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Google - Chromecast - Black

Model: H2G2-42SKU: 9071056

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 18762 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Good Streaming Media Player for a Low Price!

    Posted
    drnik
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Pros: - Small, lightweight Wireless b/g/n Streaming Media Player - Very good Video HD 1080P quality on my TV - Very good Audio quality including surround sound on my Home Theater - Easy to setup on Home network - Works well with apps (Netflix, YouTube, Localcast, etc.) on Android phones & tablets, & Windows with the Google Cast extension for Chrome browser (I haven't tested it with iPhone IOS or Mac OS X). - Can turn any basic HDTV into a Smart TV by streaming A/V from apps on your device. Cons: If your home network is not configured properly then your Device apps might keep losing connection to the Chromecast every 10 min. or so. See the resolution to this that should work for most home networks in the comments below. Comments: There seems to be a lot of misinformation out there on sites & reviews about this device. Some say it is a DLNA Certified device, while others say it does not use DLNA at all. I posted this question to Chromecast Support Forum and the only answer I got was “Chromecast is not a DLNA Renderer”, but they were not a Google employee. They also included a blog link (http://blog.squeed.com/tag/chromecast) that had a lot of good information from a 3rd party app developer about how they implemented casting from Local media, SMB network shares, & UPnP. I'm an IT guy and it is important that my reviews be as accurate as possible based on the best available information. If I find more detailed information from the Chromecast development team then I'll be happy to correct any information in my review. This was easy to setup with the Chromecast app installed on my Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro. However, like many other users I experienced the problem where the apps on my phone and tablet would lose the connection to the Chromecast after about 10 min. It would continue to play the video on my TV, but I could no longer control it from the app. On your Internet provider's Wireless router (and any other wireless router you may have), login in to the Router Configuration IP in your browser (mine is http://192.168.1.1 but could be different depending on brand. Verify this by opening a Command Prompt and entering ipconfig. Look for the Default Gateway IP. Make sure you know the Password for the Admin account.) and do the following: 1. Verify the AP Isolation mode is Disabled. This can be found under the Wireless Advanced or Professional settings (the location depends on the make & model of your router/s). Normally this is Disabled by default on home routers, but you should check this setting. If Enabled it prevents Wireless clients from talking to each other on the same network. 2. Verify the IGMP Proxy is Disabled. Some Chromecast apps use UPnP and that uses Multicast packets to communicate on the network. IGMP Proxy is supposed to filter out Multicast packets from going to every client on the network except for the clients that specifically requested them. My Verizon FIOS Actiontec MI424WR (Rev. I) Wireless-N router has this Enabled by default. There is a bug in their IGMP Proxy and it filters all Multicast packets even for clients that requested them. On the FIOS router this option used to be in Router Config Advanced options, but Verizon pushed a firmware update that hid the IGMP Proxy and UPNP settings because they don't want customers changing them. IMHO – IGMP Proxy is not that important on a small home network. This can be accessed after logging into the Router Config with the Admin account and changing the active_page parameter in the URL to 6059 (e.g. http://192.168.1.1/index.cgi?active_page=6059). 3. Now you are ready to follow the instructions for setting up Chromecast. Initially the Chromecast setup app wants the device (phone, tablet, or PC) its on to be on the same 2.4Ghz Wireless network as the Chromecast device. Follow the setup instructions on your TV and it may ask you to update the firmware. Follow all setup steps carefully. After the setup completed and I verified it was working from my Galaxy Tab Pro, then I was able to change my tablet to use my faster 5Ghz Wireless-AC network and it was still able to connect to the Chromecast on my 2.4Ghz Wireless-N network. This works for me because my Asus RT-AC68U Dual Band AC router is setup in Access Point Mode. All DHCP & NAT is being done on my FIOS router and all Wired/Wireless clients are on the same Subnet 192.168.1.1. You probably won't be able to do this if you have multiple routers with different Subnets (eg. Main router 192.168.1.1, 2nd router 192.168.2.1, etc.) and DHCP enabled on each. If you are not sure, then its just best to leave your Device and Chromecast on the same Wireless network. Overall I am very happy with this device and would definitely recommend it to others looking for a cheaper alternative (under $40) to Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Nexus TV, or any other Internet streaming media player. This does everything I want with my Phone & Tablet. Hopefully you find the information above helpful if you ran into the same problem where your device keeps losing its connection to Chromecast.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Device with tremendous upside

