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By Grouper, Senior Member on 13th August 2013, 05:44 AM
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Someone found the backgrounds here: https://clients3.google.com/cast/chromecast/home

So here's an idea, setup local DNS to route that domain to a local machine running an HTTP server, then put up your own page. The idea is to have your own backgrounds. Any idea if this would work?
 
 
13th August 2013, 06:50 AM |#2  
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Someone found the backgrounds here: https://clients3.google.com/cast/chromecast/home

So here's an idea, setup local DNS to route that domain to a local machine running an HTTP server, then put up your own page. The idea is to have your own backgrounds. Any idea if this would work?

That sounds like it would work. I don't know much about all that stuff, but it sounds like it's possible..

oh, and btw..when you right click and Inspect Element...you can see that it's just a javascripted page that cycles images from

<https://www.gstatic.com/cast/images/home/background1.jpg> ---thru--- <https://www.gstatic.com/cast/images/home/background11.jpg>
14th August 2013, 10:38 PM |#3  
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I believe this could work, however the only option that Im aware of is to redirect the entire clients3.google.com domain to a local IP via local DNS. However, I dont think anyone knows what else is being hosted by clients3.google.com, so while this may work for your backgrounds, it could cause issues with other Chromecast or Google functions....

If anyone is aware of alternate method to redirect a specific web application on a LAN, then let me know and Ill set this up ASAP and report back.

-Jeff
14th August 2013, 10:48 PM |#4  
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I believe this could work, however the only option that Im aware of is to redirect the entire clients3.google.com domain to a local IP via local DNS. However, I dont think anyone knows what else is being hosted by clients3.google.com, so while this may work for your backgrounds, it could cause issues with other Chromecast or Google functions....

If anyone is aware of alternate method to redirect a specific web application on a LAN, then let me know and Ill set this up ASAP and report back.

-Jeff

I think it could be accomplished by mucking with DNS and then setting up a forwarding proxy server and web server. On the web server host all of those 11 backgrounds. On the proxy server have it fetch first from that web server and if it failed forward to the real DNS address for that server.

They're all at https://www.gstatic.com/cast/images/home/ so you would think it shouldn't be too hard.
7th April 2019, 04:48 PM |#5  
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Is there any new information on the topic? I just want to load my own web-page (with google calendar and other useful information) on the chromecast in sleep mode... any experience?
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