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Introduction

Use this guide to replace your Wi-Fi antenna to regain wireless internet connectivity.

  1. Use the tip of a spudger to remove the black rubber screw cover from the side of the PS3. The screw cover may be underneath a warranty sticker. This sticker will change appearance, and show "VOID" after it has been removed.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to remove the black rubber screw cover from the side of the PS3.

    • The screw cover may be underneath a warranty sticker. This sticker will change appearance, and show "VOID" after it has been removed.

  2. Remove the single 8.5 mm T10 Security Torx screw from the smart plate.
    • Remove the single 8.5 mm T10 Security Torx screw from the smart plate.

  3. Pull the smart plate toward the hard drive bay, then lift it off the body of the PS3. Pull the smart plate toward the hard drive bay, then lift it off the body of the PS3. Pull the smart plate toward the hard drive bay, then lift it off the body of the PS3.
    • Pull the smart plate toward the hard drive bay, then lift it off the body of the PS3.

  4. Be sure to keep track of the small metal bracket loosely held in the top cover, if equipped.
    • Be sure to keep track of the small metal bracket loosely held in the top cover, if equipped.

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  6. Remove the following seven screws:
    • Remove the following seven screws:

    • Six 52 mm Phillips screws

    • One 30 mm Phillips screw

  7. Lift the top cover from its rear edge and rotate it toward the front of the PS3.
    • Lift the top cover from its rear edge and rotate it toward the front of the PS3.

    • Remove the top cover.

    • There is a plastic hook located in a hole on the top back right hand side corner. Carefully push the plastic hook a bit front the rear of the machine with a spudger to release the rear right of the casing.

  8. Remove the two 9 mm Phillips screws securing the memory card reader to the chassis.
    • Remove the two 9 mm Phillips screws securing the memory card reader to the chassis.

  9. Lift the memory card reader out of the PS3 enough to access its cable. Flip up the retaining flap on the memory card reader ribbon cable socket.
    • Lift the memory card reader out of the PS3 enough to access its cable.

    • Flip up the retaining flap on the memory card reader ribbon cable socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Pull the ribbon cable out of its socket.

    • Remove the memory card reader from the PS3.

  10. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi antenna connector off its socket on the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi antenna connector off its socket on the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth board.

  11. De-route the Wi-Fi antenna cable from the gap between the power supply and the Blu-ray drive.
    • De-route the Wi-Fi antenna cable from the gap between the power supply and the Blu-ray drive.

  12. Remove the 9 mm Phillips screw securing the Wi-Fi antenna to the chassis.
    • Remove the 9 mm Phillips screw securing the Wi-Fi antenna to the chassis.

  13. Remove the Wi-Fi antenna, minding its cable that may get caught.
    • Remove the Wi-Fi antenna, minding its cable that may get caught.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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3 Comments

I used this guide to remove the stock antenna, learn my way through the PS3, and add a new external antenna. I removed the old one and bought an 8 inch 6 dbi antenna and a 12 inch R-SMA female pigtail adapter. Then drilled a hole with a 1/4" drill bit, attached the adapter, inserted the wire to the motherboard where the old one was connected, screwed on the antenna, and put everything back together. 5 times the internet speed!!! I did have to remove the power supply and disk drive however to get to the wire but still I never would have been able to complete this without the guide! Thanks to whoever did that! :D

The Pianoman - Reply

Pretty good guide! I just replaced my wifi antenna on my old ps3. I have to say that it was pretty easy since I never opened an ps3 before.

Baltasar Suchnummer - Reply

Yeah didn't quiet happen that way

Aaron Paul Bugg - Reply

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