There are many people who want to learn how to setup their PC as a media server. To setup a PC as a media server you need to know the purpose that it can serve. Most people want to do this because the PS3 can pick up the signal. That means you will be able to play music and videos on your PS3 from files that are located on your PC. This can come in handy seeing that most PS3’s don’t have the hard drive space to store too many full length movies. There is more than one way to get the job done and each way has its ups and downs.
The easiest way is to simply make a Windows 7 Homegroup. You can do this by going to the start menu and entering the control panel. In the control panel, you would have to locate the icon labeled, “Homegroups.” If you don’t see this option then change the “view by” option in the upper right hand corner to large icons. Here you will follow some simple on screen instructions that will allow you to share videos, pictures, music, printers, and more. After you finish making the Homegroup in Windows 7, you will be able to stream files from PC to PS3. However, there will be limitations on the types of files you can play. The PS3 is only designed to play a few video formats while the PC can play just about all video formats with the right codec.
This is where the other way of streaming files from PC to PS3 come in. This way involves using the program called “PS3MediaServer.” You can visit the web site and download this program free of charger. The thing that makes this different from the previous way is that this program has a built in “transcoder.” That means you will be able to watch a wide variety of video formats and other media formats that could normally not be played with the PS3 media player alone. In most cases, the “PS3MediaServer” works just as well, if not better, when it comes to reliability.