    Posted
    iowaGuy2
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Pros 1.Takes under 30 seconds to connect and start streaming. This does not stream from device, it streams through Wifi, therefore saving battery on your devices. You use the device as a remote. 2.I tested using: all worked great! a.Nexus 7 b.Laptop c.Motorola Atrix HD 3.Streaming Netflix is flawless, but Subtitles do not work on the device. I have contacted Netflix, even though the Chromecast says it will display subtitles, it does not. Netflix has reported this up the chain so hopefully this will be addressed soon. 4.Can multitask on the device while streaming Netflix. Does not affect the quality of the streaming. 5.Youtube streams flawlessly too, sound is better than I thought it would be. Cons: 1.You do have to have power going to the device by usb connection(included), so it’s one extra cord behind TV. I thought I wouldn’t need this., but not a big deal. a.This might be a reason why the TV doesn’t turn on when I play my Netflix? I read somewhere as soon as you connect, it should automatically on tv and switch to that input. 2. Limited (for now) to only Netflix, YouTube, Google play media and Chrome browser with extension installed on laptop. 3. Can’t access local/personal movies on Google Move & TV 4. Can’t play personal music on google play (has to be in the cloud only or purchased from Google) This is my biggest Conflict with the device 5. Using the Chromecast extension for browsing in Chrome is quite laggy, but I believe it is still in Beta testing stage. Playing videos from here does not work well at all, even on the lowest video quality setting. I found this as a workaround to play personal movies from computer, but it is very laggy and unwatchable. I don’t know if this is due to my Internet(which is 20gb) or laptop which is only 1 year old? Overall: It’s a good start, but if there is a way we can stream our ‘on- device’ personal movies/music, this I think will be a big step up. I don’t want to post all my recorded videos of my son’s Tball game on youtube. This would be time consuming. But for $35 you can’t really go wrong, with getting 3 months free Streaming Netflix. You can’t get any technology for this price. This is just the beginning of the Chromecast and I believe there will be more apps and programs to work with this. One comes to mind , is Pandora or maybe some games? Rumors are that Pandora is close. I expect the app market for this device to grow fast.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Lacking Apps and spotty router compatibility

    Posted
    tinball
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Good concept but VERY POOR implementation so far. Let's start with the lack of apps... Nearly 4 months after release, still barely any utility for use with mobile devices. You can only stream music via Google Play. You have Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO go. But if you have a device that already does those like just about every DVD player or TV these days, chromecast doesn't shine or add much functionality. Additionally, you won't burn the battery on your mobile device or have to rely on a separate "control" if you have a universal remote. You can't stream local files or movies from your mobile devices. No other apps have surfaced after 3+ months. I purchased it primarily with the hope of being able to stream from my Nexus 7 to a TV on vacation visiting relatives to share pictures and movies from our visits. But that is not possible. Yes, I should have done my research but it was an impulse purchase. Anyway that also leads me into my second beef with chromecast.... Poor router compatibility.... Just to get it up and running at home, I had to experiment with my wireless router settings (Netgear WNDR3700v2). It would not work with the wireless N network and I eventually had to throttle my wireless speed down to 54Mbps on the G network to get it to even connect. - potentially limiting streaming quality. Tried another older linksys router that was replaced by the Netgear and experienced similar difficulties. Neither were on Google's workaround list for routers with known issues. This is NOT what you should have to go through to get a device like this up and running. It should be very much "plug and play" not "plug and pray". This will become even harder if you are on the road and do not have access to the router settings where you are. I simply cannot see putting yourself through the headache if you do not get lucky and chromecast connects without a hitch. It'll be a hit or miss proposition when you are travelling. No guarantee - so why risk it? All in all, I'm quite disappointed and was expecting more since my Nexus 7 (2013) is such a great tablet. I'm going to return it and get a miniport adapter for wired connections and a netgear Push to TV for wireless with Mircast. With screen mirroring, I can do everything and more on the Nexus natively than Chromecast can do after 3+ months. Sure it will cost more but I won't be limited by the VERY FEW THINGS IT ACTUALLY CAN DO. Overall opinion: SKIP IT.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Device for the Price & Can Work in Hotels

