It’s crucial to set up a static IP address if you are planning to utilize port forwarding. When you have a setup that offers port forwarding, the router forwards IP addresses to these ports that you specify.
Without setting up static IP addresses, port forwarding will work during that period, but when you restart your PS3, your PS3 IP address might appear different. When this happens, your ports won’t be forwarded to your PS3 IP address. So the port forwarding mechanism won’t work for your internet connection settings.
Step-by-Step Guide on Setting up Static IP for your PS3
Please note that these steps will only work outside your DHCP server range because assigning a static IP address within a DHCP range can cause conflicts later on if your DHCP server decides to assign an IP address to a device that you have hard-coded as a static IP.
An IP address conflict will mean neither the device with the static IP will work, nor will the new device that you connected to the network that is using the dynamically-assigned IP address (through the DHCP server). To get around this, just make sure you know your router’s DHCP address range and make sure your static IP address falls outside of that. For example, if your DHCP pool is 192.168.2.10-192.168.2.100, you’re safe if you assign 192.168.2.135 to your PS3.
Once you know what IP is safe to assign, it is easy to assign a static IP on your PS3 and on other local machines on your network that handle DNS, FTP, TLS, as well as other common servers. To do give your PS3 a static IP, follow these steps:
- Go to the Settings option on your PS3 menu.
- Click Network Settings > Settings and Connection List.
- Note down the subnet mask, the IP address, and the default router on a piece of paper.
- Go back to the Network Settings > Internet Connection Settings.
- Press Ok.
- Now select custom > Wired or Wireless > Auto-Detect > Manual settings.
- Enter a manual IP address (such as 192.168.0.5 or 192.168.0.230)
- Enter the subnet mask and the default gateway that you note down earlier.
- Choose Automatic > Do Not Use > Disable.
- Press the X button to save your settings and you are done.
What is an IP address?
An IP address is a numerical representation of a group of four numbers separated through periods that identify each device separately. Every device will have a unique IP address that will specify each device, and that two devices should never have the same IP address since it won’t allow establishing a connection between each other. Similarly, your PlayStation IP address will be distinct from all other devices for you to connect to the internet.
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Dynamic vs. static IPs?
Most router manufacturers assign dynamic IP addresses by default. They do this because dynamic IP address settings are not required to be done. The end-user will plug in their device or gaming console, and the router will automatically assign the IP address, and their network will start working.
When IP addresses are assigned dynamically, the default router is the responsible device to do so. Every time a console or any device is rebooted, it asks for the router the IP address. It assigns it to the device, making sure that the IP address isn’t assigned to some other device.
This is important to consider. When you set a dedicated IP for Ps3, the router isn’t aware that the IP address is being used. So, the very same IP address can be handed off to another device, and that won’t allow devices to connect to the internet.
So when you place a static IP address, it’s crucial to assign the PS3 static IP that won’t be given to other devices by the dynamic IP address server. The dynamic server is referred to as DHCP.
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