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    Default Google Chromecast Cheaper Alternatives

    I have a genuine Google Chromecast Gen 2 in my daughters room and this unit is brilliant. She lays in bed and completely controls it by voice through Google home mini without the need to mirror you tube, netflix etc from other devices. I have a few more TV's throughout the house and would ideally love one on each TV but at roughly $60.00 each this idea has had to wait. Its very hard to look past a lot of the alternatives advertised on Ebay as some start at $11.00 . Some will only mirror an image to a tv and others claim to do much more including Google Home Mini connectivity. I dont need 4K or HDR capabilities. 1080p is good enough for me.

    Is there a cheaper Non Google brand Chromecast out there capable of exactly the same things that the genuine Google Gen2 can do?



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    Don't bother with the Non Genuine Chromecast units from China, they use Miracast firmware from what I've read.
    Works for a few days but after that - a black screen!! Save your $$$.

    I like the Chromecast units.. I just wish I could workout how to use it without a home Wi-Fi ??
    I travel a lot and would like to plug it into a TV and use my mobile phone as some sort of hotspot ?? Wi-Fi ?? Not sure if possible but maybe someone might know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnno View Post
    I like the Chromecast units.. I just wish I could workout how to use it without a home Wi-Fi ??
    I travel a lot and would like to plug it into a TV and use my mobile phone as some sort of hotspot ?? Wi-Fi ?? Not sure if possible but maybe someone might know.
    Just need phone with hotspot and another phone or tablet for setup.
    Once setup the second device is not needed and you can turn on phone hotspot and use as per normal.

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    Say what ?? Lets see if I can translate.

    First I need to set up Chrome cast on a tablet (yep, i own one of them) then open up a hotspot on my mobile to connect ?? Is that correct ?

    Still a little confused - It's late, I'll try again tomorrow. Thanks

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