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March 31, 2010 // 11:18 pm - With the release of PS3 Firmware 3.21, many are now planning to hold off updating their PlayStation 3 consoles and use one of the PS3 Proxy applications to bypass the required PS3 Firmware update to connect to PSN.

While most of the applications, guides and videos are quite dated (from 2007-2009), below are links to some to make navigating easier. Special THANKS to ekrboi and themiker for making recent guides as well, also available below.

We will continue to add relevant links as they are dug up, and also links to posts with all new guides that prove useful.

How to Bypass PS3 Firmware 3.21 and Connect to PSN Guides:

- LG5Tool (Logan5) Guide
- PS3.ProxyServer.GUI Guide
- PS3 Firmware Version Check Bypassed Guide
- PS3 Proxy Server GUI Bypass Method Guide
- How to Bypass PS3 Firmware Update 2.30+ via PS3 Proxy
- How to use PS3 Proxy Server Guide
- PS3 Proxi v1.0 is Now Available
- Video: PS3 Proxy Server Demonstrated on Firmware 2.60
- PS3 Firmware 2.35 and PS3 Proxy Guide
- How to Block PSN and Retain PS3 Media Server Usage
- Bypassing the PS3 Firmware Check Guide
- Guide on PSN Links Questions
- How to use PS3 Proxy Server Guide
- Guide: How to Bypass the PS3 Firmware Check
- PSN Firmware Bypass using only PS3 Proxy
- Installing PS3 Demos / Bypassing PS3 Firmware Check Guide
- PS3 Online Without Updating When an Update is Available

Related PS3 Files:

- PS3 Proxi v1.1 R3
- PS3 Proxi v1.1 R2
- PS3 Proxi v1.1
- PS3 Proxi v1.0
- PS3 Prox v3.3
- PS3 Proxy/Update Bypass v0.1
- PS3 System Update Bypasser BETA v0.1
- PS3 Proxy
- PS3 ProxyServer Installer (ENGLISH)
- PS3 ProxyServer Installer
- PS3 Firmware Version Check Bypassed Video
- PS3 Proxy Multi-Region Standalone Background Service
- PS3 Proxy Standalone Background Service
- PS3 ProxyServer GUI Controller v1.0.1011 With Source Code
- Auto-start PS3 ProxyServer GUI Final With Source Code
- Auto-start PS3 ProxyServer GUI With Source Code
- PS3 Firmware Check All-In-One Remover

Feel free to reply to this thread with which application and guide you found easiest, as they all accomplish essentially the same result.

How to Bypass PS3 Firmware 3.21 and Connect to PSN

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#168 - dondolo - April 13, 2010 // 6:27 pm
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tested and working 3 minutes ago..

#167 - ju2ef - April 13, 2010 // 6:24 pm
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From Mathieulh twitter:
The consumers ps3 3.15 Firmware can no longer connect to the psn. P.S. I still strongly advise anyone not to update their consoles to 3.21.

#166 - BucN - April 13, 2010 // 5:01 pm
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now mine is saying failed on playstation network also..

#165 - 50437 - April 13, 2010 // 4:37 pm
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i am set to Primary DNS IP to Worked flawless.. but now it saying playstation network FAILED ??

#164 - CodeKiller - April 13, 2010 // 10:50 am
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I'm just messed with proxy and while i can login to PSN, the 'what's new' said this service is not available in your country/region.
Did sony disabled it or they started to GeoIP it?

Other: in Logan5's tool the IP may not always correct (if you have more than one network adapter, check what's your right one)
If you annoyed by big windows of proxy-s, you can minize to tray, or even hide them completely by tools like the free TrayIt:

#163 - GrandpaHomer - April 13, 2010 // 8:28 am
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Quote Originally Posted by R23 View Post
Anyone got a proxy tool which works with a firmware version lower than 3.00?

Nothing works for me as I am on 2.80. All the tools out there only work with 3.00 and above for some reason.

Well - it's not a problem of tool itself - basically Sony has changed the way PS3 will authenticate while logging inot the PSN so (at the moment, until somebody will try to "crack secure XML communication) it's not possible anymore to log in to PSN with pre 3.00 FW PS3

#162 - R23 - April 13, 2010 // 7:31 am
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Anyone got a proxy tool which works with a firmware version lower than 3.00?

Nothing works for me as I am on 2.80. All the tools out there only work with 3.00 and above for some reason.

#161 - red8316 - April 7, 2010 // 4:46 pm
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Thanks for the advice. I tried that earlier but to no avail. Tried running in compat mode for Vista and same issue would crop up.

It would occasionally work well enough to log into PSN. But when connecting to BC2 servers it would crap out and give a PSN network error. Think it was something like 80052B3. Not sure thought. I gave up on the program and moved on. But if someone really needs the error documentation I'll run through it and report back.

Edit: Just checked LG5Tool, its working again now, go figure. :-)

#160 - TUHTA - April 7, 2010 // 4:22 pm
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just try to run it as Administrator

Left Click->Run ...Administrator

Good luck!

#159 - red8316 - April 7, 2010 // 4:17 pm
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Started getting issues with the LG5 Tool on Windows 7. Invalid Argument Error of some sort. Didn't bother with it anymore. Using PS3 PROXi v1.1 R3 and its working a lot better. No issues as of yet.