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28th July 2013, 04:52 AM   |  #1  
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I plan to bring my Chromecast with me when I travel, but I imagine the Chromecast will have trouble connecting to the hotel Wifi since most hotels have that gateway page you have to go through before you are actually connected to the internet. Is there an easy way around this without bringing my own router with me?

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28th July 2013, 05:14 AM   |  #2  
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I plan to bring my Chromecast with me when I travel, but I imagine the Chromecast will have trouble connecting to the hotel Wifi since most hotels have that gateway page you have to go through before you are actually connected to the internet. Is there an easy way around this without bringing my own router with me?

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I travel for a living and live about 1/2 of the year in a Marriott.. Here are a few options that I use.

1. Bring a small travel router - this really isn't as bad as it sounds. Is really easy and they make very small ones. Here is what I use: http://www.tp-link.com/en/products/d...odel=TL-MR3020

2. Connect your laptop via ethernet and use windows to share it via wifi. - This works, but it can be a pain. Some VPN clients really don't like this however.

3. Use a MiFi or Cell Phone in Hotspot mode.

I will either do #1 or 3 depending on the hotel and if I am in the US or not.

Hope this helps...
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28th July 2013, 05:16 AM   |  #3  
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Worse comes to worse you could always use a phone or tablet as a hotspot!
28th July 2013, 05:22 AM   |  #4  
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I travel for a living and live about 1/2 of the year in a Marriott.. Here are a few options that I use.

1. Bring a small travel router - this really isn't as bad as it sounds. Is really easy and they make very small ones. Here is what I use:
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2. Connect your laptop via ethernet and use windows to share it via wifi. - This works, but it can be a pain. Some VPN clients really don't like this however.

3. Use a MiFi or Cell Phone in Hotspot mode.

I will either do #1 or 3 depending on the hotel and if I am in the US or not.

Hope this helps...

Thanks for the help! I have Pdanet installed on my gs3, but I haven't been able to set up the Chromecast without a third device in the mix. Using my work laptop is out of the question since I can't install the Chromecast app on it. I don't like to bring my personal laptop along with me on business trips since it's kind of bulky and heavy for a 2 night trip. I have an old Android tablet I can bring along with me to set everything up and control the Chromecast from but it would be awesome if I can get it working with ONLY the gs3 and Chromecast. Is there some way to make that happen? Or will I need a third device in the mix because the gs3 cant be a hotspot and controller at the same time?
28th July 2013, 05:27 AM   |  #5  
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I have this same question. I read on the developer site that wireless isolation must be disabled in order to use the chromecast. This could be a problem since most public WiFi has this feature enabled (and if they don't they should!). I have a chromecast, a tablet, and an android phone so if the hotel WiFi doesn't work I can always hotspot with phone and control with tablet. However, this is not ideal since I don't have unlimited data plan. It will be interesting to see how much data the various apps' use. I have 3 trips planned the next 3 weeks and will see how it goes!

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28th July 2013, 05:51 AM   |  #6  
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Thanks for the help! I have Pdanet installed on my gs3, but I haven't been able to set up the Chromecast without a third device in the mix. Using my work laptop is out of the question since I can't install the Chromecast app on it. I don't like to bring my personal laptop along with me on business trips since it's kind of bulky and heavy for a 2 night trip. I have an old Android tablet I can bring along with me to set everything up and control the Chromecast from but it would be awesome if I can get it working with ONLY the gs3 and Chromecast. Is there some way to make that happen? Or will I need a third device in the mix because the gs3 cant be a hotspot and controller at the same time?

A computer with wifi (a computer just jacked into a router in wont work) is a necessary part of setting up chromecast to a new network.

edit: actually i might be wrong on that, testing something now

---------- Post added at 10:51 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:31 PM ----------

Okay, this is what I just did.

I turned Wireless Tether on my phone on. This means wifi can't be on at all and thus your phone can't be on the same network as the chromecast, and won't be able to control chomecast.

BUT

I downloaded the Chromecast app from the playstore to my Nook HD+. It found the Chromecast on my home network and I tapped on it, and saw my Chromecast on my home network (which the nook was also on). I was able to change it from my home network to my phone. This changed the network both my Nook and Chromecast were connected to from my home network to my phone network. I just chromecasted netflix from my Nook to my TV via chromecast fine. So basically I was able to set it up on a new network with no need for a computer.

So if you are traveling, I believe you are going to need to set up your Chromecast to know your phone's wifi network/password before you go. Why? Because my Nook (or your tablet) can't change the network of the Chromecast without already being on the same network. But at this point, I could now take the three devices anywhere now, plugging chromecast into a TV, setting up my phone to tether, and using my tablet to control it.

Annoyingly, once I turned off tethering, the chromecast borked and I had to re-run setup to get it back on my home wireless network. So, it doesn't seem to save multiple networks, unless I did something wrong.
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28th July 2013, 05:56 AM   |  #7  
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I plan to bring my Chromecast with me when I travel, but I imagine the Chromecast will have trouble connecting to the hotel Wifi since most hotels have that gateway page you have to go through before you are actually connected to the internet. Is there an easy way around this without bringing my own router with me?

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HERE IS HOW WITHOUT ANY APPLICATION;

do this first:

http://4sysops.com/archives/how-to-s...n-sharing-ics/

or this:

http://virtualrouterplus.com/

and for enabling Universal Plug and Play:

http://mywindows8.org/how-to-use-dln...-in-windows-8/
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So if you are traveling, I believe you are going to need to set up your Chromecast to know your phone's wifi network/password before you go. Why? Because my Nook (or your tablet) can't change the network of the Chromecast without already being on the same network. But at this point, I could now take the three devices anywhere now, plugging chromecast into a TV, setting up my phone to tether, and using my tablet to control it.

If needed you could always factory reset your Chromecast by holding down the button for 25 seconds. If you do that, you can set it up from the Chromecast app on your nook and set it to your phone's hotspot.
28th July 2013, 06:02 AM   |  #9  
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HERE IS HOW WITHOUT ANY APPLICATION;

do this first:

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or this:

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and for enabling Universal Plug and Play:

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Thanks for the suggestions! The only issue is that I can't install anything on my work laptop. I appreciate the help though =)
28th July 2013, 06:03 AM   |  #10  
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You wouldn't want to connect a chrome cast to public wifi anyways. Then the guy in the room next door could mess with your playback. Travel Router/Hotspot are your best bets (plus being on your own network is a better idea for privacy and security anyways).

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