Originally Posted by DJames1
Don't you need to see the access code on the TV screen? Or is that in the SSID that the Chromecast broadcasts? (forgetting now how the setup went)
Because of the silly way Chromecast setup works, no, not really.
- Chromecast goes into Setup mode
- Chromecast becomes an open AP, broadcasting an SSID of Chromecastnnnn (where nnnn is some randomly-generated number)
- Chromecast outputs to TV "Set me up" along with a 4-character hex code (which seems to be specific to the device, but does not directly correspond to the serial number)
Chromecast setup app
- Searches for available Chromecasts (open APs named Chromecastnnnn)
- Once selected, asks "Is this the code you see the screen?" showing the 4-character hex code associated with that Chromecast
- Queries user for SSID (drop-down generated from visible networks) and passkey if necessary.
Since the setup app shows you the 4-character ID
, it's essentially like going to an ATM, sticking a stolen card in, then the ATM says "Hello Joe. Is your PIN 1234?" Press Yes and you're in!
I've never seen it display an incorrect/bogus code so far. Frankly I find it very odd that it operates this way. Maybe it's just wishful thinking but, it feels like it was meant to be something more and they ran out of time.