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Google - Chromecast - Black

Model: H2G2-42SKU: 9071056

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Good Streaming Media Player for a Low Price!

    Posted
    drnik
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    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
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Device for the Price & Can Work in Hotels

    Posted
    EliteTwin
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    +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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great!

    Posted
    Android67037

    My set up is a 4 year old Mitsubishi 60" on the wall, Nexus 7 2 (2013) and a Cisco Linksys E2500 wireless router. I agree with all the people that say there is not much printed help in the box but you really don't need it. Once you plug in the dongle and power it up, the on screen instructions tell you exactly what you need to do - just slow down and follow them. I did have some trouble getting the unit to access my network but the help provided told me to turn off my "guest" Wi-Fi. If your not familiar with configuring your router, this might be tough. But, once I did that, the unit came online and updated itself. After setting up the unit, you can turn your "guest" WiFi back on and it will work fine. After I set it up, I downloaded the HBO Go and the Netflix apps to my Nexus. Started them up and logged into both. They worked just fine and the picture looked as good as watching a DVD. Yes, it takes a few seconds to buffer the video and the picture is a bit fuzzy when it starts, but after a few seconds of playing it clears up and is very sharp. I mainly bought this so I could use HBO Go since neither my TiVo, my TV nor my Blu-ray player have that app available. Using Netflix, You Tube and others is just a bonus for me. I am not interested in using this to "mirror" my tablet, so I haven't tried that. That said, when you use HBO Go or Netflix (or other video sources) essentially you do "mirror" your tablet. When you start a movie, there is an icon on the tablet screen that is square with what looks like radar beams going to it. Tap that and tell it to "cast" to your unit, and your movie is now on the big screen. Very easy to use. All in all, a great investment in my movie watching experience. Although, since my TV is on the wall, the power cord is almost too short to hide it within the wall but I got it to work. There is the option of using the USB power on the back of my TV but that is being used to power the wireless sender for my sub woofer. Being able to have this unit hidden behind the TV sure makes it better than having to set a Roku box or Apple TV box on the table below my TV - looks much cleaner without another dang "box" to have to use. Hope this was helpful and hope you enjoy yours as much as I do!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost There

    Posted
    Duke87765
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    The chrome cast is a GREAT idea at a GREAT price. Overall I am pretty happy with it, and it lets me do things I thought I would never be able to do. I have an older house that isn't wired with cable everywhere, so I haven't been able to put TVs in some of the rooms I wanted. With this + a Slingbox 350, I can put in a TV in any room in the house. It works pretty well, and picture quality is mostly excellent (the slingbox tends to struggle sometimes, but that is the slingboxes fault -- not the chromecast). My biggest complaint really comes down to controlling the thing. Google has some work to do here. You can control it with your phone or your computer, but both have issues. With my laptop, I am constantly struggling to get it to connect to the chromecast. Once the two are talking, Netflix is the only popular website with built-in chromecast support. You can still use others (Chrome lets you cast any tab, or even your whole desktop), but the built-in support provides a lot better experience and much less drain on your Computers resources. Controlling with the phone has its own issues. Starting up a show is fine, the issue is if you need to pause it, change episodes, etc. When the phone screen locks, the connection to the Chromecast is dropped. The chromecast will keep working, but when you need to control it again you have to reconnect through the app. This can be pretty annoying in-itself, but most apps have issues with this. On the Hulu app, 9 times out of 10 when I reconnect, it will then immediately disconnect from the chromecast and restart whatever episode I was watching from the beginning - on my phone instead of the chromecast. Then I have to kill the app and start over. Netflix tends to lose connection to the chromecast and won't let you reconnect unless you kill the app and start over. Overall I think it is definitely worth the price, I just hope Google keeps working on the control issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for the price!

