Chromecast Devices

Streaming audio and video with Google Chrome Cast dongles

Chromecast Devices - Streaming audio and video with Google Chrome Cast dongles

New Chrome Cast Is Now Available

Second generation of Chrome Cast devices is coming!

Google Chromecast 2 has an absolutely new look and is ready to use the  latest Wi-Fi standards.

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On Tuesday, September 22, Google announced the new version of its popular Chrome Cast streaming HDMI device along with a completely new Chromecast Audio unit to help you with streaming music to external speakers while controlling it from your mobile phone or tablet. Learn more about New Chrome Cast dongle and Chromecast Audio.

Google Chromecast Giveaway

Chromecast streaming dongle turns two and Google gives away a free movie

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Open your Chromecast app and get a free movie rental

To celebrate two years of its increasingly popular streaming device Google is giving out a free movie rental. To claim the giveaway offer simply open your Chromecast app from your Chrome Cast, navigate to the settings page and click select the ‘Check for Offers’ option. It will ask you to authorize Google to check your device’s serial number for deals and offers. Your TV will now display how many offers are available for your dongle and you’ll be redirected to the Google Play store to claim your offer which can be used by the end of the year.  Claiming Chromecast giveaway of a free movie rental is also possible through Google Store. You have to enable the  Google Cast extension with your Chrome browser, though.

UPDATE: it seems that this free movie Google’s giveaway offer is limited to US customers.

Google Chromecast gets a wired adapter

According to a Google executive in an interview by Korea Times about 10 million Google Chromecast HDMI dongles were sold worldwide in 2014 alone. In-home and independent developers of Chromcast-oriented  applications  have created more than 20 thousand Google Cast-ready apps.

Chromecast Ethernet adapter

Google Chromecast is a cheap, affordable way to stream videos, photos, music and games from a mobile device to a TV set, but sometimes it may having issues with dropped WiFi connections. Now, we get a fix for it – Chromecast hardwired Ethernet adapter.

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A Chromecast dongle connects to a crowded 2.4 Ghz Wireless N network which means that your chances of finding a completely clear wireless channel are really limited. Also, the data noise could seriously impact the performance of of your HDMI streaming dongle. This can cause those annoying buffering circles or even a dropped connection.

The recent 5 Ghz WiFi standard could solve the problem as a 5 Ghz network is less populated than those old-school 2.4 Ghz ones. However, a Chrome Cast dongle can’t connect to them. The Ethernet connectivity though makes it possible for your dongle to always have a direct line to a router or modem. The hardwired Chromecast adapter runs both, power and data, to the device via a USB port.

Chrome Cast’s support of 5 Ghz networks

Maybe the next generation of Chromecasts will finally support 5 Ghz networks, but the newly launched, wired Ethernet adapter (which will cost you only $15) will solve your existing problems.  Sure, it will add some more wires behind your TV set and you will need to get an Ethernet cable, but it would be definitely worth in order to avoid dropped connection while streaming your favorite stuff to a big TV screen.

Where to buy a Chromecast adapter

Google just started selling the Chromecast wired adapter to the US customers only on Google store and it looks like the first supply is sold out. No news on when he gadget will be available again yet, and no chance to find it on Amazon or eBay so far. Stay tuned. Or get an affordable alternative – Mission Cables MC1 TVPower USB Power Cable for Chrome Cast.