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post #211 of 558
I just finished testing 3 different Miracast devices. The devices were an older Belkin Screencast, a Netgear PTV3000, and a Rocketfish Miracast. They all had issues such as screen freezing for a second or two every few minutes while watching Netflix and streaming audio via Spotify. The Belkin was pure garbage as it lost connection very often. I used my 2013 Nexus 7 to mirror via Miracast. However, I then used my Sony laptop (Windows 7) which has Widi. Miracast is backwards compatible with widi. Although the Belkin still kept losing connection, the Rocketfish and the Netgear worked pretty good. Which means maybe there is something wrong with my Nexus or Android in general.

Either way, I'm gonna stick to Chromecast. It lacks mirroring capability, but it's a true smooth performer when it comes to Netflix and Google Music. Miracast worked excellent for watching pictures I took with my Nexus and sharing them with friends and family. Hoping that capability will come to Chromecast in the near future. But Miracast can be a good contender if they develop it further and work out the bugs.

The technologies are very different as Chromecast gets the audio/video directly from servers and Miracast gets it from the Android device. Hoping more developers will make apps for Chromecast.
post #212 of 558
I saw that Google Play Music was released for iOS. I don't have an Apple device but Chromecast support is supposed to be present and working in the iOS app.
post #213 of 558
Confirmed with my Ipad. This makes a great remote music control device. Its really the only reason i bought chromecast.
post #214 of 558
I just returned my Roku 3. It was slick and the android app was very nice, I think it's best served with plex. I really just want something to play Netflix and Hulu plus.

Is this the device to get and is the phone app functional? My young kids will be using this too.
post #215 of 558
I think it does Netflix and Hulu Plus well. I don't have kids so can only guess that wouldn't be a problem for most kids these days. You can download the two apps on your phone now to get a feel for them. There is not a separate Chromecast app to control everything. It is done through the regular individual apps.
post #216 of 558
Thanks. I think in gonna get the Roku, I guess huluplus no longer works in Canada since the updates.
post #217 of 558
Amusing, I was streaming the latest episode of "Hostages" from the CBS site using Chrome and Chromecast to my TV and on the last segment the Windows 7 machine threw a blue screen of death. Of course it takes Windows 5 minutes before you can actually use it again compared to 15 seconds on Linux. And playing the final segment again it was playing at an a very low resolution.
post #218 of 558
I wish Chromecast would fix their problem with VPN's.
post #219 of 558
HBO Go shows up on the Chromecast supported apps pages this morning!

http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromecast/apps.html
post #220 of 558
It's nice but so far doesn't have the Dolby Digital 5.1 stream, so it's not as good an experience as the Apple TV.
post #221 of 558
post #222 of 558
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Interesting development...

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ThomasKjeldsen/posts/EtJvdkeZaTh

Well that's good news. For anyone who didn't read it, it's a dev saying he got an invite to a hackathon at google for the finalized Chromecast SDK before it's release. Hopefully it will be released the week of the 9th then.
post #223 of 558
keep in mind that they've been promising an SDK for Google+ for years now and still haven't delivered.
post #224 of 558

I plugged in and set up a chromecast on Thursday, and it seemed to work, but now I want to switch it to a different HDMI port. Does a chromecast make any alterations to the port settings that have to be "UNDONE" before you then use a chromecast port for something else? Just at the beginning stages here, and due to my unusual setup I initially was not able to have both the chromecast device and the TV box plugged into my TV.

post #225 of 558
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Originally Posted by leftlink View Post

I plugged in and set up a chromecast on Thursday, and it seemed to work, but now I want to switch it to a different HDMI port. Does a chromecast make any alterations to the port settings that have to be "UNDONE" before you then use a chromecast port for something else? Just at the beginning stages here, and due to my unusual setup I initially was not able to have both the chromecast device and the TV box plugged into my TV.

No, chromecast doesn’t make any alterations to the port settings (fyi, no other device does). After CC initial setup, you can move it to another port, TV or AV receiver (or plug back TV box). However, it’s always good practice to unplug power cords (from all HDMI devices) before un-plugging/plugging.
post #226 of 558
If you guys had to guess, will we see the Chromecast be able to stream local content before too long?
post #227 of 558
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If you guys had to guess, will we see the Chromecast be able to stream local content before too long?

Well, from a computer, you can already do it using Plex Web app in a Chrome tab. I can stream everything on my Plex server this way.

From a phone, I would expect it soon after the official SDK is released. It does look like it will be released in the coming weeks and Google is giving all devs (even independent ones) access to it at the hackathon and helping them learn to use it for their apps. But of course until it actually is released, we are only guessing (but you asked for guesses anyway).
post #228 of 558
Google may release the official SDK in January - or they may not. Other Google services have been in "beta" status for years. They haven't made any date commitments.

