Terry wants to buy a device to cast to his home office TV. Would the Chromecast work or should he buy the FireTV Stick? Leo says that the Chromecast is a great device, but it doesn't stand on its own. He'll have to navigate to what he wants to watch on a phone and then cast to the Chromecast device. Stand-alone devices like Roku and AppleTV can act as their own independent devices. As for FireTV, Leo says it really serves as a portal to sell stuff from Amazon, so he's not much of a fan. Leo says ROKU Ultra is a better choice all the way around and will also stream in 4K.
When Tony goes camping with his RV, he'd like to broadcast YouTube TV from his phone to his TV. Leo says that in theory, Chromecast will work because he's connected via WiFi. However, it requires being on the same WiFi network, so if the phone is using WiFi, it can't really do that because he will need internet for the Chromecast. Getting a "MyFi" router may be the solution, but it would have a separate cellular connection. But the good news is, it also has its own bandwidth data allotment. Get a MyFi from your carrier, then the phone can join that, and the Chromecast can be on it.
Bob would like to download Amazon Prime shows from his iPhone and play them back on his PC. Leo says he hasn't used LonelyScreen, but a quick perusal shows it may be OK. The Chatroom says AirServer is another. However, using applications that rely on WiFi won't work out of range.
Amazon Prime also lets users watch offline content. Some Hotels are now offering Chromecast support.
Ken has Android and he's having issues with Chromecast. Leo says that Ken's smartphone is fairly old, running Android 4.3 (too old for Chromecast compatibility). So he'll need to get a newer device under his budget of $300. Leo says that his current favourite budget smartphone is the Motorola Moto G6. He can get them unlocked directly from Motorola for under $200. Google Fi is selling the G6 for $99.
Tim has a remote access account to his business server that he uses his Chromebook for. The one downside is the smaller screen. Leo says that Samsung favored portability with their LTE Chromebook, and as such, they tend to have smaller screens to extend the battery life. But how can he use a larger computer monitor with it? Leo says a $35 Chromecast would work. He could then cast wirelessly to it through an HDMI port. Windows RDP expects people to use a Windows machine. But there may be a Chrome extension. If not, write to the developers to enable it.
Dave wants to know how to stream from Android to his TV. Leo recommends a Google casting device, like the chromecast. It plugs into the back of the TV and any enabled device can be cast to the TV once Dave taps the chromecast logo. Leo says the device uses a handoff mechanism to achieve what it does.
Dennis is an audiophile and he's having issues playing music from smartphone using Google Chromecast. It wants him to upload all his music to the cloud first. Leo says that his casting app may be corrupted. He should try another one, like AllCast. From the chatroom - Google requires you to upload your music to the cloud before casting with Google Play. That's what it's designed for: to play from the phone at home using the Google Home App.
Ken has an older Chromecast, and he thinks it may have died. He's tried pressing the reset button and nothing happens. Leo says he probably will have to press it and hold it. But it may also be a bad HDMI plug. If it is bad, the good news is, they're cheap. $35.
John is having trouble chrome casting with an app called Hoopla. Leo says that it's likely a rights issue, and Hoopla is preventing it on the Chromecast, but works with the iPad. Hoopla has apps for Roku and Apple TV, and they work more consistently. Leo's guessing it's a problem with Hoopla and poor Chromecast implementation.
Dave has a mobile phone and he wants to know how he can stream to his TV from it. Leo says to get the Google Chromecast. This will allow him to pull up a video stream on his phone, and then hand it off to the Chromecast to put it on the TV. He'll need internet and Wi-Fi to make it work. If all his internet access is through his phone, then he could use a hotspot with his TV if it supports that, and then Chromecast that way. But he'll take a bandwidth hit on his phone.