    Posted
    EliteTwin
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    +Portable but with Limitations One of the reasons I got this months ago is similar to many travelers stories about why they got the Chromecast. And that is, I needed it to work in a hotel during my travels. First I had bought a Roku device and that didn't work in a hotel. It wasn't until I bought the Chromecast that I realized why the Roku wouldn't connect. Both the Chromecast or Roku initially will not connect in a hotel because the devices cannot reach the hotel's internet log page directly. So it was disappointing. I thought like many others that I would be portable even for traveling and in hotels, but it is portable however just with limitations. Like others, I did not read Google's site about it not working in hotels. So I can't say that the Chromecast doesn't work. It works exactly as it is designed to do. It was not designed to work in a hotel that requires an login page to get on their internet. So just ran into a bid of bad luck. Oh well. +Now Works in a Hotel I ended up giving it to a family member. But later found out (just recently actually) about a workaround solution to get it working in a hotel. I told my family about the manual I found on Google Play and she actually seen it on Amazon, too. It actually is the very thing I needed before I gave up my Chromecast. :| So WITH the manual, it turns the Chromecast's portability with limits to be WITHOUT limits. If you don't have the manual then you're limited to where it can be used, unless you find another solution to eliminate that issue (e.g. for hotels). Make sense? Anyway, I went to her hotel room and she showed me that the Chromecast now works in a hotel with the help of that manual. I was amazed. Casting was no problem after that point. I was a little envious because I had given up the device and now there's a solution. Smh. The manual is called "Chromecast Finally Works in Hotels" -- easy to find on Google Play since not many books are in there about the chromecast and the title pulls up on Amazon, too. As a matter matter of fact, it's the only book I see that talks about a chromecast solution in hotels. +Nice Presentation/Packaging I know some may not comment on the packaging. But I actually liked the way it was packaged. It was nice looking box. So I want to give Google kudos on presentation/packaging, as well. +Easy Setup Basically, just plug in, download the app, and set up the device following the onscreen instructions. I was able to cast in less than 5 minutes at home. Offers two ways to power the device: 1.) USB connection to the TV or 2.) Connect to the wall outlet. +Casts With Ease You can cast from your tablet or phone, whichever device you put the Chromecast app on. And you can cast from your computer's browser using the Chromecast's Chrome browser extension. I didn't get it because of that feature. I wanted to be able to cast from my tablet. So testing it at home, I noticed it works exactly as it was designed to as stated. +Very Inexpensive Device Now Offers Awesome Mirroring Feature The devices are so low in cost, so I may just buy it again for myself (since I'm not going to ask my family member to give it back to me; I'm not that kind of person). The device works like it was designed to. The latest update allows you to mirror what's on your tablet/phone to the TV using Chromecast so long as your device meets the requirements, which Google lists on their site. So I think that's pretty cool and a feature I feel is way more worth the cost of the device. I'd love to have the mirror feature because then it allows me to open up any app in the Google Play store and mirror it to my TV screen. Without the mirroring feature, you'd be limited to only Chromecast-compatible apps. And I strongly doubt all the developers of the several hundreds of apps that already exist are going to make a Chromecast-version of their app. I just don't see that happening and I think Google knows that. So it was a smart move on Google's part to offer a mirror feature because it opens that up to use any app in existence and mirror it to your TV without needing to worry about if the app is compatible with Chromecast or not. The mirror feature is THE solution for non-chromecast compatible apps. +Would Buy Again So now that I'm talking about it. I'm for sure going to buy it again. Probably locally or on Amazon. My last buying experience on Best Buy's site was terrible. So don't want to run into that issue again. I think I've covered everything.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quickly becoming more versatile

    Posted
    Heavensword
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I bought the my Chromecast before they finished announcing it. I use Google's music and movies services on Android already, so for me this was an obvious "get" purchase. It really is quite easy to set up, as long as you have a smartphone or tablet running Android (Samsung Galaxy, LG, Motorola, HTC) or iOS (iPhones/iPads). First step is to download the free Chromecast app (Android http://goo.gl/fVnMcf or iOS http://goo.gl/763yZ3) If your phone is connected to your home network, it sends the information to the Chromecast, and away you go. One feature many people miss is the ability to send an entire web page to your TV from a computer using the Google cast extension for Chrome (http://goo.gl/GwFQ1F). If you want to watch a show on a network whose app doesn't yet support the Chromecast, just use this extension, and the page goes to your TV, audio and all. Eat that, Comedy Central, ABC, etc. For compatible apps, including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Pandora, etc., it's as simple as finding what you want to watch, then hitting the little Chromecast button that has now appeared in your app, and selecting which TV to use. Now your device is your remote (volume, too!). I use my Moto X and Nexus 7 for this all the time. iPhone works too! Yes, Roku and Apple TV are a bit more functional, but for the same price, you can get 3 Chromecasts - for multiple TVs or for gifts. Such a great deal, and it's getting better every month.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Device!Love it so much&think everyone will

    Posted
    Ocean123

    First of all I have to say this Chromecast is just awesome. It really rocks! I came home Weds night and had the news on and heard a news story about the release of the device. I had a busy day Thursday. But early evening I read online that the Netflix promo had ended. I've never had Netflix and always wanted to try it since my friends are always talking about Arrested Delvelopment and Netflix content. I went to Amazon, Google Play and then Best Buy. I saw on Best Buy you could still purchase online if a store had it in stock and the free 3 months of Netflix was also still on the page. I checked the store near my house and it said it was unavailalbe. I looked at other stores and they were really far away. So the rest of the night I didnt think or feel bad that I couldn't buy a chromecast. After midnight I took a shower and went back to Best Buy's web site and brought up the list of stores that come up with my zip code. I saw a store in a part of town where I had to go on Sat to a birthday party at night. I got out my credit card and the purchase went through. One Friday I was hopeful that I would still be able to pick up the Chormecast since I got an email that my order was ready to pick up! FInally Sat came and I left 2 hours early for the birthday party and took my tablet with me. When I went to the pick up counter they had my Chromecast in a sealed box and the woman said they had been out of them since Weds. I told here how I bought mine after midnight Fri morning when I guess they added inventory to that Best Buy. I have the Samsung Galaxy tab2 7" that I purchased last Sept 2012. I went to the Samsung Store inside Best Buy and was given some help on how to conserve my battery. Everyone at Best Buy was wonderful. Now I came home from the birthday party at midnight and plugged in the Chromecast into the HDMI port and power supply to my usb port next to my HDMI port on my Samsung TV I bought last year at Best Buy. I then went to the web site the TV screen told me to go to on my tablet and it downloaded Chromecast.i also had my notebook ready since I knew from reading reviews that I was going to need to enter my passcode for my reuter. And that was easy. I went to my youtube app and the video didnt play. After 10 mins I decide to go back to look at what info was in the Chromecast app. It listed Netflix, Youtube and Google Play. I clicked on youtube and it asked if I wanted to open it or install. I clicked on install and magic happen. All I needed was the lastest version of Youtube and I was able to stream perfectly 1080 HD video to my TV! After watching a few videos on my TV I decicde to see how you can go to any web site while streaming. I went to my email and found 2 emails from Best Buy. One confirming my order was picked up and a 2nd with info on my free code for 3 months of Netflix. I went to the Netflix app and installed the lastest version. Then I created a user name and passcode and needed no credit card to start up Netflix. WIthin a few minutes I looked at all the content and then decicded to stream the pilot of Arrested Development. It was my 1st time seeing the show and I'm hooked on the show and to my Chromecast. I got really lucky not just getting the Chromecast from Best Buy but still getting for free 3 months of Netflix! I'm over the moon since my Samsung Tablet 2 7" had no way to stream and now I can watch endless youtube and Netflix at least for the next 3 months. I hope this doesn't cut into my time working out at the gym and all my other sports I play. Lol. Try Best Buys web site before they take down the Netflix promo. Hope this review helps someone. Get back to me with questions or comments if you'd like. Thanks for reading!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great with MacBook Pro Retina and Nook HD+