    Posted
    scotthx1138
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    Google Chromecast has pros and cons, so you must make sure the device actually fits the media casting void that you wish to fill. Pro: It's cheap It's got all the popular streaming apps like Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, basic network apps like ABC, Watch ESPN, HBO, Disney, etc. This list has been getting quite a bit larger just this year. A year prior, I may have listed this a con, because they really only had Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, and Pandora, and that was it. Thank you Google for expanding your offerings! Cons: It has no user interface. To interact with your Chromecast, you need to start the show/stream on another device and cast it to the Chromecast, which then takes over. Once the stream has been cast to the chromecast, your mobile device is free to do other things, but it is required as a remote to get things started or stopped. To some, this may be a pro, but I list it as a con, because there can be connection issues that can cause you to have to restart your Chromecast, or close and restart the source app on your phone. I've also had issues where I start a stream, then do something else on my phone, and return to pause the stream, but my iPhone sometimes has trouble reconnecting to the stream. This may be an Apple/Google issue. The above mentioned issue would not happen on a Roku or Apple TV, however, you will pay a little more for a Roku, and way more for an Apple TV. In fact, you can get 3 Chromecasts to go around your house for the price of a single Apple TV. Another Con is that you can't start a DVD or Blu-ray on a laptop and cast it to your screen. The audio appears to be off, and it will skip. This is largely because full screen or tab casting is still in beta on Chromecast, so it really shouldn't be counted as a con, as it's not an advertised feature, but now you know! ;) I do love my Chromecasts, and the price can't be beat. Depending on your usage I would recommend this or a Roku stick. Apple TV is too expensive, and I have no experience with the Kindle Fire stick, so I can't give any advice on that one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Well Worth it!

    Posted
    gmparkin
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    If you haven't bought a Chromecast, you should......Now.......I agree with what most folks say about Chromecast. It's easy to set up, very portable, and you can do LOTS of things with such an affordable device. But there are a couple of things that don't get mentioned very often that folks should hear more about. The first is the claim that you can cast chrome tabs to your TV (which is only half true). This is a very powerful feature because it allows you to stream any video you can watch online, and watch it on your TV. What nobody mentions, though, is that this feature is NOT available on mobile versions of Chrome (so you can't do this with your tablet or phone). I can't understand why Google didn't make this more compatible with android devices (like their own Nexus devices), but they didn't. For what's worth, rumor is that casting chrome tabs from mobile devices will be supported in the next version of Android (5.0). And don't worry, you can still cast netflix, hulu, Youtube, pandora, Google Play movies, and local videos and photos from your mobile device. This lack of mobile tab casting will only really affect you if you watch a lot of movies on Vudu or Amazon Instant, or other websites that stream video (like PBS online). The other thing that's not often mentioned is that the chromecast needs to be plugged into a power source, either a standard electrical outlet, or an empty USB port on your TV. It's not a huge deal, but does affect the portability of chromecast if, like me, you don't have an open USB port on your TV, so it's plugged into that difficult to reach and almost completely filled power strip that lives behind everyone's TV. But those two issues are minor. This is a fantastic device that is well worth the money. Sure, it doesn't support as many apps as Roku or Smart Tv's, Blu Rays, etc. But it gets you everything you probably need, and its user interface is extremely easy to use. If you have the ability to cast from a laptop, then the chromecast will do everything those other devices do and more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    works great most of the time

