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Cast your favourite shows, movies, sports, and games from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to your TV with the Chromecast wireless media streaming device.
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The initial set-up was simple, and within 15 minutes, I was able to set up the device, download the apps, and start casting youtube and bloomberg from my iphone.
Then, problems started coming,
1. After casting youtube for a while, the youtube app loses connection to the chromecast device, so if you want to cast a new video, you just can't play it onto TV.
2. After a few days usage, none of the apps can connect to the device anymore, even after I unplug & plug the device, restart my apps, reconnect my phone to the wireless network. None seemed helpful.
3. If you want to cast a Chrome tab onto your TV, your laptop will need to be on the same wireless network, which means you will have to give up on the ethernet connection first. That means that your desktop computer would not work unless it uses wireless internet connection, and also that you will suffer from the connection problem again.
Very happy with ability to stream to any TV, downside is occasional stuttering of video.
I've been using a1st generation Chromecast for over a year now. My 1st one failed after 6 months and the replacement one has finally died about 15 after the original purchase date. I'm not impressed and wouldn't waste my money investing in something that doesn't last.
Very easy to set up, great picture quality, speed, etc.
There is also third party software that will extend the functionality beyond Netflix, YouTube, etc.
Saved me from buying a Smart TV.
I got both Apple TV and Google Cast. Comparing the two, I found Google Cast a better choice:
- Fast connect between tablet (iPad & Android smartphone) and TV
- Set up in no time
- Save tablet and smartphone battery as program will play till the end even when smart device turn off
- Need very little space, the device is hung at the back of my tv with one end plug to HDMI and the other to USB for charging, no need to connect to power at all
- Only black color is available, I prefer red.
Ceci est mon 2e Chromcast. Fonctionne comme prévu; simple et rapide. Je souhaiterais seulement que la sortie soit compatible 4K; Au moins pour voir les photos en 4K si c'est trop demandé pour le vidéo.
It was on sale so decided to grab one for my mom since I've only heard rave reviews from friends and family. Ran into some setup issues, not sure if it was router related but eventually got it up and running smooth. Now my mom can stream directly from her tablet/phone.
First off, I'm a techno idiot and I had no issue setting it up on my tv as well as through the home stereo receiver to take advantage of surround sound. It works for anything local on my computer as well as online streaming. Whenever there's a hiccup, I find it's always my fault.
Works as described. Seems, eats some internet traffic, even when the TV is off; partially solved by powering the device via the TV's USB.
During set up, I had some problems but I called Chromecast support (who were excellent) and discovered that the Chromecast cord must be plugged directly into an outlet rather than a power bar. There was smooth sailing after that. it works like a charm. Highly recommend.
To complete my set up, I created a Plex Media Player on a Virtual Machine. I installed BubbleUPnP Server too to convert a whack of video files to Chromecast.
For an additional 4.87 CAN, I bought the BubbleUPnP license for my Smart Device.
Ideally, the license would sit on the Server but it doesn't. This means each Smart Device needs its own license. But for 4.87 CAN, it is worth it.
Everything was smooth except connecting it to my Bell modem/router. Then I discovered that it requires 5GHz wifi and my old Bell modem/router only had 2.4GHz wifi. I had to use my own router with 5GHz wifi to connect this Google ChromeCast to the Internet.
Both YouTube and Netflix worked beautifully on it but the screen share with my Samsung Galaxy S4 is not smooth.
Overall I am very happy with product.
Great Product and I was able to install without any problem ! Seam less streaming and no interruption at all. If some users are having difficulties then please read the instructions carefully or check your internet connection and signals as I don't see any problem in streaming videos.
My brother got me a chromecast for christmas 2 years ago, and I literally can't live without it. Before I would always have to connect cords from my laptop to my TV (which was a pain in the a**) to stream my shows and movies, such as netflix, CTV, MTV, etc. Now all I do is connect from my tablet. It's great and I can bring it anywhere with my tablet to watch at my boyfriends or friends house!
