How to Connect My PS3 to the Internet Using My Laptop & Broadband Card

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How to Connect My PS3 to the Internet Using My Laptop & Broadband Card
Connecting the PS3 via a laptop requires the laptop to have an Ethernet or cellular Internet connection. (ethernet cable 4 image by BlueMiniu from

Connecting a PlayStation 3 to the Internet via a laptop with a broadband card is an effective way to get your PS3 online via a Wi-Fi connection when a wireless router is unavailable. Using the Internet Connection Sharing tools included with Microsoft Windows, you can create a computer-to-computer, or an ad hoc, Wi-Fi network that functions like a wireless router. To do this, your laptop must have an Internet connection via Ethernet cable or cellular modem.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Computer with Windows XP or newer

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  1. 1

    Verify that your computer has an Internet connection. If using a mobile broadband card, like those offered by cellular carriers, plug the USB modem into your computer and start the carrier-specific connection software. Verify the connection by opening a web browser or launching a messaging program.

  2. 2

    Share the broadband connection. Using your laptop with an active Internet connection, open the "Start" menu and open the "Control Panel." Open the "Network and Internet Connections" control panel and click on "Network Connections." Right-click on the name of the Internet connection you wish to share and select "Properties" by left-clicking on it. Open the "Advanced" tab and check the box that reads "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection." Click "OK" to confirm the sharing.

  3. 3

    Start an ad hoc wireless network. This allows the PS3 to view and connect to your shared broadband connection in the same manner as a wireless router. Open the "Start" menu and select "Connect to." Click "Set up a connection or network." When prompted, select the option to "Set up an ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network" and click "Next."

  4. 4

    Configure security options. Create a name for the shared Internet connection. This is the network name for which you must search on the PS3. If you prefer, you can also create a security key for the shared laptop broadband connection; both WEP and WAP security keys can be used, with WEP offering greater compatibility with PS3. Click "Next" to finalise ad hoc network set-up.

  5. 5

    Connect the PS3 to the ad hoc network. At the PlayStation 3 home menu, select "Settings" and scroll down to "Network Settings." Press "X." Select "Internet Connection Settings." Select the "Wireless" option and press the right arrow. Highlight "Scan" to have the PS3 search for wireless networks, and press "X." Select the network name you created in step 4 and press the right arrow. Choose the type of security, if any, you placed on the network, and enter the network key. You can choose the "Automatic" options when prompted to set up the Ethernet operation, IP address, DNS and MTU. Select "Do Not Use" when asked for a proxy server, and "Enable" for Universal Plug and Play (UPnP). Press the right arrow to finish set-up.

  6. 6

    Test the shared Internet connection on the PS3 by opening the web browser or launching the PlayStation Store.

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