First a big shout out to Uncle Ronny, without whom my 2 new Google ChromeCast keys would not have been delivered from America to Switzerland. Thanks!
[ Clearly any Google Hardware from phones to ChromeCast keys are far too modern for the Swiss and so Google makes no attempt to directly sell any hardware here (sic) ]
- Chromecast is a small hardware device that typically plugs into your TV's HDMI socket. We plugged ours into our [old, but faithful] Samsung TV.
- Actually it will plug into any display that has a HDMI input socket
- You Install the Chrome Browser, or perhaps if you are a smart Bear, you already use Chrome as your primary browser
- You install a Google Cast Extension into your browser
- You use a portable computer (in my case my humble Samsung Chromebook)
- You browse to this setup URL
- You make sure your portable is on the same wireless network as you will attach your chromecast key to
- Following onscreen instructions you will enter the wifi password that your portable/ Chromecast is going to attach to. [We have several household WiFi networks. We made our choice based on coverage and security]
- In our case once the ChromeCast key found the Internet it upgraded its own firmware
And that was that.
SO, What does it do?
Once setup; any selected tab of my Chrome Browser is magically shown on the TV.
- I can now effortlessly use the large Samsung TV as an Internet Browser via the Chrome browser on my laptop!
- So the fact that some idiot designed my TV with no keyboard is at last no longer an issue!
- I can load a YouTube video on my laptop and then display it on the TV. Fantastic!
- In fact, any streaming media, or (to repeat) anything inside the Chrome browser can display on the TV.
- We bought 2 keys, so we still have a spare! Maybe plug it into a shortly to be spare monitor [with HDMI imput] , and install it in the bedroom. Then I can stream from Chromebook in bed to that monitor, wirelessly :-)