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August 17, 2013

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player was announced just a very short time ago. It wasn't 100% clear what it did, but I had a general idea, and at only $35 it was worth the small risk to find out.

It arrived today and I had it operating in 15 minutes, if you count the time it took to take it out of the box and bring my laptop over to the TV. It allows me to display on my TV a tab that I have open in my Chrome browser. Any sound on that tab goes to the TV, not to my laptop's speakers. A Chromecast icon appears in the top bar of my Chrome browser. Hit it and it allows me to select which Chromecast device to send it to (I have only one). Click that and the page shows up on the TV. There is a tiny lag between what I see on my laptop and what I see on the TV. If the tab is YouTube, then the page isn't simply mirrored on the TV. YouTube videos can go full screen on the TV while staying at its original setting on my laptop. That's nice, allowing me to semi-watch a YouTube video on the TV while going to other tabs to do whatever.

Set up involves plugging the Chromecast device into an HDMI port on my TV and then providing power to the Chromecast device via USB cable plugged into either the TV or an AC converter. Turn on the TV and select that HDMI port. Then I open up Chrome on my laptop and go to the Google Chromecast setup page. I connect from my laptop directly to the Chromecast device via the Chromecast device's wi-fi. I give it identifying information and the password for my home wi-fi router. Chromecast then connects to my router. I reconnect my laptop to my router. And we're done.

Filed under Technology,Television,Web/Tech | permalink | August 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM


Thanks for this. I was interested in getting one myself!

Posted by: Michael R. Burke at Aug 19, 2013 5:50:01 PM

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