In this article I talk about the Google second-generation Chromecast, also known as Google Chromecast 2, purchased at a physical store of Fnac in Paris – France. Want to know how my Smart TV just got smarter with him? Then check out the rest of this article.
What is Chromecast?
The Chromecast allows you to stream video and audio from phones, tablets and computers for the simple way, bringing Smart TV capabilities to any TV with an HDMI input.
The connection of the Chromecast is for WiFi, There is no way to use Ethernet. It uses the IEEE standards 802.11 b/g/n/ac, both 2,4 GHz and 5 GHz, which allows me to use the WiFi capabilities of my Router ASUS RT-AC68U. On first use, the Chromecast acts as an access point, so that it is possible to connect him with any equipment with WiFi, then set it up as a local access point.
The food is made with a USB cable and the Chromecast is accompanied by a power supply. But she may be waived if the TV has a USB port to feed him.
Netflix, Youtube, Spotify, Plex, Chrome, Deezer, etc. are among the many applications that support the Chromecast, being possible to pass the content to the TV with no more than two touches in their respective interfaces.
Once the Chromecast receives information of the content must reproduce, He does it directly through the network, so there is no latency and the mobile/tablet/computer used to share the contents will not use its own processing power.
Via Google Chrome you can also mirror any browser window, which effectively lets you watch on TV any content that can be seen in the browser.
My only TV does not Smart It's a CRT, without HDMI inputs, so never gave much attention to the Chromecast. I didn't like the idea of him not have a remote control and need the phone to be controlled (You can pause and resume with the TV control, as I learned after).
But after the acquisition of Smart TV Panasonic Viera TC-40 "-40DS600B, spent find interesting the idea to play content from the PC to the TV easily. Opened some interesting content but want to keep working as follows? Just play to TV next. I liked…
Traveling and buying the Chromecast
As in September I would make a business trip through Europe (France and Italy), I left to buy the Chromecast by, If the find.
Europe is not as cheap as USA and Canada to buy electronics, but it's still cheaper than Brazil, It has one of the highest tax burdens in the world (and the worst return of services with regard to taxes paid), including a wide variety of taxes in waterfall that make every product or service.
So, traveling abroad and not take advantage of the quota of $ 500,00 in products that can bring in duty-free baggage is a beautiful waste. I rarely use my completely, often do not use half, and then I end up regretting.
When I traveled to work for in the U.S. 2009 planned very well buying a Playstation 3, a photographic camera (Canon Powershot SX10 IS) and some accessories for both. I checked what were the Best Buy stores and the Target closest to my hotel. Checked if they had the products I wanted in stock (You can see the site), prices, and on the first day (because it was without camera for photos) I've been shopping without having to waste time searching.
With it still able to buy the Playstation 3 in a promotional package with two games, for the same $ 399 that would pay for the version without any games, because I saw that the only Target still had that version in stock at the store nearest.
But this time was no different, didn't do any planning. The idea was to make the most of the free time for sightseeing, and let the few purchases just for the free shops in lost time at airports. Because some items that I had unfortunately interest had not yet been released: in particular the Playstation and VR line Moto phones Z.
This was the plan, but as soon as I arrived in Paris in the morning and left the luggage at the hotel (check in until later), I was doing the first tour walk passing by the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and down the famous Avenue Champs-Elysées and just going through a Fnac store. Resolvi parar e dar uma olhadinha.
E lá estava o Chromecast By only 40 Euros, ele olhou pra mim, eu olhei pra ele, he said: “Prenez-moi avec vous, je veux savoir le Brésil”. E assim ele veio comigo. 🙂
Deveria te-lo testado na TV do hotel para garantir que estava funcionando e troca-lo caso fosse necessário, pois tenho dúvidas sobre o Google honrar a garantia de um Chromecast adquirido no exterior aqui no Brasil. Mas acabei abrindo-o só após retornar ao Brasil mesmo.
Desembalando e Instalando (Unboxing) o Chromecast
The packing Chromecast está toda em francês, mas a instalação é bastante trivial, dispensando as poucas instruções.
Dentro da caixa temos o Chromecast, o cabo USB e a fonte de alimentação. A fonte utiliza o padrão europeu, without ground pin. Portanto é compatível com novo padrão brasileiro sem precisar de adaptador. In spite of Europe use only 220V, the source accepts any voltage from 100V to 250V, in 50 Hz or 60 Hz. The output is 5V and 1A.
Also check out the video of unboxing from the Chromecast:
I connected the Chromecast in one of the HDMI ports of Smart TV Panasonic Viera TC-40 "-40DS600B and the USB cable into the USB port of the same. Soon appeared a screen where the Chromecast pointed a URL to be configured, along with the message “Configure me” in French. But Chromecast a quick learner and has begun to speak Portuguese as soon as connected with Google Cast.
An update needed to be installed immediately after Setup finish. And then the Chromecast was already waiting for a transmission.
Testing the Chromecast
The transmission function is already embedded in various Chromecast compatible applications, both the Android and iOS. My first test was with Youtube and everything worked perfectly. Enough to select the video and he has already begun to be displayed on TV.
I also realized that the play and Pause buttons on the TV remote can control the Chromecast. Unfortunately the same does not apply to forward and backward buttons. To use these functions you must use the phone/tablet/computer that is doing the transmission.
With the Netflix did my second test. He also worked perfectly. Tested also the Spotify and perfect with him too.
Tested also the function to mirror any Chrome tab on TV and so the Skooter Blog ended up on TV.
When idle the Chromecast Displays beautiful pictures of interesting places by default. You can also configure it to display pictures from Google Images, Facebook albums, from Flickr, News and other.
With the Plex application you can run videos from a Plex Server, What can be used to run videos stored on the PC or in the.
And through the extension Video streaming of Chromecast, You can also run local PC videos directly on TV.
I was quite pleased with the Chromecast. He left my Smart TV even smarter, complementing it with functions that it has no natively or that are not so practical to use. Liked it so much that I ended up buying one for the TV in the room, just the ease of using Youtube, Spotify and others without having to get keyboard, connect the HTPC, etc. But that story is for another article. 🙂