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Google Chromecast 2

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).

To complete, on TV the room I already have WD TV Live, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, HTPC, ultimately… There's no shortage to run audio and video equipment from various sources.

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.

For comparison: the Chromecast was costing about R$ 320,00 on the Submarino September, more than double the price I paid in France: 40 euros (approximately R $ 150,00 for listing of September).

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.

Chromecast 2, on its packaging

Chromecast 2, on its packaging

Chromecast 2, on its packaging

Chromecast 2, on its packaging

Chromecast 2, on its packaging

Chromecast 2, on its packaging

Chromecast 2, on its packaging

Chromecast 2, on its packaging

Chromecast 2, on its packaging

Chromecast 2, on its packaging

Chromecast 2, on its packaging

Chromecast 2, on its packaging

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.

Chromecast 2, USB cable and power supply

Chromecast 2, USB cable and power supply

Chromecast 2

Chromecast 2

Chromecast 2

Chromecast 2

Chromecast power supply 2

Chromecast power supply 2

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.

Chromecast 2 connected to the TV

Chromecast 2 connected to the TV

Configuring Chromecast 2

Configuring Chromecast 2

Configuring Chromecast 2

Configuring Chromecast 2

Configuring Chromecast 2

Configuring Chromecast 2

Configuring Chromecast 2

Configuring Chromecast 2

Configuring Chromecast 2

Configuring Chromecast 2

Configuring Chromecast 2

Configuring Chromecast 2

Configuring Chromecast 2

Configuring Chromecast 2

Configuring Chromecast 2

Configuring Chromecast 2

Configuring Chromecast 2

Configuring Chromecast 2

 

An update needed to be installed immediately after Setup finish. And then the Chromecast was already waiting for a transmission.

 

Chromecast 2 installing updates

Chromecast 2 installing updates

Chromecast 2 ready to receive transmissions

Chromecast 2 ready to receive transmissions

Chromecast 2 installing updates

Chromecast 2 installing updates

Chromecast 2 ready to receive transmissions

Chromecast 2 ready to receive transmissions

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.

Testing the Youtube on Chromecast 2

Testing the Youtube on Chromecast 2

Testing the Youtube on Chromecast 2

Testing the Youtube on Chromecast 2

With the Netflix did my second test. He also worked perfectly. Tested also the Spotify and perfect with him too.

Testing the Netflix in Chromecast 2

Testing the Netflix in Chromecast 2

Testing the Netflix in Chromecast 2

Testing the Netflix in Chromecast 2

Testing the Netflix in Chromecast 2

Testing the Netflix in Chromecast 2

Testing the Spotify in Chromecast 2

Testing the Spotify in Chromecast 2

Testing the Spotify in Chromecast 2

Testing the Spotify in Chromecast 2

Testing the Youtube on Chromecast 2

Testing the Youtube on Chromecast 2

Testing the Youtube on Chromecast 2

Testing the Youtube on Chromecast 2

Testing the Youtube on Chromecast 2

Testing the Youtube on Chromecast 2

Testing the Youtube on Chromecast 2

Testing the Youtube on Chromecast 2

 

Tested also the function to mirror any Chrome tab on TV and so the Skooter Blog ended up on TV.

Mirroring Windows of Chrome on TV

Mirroring Windows of Chrome 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.

Chromecast 2 idle

Chromecast 2 idle

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.

Plex in Chromecast 2

Plex in Chromecast 2

Plex in Chromecast 2

Plex in Chromecast 2

And through the extension Video streaming of Chromecast, You can also run local PC videos directly on TV.

Video streaming of the Chrome extension to display videos from PC Chromecast

Video streaming of the Chrome extension to display videos from PC Chromecast

Video streaming of the Chrome extension to display videos from PC Chromecast

Video streaming of the Chrome extension to display videos from PC Chromecast

Final Considerations

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. 🙂

If you want to acquire a Chromecast in Brazil, Click here to see the best deals. You can also find it on eBay, foreign direct.

About the author

Skooter

Skooter is a computer scientist and the founder of Skooter Blog. He is interested in everything related to technology and he likes to save money by making his purchases directly from abroad.

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  1. 1
    I Even

    Hello. It's been a long time since I want to acquire a Chromecast. But I have a question if I can access content from VOD provided by my Internet provider. You could do a test for me, trying to play with the Chormecast natively these addresses:
    1. http://179.191.8.74/cinema/filmes/local_360.html
    2. http://179.191.8.74/cinema/filmes/zootopia.mp4

    1. 1.1
      Skooter

      In both cases I was able to play with the Chrome mirror. I don't know if there's another way.

      1. 1.1.1
        I Even

        In this case, needing another device besides Chromecast ? The device itself does not have a built-in browser, or a video player like VLC ( I asked the VLC coz I know it runs ) ?
        Yet the Chromecast (1 and 2 ) is based on Android ? Is it possible to install Android Apps on it ?

        1. Skooter

          Yes, need a cell phone/tablet/computer to start any reproduction in Chromecast. Alone it does nothing, has no control. Do not install applications on it also, There are applications for mobile/tablet/computer that are compatible with it. I believe that these applications implement some API that pass the sources so that he play natively. The current VLC still not compatible. In nightly builds already appears the play function on another device, but I couldn't make it work.

          1. I Even

            Do you have any suggestions of similar device operating independent, preferably with low cost.

          2. Rodrigo

            I use the Raspberry Pi with OpenElec running Kodi and using the remote control of the TV itself through the HDMI-CEC function. Is there any way to install the Plex, YouTube, Globosat Play (need to be a Subscriber), Crackle, In addition to everything else the kodi offers in Add-ons and libraries that can create. Also receives on-the-fly streaming dlna. Not only has Netflix still, I use the same Smart TV. My Chromecast is pots gathering dust because I'm not used to not having remote on it.

  2. 2
    Maia

    V. good. Only missed test mirror the mobile screen (function within the Google Cast). By chrome tb can mirror Windows of other applications.

    1. 2.1
      Skooter

      These functions ended up not testing same. I tried to pass the mobile screen and it didn't work. Sharing the PC screen work.

  3. 3
    Rodrigo

    Olá Skooter! It is possible to play/pause the first-generation Chromecast? Here with the HDMI-CEC TV connected I can't.

    1. 3.1
      I Even

      Rodrigo, you could do a test for me, see turning on your 1a. generation these links here:
      http://179.191.8.74/cinema/filmes/local_360.html
      http://179.191.8.74/cinema/filmes/zootopia.mp4

    2. 3.2
      Skooter

      Olá Rodrigo. I can't tell you. I've never used the 1st generation.

  4. 4
    Aldo Cintra

    With one of these I can mirror the laptop screen for my TV?
    I need a way to do this without being via HDMI.

    1. 4.1
      Skooter

      Yes. Has a function in Chrome to mirror the desktop.

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