Chromecast is Google’s answer to the public’s demand for enjoying video and audio on their high definition televisions. With Chromecast, users can enjoy offerings from apps such as Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, WatchESPN, Pandora and Google Play, and more are promised to come. In addition, users can mirror their tablets, laptops and phones onto their television screens. Google proudly claims that there is no learning curve with Chromecast, but there are some helpful things to know about how to set up this device to get up and running as soon as possible.
- Your TV Must Be Compatible
The video output that Chromecast enables is high-definition, to appeal to even the most sophisticated television viewers. Older televisions simply aren’t hardwired to deliver high resolution images. If you have been hanging on to your older television set, you’ll need to upgrade before you can take advantage of the Chromecast device. Your television must have an HDMI port, which is how Chromecast plugs in to your TV. HDMI is an acronym that stands for High Definition Media Interface. Unlike DVI ports, which only transmit video, HDMI transmits audio and video, simultaneously.
Even some newer large screen televisions may not have an HDMI port, so be sure to inspect your TV before you buy the Chromecast unit. Only HDTVs have HDMI ports. HDTV stands for High Definition TV. Depending on your set, the HDMI port may be located at the back of the TV, or it may be behind a hidden panel on the front of the television. Consult your owner’s manual to locate the HDMI port.
- You Need to Have Wifi
Chromecast communicates with your phone, laptop or tablet with WiFi, so you have to have a working WiFi set up where you want to use it. You also need to know the name of your WiFi network, and the password to access it, because you’ll be asked these things during your Chromecast set up process.
- What You Get in The Box
When you open your Chromecast box, you will see the Chromecast dongle first. If you lift the cardboard, you will find all the necessary accessories you’ll need to start enjoying your new Chromecast system. Here’s a list of everything you get in the box:
- Chromecast dongle
- USB cable
- HDMI extender cable
- USB charger