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What Type of Wireless Does Sony PS3 Support?

By October 22, 2008

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Sony Playstation 3 The Sony Playstation 3 video game console includes built-in 802.11g (802.11b/g) Wi-Fi wireless networking. It means you don't need to purchase a separate wireless game adapter to hook up a PS3 to a wireless home network.

PS3 does not currently support the newer Wireless N (802.11n) form of Wi-Fi. But that's still better than the Xbox 360, which offers no built-in wireless networking at all.

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February 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm
(1) DK says:

The neighbors share a internet connection through a wireless linksys G, their ps3 works fine but we get a lot of extra connected people that we would like to limit through a security. When we apply this the ps3 can not connect. Is this a compatibility issue?

February 6, 2009 at 2:04 pm
(2) adam says:

You can setup WPA2 on the PS3. I have a PS3 60GB and I am running MAC filtering and WPA2 using a Linksys WRT54G wireless router.

February 20, 2009 at 6:27 pm
(3) Dave says:

Is there a pcmia slot on the Playstation 3 to add a more robust wireless card? Or is
there some other add on solution to improve reception? My Buddy’s PS3 is upstairs, his router is downstairs. Signal is week. Thank you.

March 1, 2009 at 6:16 am
(4) Martin STolle says:

To Dave:
The PS3 has a wired ethernet port. You can either run a cable or get a wireless _bridge_. A bridge connects a wired ethernet component to the wireless network. By having an 802.11n bridge connected to the PS3, you can take advantage of 802.11n networks (if your main router supports it) and in all cases, you can move the bridge around more easily to optimize the reception.


May 26, 2009 at 5:36 pm
(5) Rea Llysmart says:

USB N wifi adapter :)

November 8, 2009 at 8:55 pm
(6) Toni says:

I have Wep3 for security. Does that work with PS3?

December 24, 2009 at 6:33 pm
(7) michael says:

can i connect a ps3 to a verizon wireless umw 190vw usb modem

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January 6, 2010 at 12:34 am
(9) airsnort or brutus says:

Dont use WEP, WEP is a weak encryption that can be cracked by anyone that knows what they are doing. I personally have a few programs that can crack WEP encryption. and it only take minutes. not even that hard to do. Switch over to WPA. WPA is alot more secure WPA TKIP is the way to go or AES. Change it or I will get your info, jk I wont.

January 28, 2010 at 7:06 am
(10) Carlos says:

How do i use my bilte in wifi in my ps3 its a 120,GB.i could use some help.

January 28, 2010 at 7:16 am
(11) Carlos says:

How do i use my built-in wifi in my ps3 its 120GB i could use some help.

January 29, 2010 at 8:44 am
(12) finite says:

Carlos: its a settings option on your ps3.

January 29, 2010 at 11:31 pm
(13) Kristen says:

WPA-PSK is technically better than WEP, but you’re using a Pre-shared key with both. Anything with a PSK can be cracked. If you’re that concerned with security then turn off SSID broadcasting, enable encryption, and use MAC address filtering. If you still can’t sleep at night then just run a cable.

May 5, 2010 at 4:49 pm
(14) Dot says:

How do you connect os3 wirelessly through EthoStream?

June 4, 2010 at 9:24 pm
(15) Alex says:

How is PS3 better than xbox 360? Sure PS3 has wifi built in and 360 does not, however the PS3 costs $100 more. Buy the adapter for xbox 360 and you have 2 equal costing systems yet the 360 can support the newest wifi. PS3!>xbox 360. The boys at microsoft finally had a little foresight in mind when creating the xbox.

June 14, 2010 at 9:50 pm
(16) Ken says:


Yea one thing Einstein,
1.) PS3 has a BLUE-RAY DRIVE, The Xbox does not.

2.) PS3 allows any 2.5 SATA Hard Drive Upgrade, Xbox Does Not and costs over 75% More for Microsoft’s Proprietary Model Hard Drive.

3.) You can use any USB Drives with the PS3, The Xbox does Not allow you to.

4.) BULIT IN 7.1 Digital Output.

5.) Built In HDMI Ports.

