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How Do You Install a Google Chromecast?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (August 28, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. I'm thinking of buying the new Google Chromecast because it's so inexpensive ($35). But is it hard to install?-- Wyatt, Mesa Arizona.

Wyatt, the Google Chromecast, which costs $35, can stream Internet video from your laptop or mobile device straight to your TV. The
device now supports Netflix, Google Play and YouTube, but Google says more streaming services will be added soon.

Now, is it easy to install? Yes -- but perhaps not quite as easy as some might suggest. Let me walk you through it.

The Chromecast comes with four parts: 1. The Chromecast dongle; 2. A USB power cable; 3.
A power supply; 4. A HDMI extender. Google says the last two are optional pieces and only have to be used if you have trouble fitting the dongle into your HDMI port. However, I suggest you use the HDMI extender because Google says it can improve your Wi-Fi reception when you stream your video from the laptop or mobile device to the TV.

So connect one end of the dongle to the USB power cable and one end to the HDMI extender and then connect that to a HDMI port.

Then turn your TV to the HDMI source where the extender is plugged in and you should see an on-screen menu that says you can set-up your software. The screen will tell you to go to the Chromecast set-up page

So open up a browser on your mobile or computer, go to the set-up page and download the Chromecast set-up app. This will enable you to find your Chromecast's signal; you can tell it's your app because the Chromecast's four-digit I.D. number will be the same as the one on your TV screen. (For example: Chromecast1234).

After the download, choose your home wireless network from a pull-down menu and type in your password if your home network is locked (which it should be, ladies and gentlemen.). This will allow your Chromecast to stream on your home network.

Your will then install the Google Cast Chrome extension, which will create a small icon on your streaming services which you can click to tell your computer or mobile to either stream the content on the TV or your computer or mobile.  After you click on the Chromecast option, the video from your mobile or computer will immediately appear on your TV. It's a cool experience and the picture is actually very good.

As I noted earlier, at this point, Chromecast is only supporting streaming from Netflix, YouTube or Google Play. Also Google just added a Chromecast app for the iPad and iPhone, which makes launching a Chromecast a bit easier.

That's it. As you can see, there are more steps than you might have imagined. But once you set it up, I think you'll be pleased with the result.

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