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Topic # 25549 25-Aug-2008 09:51
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Hi All

I'm not sure which sub-category is best for this query, but I thought this might be a good place to start.

I have a PS3 which I use as a media centre, wirelessly connected to my D-link wireless ADSL router (the one Telecom provide), and have problems where the PS3 drops the media server connection randomly but quite frequently. The connection to the router itself stays intact but I will be watching a video file and all of a sudden it will stop playing, the PS3 will tell me that the connection to the media server has been lost, then about 2 seconds later the media server icon re-appears and I'm good to go again.

I have experimented with changing the wifi channel - the signal strength is at about 60% and videos start to play after about 2 seconds so I figure that signal reception is not the problem. I have also tried running a LAN cable across the house for a wired connection and with this I experience no drop-outs at all so I am fairly certain that the configuration of my LAN is not the problem either.

Has anybody else experienced this issue? Does anybody have any ideas as to what might be causing this?

Thank you!

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  Reply # 159505 25-Aug-2008 10:55
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I have noticed frequent reference on forums to issues with the PS3 and wireless routers. This thread on AVS Forum might be helpful starting at the first post. You could try some things like using a static IP address, disabling uPnP etc.   It might simply be that signal dropouts or interference at the wrong times are causing the PS3 to lose sight of the media server and close the link.

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  Reply # 159540 25-Aug-2008 12:36
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Oneday folk will wake up and realise that 802.11b/g/n is not really a good solution for streaming high demand content. You could try and check any QOS settings, otherwise a better WiFi AP with QOS flexibility might be what you need, the Dlinks are pretty base line.

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  Reply # 159785 26-Aug-2008 09:08
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Thank you all for your comments. I tried disabling uPnP last night, and then watched three programs lasting about two hours in total without a single dropout. It's a bit early for me to be certain that the problem has definitely gone away, but I certainly don't remember going that long without a dropout before. If this has fixed it, then I've been saved the unenviable task of crawling around under the house with LAN cable so thank you very much! I'll try it again tonight and let you know how it goes.

Thanks again

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  Reply # 159806 26-Aug-2008 10:15
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Heh, saw the thread topic and came here to advise you to do just that. I had the same problem, same fix worked for me too.




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  Reply # 159830 26-Aug-2008 11:18
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NZtechfreak: Heh, saw the thread topic and came here to advise you to do just that. I had the same problem, same fix worked for me too.


That's good to know, thanks for that -- the sad thing is I've been battling this problem since I bought it in January, and to think it was that simple!

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  Reply # 159893 26-Aug-2008 14:23
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Thanks for the information. I think I am having a similar problem when streaming song files through Media Player 11. I have a strong signal showing on the ps3 but I am getting drops outs which appear to be the ps3 loosing its connection with the router, or it could be buffering as the song will eventually begin to play again. I was suprised that this was happening so hopefully your fix will sort it.

Thismight be a silly question but are you guys disabling uPnP on the ps3 or on you router settings?



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  Reply # 159895 26-Aug-2008 14:28
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dreadeye: Thanks for the information. I think I am having a similar problem when streaming song files through Media Player 11. I have a strong signal showing on the ps3 but I am getting drops outs which appear to be the ps3 loosing its connection with the router, or it could be buffering as the song will eventually begin to play again. I was suprised that this was happening so hopefully your fix will sort it.



Thismight be a silly question but are you guys disabling uPnP on the ps3 or on you router settings?


On the router settings

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  Reply # 160091 27-Aug-2008 11:08
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Just as a note - i had heaps of problems with my Laptop not showing up as a Media Server and it dropping out now and then.
I was using a Wireless Router also.

I followed all the 'finds' i could get on the web; checking firewall settings, making sure the different Media Player services were running, media sharing on Media Player 11 etc and in the end my problems were solved by an unrelated issue.

If you still have problems after following all the usual - disable the service for internet connection sharing - i havent had a problem since.

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  Reply # 160110 27-Aug-2008 12:18
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steve98:  I'll try it again tonight and let you know how it goes.


Bugger. I had three drop outs last night. Ho hum. I guess I'll be crawling under the house with LAN cable after all!

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  Reply # 160115 27-Aug-2008 12:36
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Yeah, even streaming music wireless to an Airport Express gave me enough dropouts to make it worth running a cable, video would be pushing it.

There are wireless HDMI systems coming out overseas, will be interesting to see how reliable they prove to be in practise, though I suppose if it's possible to broadcast HDTV over UHF, it should be possible in the home..

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  Reply # 160152 27-Aug-2008 14:08
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steve98:
steve98:  I'll try it again tonight and let you know how it goes.


Bugger. I had three drop outs last night. Ho hum. I guess I'll be crawling under the house with LAN cable after all!

Steve


have you also tried unplugging any other wireless devices - cordless phones, baby monitors, wireless cameras - and seeing if there is any difference? 




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  Reply # 160182 27-Aug-2008 15:36
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steve98:
steve98:  I'll try it again tonight and let you know how it goes.


Bugger. I had three drop outs last night. Ho hum. I guess I'll be crawling under the house with LAN cable after all!

Steve


have you also tried unplugging any other wireless devices - cordless phones, baby monitors, wireless cameras - and seeing if there is any difference? 


No I haven't to be honest -- I figured that since the connection to the router is staying intact and its just the media server element dropping in and out that it couldn't be related to signal. I also have a laptop and an Apple eMac that connect via wifi and they do suffer a bit when a phone call is actually on the line but not otherwise. We have a baby on the way in November and I hadn't even thought about what frequency baby monitors work on -- would they be 2.4Ghz as well?

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  Reply # 160226 27-Aug-2008 17:33
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steve98:We have a baby on the way in November and I hadn't even thought about what frequency baby monitors work on -- would they be 2.4Ghz as well?


Potentially. The 2.4GHz ISM band requires no licencing hence the reason so many things use it.

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  Reply # 160242 27-Aug-2008 18:30
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Probably will be, yes. So many gadgets in my household running on that frequency, makes playing Guitar Hero tough at times!




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