How to use Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast?

Who need the Ethernet adapter for Chromecast? and how to use Ethernet adapter for Chromecast to get better connections for your Chromecast

If you are not aware of it, Google quietly released the $15 Ethernet adapter for Chromecast early this month.  You can get it from Google devices store for $15.

This guide will show you how to use Ethernet adapter for Chromecast to get best connections for your Chromecast.

Who need Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast?

The Ethernet adapter is a lifesaver for those Chromecast owners:

  • Who do not have a wireless router at home.
  • Whose wireless signal is poor near the TV.
  • Whose wireless signal quality is not good.
  • Whose router is configured with AP isolation.
  • Who are streaming very high quality 1080p videos with Chromecast. Please follow this guide if you want to stream local media files.
  • Who are not satisfied with the WiFi connection quality for their Chromecast.

What are in the box of Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast?

In the box, you can find:

  • One Ethernet adapter for
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Google released $15 Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast

Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast will simply extend the lifespan and function of our Chromecast device.

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Update: a mini user guide is available on how to use Ethernet adapter for Chromecast.

Google quietly released a $15 Ethernet adapter for Chromecast in July 8.

The adapter will not only improve the network performance of Chromecast especially if your WiFi  network signal (strength and quality) is not so good, but also may introduce new usages for Chromecast.

I will share with you why this $15 Ethernet adapter for Chromecast actually is a big thing for the e $35 Chromecast  .

Will $15 Ethernet adapter for Chromecast drag you back to wired era?

The $35 Chromecast  is supposed to be very simple to setup and simple to use.

Most of the time, it is.  But not always.

Some Chromecast owners have faced such problems:

  • weak WiFi signal or poor WiFi signal quality near TV.
  • no idea how to connect the Chromecast to the wireless network.
  • very old wireless 
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How to stream photos and videos on OneDrive to Chromecast?

You can stream photos and videos on OneDrive to Chromecast with the latest Onedrive for Android app.

stream_photos_and_videos_on_OneDrive_to_Chromecast_0_supportIn the latest update (June 27) for Microsoft OneDrive for Android, Chromecast support is added. This means you can stream photos and videos on OneDrive to Chromecast.

This is a compliment to streaming local media files as detailed in this guide, as more and more Chromecast owners save contents in the cloud.

The current limitations of Google Photos

For Android users, the most popular cloud photo storage is probably Google Photos, which was recently revamped with many nice features (e.g., unlimited storage).

However, Google photos for Android does NOT support Chromecast currently. FYI,  the old Google+ photos (the predecessor of Google photos)  supported Chromecast.

So, although Google Photos can back up your photos and videos perfectly to the cloud, it is not easy to enjoy them on the TV.

For photos saved in Google Photos, you can create albums. Then add the albums to the Chromecast backdrop.  … Continue to read the post....

How to use Chromecast on Amazon Fire tablets (Fire HD, Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HDX)

Enjoy Chromecast on Amazon Fire tablets!

use_Chromecast_on_Amazon_Fire_tabletsBeing an Amazon customer does not mean you cannot enjoy Chromecast on Amazon Fire tablets!

Amazon Fire tablet (including Fire HD, Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HDX) offers an excellent option of value-for-money tablet. However, Amazon customized Android OS to such an extent that it looks different from many other Android tablets.

Although Amazon proudly named the OS as Fire OS, it is essentially still Android: most Android Apps can run on Amazon Fire tablet. You can sideload many Google Play store apps on the tablet. Please follow this guide if you are not sure how to get Google Play store apps to your Fire HD, Fire HDX or Kindle Fire HDX.

If you are a Chromecast owner with one of these Amazon Fire tablets, you can also enjoy Chromecast on your Fire tablet.

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A Guide to Chromecast Offers

How to check and claim Chromecast offers? What's Chromecast promotional offers? This guide gives you the answer.

chromecast_offers_guideMany Chromecast owners wasted free Chromecast offers for them, are you one of them?

For most companies, you can only get some special offers or gifts when buying their product.  After paying them, you seldom get free offers from them unless you upgrade or buy a new one again.

Google is really different.