    Posted
    SanFranciscoHoosier
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Chromecast works great with my 2012 Apple MacBook Pro Retina and my wife's B&N Nook HD+.  This ingenious little device allows us to remotely control YouTube and Netflix videos on our HDTVs with the convenient user interface of a computer/tablet/smartphone, which is much easier than navigating with a standard TV remote.  It "casts" to the HDTV via Internet servers, not directly from the computer/tablet/smartphone, without tying it up while the videos play. The computer/tablet/smartphone can be turned off after launching a video, thereby conserving battery power, or it can be used for other tasks without competing for CPU/memory resources.  Browsing and selecting additional videos can occur while viewing without interruption, so multiple videos can be queued.  Friends and family can add videos to the queue using their computer/tablet/smartphone connected to our private Wi-Fi network. I can also "cast" the Chrome browser on my MacBook Pro Retina to our HDTVs, which is a great way to display my photo collection or share web sites with family and friends in the comfort of our living room.  This will be a very useful teaching aid, as I am a technical instructor. It was tough to find Chromecast because of the limited supply, but persistence succeeded.  Best Buy was already sold out the day after Chromecast was released, but I snagged our first one early the next morning (26 July) when they were available again on bestbuy.com for only one hour.  It shipped on 29 July, arrived on 01 August, and I immediately plugged it into our 2012 Samsung PN51E7000 Plasma Smart TV.  I liked it so much that I ordered another for our ancient 2006 Samsung HL-R4667W DLP HDTV.  This time bestbuy.com was backordered, but they shipped our second Chromecast on 07 August, and it arrived on 09 August.  Both of them included three months of NetFlix credit. We really enjoy Chromecast and think it is a wonderful alternative to our other media players.  The YouTube and Netflix apps built into our Smart TV and Blu-ray player were always problematic because of our slow Internet connection (2.5 Mbps DSL), but Chromecast performance is excellent and never stutters.  I expect more video streaming services will be available as the Chromecast market grows.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Want Youtube or Netflix on your TV?

    Posted
    Willieb33
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I cut my cable, so I am always on the look out for a device that will allow me to watch programming that I can't get on my google tv and my roku box. This device is cheep and works great for all the things my google tv and roku box does. So why did I buy it? The ability to 'cast' any tab from a computer to the television. Anyone looking to cut the cable should know that ABC, NBC, ECT. do not usually allow computer internet browser functionality on the major set top boxes. While you can catch the latest episode of How I Met Your Mother on the CBS website using your computer a day after it airs, the same is not the case for most streaming boxes (probably all?). You can, however, 'cast' the video tab playing on the ABC website to your chromecast. Before you run off and buy one, please remember this feature is in BETA and it does not seem to work very well at all. I tried it on my laptop, the video when casting youtube was awesome, perfect really. When I tried the ABC player, the frame rate dropped to about 4-6 fps (sound was clear though). This was not going to work, so I went to do some research. According to DSL reports (.com) when you use the beta cast function to cast any tab, it has to offload many functions to the computer and my laptop was not powerful enough to handle the encoding. (AMD 2.4ghz, 4gb ram, win 7 64 bit, not sure video card). No problem, a bit of a pain but I can cast from the beast upstairs (I5, hd7850, 8g ram, runs skyrim on 1440p 27in monitor maxed out). This works much better, but there is still some sync problems with audio and frame freeze. In the end I would not recommend this to someone who has access to the services served up by chromecast apps (Netflix, youtube come to mind, not sure of full list) through some other means. If for some reason you are still using the dvd mail part of netflix because you didn't have a way to stream to the TV, pick this up. If, on the other hand, you want to beat the networks so you can stream their 12 minutes of forced commercials to your TV instead of watching at the computer desk, I would not recommend. You can pick up a nice HDMI cable and plug it into your laptop next to your tv (which is what I did after I got fed up with the chromecast). Bottom line is that I can't figure out why people love these things so much, haven't they heard of every dvd, blu-ray, game console, some audio receivers, and pretty much anything that hooks up to the TV these days for streaming netflix? Also there is a rumor that google TV will get cast some time soon. Not sure, but if you are looking for streaming I would seriously consider the visio costar over this, the remote is a bit clunky, but how much more clunky do you get than running up stairs to start the program, and run back down so you dont miss much of the intro (the only place the networks dont put commercials:). -Willie-B