For $45 you can expect too much from this device like most of the bad reviews on here! But for that price point it works very well for what I want it to do. I bought this mainly just to stream youtube videos easily to the TV. Which it does extremely well from my android phone or tablet. I also use Redbull TV a lot on it as well. Both of those apps have a chromecast display icon built into them so it works flawlessly. I haven't tried using my computer. But you can also just screen share from your android device and it shows anything you are looking at on the tv.
Setting up was fast and easy. Streaming content is fast and the picture and sound are both clear. It just works well doing the few things I bought it for.
Now its not an Apple TV or a mini PC type of substitute. and at $45 you cant expect it to compete with these items. It simply helps turn any TV with an HDMI connection into a smart TV and lets you access Youtube, netflix ect if you TV doesnt already.
I got this product about three weeks ago and so far I've used it to steam from Netflix, Shomi, and Google Movies. It has worked well for all of these platforms. It was pretty easy to set up, and once you get used to it, it's easy to use (you have to learn where the "cast" button is in each of your apps... it's a little different in each). No problems so far with lags or syncing. The image quality has been great.
The only sort of weird thing I have noticed is that it seems to cast sound at a lower volume that other options. I usually have the have the volume on my phone as well as the volume on the TV set quite high. So when I switch to using something other than the chrome (or even to using other media on my phone) I have to remember to turn it back down again. Also, it can be a little hard on my phone's battery because it uses it to facilitate the streaming. But I haven't noticed it being that big a problem.
My biggest wish is that there were some way to easily connect headphones. I also have a Roku 3 and I love that you can plug headphones into the remote. If headphones would work in my phones jack with the chrome, I'd be a very happy user.
Please ignore Hussain's review on this. I have purchased several of these amazing little things for myself and my friends since revision 1. it operates as marketed, and if Hussain was such as computer expert as he claimed, he would know there are a multitude of options for this.
I use my Chromecasts with Chrome, which mirrors the browser window perfectly. I also use it with my Plex server, which allows me to stream my home content to my TV in perfect 1080p, My revision 1 of the Chromecast which only uses 2.4Ghz is just as reliable as my revision 2 of the Chromecast which uses my 5Ghz network. From my tablet, laptop, Android, iPad and iPhone I am able to not only stream my pictures, Plex, Kodi and all other home content, it's also great for the external content like Netflix, etc...
As any consumer, talk to the staff at Bestbuy and their products. Most of the time they will be educated and will be able to tell you exactly how things work (within reason of their ability), however listening to people who typically slam any product in my opinion just means they haven't done their research and/or have no educated opinion of the product.
I have been using Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter for a while. This adapter mirror everything you have on the computer. I didn't like it because I had a lot of disconnections and also the mirroring interrupted and not smooth. Then I read the news about Google chromecast 1 and 2. I was really excited about it because the feedback is great. I bought the Google chromecast yesterday. I tried it. It is simply a piece of junk. Please pay attention to two things here: First if you are planning to buy one, you need super fast internet. Second, it DOES NOT mirror everything. It work only with youtube on Google chrome web browser. I feel it is an attempt to make people use Google Chrome web browser which is not really popular in the world of computers. It is a slow faulty browser. Anyways I tried it yesterday and I was unable to do anything with it except seeing youtube. Is that what why you are buying it: to see youtube on TV!!! Theoretically you can't mirror a movie that is saved on your computer. However, if you want to do it you can but you need a lot of work on making Google Chrome browser read your media files on your computer. I did that and the mirroring was not clear and very bad quality. I tried to make mirroring high quality but changing that from the option functionality that it has and what I got was horrible|: interrupted broken mirroring and very bad quality. The only good quality saw is when you use youtube on Google Chrome browser ONLY. I am using new computer and I am fully acquainted with computing tricks and I tried my best to solve the problems the chromecast has. I was unable to do anything with it. It is a lame gadget marketed unprofessionally. I will return to my old Microsoft Wireless Dispaly Adapter which also needs high speed internet but at least you can mirror anything you want.
Remember, chromecast requires super super high speed internet and also it mirrors nothing but youtube on Chrome browser.
Don't waste your time and money!
Parfait pour regarder les séries sur Netflix.