Google gives Chromecast  owners offers after offers, including existing owners. All these Chromecast offers are offered free from Google. Some of them are just like cash rebate e.g.,  Google Play Store credit,  which you can use for apps, music, TV or movies. Some are free movies.  Of course, some are free trials.

But many Chromecast owners are not aware of such Chromecast offers, and therefore let the offers expired.

This guide is to show you how to check the Chromecast offers available for you, and how to claim (redeem) them from your PC or Android … Continue to read the post....

Chromecast VS Amazon Fire TV stick: which one is for you?

A buyer's guide on whether you should get Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV stick

chromecast_vs_amazon_fire_tv_stickWhen considering to buy a streaming device for the TV, a lot of people may have a hard time to decide between Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Both gadgets share the similar form factor, share the similar price (less than $40). Both are from reputable tech companies.

It is usually not helpful to read reviews for these two products. It is all about your needs: what do you want to do with the HDMI Stick?

This guide will try to help you decide which one is suitable for YOU: Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick?

I have no intention (possible?) to make judgment on which one is better, because the better one is not always suitable for you. What you need is Mr. or Ms. Right.

Chromecast VS Amazon Fire TV Stick: 2 similar but fundamentally different products

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Chromecast guest mode guide

What is Chromecast guest mode? When will you need it?

By default, the only way to use Chromecast is by joining your device to the same network as Chromecast.

This is part of the security consideration: you don’t want your neighbor to mess up your TV screen.

Sometimes, you have some guests in house and they want to share something interesting from their devices through Chromecast. In this case, you have to connect their devices to your network to use the Chromecast.

If you have some sensitive files in your home network, you probably are reluctant to have them connected to your network. You may trust your friends; but you cannot trust their devices which may have nasty malware.

Chromecast guest mode comes to solve your dilemma. Thanks to the recent update in Chromecast.

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Android screen casting for Chromecast is now supported on all Android devices with KitKat 4.4.2 or later

Android screen casting makes the TV your second screen!

The latest Chromecast app (1.9.6) update brought  Android screen casting (screen mirroring), one of the most anticipated features of Chromecast, to all Android devices with Android KitKat 4.4.2 or later.

If you are new to this feature, you may refer to this post.

Essentially, Android screen casting (screen mirroring) through Chromecast will make your TV the second screen of your Android devices.

You can enjoy videos, games, music, and everything on the TV with Android screen casting through Chromecast.

Anything displayed on your android screen and the audio can be mirrored on your TV through Chromecast.

This makes your $35 Chromecast more values.

Previously, screen casting feature is only supported on a few selected (high-end) devices.… Continue to read the post....

How to use Chromecast backdrop to customize the TV screen?

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Chromecast backdrop feature was officially released early this month. Now you can customize the TV screen when you are not casting contents through Chromecast.

What contents can be used for Chromecast backdrop?

Essentially, Chromecast backdrop allows you to fill the TV screen with the following contents:

  • Your photo albums (private or public) in Google+. You can enable or disable albums one by one.
  • Artwork from galleries and museums around the world via the Google Cultural Institute.
  • News and lifestyle images from The New York Times, The Guardian, Saveur and other provides. This currently is for US users only possibly due to content distribution restrictions.
  • Satellite imagery of some of the hardest-to-reach places on Earth from Google Maps.
  • Photos from the Google+ community

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Screen mirroring with Chromecast

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Update: with Chromecast app update to 1.9.6, Android screen casting (screen mirroring) is available in ALL Android devices with Android KitKat 4.4.2 or later versions. 

Screen mirroring with Chromecast Arrives: cast your Android screen without relying on apps

As announced  in Google I/O 2014, Chromecast would get some nice update and new features. We will discuss these new features in later posts once they are available;e publicly

One of the most exciting new  features of Chromecast  is screen mirroring (or screen casting) for Android devices.  You can mirror whatever on your  Android devices to a TV without using any apps (of course, for non-Nexus devices, you need Chromecast app) including audio.

Now, with Chromecast app update (to 1.7.4), screen mirroring with Chromecast is now fully working on some  selected (models) Continue to read the post....