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money, spend the extra for Roku

    Posted
    SMFT

    We have 4 tv's in our house. 2 lcd's 1 plasma, and an old 32" tube television ( great for playing my retro gaming systems.) I am seriously thinking about ditching cable this summer. We already have roku's on all 3 of our flat screen tv's. One is a non hd model though. I bought the chromecast to replace the non hd roku so that I could hook that one up to my tube tv. Setup was okay. You have to make sure you know how to set up a network connection on your iOs or android devise. I have 2 children and a dvd collection of 300+ dvd's. We actually only have 2 dvd players. Because I didn't want my kids handling the dvd's all the time, I installed a plex media server on my desktop computer. The roku's do a great job of streaming my movies from my computer to our tv's. The problem with the chromecast is that you have to have the plex app on your iOs or android device. That app will cost you another $5. I am afraid that this thing is going to nickle and dime me until i end up spending as much as a roku anyways. Some people claim that chromecast is a great way to stream video from network tv websites through the chrome web browser. When I tried this, the video was so choppy that is was unbearable to watch. Being that I am a photographer, I do like that I can connect my ipad up to the tv easily and show people photos on a big screen, it seems to be the only useful feature that I have found so far. Unfortunately for Google, I will be making a trip back to the store sometime soon to return this unit. Fyi. The advertisements are quite misleading. They make it appear that all you have to do is plug this stick in, similar to how you plug in a usb thumb drive. The reality is that it needs power from one source or another. You can power it through usb, if your tv has a usb port that will provide power. Otherwise you are stuck running a wire to an outlet to plug it in like you would your cell phone charger.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Save your money-very limited use-

    Posted
    LaLaw
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was hopeful for this device and expected to own 2-3 three of them. Wasted my money on just one. I own Apple Tv, Negear Push2TV, Roku and Bestbuy Rocket Fish Miracast. The Chromecast has potential, I guess, but is mostly I can't do that. If you are looking for a way to play your purchased Google movies, Neflix and You Tube, and THAT's ALL, from your closed WiFi network, this might be for you, and minus Google movies via Apple. At present, only Netflix and You Tube can be streamed via Apple devices. This might be for you. But if you have other needs, it's not ready. SO SAD. If you want to use it at a hotel or other secure open wifi, it won't work. THE WAY IT WORKS From what I can tell, the device seems to be a smaller version of a media streamer, e.g. Roku player. I think it works independently of of the tablet, phone or computer that you set up the wi-fi it works through. However, even if your phone is connected to a wi-fi connection, the Chromecast won't connect if it is not truly an open connection or it does not connect through a secure password. E.g. if you connect though a network that requires you do enter the password via a browser after provider connection, it wont connect. Although its claimed someone reverse engineered the device and could play media off the device, it seems the the Chromecast actually accesses the internet and not the controlling device. WIFI REQUIRED, NOT WI FI DIRECT-DOESNT WORK ON PUBLIC NETWORKS Despite its small size, this is not a Miracast device and it needs to access the internet independent of the alleged source device. It's unlikely to work on an open secure wi-fi system, and unlike Apple TV, which can still stream source media even if internet is down, Chromecast can not stream if the internet is not working. NO PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS I was hoping to project powerpoint and business applications, but it cant be done, not even through Chrome browser. The most you can do is stream Chrome internet media, provided both the device and the computer have internet access.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All new device setup should be this easy!

    Posted
    cstrait001
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I wish all new tech devices were as easy to setup as Chromecast. I was up and running, streaming video from my Chrome web browser within minutes. Set up instructions are prominently displayed on the box flap. There are three easy steps: 1) connect the Chromecast adapter and cables to your TV, 2) change the input selector on your TV display to the HDMI input you plugged in your Chromecast, and 3), open your Chrome web browser on your PC and enter the web displayed on your TV to pair your WiFi network to your Chromecast. Once paired, you'll download any software updates first needed by the adapter. You'll also be prompted in the Chrome browser to install some software. Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant Video all played in HD from the Chrome browser, though Netflix and YouTube are optimized with 1080p for Chromecast and have a better interface to control playback. Pretty much any video you can play in Chrome, you can watch on your TV. It's my understanding that other web content from Chrome is 720p. I can confirm it was HD quality. From my iPhone 5, I played Netflix and YouTube. Those are the only two apps you can display from the iPhone. You must have iPhone iOs 6.0 or higher. I also played WatchESPN.com and live news from FoxNews.com without any problem. Playback from all sources was smooth with no buffering. You can display your PC desktop, however there is only video - no audio. To do this, select 'Cast this tab to..' and click on the drop down arrow to the right and select 'Cast entire screen (experimental).' Hopefully Google will fix the audio problem in a future software update. I tried Netgear's Push2TV 3000 for Intel WiDi and found it buggy. With Intel WiDi, you must have the ideal graphics, WiFi adapter and WiDi software drivers. Good luck finding that combination. I never could get more than a few minutes of video simulcasting with WiDi before the Internet either stopped or the video buffered. Pros: Easy setup, works and is inexpensive Cons: Limited support of desktop PC content. It can be done with workaround solutions (search the web).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good features today, superb possibilities tomorrow