    Posted
    greggT2
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    This Roku-like device is suited mostly to netflix viewing and sending your Chrome-based web browser window to a large display surface, such as a big-screen TV. Netflix and several other sources will stream directly to the device, meaning that you can start the streaming from an initial device (computer or smart phone) and then, once netflix recognizes the Chromecast device, power off the initial device and the connection will persist. However, we've found that it can be hard or impossible to pause that connection once you've disconnected from it; sometimes Netflix gets confused about whether it's streaming to your initial device. Streaming from a browser has some minor issues, such as latency (a multi-second delay from the action on your computer and the visual echo on the Chromecast), and throughput (substantially reduced update speed), but in general it's usable. Note that a streaming video played through the browser will use 2x-3x the bandwidth: 1x for streaming to the computer plus 1x to get that to the Chromecast, and you have to have spare wifi bandwidth for this, which is sometimes overused if you already have lots of streaming through the same wifi/router. The private Chrome window does not appear to be streamable, which may imply that it's sending the content through a service that is outside your LAN (wifi area). You cannot stream any other app to the Chromecast, such as Powerpoint or Flash or any other app that is used outside Chrome. That's why the device is called a "Chromecast", eh? One might propose that everything be done in a browser context, but that has other (limited) issues, such as Chrome not supporting Java 1.7 on MacOSX. However, you could replicate (some) content to a cloud service, such as google doc's, and then use the Chrome web browser to view it, if that's installed on your computer. All in all, using it is a pleasurable experience, with high-end HD quality and another way to show a bunch of folks what's on your computer or smart phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Starter for Stream Watchers

    Posted
    MickeyCross
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    With a slim mounted TV on the wall, I had trouble at first sticking the jack in since it jutted straight out the back. The USB charger adapter that would fit on the end of the power cable can also be used as an extra, flexible inch extender if flipped around and plugged between the Cromecast and the HDMI input. Fits perfectly, now! As someone who watches a lot of Video Game streaming, I thought this device would be perfect for my bedroom TV that lacks a cable box. I was disappointed at first when I couldn't find the Twitch.TV app as a compatible extension to the plugin, but was overjoyed when I found the Computertab-to-tv feature works like a charm. I look forward to when other apps start to become available and compatible, hopefully if things get popular; such as the optimum app to stream the dashboard right to the TV. Steam games as well could be a huge market just waiting to be cracked; the experimental 'Cast whole Desktop/display' feature had great synergy with Big Picture mode perfectly. I suspect as the technical backdrop of local Computer-to-device gets optimized and the lag drops it would be perfect to playing games on the big screen. At the moment, there's about a 2 to 1 second delay on average and makes it otherwise hard to do anything other then simple puzzles. A big bonus to the ability to cast directly from your local files, and I look forward to seeing how the software and hardware improves. I got it for 25 marked down for 35; so that extra drop in price helped motivate me picking it out. Originally was just going into the store for a wall mount; Now I may consider getting a second for the main TV as well. Only my phone and laptop are compatible, sadly. Kindle Fire HD, from what I can find so far, is not supported. Just shy of that perfect five star.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    Posted
    RedRaider

    As with most Google devices this one is quite simple but brilliant. I was originally against any product like this, Apple TV, Rogue, all of them. I have a smart TV, a PS3 so I had all of the necessary means to watch Netflix and such on my TV and could care less about YouTube (but could still watch it on my TV). At the price point though I picked one up anyway on a whim. The thing is many of the streaming services consider streaming to an app like those on smart TVs or devices (such as iPhone) a premium that they make you pay for. That same content is available via a web browser on your computer for free (ad supported). If you pay for Netflix and want to stream it on your dumb TV then you are better off with something like Apple TV which has a remote and most of the apps that support Chrome are also on those devices. What you get with this that you don't get with any of those other devices is the ability to "cast" anything on your computer's Chrome browser to your TV. It really is simply a mirroring device but the fact that many of the services that you have to pay to view via an app is available for free on your computer makes this device unique. I have watched a ton of older TV shows that otherwise I would have had to pay for to see on my TV. The only downsides are you are limited to resolutions that are meant for a computer screen so even though its computer screen HD quality its not 60" TV HD quality, there also is no (at least that I have found) Dolby sound. Many people complain there is no remote but when you come to terms with what it really is you realize the logistics don't allow for one and you just keep your laptop close. Setup couldn't be easier on the device you are up and running within minutes. Like any streaming device it does require a decent internet connection and network speed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for watching movies on yourHDTV

