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  # 1201246 20-Dec-2014 20:24
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It is not relaying wi-fi. The connection to the gateway is cable.

 





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  # 1201259 20-Dec-2014 20:41
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mattwnz: I have found the chromecast is best for streaming youtube or play apps, becuase it seems to stream it directly from the internet, rather than going through the device. However if you are casting over a tab in chrome, such as TVNZ on demand, it will first load it through the device which then sends it back to the chrome cast, which can cause quality problems, as there is an additional device in the chain. Just a pity lightbox won't work over chromecast, just shows a black screen must be due to it using silverlight. Other videos though seem to work fine.

 

 

I seem to have a talent for getting this kind of thing wrong. After initial hesitation, what finally made me decide to get this dongle of misery was precisely the fact that they said it could cast over a tab. That was exactly the functionality I wanted, more than the streaming, though I certainly would have used that as well if I could have got it to work at all.

 





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  # 1201263 20-Dec-2014 21:06
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One suggestion is to use a media server as a streamer , rather than direct.
I bought a desktop PC for $100.00 and a video card for $50.00 from PBTech, then installed Play-on (US$39.00 lifetime license).
Load the Play-on app to the tablet and use that to cast to the Chromecast (or watch on the tablet).
That way you can have whatever DNS you want, and be able to access all the free US content (Crackle,PBS,CBS,FOX etc) or paid (Netflix, Hulu)
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  # 1201277 20-Dec-2014 22:43
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Do you realise that a windows PC on the same network can stream to the chromecast?
If you install Chrome and install the google cast browser extension you will get a 'cast' icon.
This means that for example pretty much anything you can run in a browser window (TVNZ on demand, BBC iplayer and other media streaming websites (overseas ones via a DNS unblocker of course)) can be cast top the chromecast.
You can also type something like C:/MyMovies into the google url bar and browse your movie files and click to play them in the browser window (mp4 and mkv files work fine anyway - not avi I notice). As they are playing in your browser you can then 'cast' them to the chromecast. There is another extension called videostream that lets you pick other movie files to playback via the browsre and chromecast.

I guess in these cases the PC is accessing the internet (for web site content anyway) and relaying on your home network to the chromecast.





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  # 1201335 21-Dec-2014 07:18
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freitasm:
plambrechtsen: I think it would be nice if there was an ethernet port on them or external antenna jack. Since their internal wifi antennas are rubbish even with the extender dongle thingie.


If you want a streaming device, with an ethernet port, with its own IP/DNS configuration so you don't have to do it on the router, then you should look at Amazon Fire TV. I have both and the Amazon Fire TV is the one with more options for us.




Hmm.  You make a good point.  May look at one of these after Xmas..




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  # 1201717 22-Dec-2014 08:46
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Interestingly, I had quite similar problems when I bought and installed a Chromecast. This was also with a TP Link router set up as an access point, and in my case the router was approximately 50 cm from the Chromecast! (and working perfectly for every other device, as it has done so for two years).

I just found it too frustrating to try to get it sorted - sometimes it would be perfect, others it just couldn't be 'seen'. It also had very low WAF, as my partner just couldn't get it working to let the kids watch something on Netflix when I'd gone to work in the morning.

We went down the Amazon Fire TV route instead - this has proven to be a great replacement device. In particular, I like the use of a real remote rather than having to use a phone or tablet; it also has built-in ethernet so wifi just isn't an issue. While we use it for streaming primarily Netflix and for XBMC from the NAS, I understand it supports miracast so there'd be some ability I assume to cast from a browser?

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jonathan18: Interestingly, I had quite similar problems when I bought and installed a Chromecast. This was also with a TP Link router set up as an access point, and in my case the router was approximately 50 cm from the Chromecast! (and working perfectly for every other device, as it has done so for two years).

I just found it too frustrating to try to get it sorted - sometimes it would be perfect, others it just couldn't be 'seen'. It also had very low WAF, as my partner just couldn't get it working to let the kids watch something on Netflix when I'd gone to work in the morning.

We went down the Amazon Fire TV route instead - this has proven to be a great replacement device. In particular, I like the use of a real remote rather than having to use a phone or tablet; it also has built-in ethernet so wifi just isn't an issue. While we use it for streaming primarily Netflix and for XBMC from the NAS, I understand it supports miracast so there'd be some ability I assume to cast from a browser?


