How to: Get flawless online gaming with your PS3

Since the new PS3 update (2.20) and the new Call of Duty 4 patch, I and a few friends had quite a few problems gaming and hearing each other online. Joining a server was no problem but trying to join each other’s parties resulted in getting a Host Error. So I have done some digging around and have come up with a soloution. I have tested it and it seems to work. What we are trying to achieve by doing this is give your PS3 a static ip address and selecting the DMZ option on your router. Read on……..

Putting your PS3 into a DMZ (demilitarized zone) simply opens all of the ports on it. If you have the following problems, this is likely to fix it. 

  • Not being able to join rooms
  • Not being able to speak over your headset
  • Not being able to hear other people over their headset
  • Not being able to join private games
  • Any problems to do with connectivity to the PSN, especially if your computer will connect to the internet, but your PS3 won’t.

Part 1-(On PS3)


  • Firstly, you will need to assign your PS3 a static internal IP address. Normally whenever a device connects to your router it will be assigned a different internal IP address. These are normally,, and so on. Assigning a static one will ensure that your PS3 will get the same one every time it connects.
  • Go to the “Settings > Network Settings > Internet Connection Settings” option on the PS3 XMB. Choose whether you are using wireless or wired.
  • Both selections should show a page called “Address Settings”. Here you will need to select “Custom”. Another page will then display entitled “IP Address Setting”. The option “Manual” will need to be selected.
  • This will display a page where customizable IP Addresses are available to be entered.
  • IP Address – This will need to have the Static IP address in it. Use, simply because it is unlikely that 80 other devices will be connected at the same time.
  • Subnet Mask – always set to
  • Default Router – Is the internal IP Address of your router. 
    1. To get the exact ip of your router you should go to
    2. Start
    3. Run
    4. cmd [Hit Enter]
    5. Type in ipconfig and hit enter, this should come up with all the ip addresses to do with your computer and the network. The address you will need to enter in this option is listed as “Default Gateway”.
  • Primary DNS – Same IP Address as “Default Router”
  • Secondary DNS – Same IP Address as “Default Router”
  • Proxy � When you get to the proxy screen, select “Do not use Proxy”
  • MTU � Automatic
  • UPnP � Enabled

Part 2-(On PC)


  • In your Internet Browser, type the address of your default gateway, this will take you to your Router Configuration Page. Look for any mention of DMZ
  • When you have found this, it will ask you for the Static IP of the DMZ host. This is simply the Internal IP that you assigned your PS3. We used
  • Finally, turn off your Router, PC and PS3 for a few minutes to ensure that the new settings are loaded. Then your ready to go!






Call Of Duty 4 – New Maps

Although not due out until the end of April, the new update for Call Of Duty 4 will feature 4 new maps. Chinatown, Creek, Killhouse and Broadcast. Check out video to see what you will get for your money. I reckon Killhouse will be a lot of fun if not a tad hectic!  or check out this link 

PSP phone is coming!

 It has been reported that Sony Ericsson have applied for a new PSP phone patent which is kind of strange as they have long denied any such idea. The application shows a sketch of a device with a large touch-screen LCD screen with a built in accelerometer that allows the user to reformat the GUI depending on which way up it is held, I’m guessing similar to the iPod touch technology? Anyway for a full report check out The Register.

Sony talk Blu-Ray with Microsoft

There were reports yesterday that Stan Glasgow, President of Sony Electronics, were having discussions with Microsoft about a possible move to incorporate a Blu-Ray player in the Xbox 360. This means that if true Sony would be making money from the sales of the 360 and the PS3! For more info on this check PS3 Fanboy.

Video of the day – Man Cold

10 Reasons why the PS3 is relevant again!

Being a bit of a geek I read a lot of stuff on technology that I am interested in. As an owner of a PS3 and defender of its existence I find any article that explains why it is relevant a good thing and something worth sharing to all those people who are are unsure of the choice between PS3 and XBox 360. PS3 Fanboy has produced such an article that clearly points outs the advantages of now owning a PS3 and why it will win the console war eventually! Check out 10 reasons why the PS3 is relevant again here.

Jooce Read about on the BBC website the other day and then my friend Russ told me to check it out. What is it? Jooce is an online private desktop/space for “cyber nomads” who either don’t own a computer or are on the move a lot and are constantly in and out of internet cafes with their usb sticks. You can upload files, photos, bundle your instant messenger and email together in one easy to use place. Which means wherever you are in the world you can log in and access all your stuff as if you were carring around a laptop without the huge price tag! It has a great look to it, with an easy to use menu system which looks like a simplified OS X and the whole thing was built using flash giving it a very animated and fresh look.

If anyone has used Jooce or is going to sign up after reading this, then let me know what you thought of it. I have only used it for a short while so will jot down an update once I have used it more.