    Posted
    DDaren
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    SETUP: very easy. Simply plug into an HDMI port in your TV and plug in the power, which can go into an outlet or an available USB slot if your TV has one (mine does). You download a program on your computer or an app on your phone, setup is very straightforward and not difficult at all, even for a non-tech savvy person. PERFORMANCE: great with few hiccups. One problem I had was that the strength was very weak when using it on my TV downstairs when my router was upstairs. I was not using the HDMI extension cord at this time (which comes with the product). I was thinking that the HDTV was acting as a giant reflector and blocking my router's signal. So I attached the extension, and it works better now, much better! Product is silent and makes no noise. It does get a bit warm when you feel it though after watching a movie. When streaming Netflix, there are times when it has to pause and load again. When watching Netflix through my Xbox, it did not do that, only on the chromecast. I am so happy with this product, I bought 2 more (for upstairs, downstairs, and my room for 3 total). They never interfere with each other. APPS: only downfall, which will probably improve, is the lack of apps able to utilize chromecast. I use Netflix for my streaming, and I also use Avia to stream videos from my phone. Avia is a free, very basic media player app for phones. However, you pay $2.99 and it allows you to connect to your chromecast. This works fairly well to stream videos from my phone. However, it does not recognize certain videos with certain decoding methods. Attempting to cast it results in chromecast displaying something like, "this file is incompatible". However, it plays fine on the phone, it's only when you cast it to your TV. Fix that, and It'll be 5 stars all around.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised

    Posted
    dsinned

    Works very similarly to iOS "AirPlay" using Apple TV. However, this device works on different platforms and operating systems. It is smaller and simple to use on any HDTV with an HDMI port. Comes with an AC power wall outlet adapter and Micro USB cable or powered by a spare USB port on the TV itself. Some HDMI ports have limited clearance, but this device is short enough to fit in most cases. If not, it comes with a short HDMI M/F extender for more flexibility. This is an optional accessory, but essential in some cases. You'll be glad it was included. After the easy initial setup completed, it updated itself over the same WiFi connection. The $20 Google Play (for Android devices) promotion included at the current BB sale price of $29.99 is a great deal! I used it to watch very controversial, "The Interview" and saved six bucks renting the movie. The movie's sound and video quality was outstanding in HD (1080p) with no dropouts on a 6Mb/sec maximum download speed DSL WiFi Internet connection. Start/stop/pause/skip commands worked well from my Android tablet's Google "Play Movie" app. This device cannot do screen mirroring (like AirPlay), which is its only downside. Understandable at such a low price. It can "cast" certain content from a Chrome browser running on a phone, tablet, PC, Mac, etc. It supports Netflix, HBO Go, Crackle, and the like, but not Amazon Prime (also understandable because the latter is a direct competitor with its Fire TV Stick device). Bottom line, Chromecast is well worth it for big screen HDTV viewers with a passion for watching movies!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Limited application

    Posted
    Miro
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    You can use it : 1. to play Netflix movies on your TV, once you "cast" it from your tablet; 2. to play YouTube videos on your TV, once you "cast" it from your tablet; 3. to play GoogleMusic mp3s on your TV, once you "cast" it from your tablet; 4. connect to a dumb receiver to play WiFi mp3s over your super duper high end HomeTheater system Apparently, you do everything on your tablet/phone - browsing, search, etc. and then click the "cast" button which simply transfers the playback from your tablet to your TV. Aka, The tablet is the main thing here, like a giant remote. As somebody said, this can be done from any Android/iOS/PC device on the same network, so multiple people can "cast" through multiple "remotes". Perfect scenario - everybody at home has recent modern Android tablet/phone, and all your music is purchased/uploaded on GoogleMusic; also you have Netflix and maybe YouTube podcasts I think the device is perfectly OK for around $0-10 price, since the HDMI extender, USB cable and power block are worth at least that. I got the Netflix credits which are going against my account there. For $35 this is no good purchase, unless you have nothing else - HTPC, some streamer, etc. connected to your dumb TV. I personally prefer super dumb TV with perfect image quality over the modern TVs that tends to get broken during occasional firmware update, aka upgrade of the "smart TV" features. In that case such device is so so OK to have. It biggest weakness is the lack of local video streaming capability - it is possible, but Google keeps "killing" the apps that are doing it. Obviously, Google doesn't want it to be able to stream your local content. Given that, there are better choices to buy for slightly more money.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fling Netflix (almost) anywhere

