How to Connect a PS3 to a Laptop

by Robert Kingsley

    There was a time when a video game system was a machine you could put a game in and play it -- and other than that, it was useless. Those days are gone. Today’s systems, such as the PlayStation 3, are advanced computers capable of handling all of your family’s multimedia needs. Connect a PS3 to your computer and you’ll be able to stream videos from your hard drive, view images and listen to music. If your laptop has a video-capture card installed, you can even use it to view your PS3’s output and make videos. You've got a few options for connections depending on your home networking equipment.

    Connect Through Home Network

    Step 1

    Unplug all of your home networking devices for a total of at least two minutes. After this time has elapsed, plug everything back in and allow it to boot.

    Step 2

    Connect one end of an Ethernet cable to your PlayStation 3's network port. Connect the other to a networking device: a router, switch or hub. If you are using Wi-Fi, you can skip this step.

    Step 3

    Use your PS3 controller to highlight "Network Settings" under the settings menu of the Xcross Media Bar (XMB). Press "X" to select it.

    Step 4

    Select "Internet Connection" and click "X." Select "Enabled" and click "X."

    Step 5

    Highlight and select "Internet Connection Settings," and then highlight and select "Yes."

    Step 6

    Select "Easy" to allow the PS3 to auto-detect the proper settings for your network. Select "Custom" if you'd rather enter the information manually.

    Step 7

    Select "Wired Connection" or "Wireless" depending on your preference.

    Step 8

    Enter your network's password if required.

    Step 9

    Select "Test Connection" after the settings have been determined to verify network connectivity.

    Step 10

    Connect your laptop to your home network either via Wi-Fi or by connecting an Ethernet cable to the laptop's networking port.

    Direct Ethernet Connection

    Step 1

    Connect an Ethernet cable to the network ports on your PlayStation 3 and your laptop. You do not need to use a crossover cable.

    Step 2

    Click Start on your computer and type "View Network Connections." Select "View Network Connections" from the list of results.

    Step 3

    Right-click "Ethernet" and click "Properties." Select "Internet Protocol Version 4" and click "Properties."

    Step 4

    Enter the following information and click "OK": IP address: Subnet mask: Default Gateway: Preferred DNS Server: Secondary DNS Server:

    Step 5

    Select "Network Settings" from the "Settings" section of the XMB. Select "Enable" under "Internet Connection" and select "Internet Connection Settings." Select "Yes."

    Step 6

    Select "Custom" and select "Wired Connection." Select "Auto-Detect" when asked for the Operation Mode and select "Manual" for the IP Address Settings. Enter the same IP information referenced above, but change the IP address to Select "Automatic" for MTU size, "Do Not Use" for Proxy Settings and "Enable" for UPnP settings.

    Video Capture Card

    Step 1

    Connect the video cable to your PS3. Depending on your capture card, you could use either an HDMI, S-video or component video.

    Step 2

    Connect the other end of your cable to your video-capture card.

    Step 3

    Open your video-capture software to view and capture your PS3 video output.


    • You must enable multimedia sharing on your Windows computer in order to stream your media to the PS3.
    • You can use Internet Connection Sharing on your laptop to connect your PS3 to the Internet.
    • You may need to configure your laptop's firewall to allow the connection with the PS3.

    Required Items

    • Ethernet cable
    • Router
    • Hub
    • Switch

    About the Author

    Robert Kingsley has been writing technical copy and procedural documents since 2007. He has years of experience with networking and hardware troubleshooting to help guide readers through their information technology-related issues. Kingsley received his associate's degree in computer networking systems from ITT Technical Institute in Woburn, Massachusetts.

    Photo Credits

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