How to display phone content on TV
This is the initial setup and display of the Google ChromeCast device
It Includes stills, video, and a short review and instructions.
Here is the unboxing video:
Here is the setup video:
Here are the photos of the parts included in the box.
How it works:
- You connect the device to one of the HDMI connectors on your TV set
- Connect the micro USB cable to the device and the other end of the cable to either the USB connector on you TV (if it has one) or (preferred) to the included AC power pack.
- Change the TV’s input until you see the ChromeCast display.
- Using your computer, phone, or tablet’s browser, visit the website displayed on the TV screen.
- If you are using a mobile device, you will be prompted to download and install the ChromeCast application.
- Assure that your mobile device and the ChromeCast device are both within close range to the same WiFi router.
- When the app has been installed, open it and allow it to find the ChromeCast device.
- When both devices are synced, you can then use the accepted applications (YouTube, Netflix, Google Play Movies & TV, and Google Play Music) to connect to videos.
- While displaying a video on your mobile device, click on the little TV/WiFi icon at the top of your screen. Then the video will display on the TV.
- You can control the display (start, stop, etc) using the mobile device.
With the ChromeCast app running, you can use the Chrome Browser to display the content of any website on your TV.
I have had a lot of trouble connecting my ChromeCast device to my network router. The router is located about 25 feet away but through several walls. The result is that the ChromCast only gets two bars of WiFi. The result of that is that (although the ChromeCast display shows that it is connected) my mobile devices cannot find/connect to the ChromeCast. It consistently displays the “No Chromecast found on [wifi_name]” screen. Which makes the device pretty much useless.
When I first connected (displayed in the video), I managed to display some Netflix content. But, in the hour or so after that, I have been unable to connect (again) and try the other apps or the browser.
Unless a user has a very strong WiFi signal at their TV location, using the device could be problematic. I have ordered another router that I plan to position near my TV to see if that helps.