How to Connect PS3 to a Laptop Without a Router

Written by matthew burley
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One of the most useful features of the PlayStation 3 video game console is its ability to connect to your home network and home computer. However, many people do not have a router in their home and rely on either a computer directly connected to a modem or have no Internet connection. Fortunately, the PS3 has to capability to connect directly to your laptop. This will allow you to utilise the media server functionality of the PS3 without having a router.

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Things you need

  • Laptop with a Network Interface Card
  • Ethernet crossover cable

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    Turn on your PC and your PS3.

  2. 2

    Connect one end of the Ethernet crossover cable to your PC.

  3. 3

    Connect the other end of the Ethernet crossover cable to your PS3.

  4. 4

    Navigate to the "Network Connections" option on your computer.

  5. 5

    Right click on "Local Area Connection" and select "Properties."

  6. 6

    Select the TCP/IP option and click "Properties".

  7. 7

    Manually set the IP address to and the subnet mask to

  8. 8

    Navigate to the "Settings" option on your PS3 using the Cross Media Bar.

  9. 9

    Scroll to the "Network Settings" option and press the "X" button on your controller.

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    Select the "Internet Connection Settings" option.

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    Select the "Custom" option.

  12. 12

    Choose the "Wired Connection" option.

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    Scroll to the "IP Adress Setting" menu and select the "Manual" option.

  14. 14

    Specify the IP Address as "" and the subnet mask as ""

  15. 15

    Continue scrolling to the right until you come to a screen that gives you the option to "Press the X button to save settings."

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    Press the "X" button to confirm your network settings.

Tips and warnings

  • An Ethernet crossover cable is not the same as a regular Ethernet cable. Make sure that you have the correct cable before attempting this configuration.

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