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Great Gadget

Level 15

I normally don't endorse products (I don't get paid to either way), but Google Chromecast is something I highly recommend. I bought it the moment I discovered it, and so did Pop. It can be set up in ten minutes (2 hours if you're my Pop).

What is it?

Good question! It is a WIFI dongle that connects to your TV so you can broadcast videos and web material directly to a TV from your computer, tablet, or phone, with the touch of a button. Imagine you're just watching a video of GTA5 on your phone and BOOM, now it's on your TV. It's just that easy.

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What does this mean?

For me it meant I could watch my NY Jets lose on the big screen, rather than from a much smaller laptop screen. I can also view any website or video within Google Chrome on my TV! Just think about all those websites aching to be thrown onto the big screen. Xanadu! If you're a SysAdmin, you can instantly take your SAM, single-pane-of-glass-view, from your tablet and toss it on the big screen at work for all to enjoy. Possibilities abound! And for 35 bucks, how could you go wrong?

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13 Comments
franz0618
Level 8

Thanks a lot.

esther
Level 12

Nice one @bronx

prowessa
Level 12

Looks great, guess it feels great too

kevincrouch4
Level 13

and this is a great way you can quickly get things up. MyCastScreen - Android Apps on Google Play

DirtySouth
Level 13

Definitely interested in Chromecast, especially for the price. It's a lot like my AppleTV's airplay functionality.

kevincrouch4
Level 13

Similar, except Chromecast is device agnostic. Tablets, phones, computers, you could support Chromecast with anything and any app. Airplay is Decidedly apple.

jaimeaux
Level 11

So, it's just a wi-fi dongle? Anybody tried using it with a linux computer?

kevincrouch4
Level 13

It's not a wifi dongle. Think Roku, that only does wifi, with a built in HDMI cable, and that you control from your phone or other devices.

The chromecast connects to wifi and plugs (using it's built in HDMI port) into a HDTV. It also gets power either from a powered HDMI port on the TV (rare, but getting more popular) or from a micro USB cable.

Once it's on the wireless, other devices on the same wireless network can then see it. The way you control the chromecast is to go to your choice of content provider that supports chromecast and use the cast button to send content to the television. As I understand things from reading through the API, you basically get a place where the content is stored and that is sent to the chromecast. The chromecast then goes out and gets the content (videos, music, pictures) and plays it on screen through the HDMI port.

jaimeaux
Level 11

Well that clears it up a bit. Thanks kevincrouch4 !

esther
Level 12

i agree Bronx. This is the greatest geeky gadget.

jkump
Level 15

After a year later, is this still a great gadget Bronx?  I was just curious?

muwale
Level 12

nice

Bronx
Level 15

Sure, but if you have a smart TV, these features are built-in. More options = more gooder (sic).

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