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    AlexWisconsin
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    I managed to get this during the holiday season on sale but even at $35, this is a great device. I read about all the challenges others had about installing, and avoided those pitfalls. Within 5 minutes out of the box, I had it installed, downloaded the app and entered the code. In the first several weeks, 'downloads' to the TV kept timing out. This turned out to be good because our wireless router was dying. Once we upgraded the router, connection speeds were blazing fast. We have 50 Mbps. Some challenges that have kept me from giving higher ratings. We have Samsung TVs and while the technology is there to turn on the TV, it is very cludgy. Yes, it will turn on the TV, but then we still had to use the cable remote to change the TV source if we wanted to watch cable. It also requires the Chromecast to have an external power source, which is logical (you can't access Chromecast if the TV is off without an external power source) but it is another vampire device to suck electricity. The other issue is that regardless of device (Samsung tablet, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX, Samsung S3 phone), Netflix 'forgets' about the Chromecast and loses the icon to 'fling' the video to the TV. I haven't figured out what causes this but it is an annoyance, especially if I have paused the show/movie and want to resume. It then resumes it on the device, not the TV. I hope to find out what is causing this and get it resolved but it does keep this device from getting 5 stars. But it is a much better picture from my TV, then on a small 7" tablet, so overall, I'm happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Alternative to Traditional HDMI Connection

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    I think the ChromeCast is something worth buying but only if you're big on the Wireless concept. I have a Smart TV so basically all of the functions that I can use the ChromeCast for on my phone are already available on my TV. The only other feature that I've discovered that's actually kind of useful for things like presentations or just a simple hosting service is through the use of an extension on my computer's Google Chrome browser which allows me to cast my screen from my laptop onto the TV (it's delayed of course but I think that is acceptable considering the amount of speed my internet and devices would need in order to produce an on time second my second projection of my phone or computer to the TV through a WiFi network). I'm not sure if it supports Bluetooth but if it doesn't I believe it should so that it wouldn't require both devices to be connected to the WiFi to work. Another option that would be useful would be for it to somehow allow users/administrators to use the Google Chrome Cast to cast something to a TV that might not even be within your reach. For example, the other day I wanted to surprise my girlfriend for Valentine's Day and I wanted to cast something onto the screen while I was downstairs. I couldn't however because my phone wasn't close enough to connect to the WiFi so I had to wait till I got outside my door in order to send it. A feature that'd allow me to send something to my Google Chrome Cast from miles away would be a very useful feature. Besides all of that, just more apps that support the Chrome Cast system would be useful, that and the ability to cast whatever is on one's screen would be very nice as well (from a computer and a phone).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Convenience Galore!

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    PRO: Mirror your Android devices' display on your HDTV. No matter what app your using. CON: Feature is only available on Android devices with KitKat FW & higher. PRO: Good for having your TV function as a photo album display, or for broadcast watermarking purposes. CON: When delving into the setting of the casting device via your smartphone & disabling the stock-feature-display options ; featured photos on the Chromecast tend to display here-and-there if a chosen, personal, photo album does not have more than two images residing in it. (**By Personal Experience**) PRO: THE best investment for a consumer seeking a device to stream full-length movies from their tablets, phones, computers -- as well as a slew of other media content -- to an easy to use, simple to navigate, sleek & compact, not to mention portable, HDMI entertainment receiver. ON THE FENCE?: Some owners & skeptics of this product stand with the crowd that isn't too pleased about this product having to be supplied power via micro/USB. However, this is actually a huge advantage for the device, over others of its kind which do not require an external power source. Being more powerful than anticipated by the average, non-tech-savvy consumer, the Chromecast can handle content sent to it quite a bit more than admirably considering the different forms of digital media used today and the quality of it. The rendering that this little piece of work dishes out will pretty much be the same as what the user sends to it (provided that the network which the Chromecast is connected to is up to par & does not have a lot of high data traffic). ALL IN ALL VERDICT: A Definite, MUST BUY!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Highly recommend

