Chromecast

How can I stream to my TV from my phone?

Google Chromecast

Episode 1510

Dave from Hermosa Beach, CA

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.

Should I buy an Apple TV?

Apple TV

Episode 1483

Anthony from Carpenteria, CA

Anthony wants to know what the advantage is of getting an Apple TV if all the modern TVs are so-called "smart" TVs? Rich says that apps are always better, and updated more on a dedicated device like the Apple TV. Smart TVs, on the other hand, rarely get updated, if ever. TV makers are in the TV business, not the app development business. So Apple TV has that advantage.

Why does my Chromecast mirror all the time?

Original Chromecast

Episode 1426

Bill from Lousiana

Bill has the original Chromecast, but he has problems watching content on it in mirrored mode. Leo says he won't want it to mirror. He'll want it to hand off the information to the Chromecast. Then his device just becomes a remote. If he's doing it from the browser, Chromecast isn't designed for that. He should use the Chromecast button inside the apps he's using, like Netflix or YouTube. Chromecast in Chrome has been beta and it could be that it just doesn't work anymore.

What's a good, repairable laptop?

Lenovo ThinkPad T460s

Episode 1409

Jerry from Hatfield, PA

Jerry runs a dart tournament and he runs it on a spreadsheet through his mobile phone. He wants to use a laptop instead to make it easier for him. Which one should he buy, and can he have two internal drives in it? Leo says that can be done and he'll want to use an SSD for his primary drive. They have special software called wear leveling that extends the life of the SSD. They are more reliable than spinning hard drives because there are no moving parts.

Can I Chromecast to several TVs at once over a network?

Raspberry Pi

Episode 1409

Brian from Thousand Oaks, CA

Brian wants to know if he can use a Chromecast to actually broadcast to a network. He has a company and he wants to be able to hold sales meetings with one computer running all TV screens and Chromecast content to all in the meetings. Leo says no. Chromecast is a 1:1 device and no computer can broadcast to more than one screen at once. He can use the Wavecom Jr., which is an RF broadcast solution that will enable him to broadcast via radio to each screen which has a receiver attached to it. That's one option.

How can I watch movies from my phone on my plasma TV?

Google Chromecast

Episode 1400

Carlos from San Bernadino, CA

Carlos has an LG G6 Android phone and he also has an old Samsung plasma TV. Can he use DLNA to cast to it? Leo says that he can't do it natively, but he can plug in a Google Chromecast to the HDMI port and it will work to cast from his phone to the TV itself via the Google Home app. It works really well and it's very easy to setup. Most apps will do it.

Another option is Miracast through his Windows machine if he has movies there, but it doesn't work very well. Chromecast works much better.

How can I stream music to my old stereo?

Chromecast Audio

Episode 1398

Lynn from Torrance, CA

Lynn wants to get a new laptop to use for streaming music to her home stereo. What's the best setup for her, Intel or AMD? Leo says either will do. The real issue is that since Lynn is going to be converting analog to digital, she needs a good DAC. She'll want something that's all digital, so she should avoid connecting through the headphone jack. Bluetooth is solid option. Google has Chromecast Audio, which is supported by Spotify and Pandora too.