    Posted
    caclark74
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This little HDMI, made by Google, is the future of how we share and view media across PC and mobile. I purchased Chromecast on launch day without giving it a second thought. While the options are limited at release (You can only cast content from YouTube, Netflix, Google Play Music and Movies and Chrome browser tabs from a PC) the future is endless as Google will get more apps and developers on board. Setup was a breeze. Just plug it in. The power cord for the dongle can be plugged into an available USB port on your TV. This will prevent the Chromecast dongle from being powered on the entire time. With USB to TV, it only powers up when the TV powers on. This thing has taken everything I've thrown at it with no hesitation. I've cast movies and music on Google Play's cloud, I've cast Netflix and YouTube videos and I've played movies locally stored on my PC by dragging the movie into the Chrome browser URL box. Locally stored movie playback is a little choppy, though. My TV is a Vizio 42" smart LCD TV with WiFi and Internet Apps. Why would I waste my money on a dongle that plays YouTube and Netflix when my TV already does it? Because the UI for those Internet apps is extremely buggy and excruciatingly slow. With Chromecast, there is no UI or program shell to bog down the experience. Your smart phone or tablet is the controller, not the TV. All in all, I am happy with my purchase. For $35 you cannot beat this deal. It isn't going to cook you bacon right off the bat, but give it a few months for more developers to come on board and it just might grab the frying pan out of the cupboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great media device for a great value

    Posted
    SaxPlayer21
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    The Google Chromecast is a great device that you can't beat for the price. I used to use my Xbox 360 to watch Netflix, but I didn't want to have to keep paying for Live when I don't use it for gaming and I didn't want to shell out the money for a smart DVD player since I can just use my Xbox. I had looked at the other options such as the Roku, but it was still more money than I wanted to spend. Then I saw the Chromecast and almost instantly decided to buy it, then I got an email with a student coupon to save $5 so I bought it. It's definitely been worth it. I watch Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube on it and sometimes listen to Pandora. The great thing about the ability to cast a tab is that you can watch Hulu on it for free without having a Hulu Plus account. I sometimes have some sync issues between the video and the audio, but I believe that is more of a internet connection issue than a device issue because my WiFi isn't the greatest. One feature that I love is that since I have the device powered from the power cable is that it will turn the TV on and change to the correct channel when I start casting or even connect to the device. I mainly use my Android phone as the remote, which works great. The only thing that I could complain about is that watching TV shows on Netflix can be a bit clunky because you have to start each episode instead of having the auto-play feature that the web and Xbox players have, but that is on the Netflix app itself not the Chromecast. The Chromecast does an excellent job of integrating with the supported apps. As soon as I connect to my WiFi the cast icon appears in whatever supported app I'm using. When I bought the device only 4 apps where supported and as of writing this it now supports 14 apps. I would recommend this device to anyone that wants a well designed media device that wants to watch web based media for a great price. I'll be buying another one for any addition TVs I get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use, great for any TV that has HDMI.

    Posted
    Rookie4sho
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    Great for watching all your streaming services, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and also videos on web pages on your phone or tablet, you can simply cast those to Chromecast and watch on your TV with ease (using Chrome browser on Device). Things like HBO go and many other apps, can now cast and be watched via Chromecast. Great value for money, you can have them spread out throughout the house, simply label them via Chromecast app on Phone or tablet, Living Room, Bedroom, or whatever you feel like. You can also cast Chrome Web browser via computer or laptop with the casting plugin for Chrome. It's not always a smooth experience, but it works good enough. Android users, you can also watch Movies, or pictures you have downloaded to device using additional apps such as Avia (the best IMO) and Allconnect. Simply use Avia or Allconnect to browse for you movies or pics, and then hit cast icon to play on Chromecast. Please note, Avia requires $4.99 fee to unlock full casting abilities, which is well worth the money. Another way of doing it, would be using ES file explorer and search for your movie, and then after tapping on movie and asked to "open with" simply choose Avia or Allconnect, or any other respective app, and then hit the cast option. For those who use Showbox with Android devices, yes you can cast to Chromecast with a few little steps. With the latest updates to Showbox, its become more of a pain, but it works most of the time with Chromecast. Firstly, you need to get rid of MX Player if you have that installed, then search the web and install Growbox. This will help enable the "open with" function on Showbox. Then simply tap on your movie or tv show, watch now, and then when prompted to, open with Avia. Allconnect works also but has issues at times, if movie or show isn't downloaded to device already. Avia will straight stream to Chromecast the majority of the time without the need to download to device first. My only complaint, why I don't give 5 stars, is, once in a blue moon, the Chromecast won't cast properly and say file not recognized or may not even show up to cast. This usually happens after it as updated by itself. To fix this, you just simply have to open up the Chromecast app, that you initially used to setup it up, and within the menu, choose reboot Chromecast. This usually fixes any problems you may run into, which isn't often at all. Unplugging device, for a period of time will do the same trick.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple and fun! Almost like its not there