You can cast from an android device that supports miracast (windows 8 has support for it as well I understand provided you have the right drivers/hardware etc)  - Amazon enabled this a month or so back.
You have to go to the AFTV menu and turn mirroring on (under settings) - then enable screen mirroring on the android device.

Chromecast from a PC using the chrome browser extension seems much easier to use though.




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  # 1206533 31-Dec-2014 15:02
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Christmas over, HDMI joiners delivered, renewed determination to try again... I FINALLY got Chromecast to work but it was a very long way from plug n play for me - the obstacles I had to overcome seemed endless. Chromecast is very, very picky about what it deems acceptable and anyone who gets this to work on the first attempt must just be lucky. Anyway, the last obstacle was the TV, which was apparently blocking the wi-fi. I had to use an HDMI extender cable to bring it out into the open and at long last it sprang into life. Sheesh. I do think Google could be a little more forthcoming about the hoops you may have to jump through to get this thing to work.

 





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Rikkitic: Christmas over, HDMI joiners delivered, renewed determination to try again... I FINALLY got Chromecast to work but it was a very long way from plug n play for me - the obstacles I had to overcome seemed endless. Chromecast is very, very picky about what it deems acceptable and anyone who gets this to work on the first attempt must just be lucky. Anyway, the last obstacle was the TV, which was apparently blocking the wi-fi. I had to use an HDMI extender cable to bring it out into the open and at long last it sprang into life. Sheesh. I do think Google could be a little more forthcoming about the hoops you may have to jump through to get this thing to work.


Great you have it going its a good bit of kit for very little outlay. I had no issue with mine and it was just plug n play virtually so the instructions from google were fine for me.




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  # 1206544 31-Dec-2014 15:43
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Rikkitic: I FINALLY got Chromecast to work but it was a very long way from plug n play for me - the obstacles I had to overcome seemed endless. Chromecast is very, very picky about what it deems acceptable and anyone who gets this to work on the first attempt must just be lucky.  


OR...you were UNlucky...I'm the LEAST LUCKY PERSON IN THE WORLD (TM) and it worked first time for me...

Anyway, glad to hear you got it going...FWIW, I had a few stuttering issues the first couple of times I streamed from a tab in chrome, but that seems to be a think of the past (touch wood). I'm wondering if it could be that it (chromecast/the app/the chrome extension) does some sort of optimisation along the way to get itself working as well as it can in each environment but that it takes a while to get it right?

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  # 1206564 31-Dec-2014 16:03
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Rikkitic: I FINALLY got Chromecast to work... I do think Google could be a little more forthcoming about the hoops you may have to jump through to get this thing to work.

Great you got it going at last - enjoy!!

FWIW I have standard VFNZ VDSL router and brought my Chromecast, sans instructions, from another GZ user. I initially couldn't get mine talking to my router, but as soon as I figured out AP isolation was on, and turned it off, I was away.



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  # 1206565 31-Dec-2014 16:06
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markl: FWIW, I had a few stuttering issues the first couple of times I streamed from a tab in chrome, but that seems to be a think of the past (touch wood). I'm wondering if it could be that it (chromecast/the app/the chrome extension) does some sort of optimisation along the way to get itself working as well as it can in each environment but that it takes a while to get it right?

 

 



Yeah, I'm getting bad stuttering now but that's on screencast. YouTube seemed to work ok earlier. Unfortunately it is the screencast function I wanted. Google avoids responsibility by saying it is 'experimental'.

 

 





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  # 1206575 31-Dec-2014 16:55
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Rikkitic: Yeah, I'm getting bad stuttering now but that's on screencast. YouTube seemed to work ok earlier. Unfortunately it is the screencast function I wanted. Google avoids responsibility by saying it is 'experimental'.



That's standard for Google tho - most of what they do is perpetually in beta lol!

Stuck with it tho, for a few days at least, as I said before, stuttering when casting chrome tabs came right after a few days for me.

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  # 1206629 31-Dec-2014 18:43
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I plugged mine in, had it up and running in 5, plug and play couldn't have been easier. It's a pity you had issues,  but I suspect you are in the minority 

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