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[PS3™ system] Updated 03/10/2014

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), more commonly known as a Media Server, is a standard that enables digital devices such as personal computers, digital video recorders, and TVs to be connected on a network and to share media files that are on the connected DLNA-compatible devices. Make sure that the files you access are file types that are supported by the PS3, otherwise, the PS3 will not be able to read them.


Click below for the files types supported by the PS3:


DLNA-compatible devices serve two different functions:

  • "Servers" are devices like a computer or a dedicated media server that stores and distributes media such as image, music, or video files
  • "Clients" are devices that receive and play the media (i.e., the PS3).
  • Some devices perform both functions.
    It is possible to use a PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system as a client and display images or play music or video files that are stored on a device with DLNA Media Server functionality over a network


Click here for a list of devices that are compatible with DLNA.


Within a network, devices can be connected that are compatible with DLNA such as Sony Room Link, Microsoft® Windows® XP, Microsoft® Windows Vista™, or Microsoft® Windows 7 personal computers that have Windows Media® Player 11 or greater installed. Please note you must configure your other media server before the PS3 may connect to it.


Preparing the PS3 (Media Server Connection)

  1. In the XMB™ home menu, go to Settings icon (Settings) > [Network Settings] and press the X button icon button.

    Enable DLNA screenshot 1

  2. Go to [Media Server Connection] and press the X button icon button.

    Enable DLNA screenshot 2

  3. Highlight [Enable] and press the X button icon button.

Preparing the PC

Using Windows Media Player 11

Below are basic steps to setting up Windows Media Player 11, however, each PC may be different and we suggest contacting your computer manufacturer or Microsoft for additional assistance setting up the Media Server function.

  1. Launch Windows Media Player 11 on your PC.
  2. Click the arrow below "Library" and click "Media Sharing".

    Windows Media Player 11 screenshot 1

  3. In the Media Sharing window, check the "Share my media to:" check box.

    Windows Media Player 11 screenshot 2

  4. In the list of devices below the "Share my media to:" check box, select a device. NOTE: The PS3 system will show up as an Unknown Device.

    Windows Media Player 11 screenshot 3

  5. Select a device and:
    • Click Allow, if you want to share you media with the selected computer or device.
    • Click Deny, if you don't want to share your media with the selected computer or device.
    NOTE: Windows Vista users must use a PRIVATE network. If your network is set to PUBLIC, Media Share will not work for your privacy.

Using Windows Media Player 12

Below are basic steps to setting up Windows Media Player 12, however, each PC may be different and we suggest contacting your computer manufacturer or Microsoft for additional assistance setting up the Media Server function.

  1. Launch Windows Media Player 12 on your PC.
  2. Click on "Stream" at the top of Windows Media Player.
    • If you see the following options, click on "Turn on media streaming with [network name]" and adjust the PC's settings to join this network.

      Windows Media Player 12 screenshot 1a

    • If you see the following options, click on "More streaming options..." to continue.

      Windows Media Player 12 screenshot 1b

  3. Select the drop down next to "Show devices on", and make sure that "All networks" is selected.

    Windows Media Player 12 screenshot 2

  4. Find the PS3 in the menu of devices that appears.


    Note: The PS3 system will show up as an Unknown Device.


    Once you find the PS3 system, change the drop down to the right of it to "Allowed".

    Windows Media Player 12 screenshot 3

  5. If more than one Unknown Device appears on the list, you can find out which is the PS3 by matching the MAC address with the MAC address of the PS3.
    • To find the MAC address of an Unknown Device, click on the Unknown Device and the MAC address will be listed in the Properties window.

      Windows Media Player 12 screenshot 4

    • To find the PS3 MAC address, on the PS3 XMB™ go to Settings icon (Settings) > System Settings icon (System Settings) > (System Information).

  6. Once you have found the PS3 and allowed it, click OK to save the settings.

    Windows Media Player 12 screenshot 4


How to Play Media Server/DLNA Content

  1. Power on the PlayStation®3
    When the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system is powered on with Media Server Connection enabled, DLNA Media Servers on the same network are automatically detected and icons for the detected servers are displayed under Video icon (Video), Music icon (Music) or Photo icon (Photo)

    If there are no DLNA Media Servers detected when the PlayStation®3 system is turned on, select [Search for Media Servers] under Video icon (Video), Music icon (Music) or Photo icon (Photo) to initiate a search for DLNA Media Servers on the same network.

    Play DLNA screenshot 1

  2. Select an available DLNA server under Video icon (Video), Music icon (Music) or Photo icon (Photo).

    Play DLNA screenshot 2

  3. Press the X button icon button on the desired server to access the content.
    For example, pressing the X button icon button on the desired server under Photo icon (Photo) will only give access to the photos from that server. To access video content, the desired server must be selected under Video icon (Video).

    Play DLNA screenshot 3


Troubleshooting a Media Server/DLNA Connection

If you are having issues using DLNA, please click here for some troubleshooting steps.