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[PS3™ system] Updated 05/06/2013

Below are instructions for connecting the PlayStation 3 to a wireless network (Wi-Fi) using the [Custom] setting. For other network connection options, see How to connect the PlayStation 3 to the Internet.

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  1. Power-cycle ALL network equipment.
    Turn off (unplug) all of your network equipment, including any wireless access points, routers, Voice Over IP (VOIP) modems, and broadband modems for two (2) full minutes. See How to power cycle PlayStation 3 network devices for more details.

  2. After two minutes have elapsed, plug in all equipment and be sure to plug in an ethernet cord into the Network port on your PlayStation 3.

  3. On the XMB™ home menu, go to Settings icon (Settings) > Network Settings icon (Network Settings) and press the X button icon button.
    custom connection screenshot 1
  4. Then go to Internet Connection icon (Internet Connection) and select [Enabled].
    custom connection screenshot 2
  5. Then scroll down to Internet Connection Settings icon (Internet Connection Settings) and press the X button icon button.
    custom connection screenshot 3
    Select [Yes] when a confirmation screen is displayed stating that you will be disconnected from the Internet.
    custom connection screenshot 4
  6. Select [Custom] and press the X button icon button.
    custom settings screenshot 5
  7. Select [Wireless] as your connection method and press the X button icon button.
    custom settings screenshot 6
  8. Select the WLAN Setting.
    Choose how you wish to connect the Internet. For most users, "Scan" will be the option to choose.
    Custom Infrastructure screenshot 7
    • Scan - This will scan for any wireless access points in the area.  Choose this option if you are not sure of the name of your wireless access point (SSID).
      • A list of available wireless access points will appear.  Highlight the name of your wireless connection (SSID) and press the X button.
      • You will then be given the option to edit the name of the wireless network connection (SSID).  If the name is fine, press the right direction button or press the X button to edit the name.
        Scan screenshot

    • Enter Manually - Choose this option if you know the name of your wireless network (SSID) and/or your SSID does not appear if you chose the "Scan" option.
      You will need to contact the person who setup or maintains your network to obtain this information.
      When you choose "Enter Manually", you will need to enter the SSID of the network. Press the X button to bring up the on screen keyboard and enter the SSID. Once complete, press the [Start] button to finish exit the on screen keyboard. Then press [Right] direction button to continue.
      Enter Manually screenshot
    • Automatic - Choose this option only if your wireless access point supports automatic configuration (i.e., AOSS).
      You must have a wireless access point that is made by Buffalo, Inc. which has AOSS (AirStation One-Touch Secure System) enabled. AOSS will automatically configure the necessary settings. Follow the on screen prompts to complete the setup.
      AOSS screenshot

  9. Select the security setting that you want to use and press the X button icon button.
    The security setting varies depending on the access point. Contact the person who maintains the access point for information on which setting to select.
    Custom Infrastructure screenshot 8
  10. If you selected a Security Setting, enter your security key with the keyboard.
    Press the [Start] button to exit the onscreen keyboard.
    Press right on the directional pad to proceed to the next screen.

    The encryption key is displayed as a series of eight [*] no matter how long the key may be. If you do not know the encryption key, contact the person who set up or maintains the access point for assistance.
    Custom Infrastructure screenshot 9
  11. On the IP Address Settings screen, you will need to select one of the following three "Custom" options: Automatic, Manual or PPPoE.
    Custom Infrastructure screenshot 10
    • Automatic
      Use Automatic IP address settings if your LAN assigns IP information dynamically. This setting is similar to [Easy], can be used on most WLANs.
      Note: in most cases, [Easy] should still be used instead of Automatic -- ONLY use Automatic Settings if you need to enter the DHCP host name, DNS Settings, MTU, Proxy Server, and UPnP settings manually.)

      To use Automatic settings:
      • On the [IP Address Settings] screen, select [Automatic] and press the right directional button.
      • Select [Set] and press the right directional button.
      • Press the X button icon button to enter the DHCP Host Name using the onscreen keyboard.
      • Press the Start button to exit the onscreen keyboard.
      • You will proceed with entering DNS Settings, MTU, Proxy Server, and UPnP settings, as needed by your network. Choose the appropriate settings based on your network. Enter the information as requested, pressing the right and left directional buttons to move from screen to screen. You may need to contact your WLAN administrator if you are unsure about how to complete any of the information above.
      • When you have finished entering the information, the PlayStation 3 system will show you all of the settings that you have selected for you to check.
    • Manual
      Use Manual IP address settings if your WLAN uses static IP addresses.

      To use Manual settings:
      • On the [IP Address Settings] screen, select [Manual] and press the right directional button.
      • You will be prompted to enter all of the necessary IP address information manually. You will need to get this information from the person who set up your WLAN or from your ISP.
      • Once you have entered the required IP information, press the right directional button to continue through the following screens.
      • Enter any proxy settings you may need.
      • Check your settings to make sure that they are correct.
    • PPPoE
      PPPoE is usually used for DSL broadband connections that require you to enter a user ID and password. You would normally only use this connection type if you have a wireless access point without a router. It should only be used if you are connecting directly to your ISP without using a home gateway router OR using a router that does not authenticate your PPPoE connection for you.

      To use PPPoE settings:
      • On the [IP Address Settings] screen, select [PPPoE] and press the right directional button.
      • You will be asked for your PPPoE user name (or user ID) and password. You will need to get this from your ISP.
        Note : When entering user names and passwords, keep in mind that User Names and Passwords are often case sensitive, so make sure that you enter them EXACTLY the same as they were created, including the same UPPER and lowercase letters, where appropriate.
      • Once you have entered the user name and password, press the right directional button to continue through the following screens.
      • Enter any DNS and proxy settings you may need.
      • Check your settings to make sure that they are correct.

  12. Once complete, a list of settings will appear. Make sure all settings are correct and then press X button icon button to save the settings.
    Custom Infrastructure screenshot 11
  13. Press the X button icon button to test the connection.
    Custom Infrastructure screenshot 12
  14. When the test is complete (usually less than a minute), it will display the results ("Succeeded" or "Failed"). If you have successfully connected to your network, congratulations, you have completed the network setup process.
    connection succeeded screenshot

Troubleshooting

If the custom wireless network connection does NOT work for you, you may want to try a basic Wireless network connection or see Troubleshooting a wireless (Wi-Fi) network connection.