Excellent unit improvement over older unit, prompt delivery easy setup
Easy to use and very easy to setup. I would recommend this to everyone.
It's the third one I am buying as a gift to family and friends. It's worth the money
bought online and item was shipped right away. No problem with the product. Was very happy with the whole shopping experience.
All of the one star reviews are worthless, this is an amazing product that works with both android and apple products.
Dont buy a smart TV, just buy a Chromecast!
This is the second chrome cast I have owned. I gave the first to a friend after receiving an Appke Tv for Christmas but I recently purchased a TV for the guest bedroom and decided to buy a Chronecast to use with it.
It's super easy to get up and running, allows you to access several great options such as Netflix ,YouTube etc.
A great, cheap and user friendly alternative to cable TV and pricier options.
Nice and fast. Try googling more tricks and tips to take advantage of its extended functionality.
Excellent! We can watch TV with chromecast instead of tv box
I was able to install it and start using it within 15 minutes of unwrapping it.
I already enjoy it for youtube, movies and other apps. so easy to use.
Very Very Good Product !!
Setup with cell phone and tablet was easy, but setup with laptop was not easy. I had to contact Google Chromecast for help to complete the last step. When using screen mirroring from my laptop 10 % of the time it has trouble staying connected. This could have something to do with my internet connection (not sure).
Easy to install and use. Great product for the great price
Can mirror the complete display of my phone or tablet onto the TV screen just like the screen mirror function between Samsung devices and Samsung TV. Can also cast through individual apps. Casting through individual apps gives better quality image while mirroring may produce different image quality depending on the screen resolution of your phone or table. Minor issue is reconnecting after each use is not as smooth as it should be. Several times I have to reset the Chromecast device or press the little button on the device in order to be reconnected.
I have 2 of these at home...easy to install, and super easy to use. I mostly use them for Netflix and to stream music on the TV...great price for this product. Highly recommended.
Easy to install and operate. Not expensive. Quickly delivered hassle free via Canada Post to my mailbox. After trying out the first one, I bought another one two days later! On the android phone used, anything that I saw on the screen was reflected on the TV. You don't necessarily have to have a special app with integrated chromecast symbol. for example. Illico.tv does not have a chromecast application, however if you view it on the phone you can send phone screen to TV. I found an app on my Ipad to be able to chromecast all my photos to TV. beautiful. By the way, full HD also!
I purchased two of these for my two TV's .. one in my den where my computer is and one in the living room ...
They were easy to set up... instantly... work great...
I like that I can use either my computer or my smartphone to choose what I want to watch and then instantly cast it to the TV of my choice... no glitches, no hesitation... no hardwiring...
I should add that I have Bell Fibe internet/wifi 20/10 using the HomeHub1000 .. might be partly responsible for my success...
And I also discovered that once cast to the TV of choice, then the remotes for the TV's are fully functional in controlling the broadcast..
Simply a marvelous piece of equipment.
Video casting is getting failed. Not worth
Super easy to set up, easy to use, and just all around handy!
A lot more reliable than the first edition. Having the 5 ghz band helps.
I have the original Chromecast but this one is so much faster. Videos from youtube stream right away without any lags where as the older model would only cast sound first follow by low res images then HD video. Definitely recommend this to anyone especially when they are on sale.
I rarely write reviews but this warrants one. I own the first gen chromecast, and although great, I could not stream everything I wanted to in the quality I wanted. It would often lag and be prone to buffering. I bought the second gen chromecast, set it up on 5Ghz and I've yet to experience any lag or buffering issues while streaming videos on the highest quality.
This is a must buy for all homes!
Simplest solution available for your relative who wants to stream Netflix onto some old TV in the house that doesn't have a cable box.
It does the job.
I have 2 already, it is faster than any smart TV. I love it, great product google!!!
For that price, it was perfect for me. I can use apps on my TV and broadcast what I have on my laptop. I couldn't manage to launch it at first but there is a Google customer service who helps a lot
This was exactly what I needed to stream media from my smart phone to my TV. It's very easy to use and the price was right.
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