Google Chromecast = fail
(For reference; this is based on trying to use a Chromecast in a Corporate/Education environment)
At work, I’m always looking for new tech that can help/assist/improve the experience within the classroom. In the past I’ve taken a look at Apple TV’s and Miracast for mirroring/displaying content wirelessly in order to ‘free’ the tutor/lecturer from the lectern.
I’ve had varying degrees of success with the Apple TV being the most promising with more third party apps coming available to allow other platforms (Windows, Android) to perform this (iPads/Macbooks work like a charm).
Today was Googles turn with the release of the Google Chromecast in Australia.
But it’s not what it seems.
Unlike the Apple TV and Miracast, you’re not actually spitting content/display directly to it. All you are doing is telling it what content to pull from the internet. So if its not on the internet; forget about it. Thats problem number one.
Problem number two is just simple connectivity. The Chromecast does NOT support WPA2 Enterprise (the most widely used wifi security in corporate/education institutions). So straight up, you’re stuffed. To get around this, so I could at least see what the Chromecast is capable of, I went and found a straight WPA2 network (still on Campus). I finally got it to connect, it ran its updates (so clearly able to talk to the internet), however once it rebooted it just sat there going “Reconnect Me”.
It would seem that put anything that resembles a Firewall/Proxy between it and Google and its ‘goodnight’. So, again, in any corporate situation (of if you have any sense of internet security); forget about it.
I even tried configuring my Note 3 as a personal hotspot, but that didnt work either because as soon as you try and connect to the Chromecast, it has to drop the Hotspot and thus nothing for the Chromecast to connect to.
So for anything other than at home, with a direct/unprotected (other than your basic router functions) – it just flat-out doesnt work. And it I was going to do something like that – my PS3 has been able to do that for yonks (or my Apple TV) for that matter.
Or Miracast which is more better supported AND doesn’t require crazy, specific apps to work.
Sorry Google, but your half-broken, limited device is too little too late.
(image from HMMagazine)