I got my new Chromecast in the mail today. I bought one of these because of several reasons.
Open the package, it felt light but solid. It gave kind of a quality feeling opening it.
Be amazed of how small and simple it looks.
Well, it’s bigger than the first one, but I never had that one. It’s also not a stiff memory stick like, is more floppy and therefore easier to connect if you have your TV close to an edge or something.
Connect the power supply to the Chromecast and to a source of power. If you use the power supply that are included in the package you just connect it to the wall. But you can also choose to use an min USB to USB cable (like the one you use to charge your Android Phone).
On you TV (Or Receiver) choose the HDMI source where you’ve connected your Chromecast.
Now this is easy, so just take a breath. If you look at the instructions on the package your almost there.
Take your phone, go to the internet browser. Search: chromecast.com/setup. This will take you to a page where you can download the Chromecast app. Install it.
Now you don’t need to read much here, just follow the instructions in front of you.
Push the button “setup device” it will show you the Chromecast near to you, you’ll see on the TV and on your phone that the Chromecast has a unique number, if it is the same on both your phone and TV then you have the right one. Select “I see the code”
Give it a name, call it something funny or at least something you recognise. if you have several you should call the by placement, living room, bedroom and so on.
Tadaaa! Your phone should look somewhat like this:
On your phone, Swipe from left to right, it will appear a menu, select Cast screen and voila, look at your TV!
Now you there, it works. Somewhere in the it will ask you to connect the Chromecast to you Wifi. Just type the password and let it work.
How to cast:
5GHz network connection
There seems to have been a common problem with connection to a 5GHz network.
In my home I mostly use 2,4GHz or cable because of how the walls are here. I’ve done some research and there are problems with the new Chromecast 2 and connection to a 5GHz network.
A few people say they have managed to do it, but still there are a lot of people not able to do it. This is one of the areas where Google can improve on.
It is however possible to connect the Chromecast 2 to 2,4GHz and cast from a device connected to the 5GHz.
This is from a few forums:
“The Chromecast technical support people are available 24/7 and are very helpful: 844-400-2278. Basically they had me connect to my 5ghz network on my phone, then use the chromecast app to factory reset the chromecast, and then it worked. He said if the chromecast ever connects to the 2.4ghz first it won't work.” – Jordan Swartz
“Connect to 2.4GHz network first from your phone then modify the chromecast settings from a device that support the 5GHz band using the downloadable utility from chromecast.com/setup for Windows or Mac” - SupaPuppy
There is still hope!
And this is the answer from Google Cast Help Forum:
Christina Phan sa:
If you're still experiencing an issue with setting up your Chromecast on the 5GHz band with a router running DD-WRT, please know that this issue will be fixed with the latest Chromecast firmware update (version 1.18.55065).
There isn't a way to force the update but we recommend leaving your device plugged into an external outlet at all times to ensure a timely update.
Casting from; apps, laptops and servers.
Phone apps (Android)
Works like a charm
I do not like this app. The top layer of sound disappears when casting.
In Windows 10 the Cast app are integrated into the Edge web browser. When I was going to cast from the laptop, I couldn’t find the Chromecast, even though both devices were connected to the same network.
I could however see my Receiver on the list of nearby devices, didn’t know it could do that. But that’s a whole other story.
I had planned for testing casting from my Plex server for this test, but then I remembered that I don’t have it any longer since I’ve been doing some changes to my setup at home. If I set it back up again I’ll update this post. It is possible to cast from Plex:
“One of the chief complaints about the Chromecast is that it doesn't support local media playback, so you can't tap into content you have saved in the cloud. But with media management app Plex, you can stream music, movies, and photos via the Chromecast. Plex organizes your scattered content and lets you watch it from tablets, TVs, phones, and more. Sign up for the service, then download the Plex app, open it, and send your content to the Chromecast.” – pcmag.com
Well I’ve had it for a few days now, and for my use it works good enough since I use it from my phone. I don’t know where the problem lies, but I’ve had some weird stuff happening. Like the other day, when I turned on my TV, choose the HDMI channel for my Chromecast and it started playing. I hadn’t chosen anything yet. My phone was turned off, and so was my laptop (that I hadn’t connected to the Chromecast yet at that point) and still there were something on my TV.
When I turned on my phone again and started the Google Cast app, I could choose to “stop cast”…. I did and the cast stopped. I’m not sure how this could happen, probably the Chromecast has some sort of internal memory.
Other than that I’ve had no problems.
It’s new, its good, but it can be better. It’s not perfect, yet.
It casts in good quality and with no lag. It’s perfect for when I have friends over. IMO it does the job it’s made for.
For my use Chromecast 2 works great, the only problem for me (not a Chromecast problem!) is the HBO Nordic app is so awfully bad, making it impossible to use it. HBO, Please fix it. Don’t pretend it’s not there, it is.
Practical for normal people and fun for more advanced. A bit limited for experts.
If you wonder how to factory reset your Chromecast you can read this article
IT-Shizuma 22 years old from Norway.
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