But even if they do release it in January, that's 6 months since they originally released the Chromecast, and then crippled it because they weren't sure they really wanted to go down this path. 6 months is forever in the world of technology. It's already looking dated and due for replacement.

I think only 2 things could make the Chromecast useful at this point:

a) fix the crippled DNS

b) add Plex support

and I don't expect either of those things to happen. My Chromecast will be re-gifted at Christmas to someone who just wants to watch Netflix.
Edited by amesdp - 11/25/13 at 3:19pm
post #229 of 558
I am waiting for 5Ghz support that I hope the 2nd gen Chromecast will have.
post #230 of 558
i finally sold mine on ebay after I needed the USB port on my TV for my wireless headphones.

the good news they are still selling VERY briskly on ebay. I discounted mine $5 off retail (incl shipping) and it sold in less than an hour.
post #231 of 558
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I am waiting for 5Ghz support that I hope the 2nd gen Chromecast will have.

5 GHz support isn't as useful as you might think. True, the 5 GHz band is less crowded, but it's also shorter range. We tried it for a while with our dual-band media player and simultaneous dual-band router, but ended up going back to 2.4 GHz for overall more reliable connection and better average throughput. Might be different if we lived in a smaller apartment/condo with lots of close neighbors using 2.4 GHz.
post #232 of 558
I have my iPod Touch and Nexus 7 tablet only on 5 Ghz and as long as I stay upstarts where the router is located it is fine. On 2.4 Ghz I have over 60 AP networks in my area so even when I was just streaming low bit rate music on my iPod Touch it was dropping out with packet loss.
post #233 of 558
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Originally Posted by reddice View Post

I have my iPod Touch and Nexus 7 tablet only on 5 Ghz and as long as I stay upstarts where the router is located it is fine. On 2.4 Ghz I have over 60 AP networks in my area so even when I was just streaming low bit rate music on my iPod Touch it was dropping out with packet loss.

Did you try an open channel? There are many apps that show where all the congestion is.
post #234 of 558
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Did you try an open channel? There are many apps that show where all the congestion is.

What open channel they are all taken on 2.4 Ghz and I even have networks on channels 2, 5 , 7, 8 and 9. It is a mess.
post #235 of 558
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What open channel they are all taken on 2.4 Ghz and I even have networks on channels 2, 5 , 7, 8 and 9. It is a mess.

you should only use 1, 6, and 11.
post #236 of 558
All the WiFi channels overlap with neighboring channels, and in North America only 1, 6, and 11 are far enough apart to be considered independent. But that doesn't mean that there's any advantage in using those channels - they still overlap with their neighboring channels, and they can still be congested. What you should do is check which channel has the weakest interference at your location by checking the signal strength of the competing WiFi networks. Usually you can do that using a laptop and a utility program like Wireshark, or various apps for iOS and Android.
post #237 of 558
I have an LG 42LA6400 Smart TV and iPad 3 and new mini retina iPad. Using iPad to play Netflix app and Googlecast in Netflix the film plays directly on my LG Smart HDTV. The Chromecast dongle is on a separate Viisio TV upstairs from the LG TV. I do not know how this works but I discovered it by accident, maybe because all are on same wi-fi network?
post #238 of 558
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Originally Posted by Truckee View Post

I have an LG 42LA6400 Smart TV and iPad 3 and new mini retina iPad. Using iPad to play Netflix app and Googlecast in Netflix the film plays directly on my LG Smart HDTV. The Chromecast dongle is on a separate Viisio TV upstairs from the LG TV. I do not know how this works but I discovered it by accident, maybe because all are on same wi-fi network?

That's because it is a smart tv on the same network as your ipad. That would happen even if you did not have a chromecast at all. The way the chromecast cast function is implemented is built on the DIAL protocol. Many smart devices employ this as well. So when you hit the cast button, it looks for any device on the same network that can respond to it. This is the same with Youtube.

Now different manufacturers implement the protocol in different ways and some smart devices with Netflix may show the TV in the cast list but you may not have full control over the play functions with your phone/tablet or the show may never even play properly in the first place. Others will play it and control it fully. (Note I am talking here about using the cast function without the Chromecast on a smart device - if you use the chromecast on the smart device and connect to the chromecast you will have no problems at all).

But anyway, it has nothing to do with your having a chromecast on your network on another TV. It is because Netflix implemented the cast function and button (thanks to chromecast) with the ability to cast to a device that uses the DIAL protocol and many smart devices use this.
Edited by jprc - 11/26/13 at 2:28pm
post #239 of 558
I posted mainly to let others know of this capability on LG Smart TVs. But thanks for the information on how this is accomplished.
post #240 of 558
One feature they need to add when broadcasting from a browser tab is the ability to boost the gamma by about 15%. Recoding often results in a much darker image than the original.
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