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PS3 Wifi upgrade to 802.11n possible?

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Is it possible to buy some kind of wireless-N network card to replace the default one inside the ps3? The built in wifi is OK but I find the ps3 signal strength is poor compared to any and every other wireless device at or even further away from the router.

At the very least Sony should use high quality 802.11g chipsets from Intel or Broadcom but instead I have a feeling they currently use some crappy wifi chipsets. I still have to lookup the mac address to see which company makes it but it sure does not perform like I would expect. The PS3 only reports 70% signal strength but my notebook and netbook can get close to 100% signal strength at even further distances from the router.

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Re: PS3 Wifi upgrade to 802.11n possible?

Feb 5, 2009
My PS3 gets great signal with WiFi... 95-98% at all tims
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Feb 5, 2009
good question i would like to know this also, but i thought we have 802.11 wifi in the ps3 ?
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Feb 5, 2009

You can buy a Wireless Gaming Adapter that supports the N spec.

 

It would go plugged into the PS3's Ethernet port though.

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koch189 wrote:
good question i would like to know this also, but i thought we have 802.11 wifi in the ps3 ?

 

The PS3 has the G spec, which supports B and G.

 

The OP wants the N spec, which supports B, G, and N.

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the goal for Sony would be to get cost down. G is plenty enough for the PS3, I had a crap dlink at ontime that went through 2 floors of this old house to were my ps3 is and was getting 90% connection on average
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Replacing the hardware wouldn't do much good, as the PS3 wouldn't recognize the 802.11n without a firmware/driver update. You could look at getting some sort of wifi to ethernet 802.11n access point (I don't know who, if anyone, makes one). From all that I've read, the PS3 doesn't recognize USB wifi adapters (there isn't a single one I know of that is plug and play).
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Kaivarri wrote:

Replacing the hardware wouldn't do much good, as the PS3 wouldn't recognize the 802.11n without a firmware/driver update. You could look at getting some sort of wifi to ethernet 802.11n access point (I don't know who, if anyone, makes one). From all that I've read, the PS3 doesn't recognize USB wifi adapters (there isn't a single one I know of that is plug and play).

     I concur, but I found a picture of the PS3 hardware and I don't see a PCIe mini, which is what laptops and netbooks use for WiMAX and WiFi, and how you could even get the chance to replace it.   (the only place that maybe where the PCIe mini is, is in the top left of the picture there is a IC covering up a part of the MOBO and there are 3 curcuit paths out to copper points, those copper points are identical to WiFi PCIe mini antenna interfaces, it maybe there).

     You could probably find a IC to resolder the hardware that would interface with the concurrent hardware, but since I'm not familiar enough the circuit diagrams, nor the hardware of the PS3, I would have no idea where to start, nor where to point you, except Curcuit Cellar. Send them an e-mail, and they might be able to help -They are electronics engineers-.

     Otherwise the simplest solution is to by a network bridge from trendnet, that brings down a wireless signal to a RJ-45, then you could PnP straight to your PS3. You can buy it here .   Hope this helps Trinininja

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I, like most people here, get a signal strength of 90-100% consistently.


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You cannot upgrade the PS3 Hardware other than the Hard Drive. If you were going to swap the Wi-Fi card, then you need to look for a driver for It, which in case, there's nothing. In order for It to work, Sony has to program a driver for It. Maybe the next gen PlayStation system may have 802.11n.

I have a N Router and the range from my PS3 to the Router is still a good connection. Maybe about 48-72% Average (when the Network is not being utilized). And G can't take advantage of the N's Speed and Range, but my signal is still pretty good.

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