This was originally posted here at this link but is certainly worth saying again.
If your PS3 does not connect to your controllers via wireless and you believe it is a problem with your controller, you may be very wrong. The Bluetooth/wireless module in the PS3 may have failed. The system is still 100% usable except if you update the system software when it asks you to the error 8002F1F9 will occur… forever
I just spent hours thinking the firmware I downloaded was corrupt, or the hard drive went bad, or the controller I was using was the problem. No, Nope, and Not that either. Now I have a PS3 that used to work just fine with the wired network and wired controllers sitting here like a brick in a never ending error loop.
Do NOT update the system software of your PS3 if the wireless controllers are not able to connect wirelessly.