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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
I would like to place my PS3 in the media closet so it will serve the TV (living) and the projector (home theater). However, testing shows that the living is too far from the media closet. The controller is not responding.

Do you know of any out-of-the-box solution that might help? E.g. bluetooth repeater, bluetooth range extender, ...

Thanks for your help

Ivan
post #2 of 26
Not sure if this is what you need but found it on google:

http://www.engadget.com/2006/11/22/a...ange-extender/
post #3 of 26
Do you have a 60 or 20 gig PS3? They have weak single band bluetooth. If so, try the 80 or 40 gig with the more powerful dual band BT.
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by Cynn View Post

Do you have a 60 or 20 gig PS3? They have weak single band bluetooth. If so, try the 80 or 40 gig with the more powerful dual band BT.

Where are you getting this info from?? "more powerful dual band BT"?? Unless sony went from a CLass 2 to a Class 1 BT radio, Class 2 by BT spec is limited 2.5mW ( 10 to 30meters) Class 1 radio is 100 mW about 100meters. The only official change i've read about from the 60 to 80 and new 40 is that they added another antenna to help with reception.

To get more range you'll need a repeater, and they are available, BUT with repeaters you start to run into lag problems. Might not be a good thing when it comes to gaming. But for A/V not too big of a deal.
post #5 of 26
I don't know anything about the classes, but the rumor, as I remember it, was that the newer ps3s had two antennas in the console for BT, whereas the older ones have one. A dual antenna vs a single. I don't know if this increased range, supposedly it did eliminate dropped controller connections, though. If I had to guess, assuming this info is true, I would say it would slightly increase range, but definitely not a huge increase like a jump in output power would achieve. IMO, if you already own a 20/60gb don't go out and buy a 40/80gb just to 'hopefully' have slightly longer range.
post #6 of 26
Im not 100% sure that the PS3 has a Class 2 in it. I think it would have a class one in the PS3 and Class 2 in the controllers. This should be enough for the 30M range of the Class two controllers. To increase the controllers range they would need to have class 1 radios in them, and that just doesnt make sense to have a controller with a range of 30 plus meters. you wouldnt be able to see the TV. LOL I think the Class 1 PS3 with Class 2 Controllers is what they use, and they added another antenna to the PS3 to help with reception of the lower powered class 2 controllers.
post #7 of 26
Thread Starter 
I have a 40 GB.

Today, I've tried to connect the controller to a USB extender, but without any luck. So what I've tried: controller <> USB extender <> UTP <> USB extender <> console. I have the feeling that the controller is not using the USB connection, but is still searching for a bluetooth connection.

I'm thinking of using the same setup with the following wireless USB controller: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wireless-USB.../dp/B000OS3NXY. Will this setup work?
post #8 of 26
USB Im almost positive that the Sixaxis Controllers only use USB to Sync and charge. Even if you have it plugged in to the PS3 via USB it still uses BT to control the PS3 remotely. So you could have a 40 foot long USB cable and still not be able to control the PS3 because you would be out of BT range.
post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by ndskyz View Post

USB Im almost positive that the Sixaxis Controllers only use USB to Sync and charge. Even if you have it plugged in to the PS3 via USB it still uses BT to control the PS3 remotely.

Not too sure this is correct, as you can after all plug in the controler and use it w/o BT on a PC. PS3 might handle it differently, but it does have the ability to be hard wired through USB.
post #10 of 26
^ You might be right. I vaguely remember reading some specs on the controller long time ago. (Im gettin old)

Edit:

found this on Wiki
Quote:


The controller can be seamlessly swapped from wireless to wired operation, and is charged automatically upon connection. The controller, much like the Xbox 360's, still communicates wirelessly with the console when plugged in and some data is still transferred wirelessly, such as pairing information.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlaySta...design_changes
post #11 of 26
Thread Starter 
So the Sixaxis controller will not work through a wired connection (that's also what I've seen :-)

But do you think that another wireless controller will work as long as there is a USB dongle (transmitter)? e.g. http://www.amazon.co.uk/T-Wireless-R...975588&sr=1-64

In that case, my setup would be:

Wireless controller <> USB dongle <> USB extender <> UTP cable <> USB extender <> PS3 console
post #12 of 26
Thread Starter 
If you believe that the setup would work, do you think there might be a time lag?
post #13 of 26
eulaersi -

Did you ever solve this problem? I am also trying to use a media-closet installed PS3 from one floor away (about 40-50 feet, through ceilings, etc.), and the standard controllers don't work well from this distance.

Has anyone tried to connect an AirCable Host XR device to a PS3(http://www.aircable.net/host-xr.html)? Would it work to extend the range?

BTW, Happy New Year to all...

Jim L.
1/1/2008
post #14 of 26
Anybody ever work out a solution? I have a client that wants to do the same thing. I have 1 cat5 cable to work with going from the rack to the tv in the other room...
post #15 of 26
Thinking about the same thing here - about to put together a system and wanted to locate a PS3 in a rack that would be about 10' from my viewing area, so I don't *thnk* range will be an issue, but I am curious if I need to consider running any cables from the PS3 to nearby the tv - perhaps a USB run so that I could plug in a 4-port USB hub or something for charging controllers.... (or if I don't get the wireless controllers).
post #16 of 26
I talked to the tech at Aircable and they do not have a driver for the PS3. In theory it should work with Linux on the PS3 but only for Linux applications. They do have a Linux driver.
post #17 of 26
I think I may have found a way using the AirCable Industrial XR unit.

If I understand this correctly, it is a standalone unit that can be programmed to be setup as a relay or repeater device.

check out -> http://code.google.com/p/aircable/wiki/Relay

Please correct me if I'm wrong....
post #18 of 26
It's been a while, has anyone discovered a solution for extending bluetooth of game consoles?

Please share!
post #19 of 26
Back from the dead.

Anyone figure out a solution.
post #20 of 26
Kind of off topic, but can I stream music from my phone to my PS3 via bluetooth? I'd never thought of that possibility before.
post #21 of 26
Have exact same problem I think. How to extend range? I have a big old boxy ps3.
post #22 of 26
Take apart the PS3 using gilsky's guide. Remove the BT module. Build an extension harness. Place the BT module somewhere close to where you are going to use your controllers, and put the PS3 wherever you want.
post #23 of 26
That sounds a little scary.....
post #24 of 26
Hmm...

I'll take a controller to a friends house...
and I have to be careful when driving out of my driveway.

I've had it turn on the PS3 during bumps in the street.

That's like 3 walls.

Maybe some controllers are stronger than others ?
post #25 of 26
Anyone had any success with this at all yet ?
post #26 of 26
Has anyone tried using a USB over cat5e/6 extension to a Bluetooth Radio in the room needing reception?
In theory it should give PS3 extended Bluetooth range to wherever the end radio is plugged in.

Archaic Flowchart: [ PS3 ]|---USB---|[ USB over CAT5 Module]|---CAT5e/6---|[USB over CAT5 Module]|---|[USB BT Radio] ))) BT Sixaxxis Remote
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