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Managing the PlayStation 3 Wi-Fi Network 46

Posted by timothy
from the sony-makes-some-neat-stuff dept.
LinucksGirl writes "In this article Terra Soft show you how to configure and encrypt, step-by-step, the built-in Wi-Fi network that comes with the Cell Broadband Engine-based Sony PlayStation 3. And, as a little bonus, get 16 quick steps that explain how to switch from a wireless network back to a wired network on the PS3."
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Managing the PlayStation 3 Wi-Fi Network

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  • 16 steps? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    That's terrible.
    • by 4D6963 (933028)

      That's terrible.
      But.. even if they're quick?
    • by ivan256 (17499)

      How many steps does it take to set up Wi-Fi on the manufacturer-supported linux distribution for the Xbox 360 (bonus for including the number of steps required on the basic or arcade editions)?

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Blakey Rat (99501)

      It's exactly 15 steps too many.

      The one step should be "plug in network cable."

      • by mollymoo (202721)
        How would that set up your Wi-Fi connection? It does bring to mind one of the nice features of the PS3 though - when you plug in the USB cable to the controller it automagically sorts out the Bluetooth pairing for you. It's a fairly minor thing I know, but a nice touch.
        • by Blakey Rat (99501)

          Reading comprehension is fundamental:
          1) The part I was referring to is talking about 16 steps to switch *back* to a wired connection after having used a wireless connection. I still stand by my statement that this should take exactly one step.
          2) Of course, I also wrote that post before it was clear that this article is actually about Linux on the PS3, not the PS3's own OS. Thanks, shitty Slashdot editors, for not doing your job!

          It does bring to mind one of the nice features of the PS3 though - when you plug

          • by mollymoo (202721)

            Or I'll just use my Xbox which "automagically" works even if you never, ever, plug your wireless controller cable in.

            Pressing the little button on the back of the controller and the button on the XBox to pair them is isn't "automagic". It's not hard, but it's not automagic.

            • by Blakey Rat (99501)

              Maybe, but I've never had to do that, ever.

              Honestly, I didn't even know there was a little button on the controller until I just read that... I figured the one on the Xbox was for third-party peripherals.

              • by mollymoo (202721)
                Perhaps the controllers you get with them are pre-paired, but I know whenever my 360-owning friend gets a new controller it needs to be paired before it'll work.
  • Bad Summary/Headline (Score:5, Informative)

    by Pluvius (734915) <pluvius3@nospaM.gmail.com> on Thursday June 26, 2008 @04:41PM (#23956499) Journal

    They forgot to mention the most important part: This is a guide for how to get the Wi-Fi to work under Linux. Which makes a lot more sense than having a guide for the relatively simple process of getting it to work in the PS3's native environment.

    Rob

    • by steveo777 (183629)

      Yes, I was pretty appalled at first. But then I did something terrible and I read the article. I am no longer appalled.

  • For Linux (Score:5, Informative)

    by residieu (577863) on Thursday June 26, 2008 @04:43PM (#23956535)

    The Summary might bother to mention that this is for using the wi-fi if you run linux on your playstation.

    I was at first a little shocked that something that should be as simple as turning on the wi-fi requires a slashdot-worthy article. I'd expected Sony could shine the UI up enough to make it easy. But since this is for a linux environment that I guess is still a work in progress, I guess less polish is acceptable

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Bardez (915334)

      I want so badly to point out that this being for Linux makes it no more or less acceptable to have so many damned steps, but alas, I love the idea of Free Software too much to point this out...

      • by hahiss (696716)

        Keep in mind that some of those steps include things like "hit the Y key to save the file". And, actually, it would be relatively simple to write a script that executes steps 7-16.

  • 2 more (Score:2, Funny)

    by JustOK (667959)

    Step 17: ???

    Step 18: Profit

  • by Anonymous Coward

    That's all very well, but I can't get TFA to display in my PS3's built-in web browser without getting a "there is not enough memory" error!

    • by Spatial (1235392)
      And people complain Firefox is a RAM hog... What browser does it use?

      The PS3 has 224MB of RAM to use (256MB total with 32MB reserved for the OS, and 256MB of VRAM). You'd think it could manage pretty much any website!
    • That's all very well, but I can't get TFA to display in my PS3's built-in web browser without getting a "there is not enough memory" error!

      That's interesting. It loads fine with the Wii's Opera browser.

  • 16 steps... (Score:2, Funny)

    by brkello (642429)
    Wow. So I guess the PS3 is nearly as complicated as a woman.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    sony sucks?

  • Sooner or later, I'm still gonna buy a Playstation 3, it doesn't especially make any difference, but for now I can enjoy the fact that I don't have to for the express purpose that my older brother and my best friend each have one. So as long as I can get my Metal Gear Solid 4 on, I'll be sound as a pound.

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