NOTE: Go to this link to see whether your device, including some Chromebooks, will work with Chromecast.
We have wireless projectors at our school, but the technology wasn’t quite ready to stream videos without a lot of lag between the non-native app that our projectors required and the connecting devices. We tried messing with our LAN, rewiring switches, programming our WiFi access points… it was a futile attempt to make these wireless projectors do all they where supposed to already do. Fast forward a couple months…
I asked for a Chromecast for Christmas, and my wonderful husband bought one for me a few weeks before it could appear under the tree so I could actually play with it while at work. I took it to my office, and I hooked it up to play. Installation was super easy. Plug the Chromecast into the projector (or TV) in the HDMI slot, and from your device (I was using a MacBook Air), you can go to this link to set up your Chromecast to your WiFi and device.
Once set-up, you can use Chrome and Chromecast to show whatever is on your Chrome tab/window. But that’s not all…
When you’re in Chrome, clicking on the Chromecast icon on the top right corner of your screen, and you’ll see that you can cast the tab OR cast the entire screen (experimental). This is still just in beta, but it works really well if you’re trying to show a DVD from your device, wirelessly to the projector. I watched an entire movie and it worked without lag.
You can also open other files within your Chrome browser by simply using CTRL+O (letter, not zero). This allows you to cast so many other things from a tab in Chrome (jpg, pdf, mov…) Awesome stuff.
When you go to YouTube and want to show something full screen, the Chromecast opens the YouTube App and opens it from the Chromecast itself. You still have remote control capabilities, but there is no lag, no delay, as long as you have strong broadband and WiFi in your area.