The best $40 I've spent.
This is the easiest, most user friendly, cheapest way to make a TV a smart TV. Just plug it in and off you go. Have been using mine for well over 12 months now and can't fault it. I use it for Stan, Netflix, ABC iview, SBS on demand - you name it. Its hands down the best valued item in my house!!
Misleading packaging, requires buying a new mobile just to set it up, requirements always changing
I was excited to get this going, but after a full day of trying to get it to go, I have given up.
On the box it states works with windows, just plug it into your tv connect to wifi and go.
What it doesn't tell you is that it needs a Mobile phone running Android v5 or later, just to get it to connect to wifi.
Very poor design with the setup process, technically you should be able to plug the device into hdmi port on tv, and use the TV remote to control it (which you can) but you won't be able to setup the wifi network details directly, if only t...
Avoid this product.
Will not hook up straight through Windows 10 and it was a nightmare trying to find out why (they disabled support in January apparently) Disconnects every time it's paused or a video finishes then it's another rigmarole to find out why, Is it the phone, the PC or the Chromecast this time? Won't cast the desktop even though I have a good nearly new Toshiba. Wish I had bought a Media box instead and saved all this hassle.
Purchased in June 2019 for $79.00.
Useless - A waste of money and time
Samsung Galaxy S9+ will not cast, despite being connected to Chromecast. No issues with Samsung S2 Tab. Both use the same internet source. Rebooted everything several times. Reset Chromecast to factory settings several times. Samsung and Google customer support was useless, neither will take ownership of the problem. I think I might go Apple unless anyone can resolve this issue. I would be totally screwed if I had set my home up with everything linked to Google
Bought 1 in May. Followed all instructions several times. No luck. Returned it and got a replacement. Same story. Returned it today. 3 staff at JB HiFi couldn't get it to work either. If I had read the reviews first wouldn't have wasted my time or money.
After hours of trying everything this will not connect to my Telstra modem.
I have set these types of thing up before. Chromecast Ultra is rubbish, too difficult to get set up. My ROKU was a dream by comparison. Chromecast goes back to JB-HI tomorrow for my money back. Do not buy one.
I've had 2. The first I purchased, you know the one you plug into the HDMI slot of your TV and ditch because too unreliable and only broadcast in 2ch. (For those that don't know that's technology from the 50's and Google chrome hasn't caught up yet.
The 2nd one, I didn't buy it was built into my SONY ULTRA HD TV.
It's the same 2 ch. Google techo gurus are still back into the 50's as this version is still in 2ch. I only have it because built into TV and don't let your head swell Google. I didn't buy the TV for that as had no idea it was built ...in until couple months after having the TV. SONY, ditch the chromcaste, it's not a selling point and a peace of rubbish. Much of the time it freezes up and only way to disconnect the link is to turn the TV off. When it doesn't freeze up it jitters. Yeah, If i'd payed for it I would return froma full refund. But, lucky Google it's inbuilt into the TV so, once again SONY, ditch the chromcast on your next gen TV's. TV with Chromcast is about 5 meters from wifii and PC about 8 meters from wifii. So, that means we can't blame distance as signal is near 100%. Broadband, well Google, the TV's inbuilt connection direct to the internet has no problems streaming HD netflix and wait for it in5.1CH. I have a smart TV with Chromcast built in and which has proven pointless and a message to SONY, remove the Chromcast from your TV's it's a feature wasting my money. Yeah, I get it, Google probably made you install it because your using the Google operating system for your new TV's.
Purchased in November 2018 for $995.00.
What was Google thinking?
Managed to connect it to my android phone without a problem. Wasted hours trying to connect it to my Windows laptop. Why are there not even any reliable instructions for this? Surely I'm not alone in trying to connect a Windows laptop? Utterly terrible.
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if you love stuffing around with glitchy tech, this is for you.
Hopeless device. Never connects when you want it to. Have to erase and start again multiple times. Freezes at the most annoying moments (to be fair, this is its one skill). We had such high hopes for this thing. Like, it would work, for one. Waste of time and money.
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You would think a product as simple as chromecast wouldnt have any problems
It drops out, and /or doesn't always connect for no apparent reason.
I find I have to go to my Google home app to manually find it and connect it because when I hit the connect icon it says its streaming but it isn't.
So good we bought a second one!
We have an Apple TV, and a Chromecast but hubby has a Samsung phone and was only using Chromecast. So we bought a second Chromecast. Both are great devices. Only problems is sometimes can’t skip advertisements, whilst casting. Can be powered by usb. If you don’t have outlets free, your tv’s USB ports can power the Chromecast.
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Always loses connection
I’ve owned my ultra for about a week now. On the same network I have an old Panasonic PVR that supports Netflix and an old Sony Bravia TV that has some smart apps. The chromecast is ALWAYS losing connection to wifi, and when I plug it into the network It just fails completely. Regularly the Google home app on my phone won’t be able to find the chromecast, until I power cycle the chromecast. Netflix on iOS is always losing the connection and failing to cast.
When I do manage to get Netflix playing, it often gets stuck at 99%. After five minut...es I just power cycle the chromecast to try again. You might think this is due to my home network problems, but I have a Google Home, multiple iPads and iPhones, and the two video devices right next to the chromecast and they all work flawlessly. I’m in IT and I’ve set up a wireless mesh network around my house and I get excellent signal speeds. When it does work however, it’s nice just to be able to say “hey Google, turn on the TV!“ The screensavers are pretty and I like having the date and weather on the television. I would like to see more apps available.
Google haven't got a list of compatible projectors. Mine isnt. It's an expensive trial and error or the inconvenience of returning the Chromecast device to google. It proved to be a waste of time. HDMI does not mean that it will work with your projector. There must be many standards around.
Got a chromecast so that I could stream Hayu (reality tv) on my television and it has been fantastic. It’s actually really convenient selecting a program on my phone - all I do is hit a button and it turns on my tv and streams what i want to watch. Love it
What an unsafe, terrible product
1. Would not install from a PC.
2. Interferes with aerial signal.
3. Unit gets so hot,nearly too hot to touch, its a fire hazard.
I spent 3 hours trying to get it to work and finally gave up. The instructions on the setup program are hopeless. I will be taking it back for a refund.
Cheomecast only good at streaming media
I work in IT so I'm quite familiar with operating gadgets and electronic devices. I recently bought the 2018 model (3rd gen). It's good at streaming media content from mobile phones, PC and laptops but it fails miserably at mirroring from PC and laptop because the mouse and keyboard input lag is really bad.
I have an older miracast dongle dongle that has no lag for mouse/keyboard, although it buffers quite a lot when streaming media.
Also with old miracast dongle I can easily mirror my screen from pc, laptop and mobile without installing ...any app. But to use Chromecast you need to use Google home app on your mobile or Chrome browser from your laptop or desktop to start mirroring. All in all, I'm not happy with the way Chromecast operates. It's not working as a wireless display. It has so much lag for mouse and keyboard that makes desktop mirroring painful. It's almost useless for desktop mirroring. So if you're after mirroring from desktop, look elsewhere. If you're mirroring from mobile then buy the Chromecast.
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Can't live without it!
I have just updated my 1st Generation Chromecast with a 3rd Generation model. I am glad I did. It works faster with no buffering. I generally cast from my iPad using the many free-to-air streaming apps and Nextflix. I cast movies from my PC using the Videostream app. The Chromecast has extended my viewing pleasure, and I can catch-up with all my regular programs. Works much better than the catch-up apps that come with my Sony smart TV
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