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 Chromecast, which will replace your current power adapter. It is essentially an 850mA power adapter with an Ethernet port.
- One 1-page quick start guide. It illustrates you how to connect Ethernet adapter for Chromecast to Chromecast and the router.
- One 36-page safety, regulatory and warranty information in many languages. You only need read page 2 (instructions).
Ethernet cable is NOT included. As the Ethernet adapter for Chromecast does not offer Gigabit connection (it is 10/100M only), you should not worry about the category of the Ethernet cable. Old or new Ethernet cable should work.
The packaging is solid, but not friendly to users.
How to use Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast?
There are no configurations needed for Ethernet adapter for Chromecast.
Just plug and play.
To use Ethernet adapter for Chromecast, you may follow these steps (as shown in the picture below).
The sequence of these steps actually is NOT important.
Step 1: Connect the Micro USB connector in the Ethernet adapter for Chromecast to the Micro USB port in Chromecast.
You need make sure the Micro USB connector is inserted tightly into your Chromecast.
Step 2: Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet adapter for Chromecast; the other end to your router.
Both ends of any Ethernet cables should be identical. So, you just need make sure one end of the cable is inserted into the adapter and the other end into your router.
Most Ethernet cables have clips in both ends. When you want to unplug the cable, you should press down the clip and unplug it simultaneously.
Do not pull the cable forcefully without pressing down the clip. You may damage the Ethernet port.
Step 3: Plug Chromecast into HDMI port in your TV.
Please follow the setup guide if you need use the HDMI extender.
Step 4: Plug the Ethernet adapter for Chromecast into a power source.
Step 5: Enjoy your Chromecast.
Will Chromecast automatically switch between Ethernet connection and wireless connection?
Yes, Chromecast will fail over automatically to wireless connection when Ethernet is not available,
If you have setup your Chromecast with WiFi connection, your Chromecast can now use both Ethernet connection and WiFi connection.
When both Ethernet connection and WiFi connection are available, Chromecast will use Ethernet connection, not the WiFi connection.
When Ethernet connection is not available, Chromecast will use WiFi connection automatically.
Can you use Ethernet adapter for Chromecast for your Chromecast to get best connection now?
If you have any questions or encounter any problems to use Ethernet adapter for Chromecast for your Chromecast, please let us know in the comment box below.
For more Chromecast guides, you may check our Chromecast how-to guide page.