Set Up a PS3 Media Server

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Introduction

Hi, everyone. This is Sean from VisiHow, and this is going to be a video about the PlayStation 3's Media Server and how to set it up with the basic programs and tools that they already have in there, and also how to use programs through your computer that will also set it up as a media server, in case you have problems with wireless like I've often had, in which case often the tools and programs on the PS3 will not work perfectly well. I'm going to be showing this all in Windows 7 because that's what I have on my computer, so that's the main reason why.

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    The first thing you need to do is go into your Control Panel, and in the right corner search for Media Streaming.
    It should pop up on the left with the Network and Sharing Center. Right under it should say Media Streaming Options. Click on that.
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    Check to see if you have Media Streaming open.
    It'll show Local Network, it will ask you to name your Media Library, which you can do whatever you want to do to recognize it easily. By default it's going to be your username for whatever profile you're on on your computer.
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    Look on the left at where it says Show Devices on, and there's going to be "All Networks," and "Local Networks." You want to drag that down to All Networks to see your computer itself.
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    Then check to see that Media Streaming is allowed on that, because you need that open otherwise it's not going to connect on the PS3.
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    The next thing you need to do while you're still on your computer is open up Windows Media Center, and that's going to ask you to set it up if you've never done it before.
    You can do that by going into Tasks on the bottom, and clicking on Media Libraries, which you'll probably need to do even if you've used it for other stuff.
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    On there you can select whether to share pictures, videos, music.
    You'll probably just want to do videos and music, but you can obviously do pictures too if you want.
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    It will ask you to add folders to the library of the Media Center, so you want to add the folders that you have your stored music or videos in that you want to share to your PS3.
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    Once you do all of that it's going to ask you a bunch of questions about your specific files in those, and you just tell it to use those locations and save all the changes, and then finish it, and leave the Media Center on.
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    The very last part of this setup is to go to your actual PS3, turn it on.
    Make sure you're connected to the internet, and you want to go to the same Settings area anyway. So on the far left of your PS3 is going to be the settings menu. You're going to have a bunch of different settings, like video settings and music settings. On the bottom of that is the Network Settings.
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    In there you can check to make sure you're connected to the same wireless network that your computer is going to be connected to, because that's important.
    And at the bottom is Media Server Connection. It's going to be Enabled or not enabled. Enable the media server and save all those settings, and then go out to the other menus of the PS3.
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    Go to whichever section you wanted to share things to.
    So whether that's pictures, music, or videos, go to any of those, and then scroll down the menu to the bottom, and it'll say Search for Media Servers.
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    Do that, and if everything went well, it'll say "one media server found," and an icon will pop up with whatever you named your media server on your PC when you were in your media streaming options earlier.
    Then you can click on that and it should open up and show you whatever files you shared with those folders through Windows Media Center.
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    If that doesn't work - or if you're like me where it did work, but whenever you try to play any files through that they either go really laggy or they just don't work at all (specifically videos or music), then you can use Universal Media Server.
    This is a program on the PC.
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    Universal Media Server doesn't just work on PC, I'm just going to only show it for that because that's what I have - but it also works for Linux and Mac.
    What you want to do is open up your web browser and go to Google or Bing or whatever, and search for Universal Media Server, or just type in www.universalmediaserver.com It's just that straight address.
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    As you can see, it's open source and free and run by donations.
    You just want to download that for whatever operating system you're using.
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    When you download it and install and open it up it's going to be similar to Windows Media Center, where it's going to ask you where you want to locate your files.
    If it doesn't do that for whatever reason, just scroll on over to that top menu that has Status Logs, General Configuration, Plugin Management. Go to Navigation and Share Settings.
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    On the bottom it's going to have shared folders.
    To add your music or your videos, just click on that little folder on the bottom left and it'll let you pick whatever location you want, where you have all those files.
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    Once you do that, go back to your PS3 and do Search for Media Servers again, with Universal Media Server still on.
    Come back to your computer and look at the UMS program. Where it says Detected Media Renders, there should be a PS3 icon, which means it's connected to that.
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    When you go to your PS3, you'll be able to see a little UMS icon in whatever section you're trying to share files to, whether that's pictures or movies or music.
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    Between Universal Media Server and the PS3's own built-in media server, you should be set.
    One of those two options should work. If you have any questions about anything, feel free to ask on the article and we will get back to you. Thank you for watching this VisiHow video!
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