Introduction: Streaming Hi-Def Video to Your PS3 on Windows 7
This is a detailed instruction on how to stream high definition media to your PS3 with a crossover cable on Windows 7. Streaming high definition media over your wireless network usually results in lagging and jumping in your media. Your best solution is to plug both your computer and PS3 into a router. But what if your router is in an entirely different part of your house? This is your quick and easy solution.
All you need is:
Any media server software (ex. PS3 Media Server)
Step 1: Setting Up Your Hardware
Plug your crossover cable into the LAN port of both the computer and PS3. It doesn't matter if the PS3 and computer are on or off.
Step 2: Creating the Connection: Computer
A crossover cable will allow the computer and PS3 to send information back and forth. Before this can happen, though, we need to create a connection. We will first need to make a network bridge.
1. Click on your network connections icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your task bar
2. Click on "Change Adapter Settings" in the left-hand menu of the window
3. Right-click on the "Local Area Conenction" icon and select Properties
4. Select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" and the select Properties
5. Select "Use the following address" and type in an unused IP address on your network. Example:
IP Address: 192.168.1.10 (or any other unused IP address)
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0 (default)
Default gateway: 192.168.1.1 (or whatever the IP for your router is)
Leave the DNS Server area blank and click OK.
6. Close the Local Area Connections Properties window.
7. Select both the Local Area Connection and the Wireless Network Connection where your internet is found. Right-click on one of them and select Bridge Connections.
8. Wait a few moments while the Network Bridge is created
9. Once the Network Bridge is created, test to make sure you can still connect to the internet
If the connection doesn't work, retry the above steps.
If everything works fine, then you are finished with the computer side. Next is setting up the PS3 connection.
Step 3: Creating the Conncection: PS3
Once the Network Bridge has been created on the computer, the next step is to set up manually the wired connection on the PS3.
1. Go to Settings > Network Settings > Internet Connection Settings
2. Select setting method "Custom"
3. Select connection method "Wired Connection"
4. Select "Auto-detect" for network device
5. Select "Manual" for IP address settings
6. Use the following internet connection settings:
IP Address: 192.168.1.11 (or whatever the next IP is up from your computer's crossover connection IP)
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 (default)
Default router: 192.168.1.1 (your router's IP address)
Primary DNS: 192.168.1.1 (it forces you to specify. So again, use your router's IP)
You don't need to specify a secondary DNS
7. Select MTU setting "Automatic"
8. Select Proxy server setting "Do not use"
9. Select UPnP setting "Enable"
10. Press X button to save the settings
11. Test the connection to see if it connects properly.
If it doesn't connect, retry the above steps. If everything was input correctly, retry configuring the computer again.
If it connects, then you have successfully created a connection between your computer and PS3.
Step 4: Testing Your Media Server
Once your connection is established, it is time to test out a media server. I personally like PS3 Media Server because it can transcode video file types that the PS3 cannot read.
1. Download any media server software (ex. ps3mediaserver.org)
2. After the media server has been installed, start the software
3. If you use PS3 Media Server, check to see if it has established a connection with the PS3. A picture of a PS3 will be shown in the opening window.
4. You know you are in business when at the bottom of the opening window you see Speed: 512 Mb/s or any comparable speed.
5. Go back to your PS3, and under Video, find your media server.
6. Select it and watch anything that your heart desires in lag-free glory.
Thank you for reading this Instructable. Feel free to leave me any comments or suggestions.
I must give credit to Hayling who originally posted this guide on a Playstation.com forum. I adapted his Windows XP guide to Windows 7 and provided pictures.