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How to connect PS3 to internet

Playstation 3 connects to the internet using an Ethernet cable and a home network and high-speed internet service. High-speed internet service is usually provided by a ISP or Internet Service Provider in your local area. Most major metro areas have several providers. Today, examples are Time-Warner Cable, Comcast, ATT, Charter and many others. Check your local area to see which providers offer high-speed internet (broadband). Typically the local service provider will install the required components in your home.

What is installed in my home for high-speed internet service?

The components installed in your home for broadband (high-speed) internet varies depending on the technology the service provider offers. Today, many homes have DSL or Cable technology. DSL uses your telephone lines while Cable uses coaxial cable. DSL is offered by the telephone company while Cable is offered by local Cable TV companies. For more information on internet service click here.

To get your Playstation3 connected to the internet, you need to hookup your PS3 to the components installed in your home by your internet service provider. The components usually include a modem, either a DSL modem or a Cable modem. Modem stands for MOdulator-DEModulator. When you sign up for broadband service from an Internet Service Provider, they will either provide you with an appropriate broadband modem, or they will direct you to an electronics store where you can purchase one. Also usually included is a router. A router allows you to hookup your computer and your PS3 in order to share your internet connection. The router can be wired or wireless or both. These components comprise what is called your Local Area Network or LAN.

Wired components will connect using Ethernet cables, also known as CAT5, CAT5e, CAT6 cables. Wireless uses high frequency radio signals to transmit the information across the network. The advantage of wireless is you can move to different spots in your home using a laptop computer. Wireless can be more complex than wired because the information is sent out over the air like a radio transmission and you may not want anyone else receiving your data. Therefore data encryption becomes involved. Wireless broadband routers look much the same as a wired router, with the obvious exception of the antenna on top, and the lack of cable running from the PCs to the router when it is all set up.

Why Do I Need a Router?

For most home users, they may want to set-up a LAN (local Area Network) or WLAN (wireless LAN) and connect all computers to the Internet without having to pay a full broadband subscription service to their ISP for each computer on the network. In many instances, an ISP will allow you to use a router and connect multiple computers to a single Internet connection and pay a nominal fee for each additional computer sharing the connection. This is when home users will want to look at smaller routers, often called broadband routers that enable two or more computers to share an Internet connection and these are the types of functions a router is designed for.

Ethernet cables

Ethernet cables today are called CAT5, CAT5e or CAT6 and the difference between them has to do with the speed of the data transmission. Home networks will do just fine with a CAT5e cable. These cables cost very little and can be bought online or at a computer or electronics store. These cables have 4 pair (8 connectors) at each end and are similiar to standard telephone modular connectors, only larger and with more connectors. The jack they plug into is called a RJ-45 port. Your router will have several RJ-45 inputs for your computer and Playstation3 to connect so you can share the internet hookup in your home. So you need at least two ethernet cables, one for your computer and one for your PS3.

Ethernet cable (CAT5, CAT5e, CAT6)

Router (Wireless) with RJ-45 ports 1 to 4 and Modem link port on far left

Playstation 3 internet connection diagram

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