Wednesday, January 2, 2013

PS3 Media Server - Firewall Setup for Ubuntu 12.04 / Linux

If you've installed PS3 Media Server in Ubuntu, and you're getting the message "No Renderers were Found" and a great big red "X" on the Status tab, give this a try. The most likely issue is your firewall is blocking your server from establishing a connection with your media playback device (e.g. your Playstation 3).


1. Open a terminal (Ctrl-Alt-T)

2. Type the following command:
sudo ufw allow from <your_device's_ip> to any port 5001
This assumes you are using the default PS3 Media Server port of 5001. For example, if your PS3 uses the static IP, then do:
sudo ufw allow from to any port 5001
If you aren't using static IPs on your devices but wish to open the server to any device connected to your router/subnet, you can specific a subnet mask, e.g. If you're not using Ubuntu but are using iptables with your preferred linux distro, simply add an exception for port 5001, e.g.:
sudo iptables -A INPUT -s <your-device's-ip> -p tcp --dport 5001 -j ACCEPT
sudo iptables -A INPUT -s <your-device's-ip> -p udp  --dport 5001 -j ACCEPT
This ought to do the trick.