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Tip: Easy Access to your PCs media files
Created: 24-11-2007 13:20 Edited: 25-11-2007 18:51

Accessing Your PCs Media Library Via Your Network

This is old news really, but it's something most users aren't aware of or don't know how to get working. If you have a network at home you can access all the media (videos, photos, music) stored on your PC from your PS3. Very handy if you have a large collection of holiday snaps, home movies or music tracks on your PC. Plus it means you don't have to copy it all to your console and clog up the hard disk. If you are running a modern version of Windows then you don't even need to download any extra software!

The PS3 now supports the DLNA protocol (Digital Living Network Alliance) so it can connect to media servers via your local area network. If you have a LAN at home and a Windows PC with Windows Media Player 11 installed (free) then you already have everything you need.

On your PS3, go to the 'Network Settings' area of the dashboard and ensure theat 'Media Server Connection' is enabled.

In Windows Media Player you need to open 'Options' from the 'Tools' menu. There is a tab called 'Library' which contains a button to click called 'Configure Sharing'. You should see an 'Unknown Device' listed as below:

This is the PS3. Allow it access and you are all set to go. You may want to mess with the 'Monitor Folders' button on the 'Library' tab in order to add or remove folders on your PC which you want to share, but thats up to you. In the Photo, Music and Video areas of your PS3 dashboard you should see an icon for your PC and can now browse the shared media.

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