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Chromecast Home Internet Media Streamers

Chromecast Wi-Fi home internet media streamers are a Google developing, and they allow people to stream media through apps to appear on their television. It uses Google Cast technology, whereby users control the device with their smartphones or tablets. Additionally, users can mirror their screen to reflect on the television by using the Google Chrome browser or Google Home app. Since 2013, Google has released four Chromecast models, with one exclusively for audio streaming.

Chromecast

Chromecast allows users to stream media to their television screen. Chomecast USB home internet media streamers connect through the HDMI port on your television, and you can control them using Android mobile phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, Mac or Windows operating system laptops, and Chromebooks. Chromecast supports popular apps like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Now, among others. Users have the option of screen mirroring, personalising the background when no apps are streaming, and coordinating with the Google Home device and app.

Chromecast Ultra

Chromecast Ulta has the same features of the Chromecast, but it is a faster and higher resolution streaming device. It also comes at a higher price point, nearly double the amount of the Chromecast. However, you can look at even this option as a relatively affordable streaming solution. The device differs slightly in appearance, and unlike the Chromecast, it must plug into a power supply. An added benefit of the Chromecast Ultra is that it can connect directly to the modem, rather than just wirelessly, which can result in faster streaming.

Chromecast Audio

Chromecast Audio looks similar to the Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra, but it plugs into the auxiliary, or headphone, jack of a speaker. Additionally, Chromecast Audio supports optical and RCA speaker inputs. As with the Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra, users control the media using their devices and apps. Chromecast Audio supports popular services such as Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music, and YouTube, among others. You can set up multiple Chromecast Audio devices with multiple speakers, and you can map them using the Google Home app, so that you can move from room to room, enabling different speakers.

First Generation

The first generation model from 2013 differs from the second generation and Chromecast Ulta models, in that it resembled a USB memory stick. With this generation of media streamer, the USB input connects directly to the Chromecast as one unit. Current Chromecasts are more versatile in shape, because the device can plug in and magnetically attach itself to the television, allowing for less bulk behind the television and easier television mounting options. The first generation model was also slower in its streaming capabilities.

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