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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Sony PSP - Networking Configuration Guide (Tutorial)

I have been using my PSP an awful lot lately, and will most likely be spending a lot of time on the Sony Playstation Portable tomorrow with my flight to Cancun, Mexico. One of the great features of the Sony PSP is the fact that you can connect wirelessly via standard WiFi or an 802.11 standard. This will enable you to connect to the Internet to get games and updates, connect with other players. It will even work if you are in an airport to browse the web!

The configuration is pretty straight forward, but I am publishing this how-to guide in order to help those of you who may have not done a lot of wifi configurations before. Best of luck, and please let me know with a comment below if this works for you!

Here is the step-by-step guide:
1. It goes without saying, but you need to turn on your Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) with the button on the left.

2. Verify that you are in a location that is WiFi enabled or make sure your Wireless LAN device / router is turned on and ready to receive wireless traffic.

3. Optional step if the first pass configuration does not work. You may need to perform a factory reset of your Sony PSP. The steps to complete this are to scroll to "Settings", then click on "Restore Default Settings". While you may not lose any information or data, you may need to reset your wallpapers. The Sony PSP will then walk you through configuring your name, date, time, and the rest of the defaults.

4. Power down your PSP to completely reset it. Wait approximately 10 seconds, then power it back on.

5. Scroll to "Network Settings" under "Settings"

6. Select "Infrastructure Mode"

7. Select "New Connection" and specify your name such as "Home", "My Network", or "LAX Airport"

8. Navigate to the wireless LAN settings for 802.11 WiFi at "WLAN Settings". Now select the "Scan" option.

9. After the network scan is completed, you should see the name of your router (or a local wifi connection) appear in the list on your Playstation Portable. If it is, then proceed to step 10. If it is not, and you followed all of the steps so far, then something is wrong with your PSP, or the settings, or a combination of both. Alternatively, you may have your SSID setting on your router set to not visible or scannable. You may want to correct this to make the setup easier.

10. Now navigate to "WLAN Security Setting". If you do not have encryption setup on your router, then leave the option as "None".

11. If your are running encryption on your Wireless router, select the type of technology support, either WEP or WPA.

12. Navigate to "Address Settings". Select "Easy"

13. Navigate to "Setting List". Verify that your settings are correct.

14. Navigate to the next screen and press X to save your settings. You should get a message that says "Save Completed. Test Connection". Press X.

15. You should get two quick display messages. The first should say "connecting to access point." The next should say "obtaining IP address".

Congratulations! If you received these messages, you are now able to conenct wireless on your PSP! Now, go use your PSP to do the same thing you can do on your PC now, only smaller and slightly slower. In fact you can even connect and play games with others.


Anonymous said...

I have a 10 digit WEP code on my router and my PSP saves only 8 digits haw can I get around the system to have the PSP save the 10digits? I am sure it will allow me to connect if this is possible.

Ken Hanscom said...

I would switch to 128-bit WEP from 64-bit WEP. (Even in your case, I believe the PSP is taking the last two digits even though there are only 8 '*' shown in the console.