6.) PS3 Has 1 Gigabit ethernet Port, Xbox has Standard Port not Gigabit.

Thats More then a FEW Reasons why the PS3 is Better then the Xbox.


June 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm
(17) D says:

Ps3 is gay and they both have HDMI, winner.

July 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm
(18) andy says:

how can i make the ps3 quicker i play games online like baseball and i have glitching and freezes how can i optimize the connection without buying a internet connection

September 22, 2010 at 11:45 pm
(19) Justin Caparas says:

The latest xbox infact DOES have a 802.11n wifi built in.Fact, Xbox 360 is superior to Ps3.

September 23, 2010 at 3:57 pm
(20) Simpson says:

802.11g is more than enough to run any online game while multitasking on a web browser and still have an excellent connection..so 802.11n is pretty much just for fan boys to talk crap when they don’t realise that an 802.11n dosnt do that much more. Xbox fails again and again and now there being desperate and pretty much made a microsoft version of the ps3…internal hard drive, built in wi-fi, any of this sound familar..oh yeah sounds like a ps3 but sony does it bigger and better

September 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm
(21) Matt says:

Anyone who says that you can’t tell a difference between streaming HD video on G vs N has never tried it. There is a huge difference as if you are using G, it will pretty much shut down your entire network while N allows other devices to continue working as expected.

So, if you video chat, download movies, or do anything else that is data intensive, you most certainly need N.

As for which console is better, I am a huge advocate of letting people’s money do the talking…and I believe there have been 50% more 360s sold in the US than PS3.

October 16, 2010 at 11:12 pm
(22) joe says:

both of the systems have their advantages, and i know cause i have both. the xbox also has an external wireless n card (which i bought) and the actual microsoft network is a lot better than the ps3′s network when it comes to getting kicked out of games. The ps3′s major advantage, aside from the blue ray player (which goes out on a lot of ps3), is the fact that their network play is free online. but also, you get what you pay for. also you can play avi with the xbox if you put a movie on a thumb drive, i dont know if you can do this with the ps3, never tried it. does anyone know if the ps3 has a 100mbps connection or is it a gig?

January 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm
(23) ANXIOUS117 says:

@Simpson just so you know your slightly misinformed the 802.11g wireless standard has a bandwidth of 54 Mbps while the 802.11n wireless standard has a bandwidth of 540 Mbps 802.11g uses the 2.4 GHz frequency meaning its backwards compatible with 802.11b but the 802.11n wireless standard can use either the 2.4 GHz frequency or the 5.0 GHz frequency meaning its backwards compatible with a, b, or g and not a lot of standards are compatible with a

February 1, 2011 at 10:44 am
(24) tiger says:

@ joe you can play ANY video file on the PS3 all you have to do is convert it which is quick and easy. I currently have about 300 gigs on my PS3 as I have an extra 500 gig HD for it. Yes Xbox is better in some aspects like certain games and what not but the PS3 is by far the superior system. I would like to see you try and play a 360 in 3d on a 3d tv. or watch 3d blue ray movies on your 360. I have a 55″ Samsung 3d TV and I can’t tell you how orgasmic it is to play Call of Duty Black Ops in 3d. Also the 3d glasses and everything that you use for the tv are great for gaming and movies running through my PS3

February 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm
(25) Daniel says:

a guy says: Ken says: :

Yea one thing Einstein,
1.) PS3 has a BLUE-RAY DRIVE, The Xbox does not.

2.) PS3 allows any 2.5 SATA Hard Drive Upgrade, Xbox Does Not and costs over 75% More for Microsoft’s Proprietary Model Hard Drive.

3.) You can use any USB Drives with the PS3, The Xbox does Not allow you to.

4.) BULIT IN 7.1 Digital Output.

5.) Built In HDMI Ports.

6.) PS3 Has 1 Gigabit ethernet Port, Xbox has Standard Port not Gigabit.

