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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

PS3: Connect to Vista as a Media Server

Now that it looks like I will be the Los Angeles area for a couple of weeks (about 10 days until I travel again), I decided to solve some "very important" problems that I was having with my home entertainment center. Namely, the fact that I have over 20GB of music sitting on my computer -- but no way to play it through my Sony ES receiver.

That's where the Playstation 3 (PS3) and it's ability to connect to Media Servers comes into play. Today while doing a little research, I discovered how to connect my PS3 to my home computer so that I could stream music wirelessly to my Playstation 3. Pretty cool!

It all starts apparently with Sony's firmware upgrade for the Playstation 3 (PS3) to version 1.8. Since I had not used my PS3 in a few weeks -- I just noticed the upgrade to version 1.9 of the firmware. However, upon completing the upgrade I noticed that their option to "Find Media Server" on the PS3 was under the music, photos, and videos section.

The functionality was support for DLNA (Digital Living Alliance Network), which in this case establishes the interoperability of Digital Media. While this was not necessarily supported in Windows XP, it is supported in Windows Vista as well as any computer with Microsoft's Media Player 11. Once you have that setup -- it is just a few minutes until you will be able to access all of your media on your PS3!

Once your search for Media servers, two things need to happen. The first is that your computer will need to recognize the PS3 an approved device. Once you have that setup and Media Player running, you can view pictures, stream videos and music directly to your PS3 and through your home theater. If you have the 60GB version of the Playstation 3, then you can do this all wirelessly as well!

Last note is that you can copy multiple files to your PS3 so that if you need to play them when your Windows Media Server is not available then you can store them on your PS3 hard drive.

See this article for a step-by-step guide on setting up a Windows Media Server that supports DLNA.

See this article for a step-by-step guide on getting your PS3 to recognize your Windows Media Server support DLNA

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