The Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) is designed to be used at almost any Internet Wi-Fi spot, so connecting it to the Internet through public hotspots is simple. Although you may encounter some difficulty if you have a weak signal, for the most part, the PSP's Internet connection is almost automatic, and the device handles most of the difficult connection settings on its own.
Make sure you are in an area with Wi-Fi access. Most public locations will have a sign indicating this.
Turn on the PSP with no Universal Media Discs in the disk drive. Wait for the main menu to appear.
Push the Wi-Fi switch on the top edge of the PSP to the right. This will turn on the PSP's Wi-Fi capabilities.
Choose "Network Settings" on your PSP by navigating all the way to the left. Choose "Infrastructure Mode," then "New Connection," then "Scan." Choose the connection with the highest connection percentage (it will be at the top of the list), and press "X." At each of the following menu options, press the "X" button to choose the default setting. Unless you want to customize your settings, you will not need to alter any of the settings the PSP chooses for you.
Give your connection a name in the final screen so your PSP will remember the settings for future use. Then choose "Test Connection." If you get a "Successful" message, you can proceed to the Internet.
Repeat Steps 4 and 5 if you have a slow or weak connection, and choose a different hotspot if one is available.
You can save your hotspot location settings if you are in a specific location fairly often. Then you can simply choose a connection from your Network Settings rather than searching for hotspots.
Craig Brewer, a graduate of the University of Texas, has been a freelance writer for 12 years, while also working as a software engineer and video game tester. He has published articles in a number of regional magazines, as well as all over the internet.