Computers and devices with networking capabilities must share a common system if they are to join on a local network to stream music or video from the computer to the device. PlayStation 3 game consoles can easily join with Windows-based computers on a network, but not with Macintosh computers because they don't use the Universal Plug 'N Play (UPnP) AV standard for networking. Enabling a PS3 to connect to an iMac over a network requires installation of a Mac program that adds UPnP AV standard capability to the OS X operating system. This lets the iMac connect to the PS3 as efficiently as if it were a Windows-based computer.
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Download and install a UPnP AV standard program to the iMac, such as MediaLink (see link in Resources). Restart the iMac.
Go to the "Apple" menu and select "System Preferences" from the drop-down menu. Select the "MediaLink" icon in the window that appears.
Turn on MediaLink by clicking on the "Start" button. Click on the "Sources" tab. Select the iPhotos and iTunes folders on the list. Click on "Settings" and navigate in the window that appears to a folder on the iMac's hard drive that is used to store video files. Select the folder and click "OK" to close the window.
Check the folder that was just selected in the list at the left side of the window that is still on the screen. Close the window by clicking the red button at the upper left of the window. Move or copy video files from the iMac's hard drive to the folder selected to store video files.
Turn on the PS3 and wait for the Home menu to appear. Navigate to the "Photos," "Music" or "Video" tab and select the "Search for Media Servers" menu. Press "X" on the game controller to let the PS3 find the iMac on the local network and access photos, music or videos from the iMac's hard drive. View the photos or videos or play the music from the iMac's hard drive now that you have connected the PS3 to the iMac.
Tips and warnings
- A wired local network can stream music or video from the computer to the iMac more efficiently than using a wireless local network.
- Both the PS3 and the iMac must be on the same local network (i.e., both on a wired local network or both on a wireless local network).
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