    Posted
    JimNJ72

    I bought this as soon as it was announced this week. I figured for $35 and 3 free months of Netflix (at the time) how could you go wrong. I got it yesterday and I am very impressed. I downloaded the chromecast app on my Nexus phone to set it up but you can just as easily set it up from a Windows or Mac computer or tablet. It took me almost as long to open the box it as it took to set it up. Just a few minutes. The steps to use it. From the phone/tablet just launch Netflix, YouTube or Google Play and pick a video and choose to Cast it to the TV. What happens next is what really impresses me. It not only turns on your TV but also switches the input to the proper input (HDMI1, 2 or whatever) and starts playing. At that point you can use your device however you'd like while the video plays as its not dependent on the source device at all. If you want to stop, ffwd, rewind or whatever just launch the app and it will show you the controls to do so. YouTube allows you to queue up as many videos as you'd like which it will play in succession. I primarily use it from my Nexus but have tested with an old iPhone and it works great there too. Had a friend over yesterday and we were loading the YouTube queue simultaneously from my Nexus and his iPhone. If you'd like to Cast from your browser launch Chrome and download the plugin available in the Chrome Store then all you do is press the icon in the right hand corner of the screen and your browser tab will show up on the TV. Its so easy to use you almost forget its there. Its a very natural extension of using your tablet or phone and the videos looked great. HD YouTube looks amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent product with limited uses

    Posted
    JWilson
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    I purchased mainly on a trial basis because the price was right at $30 (on sale). On occasion, I use my laptop with build-in HDMI as a streaming device for my TV. Unfortunately, I have to use a wired setup (via HDMI cord) as my laptop doesn't have newer display-share technology. I did a little research before hand, but not a ton. I wasn't too concerned if it didn't work perfectly because of the price. The reality is, the product works great as a niche smart-TV replacement, but it doesn't do much more (at least not yet). I simply wanted to replace having to hard-connect my laptop to my TV, but the Chromecast can't do that in an ideal fashion. Laptop screen-sharing does indeed work, but it doesn't work all that well. It is still in a "Beta" state and I don't know how long it will last or if the quality will ever get better. Obviously there are bandwidth limitations and pretty severe stuttering issues. There is some lag as well, but that is to be expected, so I can't complain about it. Chromecast does work fine in broadcasting the Chrome browser by itself, but sharing certain media in the browser that isn't being used by a supported application can cause problems. There are some workarounds if you look for them, but those don't always work perfectly either. I will grant that Chromecast is a value-conscious alternative to other media-sharing devices, many of which cost hundreds. Using Chromecast to share media from a phone is also pretty useful, but again, application support is limited, so make sure you know which apps you want to use before buying. If it isn't yet supported, there's no guarantee it will be in the future. While it isn't something I necessarily need, being able to plop stuff on anyone's TV from your phone or laptop without having to worry about it being a smart-TV is useful. Chromecast is easily portable so you can take it to your friend's or family's house and share media that way. Just keep in mind what you need Chrome to do for you. If you just want to share media via Youtube or Netflix (as examples) from your laptop or phone to your TV, Chromecast is a very easy way to do that, and without having to worry about connecting cables. It is portable so you can really share anywhere there is a TV with an HDMI input. But if you plan to use it for screen-sharing your desktop or use media that isn't app-supported, your best bet is to look elsewhere. Right now, the technology with Chromecast just hasn't arrived for all your media-streaming/screen-sharing purposes. Overall, I would likely recommend this product to a friend, but such a recommendation would depend on how they plan to use Chromecast. For simple sharing with supported applications from a phone or laptop: absolutely, but not for much else.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Convenient little device

    Posted
    manaray49
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    Works as described. Easy to setup. Appears to create an ad-hoc wireless network between the Chromecast and your laptop/phone/tablet to enable you to enter your home wifi password. After that, you can start streaming from youtube, netflix etc. Very easy to "cast" a video from youTube, then keep browsing youTube and pick another video and add it to the queue. Look forward to future app compatibility but it's very useful as it is now, especially for the price. I'll admit to being a little uneducated on HDMI, so bear with me! This is an HDMI device that can switch inputs on your TV, even turn it on. So it's very easy if you want to pop a video to your television, you don't even have to reach for the TV remote. (Not sure if that's support on all TVs or if it's part of the HDMI standard). The only minor (very minor) gripe I have is that there is a little lag between what you do on your phone and what happens on the screen. Controlling playback is mostly lag free, however sending a new video takes a little time (no more than a few seconds). This appears to be mostly because the Chromecast has to buffer the video since it is downloading it from the internet and not just streaming it off your phone. This really doesn't hinder the overall performance of the device and I doubt that it could be avoided. This is not revolutionary or groundbreaking. It is handy, cheap and a lot easier than trying to boot up the game system or other streamer to watch a YouTube video.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    It Never Seems To Work Right

