Where to begin? Recently Sony updated PS3 to PSP Remote Play capabilities to allow for remotely turning on the PS3 with a PSP and to allow playing Original PlayStation (PSX) game disks. This sounds great. If only I could get it to work.
Remote Play mode in itself works great, if I put the PS3 in Remote Play mode. I can then connect my PSP to the PS3, view videos, play music (in theory, but all my iTunes music does not work), browse the internet, go to the PlayStation Store, and of course play original PlayStation games. For testing purposes, I tired remote play with Road Rash and with Moto Racer World Tour. Needless to say, it is very cool making use of my long forgotten PSX games.
As far as I can tell, Remote Play also works from within a closed network (i.e. within my house), but not over the internet. The upside here is that I can play PSX games on my PSP within my house. Nice feature, but not really what I want. I would like to put a game in my PS3, and play it on demand outside of my house. This would be extremely cool for my next trip to Costa Rica or the UK, or even on a visit to my in-laws house.
Now for the hard part. I cannot get Remote Play to work correctly if I want to control turning on my PS3 and starting Remote Play from the internet. If you do a few simple Google searches you will find that I am not the only one with the problem. There is so much misinformation about this feature, and how to get it working correctly, that it comes across as black magic. One commonality between all the issues and mine is that I have a Linksys WRT54GS router. I upgraded to the latest firmware, but that did not solve the problem.
The problem if fairly simple, so it would seem. Once I register my PSP, setup my PS3 for Remote Play (enabling the option by allowing internet startup of the PS3), and turn off the PS3 the problems begin. My PS3 will randomly turn on and go into Remote Play mode. When I use the term randomly, I mean that I did not invoke my PSP to start Remote Play, and I did not press any PS3 controller (or Blu-ray remote) buttons. The PS3 just fires up and eventually shuts off. The turning off part is normal behavior according to the PS3 manual. The problem is that once this behavior happens, Remote Play startup no longer works correctly.
I have tried everything under the sun. I assigned the PS3 a static ip, within the DNS range and outside of the range. I have put the PS3 in its own DMZ. I have made sure UPnP is enabled, and setup port forwarding for 9293. The list goes on and on, but to no avail.
At one point yesterday I thought I had everything working (static ip within DNS range, and PS3 DMZ). The system did not randomly turn on, so I was able to go into Remote Play mode using the Internet option (from my house, which is not a good test since technically that is almost the same a private network) and then turn off the system. Very nice, however, later in the day while I was running errands, I attempted to start Remote Play mode from two different internet hot spots, only to have the connection to the PS3 timeout. Once I returned home, I attempted to start Remote Play, but could not get it started with the internet connection option.
I am pretty much at the point of throwing in the towel, but not ready to give up yet. If this is a router issue, I am not prepared to purchase another router when everything else works fine. My PS3 has no issues connecting the internet, and while PSN downloads are slow, all other activity associated with my router works fine. Wii? Check. Personal laptop? Check. Work laptop? Check. PSP? Check. Remote Play via internet? Black magic.