One very appealing feature of the PS3 is its ability to receive media on a local network. It’s not very difficult to set up and can be very rewarding. You’ll need a Windows computer, an Internet connection capable of having both your computer and your PS3 online at once, and a PS3.
Many people keep large amounts of video and music files on their Windows PC. These might be home movies, downloads, or from many other sources. Using the PS3, you can watch or listen to those files through your home theatre system. You’ll simply need to set up your computer to work as a media server and share files with the PS3.
If you don’t already have it, the first step will be downloading and installing Windows Media Player. The current version is Windows Media Player 12. You can obtain the correct version for your operating system at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/windows-media-player.
Once you download and install Windows Media Player, open it and find the “Stream” menu button. It will be just below the main File menu area. Click on the “Automatically allow devices to play my media” so that it becomes checked. You’ll also want to open the “More streaming options” menu, and click the “Allow all” button. This will ensure that the PS3 will be able to access your files. However, be sure that you are using a secure Internet connection with encryption, otherwise everyone who passes through your WiFi zone will be able to download all of your files.
Once you have Windows Media Player configured to act as a media server, you’ll want to turn on the PS3. Look under either “Videos” or “Music”, depending on the type of file you want to play. You should see your computer listed as an option; if not, try using the “Search for Media Servers” option.
If this still doesn’t work, you may need to disable some of your security settings on your computer, such as your anti-virus program or your firewall. If you are forced to use this method, I would recommend opening up your computer just long enough to copy the files to the PS3, rather than streaming them the whole time you watch. That way you don’t leave yourself open to threats.
Enjoy your media!