How to Connect PS3 to a Computer

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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The PlayStation 3 is more than just a video game console; it's a full fledged computer that can connect to a wireless home network for accessing the Internet just as a computer can. The PS3 uses the DLNA digital standard for network connections that is also in use by personal computers, digital recorders and televisions. This enables the PS3 to quickly and efficiently connect to another computer as a "client," and can accept video and music and photos sent from the computer. Setting up the PS3 so that it can connect to another computer can be done in less than an hour.

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Things you need

  • Windows-based computer
  • Windows Media Player 11
  • Wireless home network

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  1. 1

    Download and install Windows Media Player 11 (See link in Resources).

    Restart the computer.

  2. 2

    Run Windows Media Player 11 and select "Media Sharing" from the "Library" menu. Check "Share media."

    Check-mark the "Devices" in the list presented that are to be the Media Servers for sharing music, video and photo image content with the PS3. Press the "Allow" button to save the settings. Then press "OK" to close the window.

  3. 3

    Leave Windows Media Player 11 running and the computer turned on.

  4. 4

    Turn on the PS3. Wait as the PS3 automatically detects the DLNA Media Servers from the wireless home network.

  5. 5

    Go to the "Music" icon on the "Home" menu and select the DLNA Media Server that is one of the devices checked on the computer. Select the music file you want to play. Exit the "Music" icon when you are done listening to the music files.

  6. 6

    Repeat this process for playing a video under the "Video" icon on the "Home" menu or for viewing a photo under the "Photo" icon on the "Home" menu.

Tips and warnings

  • Transferring video content will move more smoothly and efficiently when using a wired network.
  • Lower-resolution videos will experience less problems in streaming their content on a wireless network than will higher-resolution videos.
  • Don't allow access of any content from the computer that you wish to keep private, since the PS3 will be able to access it.

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