What is Google Chromecast and How to Use it

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Google Chromecast is a digital media streaming adapter developed by Google. Chromecast is a plug and play dongle that plugs into your HD TV and grants access to multiple streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Google Plus etc. Even you can show the content of your Chrome browser on your TV through Chromecast.

What is Chromecast?

It is a device that can be plugged into TV’s HDMI port, powered by a USB cable and using your smartphone or computer as a remote control, you can use Chromecast to access video content from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus and the Google Play Store. The device, a 2.83-inch (72 mm) dongle, plays audio/video content on a high-definition TV by streaming it via Wi-Fi from the Internet or local network.

Google Chromecast

How does it work?  Basically  it is a bridge between your HD TV and the streaming service provider. The streaming service provider, for example Netflix or YouTube or any other service broadcast contents to Chromecast and then it displays on your TV.

Minimum Requirements for Using Chromecast: To use chromecast you need atlease the below assets:

  1. Chromecast Dongle (You can get one here)
  2. HD TV with a HDMI port
  3. A good and stable WiFi connection
  4. A computer/A mobile device that runs on below supported operating system
    • Android Gingerbread 2.3 & higher
    • iOS6 & higher
    • Windows 7 & higher
    • OS X 10.7 & higher
    • Chrome OS (Chromebook Pixel on Chrome 28 & higher)
  5. USB Poweradapter  

For the last requirement(USB power adapter), you can use your TV’s usb port to power up the dongle or you can use an external USB wall adapter to power up the chromecast dongle.

How to Use/Set Up Google Chromecast

Installation or set up of chromecast is really easy and can be done in some minutes. Its just a plug and play device so you should not face any problems in setting up the device. Just plug the device into your TV and follow the instructions. However if you need a step by step guide I would gusset you to follow the Tom’s guide tutorial for that. (http://www.tomsguide.com/us/chromecast-how-to,review-1811.html) and Google’s official setup page(http://www.google.com/chromecast/setup).



+Ayodhyanath Guru holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked with various prestigious clients in the IT industry and presently working as a Software Engineer. He is a part time blogger and presently authors the Jafaloo.Com blog. Being a tech enthusiast Guru likes to surf the web and blogs about interesting technical topics like How-To guides, freewares, Tutorials, Software, Gadgets, web applications etc. Apart from blogging he likes coding in Java/J2EE and PHP.

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