I really, really wanted to like
The Chromecast, which was first released in the U.S. in late July and sold out immediately, is not yet available in
For households that have decided to cut the cord and forgo a TV subscription service, devices like the Chromecast, Apple TV, the
Or at least it's supposed to.
Relatively speaking, streaming technology is still in its infancy, which means it doesn't always work as well as it should.
The Chromecast certainly did not perform flawlessly during testing.
Setup is easy enough and only takes a couple of minutes before you're ready to start streaming. The Chromecast plugs into an HDMI port and can be powered one of two ways, either via your TV's USB port (if it has one) or an electrical outlet. The USB option is handy since it means the Chromecast can be neatly hidden behind your TV with no dangling wires running to an outlet. A computer program or mobile app (iOS or Android) then sets up the Chromecast with access to a WiFi network. If you plan on using a laptop with the Chromecast, you'll also want to install the Chrome extension that lets you stream the browser window on your TV.
Once set up, a mobile device or laptop becomes your remote to send content to the TV. And
The first time I plugged the Chromecast into one of my TVs it worked flawlessly. I streamed a movie on
I'm glad that's not the case.
The next time I tried to use the Chromecast, nothing seemed to work. First I got an error message on my laptop saying the Chromecast couldn't be found. Thinking it might've be an issue with the WiFi, I checked to make sure the Internet was working. I tried switching to the second WiFi network I have setup in my home but that too caused a problem. It took me a while to figure out that I'd have to again download the Chromecast's setup program to change the WiFi network for the device. By that point, my patient wife was fed up watching me try to troubleshoot the problem and we gave up on the Chromecast for the night.
When I had more time to go through the setup process all over again on my other TV, it worked again as it was supposed to. For a while. On another night, trying to stream something on
The Chromecast worked well much of the time. If it worked as promised all of the time, it'd be an A+ product, even at a higher price.
Tech observers were amazed when the Chromecast was launched at just
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