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Thread: How to Use the PS3 and PlayStation Eye as a Remote Surveillance Device

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    Apr 2005

    Post How to Use the PS3 and PlayStation Eye as a Remote Surveillance Device

    Did you know that using remote start you can use your PlayStation 3 and a PSP to set up a 1-room surveillance device? If you are curious as to what happens in your room when you are out, here is a clever little trick to make use of your PS3 and PSP to "spy" on your room when you are away from home.

    Here is what you will need:

    - PlayStation 3 with Firmware 2.00 or higher
    - PSP with Firmware 3.72 or higher
    - PlayStation Eye (or Eye Toy)
    - Internet Connection

    Before you begin, make sure you have all of the above. Your PS3 needs to have firmware 2.00 or higher or Remote Start will not work. Your PSP needs firmware 3.72 or higher or you will not be able to turn on or off your PS3 via the Internet.

    A PlayStation Eye or Eye Toy is required to act as a camera. It is recommended that you have the PlayStation Eye since the video quality will be better and also you will be able to listen to what is going on.


    Please complete the following tasks before continuing:

    - Make sure you have registered your PSP with your PS3 (this is required for Remote Play).
    - Register your camera device with your PS3
    - Enable Remote Start on your PS3 and turn off your console
    - Ensure your Internet Connection is active to both your PS3 and PSP


    1. Go to [Remote Play] on your PSP, located under [Network]

    2. Select [Connect via Internet] if you are away from home, or [Connect via Private Network] is you are home but not in your room.

    3. Select the Wi-Fi connection you wish to connect using. If you are away from home, the connection must have Internet Access.

    4. Sign-in with your PlayStation Network ID and password to access your system. If all goes according to plan, your PS3 should start and enter Remote Play mode. After a few seconds, you will see the PS3 XMB on your PSP.

    5. Go to [Friends] and select [Start New Chat] to start a new conversation.

    6. On the Chat screen, go to [Chat Settings] and select [Camera On] to activate the camera connected to your PS3.

    7. If you camera is connected correctly, you should see something on the screen. On screen, you should be able to see who (if anyone) is in your room. If you have the PlayStation Eye and have configured it correctly, you should also be able to hear what is going on in the room.

    8. When you are done, you can press the HOME button to turn off the PS3. When you want to connect again, simply repeat the process again.

  2. #2
    knalelr Guest
    haha nice, this might come in handy at some point .

    Thx for the tut.

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    dogeatdog79 Guest
    Wow this is quite cool, I may just get a psp because of this feature and not to mention the emulator possibilities. I know that the psp has less games then the ds but with these cool selling points I will be able to play all my snes roms on a psp soon. So with the playstation eye do you happen to know if you can do this while not in the vicinity of the ps3 like at an internet cafe for example, or do you have to be inside the immidiate area?

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    zaror1992 Guest
    you can acces your ps3 through the internet anywere, the only thing is your ps3 and psp must be connected to internet.

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    thedumbster Guest
    wow never knew that.. thx for the trick.

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    lordmata Guest

    Use your PS3, USB Webcam and PSP to monitor your living room

    Here is a variation of the guide:

    Your PS3 has a secret identity, by day it delights you with Blu-ray movies and HD Video Games. But when you’re not there your PS3 is watching over your living room. Or at least it could be if you want it to. What we’ll have at the end of this article is the ability to check out what’s happening in our living room live via a PSP wherever we have a wifi connection.

    Here’s what we need

    1. A Playstation 3
    2. A webcam that’s compatible with the PS3 (I used an Xbox LIVE vision Cam)
    3. A PSP
    4. An internet connection hooked up to the PS3
    5. A wifi connection wherever you are with your PSP

    Now this is pretty easy. The first thing we need to do is connect the web cam to one of the PS3’s usb ports.

    Once that’s done start up your PS3 and configure remote play to work with your PSP (Your PSP is Registered under Settings -> Remote Play), also make sure that your camera is recognized under Settings -> Accessory Settings -> Camera Settings and that Remote Start is on under Settings -> Remote Play.

    Now turn your PS3 off and fire up your PSP (Make sure the WiFi switch is turned on) We want to go to Remote Play under the Network menu. If you’re away from your home network select “Connect Via Internet” otherwise select “Connect via Private Network” You’ll now be prompted to select the WiFi network to use. Select the appropriate one (e.g., Your home WiFi network if you’re at home)

    You should either be prompted for your Playstation Network ID or your PS3 main screen should now be up. If you’re prompted for you Playstation Network ID sign in with it here. Otherwise navigate to Friends -> start chat. It will take a couple seconds for the chat application to load up but once it does go to Chat Settings and select “Camera On”.

    That’s it! Easy as that you should see a live view of your living room (Or wherever else you put your camera/PS3) If you’re using the PS3 Exe Toy and have sound redirected to your PSP you should even get live audio from the camera as well.

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    MMBtalk Guest

    Using PS3 remote to monitor

    Indeed this is a demonstration of the versatility of the PS3. People will soon begin to realize that it is not just the game world that all matters. Wii has certainly learn how to befriend every age group in the family setup and perhaps PS3 can do the same from another angle.

    The big question though is; would it be more advantageous for Sony to open up this technology to most phones instead of restricting it to their products and thereby widen its appeal more rapidly or is it good biz to expect to people to feel compelled that they have to buy their products to experience these benefits. Personally the former might be a better option.

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    KRaZE Guest
    Nicely done, now I can finally figure out if that tramp really is cheating on me.

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