Google Chromecast Review

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It’s quite likely that alot of people do have HDTV’s in their house, but there is a portion of them that don’t have the Smart TV capability. Google provided their answer to that market being the Chromecast.

The Chromecast is meant to be a little device that shows it can do alot. Aiming for simplicity it doesn’t have any included remote but instead uses your phone.

Setup:
Setup of the Chromecast is quite simple.
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1) You just plug power to the device, and then plug the device into your TV’s HDMI port.
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2) From there it will tell you to download the Chromecast app to your mobile device, and it will continue the setup from there.
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3) It will search for devices and connect to the Chromecast’s Wifi Network for setup
4) It will then confirm that you are connected to the right device using a four digit code listed on the app and on the TV.
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5) From there you setup the name of the Chromecast
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6) Specify what 2.4GHZ Wi-Fi network you want it to use
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7) The Chromecast will connect to the Wi-Fi network.
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8) It will show the success screen on your mobile device to show it is done.
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Playback Sources:
The Chromecast supports a variety of apps with some of the popular ones listed below:

  • Netflix
  • Hulu Plus
  • Youtube
  • Pandora
  • Google Play Music, Movies, TV
  • Google+ Photos
  • Songza
  • Plex

The updated list can be found here: Link

Starting Playback:

Once the Chromecast is setup any app that has the Cast Icon can easily be pressed and will cast to the Chromecast
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Methodology:
There is one major benefit of using the Chromecast over conventional or older streaming sticks as the processing is done on the device instead of just mirroring the display on to the Chromecast with the exception of streaming the Chrome Browser. For mobile devices it removes the overhead to process the stream causing higher battery utilization.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Easy to setup
  • Ease of battery life processing
  • HDMI CEC To switch to proper input
  • Price

Cons:

  • Gets quite hot
  • Only 2.4GHZ Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Sometimes disassociates from the mobile device.

Overall I would say it’s a good recommended device for a cheap way to get your TV connected.

Author

Frank Ong

Frank is a new graduate at UOIT with a degree in Networking and IT Security. In his spare time he spends his time trying to share concepts learned in the Cisco realm while trying to enhance his IT experience being an aspiring IT professional. Email: me@franklyong.com

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  1. cherupop June 15, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Brought it for my dad from the US, he loved it, can’t stop watching documentaries on YouTube.

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