Thats More then a FEW Reasons why the PS3 is Better then the Xbox.

so far as i know is 2,3,4,5, and idk about 6 but
xbox does have that you are sayin that they not..
and xbox got anti-alaiasing and does have party chat wifi type: B/G/N
xbox got better controller
Windows live messanger IN-GAME
the ps3 cant even play music while playing a game = failing whit multi tasking..
i can stay here all day long saying why xbox is better but i have to go cya

Have a nice day!

February 24, 2011 at 10:58 am
(26) Daniel says:

@ tiger

Well i have played black ops in 3d on my xbox so what are you talking about?

February 25, 2011 at 2:59 am
(27) dave says:

Yes PS3 has better features, but the online experience with the xbox 360 is far better, for example you don’t need to be in someones game to talk to them. which is a rather annoying occurance on PSN.

March 18, 2011 at 8:52 am
(28) skillz says:

okay from my experience ive had the ps3 wayyyy longer but i also recently got the ps3 and honestly now with my new dual band N600 netgear router i havent tested it to its full potential as of yet but so far the 360 does have better online game play because all the glitches on call of duty blackops really doesnt bother as much such as invs partys cant hold all the time as much as on the ps3 but then again now the ps3 seems to be working a lil better still with its issues and no 5ghz does make a difference if your to far from your console and you have to run online game play because 5ghz lower signal but higher bandwith 2.4ghz does the job but possibilities are you wont get the full connection they suggest either using 5ghz connection or direct becausee it mixes both signals to make one without showing you and you get max the speed of your connection

April 11, 2011 at 5:38 am
(29) havenemperor says:

@Daniel ~ The PS3 most definitely supports multi tasking. You CAN play music and play a game at the same time. This however has to be supported by the software you are playing. In Gran Turismo you can use your entire track list and specify it to play in various parts of the game.
Even when browsing the internet you can play your music in the background.

@Everybody ~ All this talk about various sytems being the best is useless anyways. Best reasons to buy a Playstation in my case:
1. Used to own a Playstation.
2. Used to own a Playstation 2
3. Because of point 1 and 2 I am used to their controllers.
4. Yes, I love HD movies, and because they stopped supporting/making HD-DVD there is no other alternatives than Blu-ray.
5. I have no money to buy both PS3 and XBOX.
6. PS3 has possibilities when it comes to the combined usability with my Android phone.
7. The PS3 started with a Black version, never had a game console that looked otherwise.
8. The console specific games on the PS3 have more appeal to ME than any other console.

All not so user specific reasons which support ones choice to get a certain console. Most people don’t know what drives a console anyways, only gaming freaks/geeks like us.


October 7, 2011 at 5:09 am
(30) matt says:

i need a wireless internet but i live in a rv and i want to game i just dont know how to go all about it i tought about tryen a hot spot thing like for tmobile or verizon or one of thos things u plug in to a usb port but dont know if it would work if i could get some help thanks

January 3, 2012 at 9:20 am
(31) WTF? says:

Bunch of … babies! I loathe forums because they’re usually pretty useless in finding information. All I ever see is a bunch of whiny babies trying to force there point of view on other users. PS3/Xbox…who … cares? They both have there strengths and weaknesses so why must we try to prove which one is better? Why can’t we all just get along? I’m all about sharing opinions but there’s no reason why we can’t be adults and be respectful about it – even if you’re only 17…which is probably the average age of the forum users. Anyway, grow up!

January 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm
(32) james says:

hey guys..the xbox360/ps3 debate is so 4 years ago.

With prices dropping, it just requires a bit of saving some money to own both.

February 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm
(33) GamingWorld says:

I’ll settle the console battle… or try to at least. I own both 360 and PS3. PS3 is the better console (more adult console), Xbox is better online. See how easy that was. I prefer PS3 more than Xbox but is it hard for me to admit that the Xbox has better online ? no, why should it be? it’s a gaming console and means nothing in life. you cry babies need to grow up and stop trying to defend a piece of plastic. At the end of the day they do the same job, and what one lacks the other makes up with.

June 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm
(34) microgale says:

Ok surfer nerds instead of arguing over which console has the better features answer the questions plz

January 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm
(35) Rlove says:

It dont matter at the end of the day we both gone play either one!!!

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