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By Tib44, Member on 10th August 2014, 07:01 PM
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I've a question

Why root the chromecast ?
10th August 2014, 08:03 PM |#2  
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You're on xda, so I'll offer my favorite answer.

Why not?
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10th August 2014, 08:41 PM |#3  
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because I should buy a usb otg Y cable and I will not necessarily have the last update right ?
10th August 2014, 11:38 PM |#4  
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because I should buy a usb otg Y cable and I will not necessarily have the last update right ?

If its ever been updated or it was purchased recently it not rootable through a y cable. You are gonna have to rip it apart and JTAG it. The only real benefit I can see of rooting it these days is region blocked content. But there are ways to do that through a router.

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You can also see in #40 of this FAQ the advantages of rooting.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...php?p=48327604
11th August 2014, 07:48 AM |#5  
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If its ever been updated or it was purchased recently it not rootable through a y cable. You are gonna have to rip it apart and JTAG it. The only real benefit I can see of rooting it these days is region blocked content. But there are ways to do that through a router.

JTAG won't work - the pins are disabled.
@rekids has been experimenting, but because of the way the security keys have been updated, looks like even an EEPROM replace doesn't work except in early cases.

Looks like software exploit might be the best hope at this point.
6th April 2015, 12:48 PM |#6  
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So back to the question of "why". Are there any firmware improvements on missing features available like?

- remembering more than one WLAN password
- the ability to mirror and stream content from a device via direct connection without the need of a local WLAN
- support for more file types
6th April 2015, 10:05 PM |#7  
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So back to the question of "why". Are there any firmware improvements on missing features available like?

- remembering more than one WLAN password
- the ability to mirror and stream content from a device via direct connection without the need of a local WLAN
- support for more file types

No but here is a short list of advantages...
  • 1 Whitelist control by Devs as opposed to Google meaning some apps that Google refuses to add can be used (none fit that category so far)
  • 2 Update control! If Google sends out a bad update it usually won't affect rooted users because those updates go through a second QA testing by the Eureka Devs
  • 3 The ability to see Device status without needing to use a mobile device and Chromecast app.
  • 4 Should someone decide to create a customized Rom in the future you could test and flash it.
  • 5 Custom DNS and DNS Override is available for those who want to get around Geo restrictions on content
  • 6 Options and control of your device is always a good thing
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7th April 2015, 06:56 AM |#8  
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- support for more file types

This is largely handled/accelerated by the hardware, so not sure software could solve this while remaining within the design limits of Chromecast (both hardware capabilities and cooling), but there are lots of brilliant people here... just not sure how many of them are interested enough.
22nd November 2015, 04:36 AM |#9  
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Just saying, if you want to root it, there are plenty of posts for that
25th December 2015, 10:59 AM |#10  
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Noob Chromecast question:
If you root it, can you install any app from Playstore like a video player? I mean my Sony TV can read lot of video formats from USB but not all of them, I just want an app to read them all on my TV, I wonder if a rooted Chromecast can do it?
1st February 2016, 02:26 PM |#11  
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Originally Posted by Tib44

Hi

I've a question

Why root the chromecast ?

Because later on you WON'T BE ABLE TO.
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