How to Make My PS3 Find My Laptop as a Media Server

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The PlayStation 3 (PS3) is a very capable media player that supports most commonly used (and some not so common) media formats, such as MP3, WAV, DivX and BMP. In addition to being able to play media off disc or USB flash drives, the PS3 can connect to a Media Server established on your laptop via Windows Media Player. Music, movies and photos in the Windows Media Player library can be streamed via your computer network directly to the PS3.

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Things you need

  • PS3 connected wired or wirelessly to your network via a router
  • Windows Media Player

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  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button in the Windows taskbar. Click "All Programs." Click "Windows Media Player" to open Windows Media Player.

  2. 2

    Click the arrow on the side of the "Stream" button at the top of the interface. Click "Turn on media streaming with [your network name]." Click the drop-down box next to "Show Devices On" and click "All Networks." Click the drop-down box to the right of Unknown Device (the PS3) and click "Allow." Click "OK."

  3. 3

    Turn the PS3 on. Scroll to the "Video" icon. Select "Search for Media Servers." Select the name of your home network. All the content in the Windows Media Player library will be displayed in their corresponding sections in the PS3 main menu.

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