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    pianoman12345
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    I will start off this review by saying that this is just my experience. I have read online that a lot of people have a very easy time using chromecast, but I am not one of them. I have had chromecast for about a year and so far I have had a lot of issues. It seems like when one issue gets fixed another one shows up not long after. When I first got it I almost immediately had problems with it staying connected to the internet. My wifi was always working when it wouldn't connect. I then would have to do a factory reset and start from scratch just to get the internet to come back on it. I had that problem for a few months but then it just seemed to correct itself. It then worked fine for a little while but now I am having a different problem. I used to just use my computer for chromecast but I recently got a nexus phone connected to it. The first time I used the phone with it, it worked alright. Then the second time I tried to use it, it would not be able to ever connect right and I couldn't get any video to play for more than a few seconds. I then decided to go back to the computer, but both of my computers would not be able to connect to it anymore. The google cast app would either not be able to find my device, or it would not be able to cast any page to it. I finally had to do a factory reset again and get rid of the chromecast app on my phone to get my computers to work with it. Now today I made the mistake again of trying to use my phone. The same thing happened and it took over an hour to get my computers to work with it again. Overall when it works for me it doesn't work that bad. The chrome mirroring feature seems to be working better than it used to on the websites I use it for. I don't use it for youtube or netflix anymore, but those always worked fairly well to. I have noticed some apps on the phone and on the computer don't work very well which is a shame because there are a few website I would really like to cast from (comedy centrals-phone app and red bull tvs-app and website.) Overall I am very disappointed with chromecast simply for the fact that it seems like everytime I try to use it there is a problem. Sometime it's a small fix but most of the time it seems to take me an hour or so to fix it and then I still can't watch what I was going to watch because the app or website does not work. Overall I would not recommend it because of my experience. I will say again that I have heard very good things about chromecast but my experience has not been the same.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, needs some work.

    Posted
    Elkins14

    Overall I really like the Chrome Cast. I've now had it for 3 months and have decided to really sit down and give you some feedback that isn't just based on the first 24 hours. First, it's not what you think it is, it's not just the little stick, you have to connect it to a provided power cord, which is fine, but a bit annoying too. (Especially when other competitors don't require that step.) Second it crashes quite often. I have very high speed wifi as I work from home and need a very stable connection, I think it's important that you know that. Often times the clarity becomes very digitized in the midst of watching something. Also, the whole supporting Chrome Cast app, that you must download to any device to use it, glitches often too. For example the browser option (or plug in for the app) just simply drops what you're watching or the control of what you're watching. The Cast itself often gets stuck on something you've been watching even though you're done with it. There seems to be a problem systemically with the whole "casting" process. I have now found it to cast, on it's own, shows or movies that I have previously watched when I log in. For example I watched two different movies and one tv show this afternoon. I came back to watch something different and somewhere in the "casting" it crashed and then loaded the second movie I had watched, somewhere in the middle of that movie as well. I tried to stop it and it jumped to a TV show I watched. All very odd. I closed out all my apps on my iPad and it kept playing, I had to disconnect the entire power source to get it to turn off. These are things, that while maybe minor, I do not face with my 3 year old ROKU player. (Which incidentally is also now the same price as my Chrome Cast) It's a bit disappointing, but I'm guessing everything has some bugs. Can be frustrating, but all these 5 star reviews seem to me a bit over zealous. My opinion only of course. It's worth the try if you don't use it often, but if you're replacing Cable or something, as many people seem to be doing these days (not myself) then I would think twice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worst Invention Ever

    Posted
    HomeUser2013
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    I purchased this in hopes of being able to stream videos from my Chrome Browser on my PC/Laptop from sites like ABC, FOX, etc. It does not do this well. 1st, you need to have the device you are streaming from within 20 feet of the Chromecast, so make sure you are using a mobile device (a PC 2 rooms over will not work). 2nd, both devices need to be connected to the same WiFi Network, this poses a problem when streaming internet content...you are first receiving the video content from the web and then trying to send that same content at the same time to the Chromecast, this causes major lag and poor picture quality on your TV. , due to the traffic over your wireless network. Even if you set the picture quality to 480p on the Chromecast you still have these issues! And, why would you even want to watch anything in 480p on today's 1080p TVs? I tried to connect my laptop directly to my wireless access point using a Cat5 cable thinking this would alleviate some of the stress on the wireless network causing the lag, but as soon as I plugged in the cable to the laptop it no longer saw the Chromecast Device. Even though both devices were still connected to the same Network, which is stated as being required , it did not work because both were not connected WIRELESSLY, which was not stated as being required. The only function that Chromecast did well was to stream Netflix and HBO Go from a Tablet or Smartphone but only if you had the minimum (480p) quality set. This device is not as great as they make it out to be, if you have a Smart TV stay away from the allure of Chromecast as your TV already does everything that Chromecast does and your TV does it better. If you DO NOT have a Smart TV and don't want to shell out $1,000+ on a new TV in order to watch Netflix, etc. than this is a cheap alternative for you and I do mean CHEAP.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend