164w ago - A few months back it was first reported that a Sony ban wave was imminent, and today DJLO over at PSX-Scene reiterated the fact that it's only a matter of time until Sony begins banning PS3 JailBroken consoles.
To quote: Folks, Sniffynose pointed me to this. Since we are all updating now, you ALL need to read this and pay attention
On boot the system contacts the server and uploads the play list etc. this list alone is enought to get anyone that goes online banned as it shows the bootmanger etc. has been running. Here is the list and what they do, I port sniffed this a while ago before I went online with a retail unit >.> because I am not stupid hehe.
All these need to be blocked, web access will still work, updates will still work, but psn and any system messages/ads/communication will be blocked completely. For other areas someone would have to sniff the addresses again to compare. North American Servers are listed.
fus01.ps3.update.playstation.net > Update Server (sys updates)
mercury.dl.playstation.net > What's new ads
nsx.np.dl.playstation.net > playstation store preview
nsx-e.np.dl.playstation.net > ads
(main file exchange connections)
us.np.stun.playstation.net > on boot initiates connection
ena.net.playstation.net > SSLv3 connection after above connection
dus01.ps3.update.playstation.net > secondary update attempt (could force updates)
auth.np.ac.playstation.net > SSLv3 authentication server
service.playstation.net (has multiple IPs if only the ip address is blocked)
creepo.ww.hl.playstation.net (uploads crash reports etc.)
Almost all connections cannot just be port blocked, the port will continue to increment until it connects, you have to block the entire domains. Also a big point is that ALL computers on your network need to have these blocked not just the PS3's MAC because if you are running a proxy for example to get patches, the computer you proxy to will just allow the connections right out to the open unless all local IPs are blocked from these sites as well."
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Haha, nice. I'm rockin' 250gb on my slim, and today's my birthday and my gift was a 500gb 7200rpm 2.5" HDD just like I asked =D But, I don't plan on putting that in my ps3. I got an enclosure for it, and I'll just use it as an external. Maybe one day I'll pop it in my PS3 and use that as my internal instead, and use the 250gb as an external. But for now, I think it's best to use the 500gb as an external, due to it having 1.5x the speed of the 250 when it comes to transfering games onto it.
You're mixing up two different things here - PS3 silently "calling home" to tell Sony what we've been up to (+ads + what's new + FW updates) with GAME updates which are indeed coming from another URLs hence not being blocked by prohibiting access to above addresses.
I believe update still work, the server that checks for that isn't blocked I don't think (haven't tried it myself) since my connections do not seem to be properly blocked since I can still ping to the servers from my computer.