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    London529
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    I was lucky enough to snag a Chromecast when they first came out. It was extremely easy to set up and I have been using it almost daily ever since. Prior to buying a Chromecast, I had purchased cables to be able to mirror my MacBook on my TV as well as the iPad 30-pin Digital AV Adapter to be able to stream video content on my TV. The Chromecast is a definite improvement to having to connect all of these cables to be able to watch video on my TV and stretching an HDMI cable across my coffee table to reach my computer. It is great to be able to start streaming Netflix but still be able to use my laptop, iPhone, or iPad while the video is playing. It is also nice to be able to start playing a Netflix video on my iPad but be able to control it and pause it using my computer or iPhone. I will say the one downside so far is casting tabs from Chrome. The video playback is incredibly slow and choppy and the audio doesn't match up with the video. I Googled solutions to this problem and have set the video tab playback to the lowest resolution and closed out other computer processes and it's still not very watchable. While the Chromecast is great to stream video through the approved apps such as YouTube and Netflix, it still lacks good quality when casting video through Chromecast tabs. Hopefully this is something Google will be improving with future software updates. However, for the $35 price, it's a great way to stream video on your TV!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for those who love YouTube

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    Pros: This is GREAT for watching YouTube videos on your TV. It's really easy to use and the responsiveness of the device is incredible. You can set up queues for videos you want to watch or play one over another. I really love how the video will automatically play at the highest resolution available so there's no need to manually adjust it on the video. And this is great for you Chrome users as the Chromecast addon is a quick install and VERY easy to use. It's also great for those of you who have a Netflix and/or Hulu Plus account! This device almost functions as a cordless HDMI cable for videos but is BETTER in so many ways. The Chromecast interface is user friendly and nice to look at when it's not being used. Sometimes I like leaving the TV on to let it display all the beautiful standby background photos it has. Cons: It's very MISLEADING how in photos they show the Chromecast device by itself when it actually has another cord meant to be attached to its back end in order to reach a power source (Chromecast goes in the HDMI port and the other cord goes into the USB2 port). It would be so much more convenient for me as a solo plug in device since my HMDI and USB2 ports are side by side (this leaves a bundle of wrapped cords just sticking out like an eyesore). I'm not a Chrome user so it's a bit of hassle having to switch between it and Firefox since there is no Chromecast addon for any other browser. I also don't have Netflix or Hulu Plus accounts so it's only limited to YouTube. This isn't a huge problem but there are a lot of free Hulu movies I'd love to watch through my TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quick Setup; Good Start for Google

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    HeyComputerDave
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    The Google Chromecast is making a big splash in terms of price for a new tech toy. However, it is little more than ripples in the pond when it comes to streaming media. I fully expect Google to bring more and better features to the Chromecast, but when and what is yet to be determined. The setup was very simple: Plug the Chromecast into my TV's HDMI port, plug in the power cable (USB) to power and device, download the Chromecast app to my Android phone. Once the app started running, it immediately found my Chromecast even though it was not setup on my wireless network yet. Next came the prompt for this, which was simple to fill in knowing my wireless network settings. Once this was done I automatically had the "Chromecast button" in YouTube, Chrome, and Netflix on my phone. I streamed a few YouTube videos for the kids and liked how quickly it streamed to the TV. There was a bit of a delay as the content switched between phone and TV, but once it was going it looked good. There is even a way of "queuing" videos so they play one right after the other. The only minor bug I see at this point, other than the lack of anything besides YouTube and Netflix, is that when you start building your queue, if you accidentally click off the Chromecast preview at the bottom there is no simple way of getting it back.

    I would recommend this to a friend