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The Playstation 3 has the option to pull data out of your wireless home network and stream it.

How do I do this? (This question is deliberatly vague, I want a block of instructions on how to accomplish this from A to Z)

Should there be more be multiple options, Bonus Points for including every possible way.

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code.google.com/p/ps3mediaserver –  Aron_dc Sep 7 '12 at 0:11
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I don't know what Windows 7 provides as a media server, but the big bonus with the PS3 Media Server software is that it auto-converts pretty much any video file into a format supported by the PS3. –  Jason Berkan Sep 19 '12 at 6:27
    
@JasonBerkan the ps3 media server software works very well, but the concept was designed to work stand-alone, and I wan't to know why it doesn't. (work) Or how to make it work. And Win7 uses WMP. –  Ender Sep 19 '12 at 9:34
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Not sure if you are looking for a free solution.. Personally I have a External hard drive that has built in internet capabilities (hook Ethernet to it, then you can connect to it via any device with WiFi). By having this, I can put music, movies, and pictures on that hard drive and access it on my PS3, XBox, and any of my PC's. This is similar to mine, however I got mine on sale ($85, only 1TB) about a year ago. ebay.com/itm/Iomega-35541-Ez-Media-And-Back-upcenter-2tb-/… –  leety Sep 19 '12 at 15:00

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Unfortunately there aren't really a lot of ways and you can't simply access media over the network without serving it somehow. The PS3 doesn't have any SAMBA-like protocol for browsing network computers. If you notice under the video/music menu options, there is an option to search for media servers. This is the solution Sony created.

  1. The most effective method is to install any media server software on one of your PC/Laptops. http://www.ps3mediaserver.org/ - for example
  2. You set the media server to look in the directories with the media you want to be available. https://www.youtube.com/channel/HCob3taCHsafE - List of how-to videos in their FAQ
  3. Then you browse the media server on your PS3 under video/music/pictures on the main system menu.

An alternative would be to format up to a 32GB FAT32 external USB hard drive and put media on that. It only is able to play a limited amount of media formats however so a media server is still better (Media gets transcoded).

PS3 Media Server works great on Windows 7 (64 or 86); I use it myself. You could use the built in Windows Media Player media server capabilities if you don't want to install extra software. Installing a media server with one already available natively is a bit redundant, however, the PS3 Media Server transcribes nearly any media format into one that the PS3 will definitely be able to read. Once you try it out, you won't want or need to use anything else.

Disclaimer: Media Servers work best when on an entirely wired connection so it is advised to find a way to get your PS3 plugged into a hub/router/switch. It will still work over wireless but will require some additional buffering time and might be choppier

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+1 for PS3 Media Server, it works great on macs as well. –  authenticgeek Sep 19 '12 at 20:04
    
Yeah, I never had a problem with PS3 Media Server, either. I believe the only caveat is that you need Java to run it, however that could have changed since I last used it. –  G.D. Hamell Sep 24 '12 at 18:00
    
Why is that even a caveat? Billions of things run on Java; it's free, its easy to install, and its very lightweight. –  Enigma Feb 15 '13 at 17:09

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