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[PSP® system / PSP®go] Updated 08/09/2013

Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) are essentially different types of security for wireless (Wi-Fi) networks supported by the PSP system. This will prevent other users from accessing your wireless network.

To enable WEP or WPA on the PSP system:

  1. On the WLAN Security Settings screen use the directional buttons to select "WEP", "WPA-PSK (TKIP), or "WPA-PSK (AES)".
  2. After you have selected the wireless encryption protocol, you will need to enter the encryption key (password) to allow the PSP system to access your wireless network. Once the encryption key has been entered, press the Right Button (right) button to continue to the next screen.

    Note that if your wireless access point is using Active MAC Address Filtering, you may need to enter your PSP system MAC Address on your wireless access point. The MAC Address of the PSP system is located under Settings icon (Settings) > System Settings (System Settings) > [System Information].

Click here for complete instructions on setting up the PSP system to connect online (Infrastructure mode).

Click on the links below for more detailed information about WEP and WPA on PSP systems.

Top Guidelines and Troubleshooting

The PSP system supports WEP and WPA encryption technology capable of using 128-bit/64-bit encryption keys. If your PSP system's wireless network access is security-enabled (encrypted) from open access, you will need to know your WEP or WPA Security Key (password). If you do not know this information, speak to the person who configured your home network settings.

In addition, to connect successfully to any wireless network, whether password protected or not, you will want to follow these basic guidelines:

  • The PSP system must be within range of the access point. A strong signal from the access point does not mean that you will not have connection trouble. The PSP system may not be able to return the signal if the you are too far away.

  • Check the environment for objects that might interfere with a wireless signal, such as:
    • 2.4 gigahertz cordless phones
    • Bluetooth wireless devices
    • Microwave ovens
    • Fluorescent lighting
    • High powered audio equipment
    • TV sets or computer monitors
    • Electronic insect "zappers"
    • Any other electronic equipment that may produce Radio Frequency (RF) interference

  • The more devices that are trying to connect to a single access point at one time, the less the chance of a stable connection. Dividing the available wireless bandwidth among too many devices can cause problems.

Click hereto learn how to connect your PSP system to the Internet.

Top About Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)

WEP is a security protocol that can be used to help secure a wireless network. WEP uses a combination of letters and numbers called a "key." Only users who know this key will be able to access the WEP secured network.

Note: WEP information for all devices on a single wireless local area network (WLAN) must match exactly. If you use a WEP key on a PSP® system that differs from the WEP key on the wireless access point (WAP) you are trying to connect to, the wireless connection between these two devices will fail.

For WEP - This key must be in one of 4 formats:

  • 5 letters and numbers (ASCII)
  • 13 letters and numbers (ASCII)
  • 10-digit hexadecimal (0-9 and a-f)
  • 26-digit hexadecimal (0-9 and a-f)
Top About Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)

WPA is security protocol which can be used to secure a wireless network. WPA, like WEP, uses a combination of letters and numbers called a "key." For WPA security protocol to work, both the PSP system and the WAP (or wireless router) must have exactly the same settings:

  • The WPA key must match exactly.

  • The WPA key must be from 8 to 63 characters if using ASCII (all letters and numbers and a few special characters), or exactly 64 characters if they are using hexadecimal (numbers 0-9 and letters A-F).

  • The access point must be set for and support WPA-PSK (TKIP) or WPA-PSK (AES).

  • The SSID of the access point must also be entered into the PSP system exactly as it is in the access point.