How to Change DNS Settings on a PlayStation 3

Introduction

If you're having issues connecting to specific sites or online games, you may have an issue with your DNS. We'll show you how to resolve that.
Before You Begin:
Your PS3 must be connected to the Internet.
Playstation 3 logo

Should I change DNS settings on my PS3?

DNS stands for "Domain Name System." A DNS service/server is what translates the name of the website or server you are trying to connect to into the IP address that matches it. This is something that has to take place for your game console to make the right connections. There are a handful of reasons you might want to consider using different DNS settings on your PS3:
 
You might speed up your connection
Third-party DNS servers can sometimes be faster than your ISP's default DNS servers. This isn't always the case though, and will largely depend on how close the third-party DNS servers are to your home or office and how they compare your ISP's DNS servers. For this reason, if you are having connectivity issues, trying a different DNS server may be beneficial.
Your connection might be more reliable
If your connection seems unreliable, changing your DNS settings might be an easy way to see if that's the problem. Your ISP may be having trouble keeping their DNS servers up and running without any issues, and this can result in slow or interrupted connections on your console. Switching to a more reliable DNS server may resolve this.
May be looking to access content that's not available in your region
Some ISPs or networks in other countries block content at the DNS level, a third-party DNS service that doesn't block that content may help you get around those restrictions.

1 Customize DNS Settings

  1. Under the Settings column (1), select Network Settings (2).
    Playstation 3 settings menu showing network settings
  2. Then, select Internet Connection Settings.
    PS3 internet connection settings
  3. To customize DNS settings, choose Custom.
    PS3 network setting method with custom chosen 
  4. Select the type of connection your PS3 is currently using.
    PS3 wired connection selection
  5. Select Automatic under IP Address Settings.
    PS3 internet connection settings with automatic ip address settings
  6. Select Do Not Set under DHCP Host Name.
    PS3 do not set dhcp
  7. Select Manual to customize DNS Settings.
    PS3 DNS setting with manual selected
  8. Enter the Primary DNS address, then select Done.
    PS3 primary dns settings selected
  9. Now enter the Secondary DNS address, then select Done
  10. Select Automatic under MTU Settings.
    PS3 MTU settings set to automatic
  11. Select Do Not Use under Proxy Server.
    PS3 do not use proxy server
  12. Select Enable for UPnP.
    PS3 enable UPnP

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If you're having issues connecting to specific sites or online games, you may have an issue with your DNS. We'll show you how to resolve that.
Before You Begin:
Your PS3 must be connected to the Internet.
Playstation 3 logo

Should I change DNS settings on my PS3?

DNS stands for "Domain Name System." A DNS service/server is what translates the name of the website or server you are trying to connect to into the IP address that matches it. This is something that has to take place for your game console to make the right connections. There are a handful of reasons you might want to consider using different DNS settings on your PS3:
 
You might speed up your connection
Third-party DNS servers can sometimes be faster than your ISP's default DNS servers. This isn't always the case though, and will largely depend on how close the third-party DNS servers are to your home or office and how they compare your ISP's DNS servers. For this reason, if you are having connectivity issues, trying a different DNS server may be beneficial.
Your connection might be more reliable
If your connection seems unreliable, changing your DNS settings might be an easy way to see if that's the problem. Your ISP may be having trouble keeping their DNS servers up and running without any issues, and this can result in slow or interrupted connections on your console. Switching to a more reliable DNS server may resolve this.
May be looking to access content that's not available in your region
Some ISPs or networks in other countries block content at the DNS level, a third-party DNS service that doesn't block that content may help you get around those restrictions.
  1. Under the Settings column (1), select Network Settings (2).
    Playstation 3 settings menu showing network settings
  2. Then, select Internet Connection Settings.
    PS3 internet connection settings
  3. To customize DNS settings, choose Custom.
    PS3 network setting method with custom chosen 
  4. Select the type of connection your PS3 is currently using.
    PS3 wired connection selection
  5. Select Automatic under IP Address Settings.
    PS3 internet connection settings with automatic ip address settings
  6. Select Do Not Set under DHCP Host Name.
    PS3 do not set dhcp
  7. Select Manual to customize DNS Settings.
    PS3 DNS setting with manual selected
  8. Enter the Primary DNS address, then select Done.
    PS3 primary dns settings selected
  9. Now enter the Secondary DNS address, then select Done
  10. Select Automatic under MTU Settings.
    PS3 MTU settings set to automatic
  11. Select Do Not Use under Proxy Server.
    PS3 do not use proxy server
  12. Select Enable for UPnP.
    PS3 enable UPnP
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