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[PlayStation®Vita] Updated 06/20/2012

Overview

Your PS Vita system needs a wireless network to connect to the Internet. All models can connect via a Wi-Fi network. 3G/Wi-Fi models can also connect via a mobile network. If you do not have a Wi-Fi network in your home, you can use public Wi-Fi access points (hotspots) to connect to the Internet.

Terms of use and the costs of using public Wi-Fi hotspots vary among Wi-Fi service providers. Consult your service provider for details.

Table of Contents

Requirements

Connecting to a mobile 3G network (only on 3G/Wi-Fi models)

Connecting to a Wi-Fi network

Requirements

Below is a list of requirements that must be met for you to be able to connect your PS Vita onto the Internet.

  • To connect to the Internet using the 3G network (3G/Wi-Fi model), you need the following:
    • SIM card (AT&T DataConnect Pass required)
    • 3G network environment

  • To connect to the Internet using Wi-Fi network, you need the following:
    1. A connection to the Internet via a home Wi-Fi access point or a public Wi-Fi hotspot. (A contract with an Internet service provider might be required.)
    2. A wireless access point or a wireless router
      A wireless access point is hardware that devices can connect to wirelessly. A wireless router is a device that provides access points and allows multiple devices (for example, your PS Vita system and a computer) to connect to the Internet at the same time.
    3. A cable modem or DSL modem
    4. The SSID (the name of the access point) and security information (for example, the WEP key or WPA key).

Important:
A separate usage fee may be required to use some public wireless LAN services.

Connecting via a mobile network (only on 3G/Wi-Fi models)

Setting up your PS Vita system to use a mobile network is done during initial setup of the system. It can also be done later by doing the following:

  1. Tap the (Network Operator) icon on the home screen.
  2. Tap Start on the Network Operator applications LiveArea.

  3. Follow on-screen instructions to enable mobile 3G access.

When an Internet connection is required and no saved access points are found, the Wi-Fi Settings screen appears.

Tap (Close) in the upper left of the screen to close the dialog box and to connect your PS Vita system to the Internet using the mobile network.

Note: The (Network Operator) icon on the home screen might differ, depending on the model of your PS Vita system.

Connecting using a Wi-Fi network

Connecting via a wireless access point


When an Internet connection is required, your PS Vita system automatically searches for nearby wireless access points.

To set up the connection with a wireless access point:
  1. Go to a location with an access point that you can use.
  2. Tap (Settings)
  3. The press Start in the Settings application LiveArea.
  4. Tap the Network option
  5. Next, tap the Wi-Fi Settings option
  6. Lastly, select the access point you want to use. In many cases, you will need the information to connect to the access point (the SSID and security information such as the WEP key or WPA key).

After your PS Vita system has connected to an access point one time, it will automatically connect to the access point in the future.

Wi-Fi network example

The diagram below shows a sample Wi-Fi network setup. Actual connections might vary depending on the types of devices you use for the access point and modem, and on device settings.

  1. A wireless access point or a wireless router
  2. A cable modem or DSL modem
  3. A connection to the Internet
Click here for information regarding connecting the PS Vita to the Internet through a Wi-Fi network.