Setup a Static IP Address on the PS3

If you are forwarding ports to your PS3, you need to permanently assign an internal IP address to that gaming console. Forwarding ports on your router will direct all traffic on certain ports to the internal IP address that you list. If you do not permanently assign an internal IP address to your PS3 console, you may get a different IP address the next to you restart your console causing your forwarded ports to stop working. To avoid this you can either assign an IP address in your router for your PS3 or setup a static IP address in your gaming console.

First you need to look for a way to permanently assign an IP address in your router. This process will differ from router to router.

If you find that you have a router that does not allow for you to manually select IP addresses, you then have to set up the static IP address with the PS3 console itself.


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How to Manually Assign an IP address in Your Router

Some routers have a handy feature where you can simply assign a permanent IP address to your PS3 in the router. No changes are then required in your PS3 console. Your router then takes care of always assigning your PS3 the same IP address which functions exactly the same as a static IP. Follow these steps to assign an IP address in your router:

Step One

You can choose to permanently assign your PS3 to the IP address that it is currently using. To find this number:

Step Two

Login to your router (through your computer) and permanently assign your PS3 to that IP address. For help logging in to your router visit our login guides.

Here is an example of a router that allows you to manually assign IP addresses.

In this router, there is a box to type the IP address into and then a drop down menu for the MAC address. (The MAC address of your PS3 console is a unique number and every console is assigned a different one from the factory.) Some routers do not have a drop down menu to choose the MAC address from and instead have a place to type it in.

Step Three

After you have set your PS3 to a specific IP address, you will need to test the connection to make sure it is working. To do this:

Step Four

Once you have permanently assigned an IP Address to your PS3 you can go ahead and setup a port forward. For help forwarding a port, check out our router guides.

How to Setup a Static IP Address in Your PS3

If you have a router that does not allow you to manually assign internal IP addresses, follow these instructions to set up a static IP address in your PS3:

Step One

Find out what IP address, subnet mask, and gateway your PS3 console is currently using. To find this info:

On this Settings and Connection Status List page, locate the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Default Router. Write these numbers down as you will need them later.

Step Two

Login to your router, through your computer, and note the DHCP range your router uses. The DHCP range is the group of numbers that your router uses to assign internal IP addresses to devices on your network. For help logging in to your router visit our login guides.

Below is an example of a Linksys router with the DHCP Range circled in red.

Step Three

Next, you need to pick a number between 2 and 254 that is not in your router's DHCP range to assign to your PS3.

In the example above, the Linksys router uses the range of 100-149 to assign IP addresses to devices on the internal network. I would choose to assign my PS3 to 151. The IP address that I am going to assign to my PS3 is 192.168.1.151. (Be sure to use the first three numbers that are in your router's IP address, also known as the gateway.) Here are a few more examples for you:

Step Four

To find out if the address you chose is available ping the address using the command prompt. To do this:

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A black window with white writing now appears.

In this black window:

If you ping an address and do not receive a reply, then the IP address is available for you to use. (See example above.) If you do receive a reply then that IP address is in use and you need to try a different one. Below is an example showing an address that you can't use because it has already been assigned.

Step Five

Use the chosen IP address and assign it to your PS3 in the console's menu.

You should now be on a page like the one you see above.

Once the test is complete everything should have succeeded except the UPnp which you disabled.

You can now setup port forwards on your PS3. For help with port forwarding you can check out our router guides.

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