Not sure why I procrastinate on purchasing the Google Chromecast. Thoughts going through my mind, maybe it’s good to be true as advertised for the low price of $35.00! If I do decide to purchase and find out later it’s nothing but junk and I did not want to go through the hassle of returning the product, blah, blah, blah…. So I stopped the grueling insanity, purchased the Google Chromecast locally at the Best Buy store and fork out the 35 bucks.
My first impression when opening the package, sure enough I was NOT captivated on the design, but the accessories and included one short page easy instruction was not too bad. You cannot go wrong with the price and it does appear like a cheap piece of plastic but who cares its 35 bucks! Since, I will be doing the review. I’m very optimistic, let’s get this started and explore the possibilities.
The Google Chromecast is projected to be seamless easy to setup and ready to go in minutes. Basically, in my realistic opinion the Google Chromecast device acts like the middle man and it allows your ordinary TV transform into Internet ready machine. It creates a harmonious ceremony between your existing Wi-Fi and the Chromecast device. I also, noticed it does not come with a handheld remote control? For the low very low price of 35 bucks! I’m good, I could live without it. I will explain it to you in more details as we move along is to why a handheld remote control is not required.
Inside the package comes with one Chromecast device, on one end what looks like a HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) plugin and on the top flat surface side is engrave with the Google logo on it. The device is 2.83 inch very light and small in size. This is optional; it comes also with one HDMI extender I’m assuming to improve the Wi-Fi reception. The other end of the Chromecast device will need to draw power, there are (2) ways you can plug in the power. It comes with one micro USB dongle that you connect to the Chromecast device and the other end of this device is an USB plugin that goes directly to the TV. If you’re TV has a USB port, this end of the dongle that will draw power from the TV.
I would highly recommend going this route if your TV has the USB port option. It will minimize and clutter free by NOT using the included removable power adapter. If your TV does not have a USB port, then you have no choice but to have it plugin using the provided removable power adapter to any open outlet. Important note: without drawing power to the Chromecast device it will not operate at all.
Let’s get going and get organize ahead of time, have your Wi-Fi password handy, for the reason that you will need it to sync in during the setup. To control, setup the TV, and pair it with the Chromecast device you will need some type of operating device at your current status such as your mobile tablet, laptop, desktop, smartphone, etc…Since it will be control by any of these devices. For the actual setup, I’m using my reliable Samsung Chromebook (Android OS) and launched Google Chrome as my dedicated browser. You should be able to run on Windows Operating as well, but I’m not too certain running on a MAC. I’m recommending Chrome browser, due to the friendly compatibility straight forward plug and play method. Not to mention it goes perfectly align with the Google ecosystem. Hopefully, I’m not confusing you yet, so you should be ready and good to go on this simple short procedure.
Before we jump through it, an important note I would like to point out as we go through the setup, an extension called “Google Cast extension” that will essential to be installed on your operating devices (tablet, laptop, smartphone, etc.) then the extension will automatically attached to your browser in this case it will be Google (Chrome) menu tool bar which allows you to remote control your TV. During the first setup if everything is plugged in and connect Wi-Fi ready after inputting your Wi-Fi password. Look up your TV, it will be a prompt that will say “SET ME UP” and it will identify your TV as ChromecastXXXX. In this part of the process, is when the “Google Cast” extension will get installed on your browser menu tool bar.
Follow the easy step instruction on your TV screen by using your operating device (tablet, laptop, smartphone, etc.). At the end of the setup it will automatically reboot the TV then on your TV it will read as “Ready to CAST” meaning your TV is ready control by your operating device (tablet, laptop, smartphone, etc.) take a look at your browser and search for the Google Cast extension it is usually located at the top right hand corner an icon looks like this . This is known as the “Google Cast Extension” and it is affirm indication that the extension was successfully installed. The Google Cast extension enables you to latch and play content on your Chromecast device from your Chrome browser. You click on; it provides a drop down list then selects the identity name which is the ChromecastXXXX as mentioned above. Once, you select the identity name, and then the magic happens. The Google Cast extension icon turned BLUE look at your TV screen, at this moment you are now actually extending your operating device (Mobile tablet, laptop, desktop, smartphone, etc.) screen directly to the TV and you are done! According to Google Chromecast, you can play certain content such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Vudu Movies, and Pandora. In my opinion since your web browser on your operating device becomes your TV. The play content is limitless! Hope you enjoy this article, feel free to comment and subscribe!