice between WEP and WPA types.
    This needs to be the same security setting that is configured on your wireless router. After choosing the security setting, you will need to input the password for your wireless network.  
    1. If you are not using any type of security on your router, just choose none from the security setting screen.
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    After inputting your security settings, a screen will be displayed confirming all the settings that you have entered.
    If these are OK, press X to continue. If you have made any mistakes here, press O to go back and change the settings.
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    On the final screen, your connection will be tested.
    After the test has successfully completed you can go back to the XMB menu and begin enjoying you PlayStation online.
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Tips, Tricks & Warnings

  • Make sure that the Ethernet cable is not connected when you attempt the wireless setup. Having a wired connection will force the PlayStation to automatically connect to Ethernet and ignore any wireless activity.

Questions and Answers

How to connect a PS3 to a Netgear n600 router?

I have a PS4 and a laptop connected to the router but I'm having problems with the PS3. I have tried: AOS (not on router) WPS (not on PS3) entered password a few time and it did not work

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How to connect PS3 to a network?

I got a new router, and I can't connect PS3 to the wireless network. I have tried: AOSS, and the PS3 does not have a WPS button or function.

  1. 1
    Follow the article.
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  2. 2
    Turn off and disconnect your PlayStation 3 and router from power sources.
    Wait for 10 minutes and turn them on. Connect the devices.
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  3. 3
    If your router has a MAC filter, add PlayStation 3 MAC address to the permitted device list.
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  4. 4
    Ascertain that your Internet plan is active and fully functional by connecting other devices to the wireless network.
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    An 802.11n router must be set to mixed mode.
    It should support 802.11b or 802.11g signals.
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    Access the "XMB" menu on PlayStation 3.
    Choose "[Settings]", "[Network Settings]", and "[Media Server Connection]". Select "[Disable]".
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  7. 7
    Double-check your WEP or WPA security key (password).
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  8. 8
    Update both PlayStation 3 and router firmware.
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    Navigate to http://www.whatsmyip.org/port-scanner/ and test if the following ports are open:
    TCP 80, TCP 443, TCP 5223, UDP 3478, UDP 3479, and UDP 3658. Also, having a static IP is a good idea.
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PS3 wireless connection to Belkin AC1600 fails?

Hi, I just replaced my old belkin wireless router with a new Belkin AC1600. The new router works fine with all devices on the network except the PS3 (Wireless Connection) PS3 recognizes the router, but the connection always fails, even with no security set. (Firewall on Router is Off)

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