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Just picked up this HooToo Travel Router.  Plan to try out this w/Chromecast during my work trek across the Midwest the next many weeks.  Will use mostly to cast locally-stored movies to hotel TV without using internet.

This is a setup that I use in hotels to stream to chromecast bridged from hotel wireless OR to cast my screen without hotel wireless. Also, I use my Anker E3 portable battery, to connect to the chromecast since hotel outlets are hard to reach or TVs don't have a USB.

Here's what works for me....(This is how I set everything up before I went on the road).

1. Get a Hootoo travel router.

2. Download hootoo trip mate.
A. Move the button on the outside of the hootoo to wireless.
B. Setup the router on "YOUR" home network via the app. The app will guide you to name a new WiFi network created by the hootoo router.

3. Setup your chromecast using your hootoo created WiFi network, NOT your main home network.
A. (The hootoo router will be connected to your home network while creating it's own WiFi in which chromecast will be connected)
B. At this point your chromecast is configured to recognize and work on your hootoo WiFi only.

4. If you want to watch a chromecast that DOES require Internet (podcast, Netflix, etc.) Goto the hootoo trip mate app and select a wireless network to attach to. The hootoo app then configures the router to bridge the network into your new hootoo network you created for your chromecast.

5. If you DO NOT need Internet connectivity and just want to cast your screen; make sure your hootoo router is on. Select the hootoo created network on your phone or tablet or laptop. Then via your chromechromecast app, select your chromecast device. You should now see the TV Chromecast screen say that Internet connection lost. NEVER MIND THIS and goto cast screen within the chromecast app and since you are connected to a WiFi network, your tablet, laptop, phone screen WILL mirror on the TV.

6. This took about 10 minutes to set up everything out of the boxes... I've tested this several times with my home airport router disconnected.

7. The hootoo router also has a USB port for thumb/hard drive. This streams to anyone on the network, simultaneously. 

8. So now, when I get to a hotel, I plug in micro usb power to the router and open app on phone or tablet. Next, plug in Chromecast and change tv input. That's it. Since everything was configured at home, it's literally plug and play...

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The SageTV team pushes forward as Google Fiber expands
Google’s investment in Sage TV continues to bear fruit as the team is apparently hard at work preparing their second generation Google Fiber set-box.

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Great post about using Chromecast.  
Chromecast: The Revolution Will Be Tele-fied

"Chromecast, oh, how I love thee. Let me count the ways..."

A short while ago, that list would've been nice and short, but less than a month after the public SDK release, the Chromecast has gone from cheap streaming gizmo to awesome content conduit. Before I got internet and Chromecast set up at my new apartment, I was always watching cable, commercials and all.

I haven't used my cable since. At all.

See, the Chromecast is amazing in its simplicity, and nearing omnipresence in its infinite uses. See, when the Chromecast launched, there were a few 'white listed' apps, but if your media of choice wasn't on there, you could always cast it via Chrome for desktop and the Chromecast plugin. It wasn't always brilliant (especially on older computers or lower-bandwidth networks), but it was workable. I cast weather or traffic maps to the big screen a few times just so my family could see. And I am an Android user, so all my content was pretty much supported (still waiting on Newsstand, Google!).

Months passed. A few more additions... and then finally, an explosion. Google released the Cast SDK and the floodgates were opened to developers everywhere (iOS, Android, Chrome on Mac/PC). Ideas that had once been feverish dreams of madmen were now here and ready to play - kinda. The list is growing every day, but there's still lots to come, and lots to anticipate.

But mostly there's still a lot to understand.

If Chromecast has a problem (besides not supporting 5Ghz, which isn't huge but would've been nice), it's that the streaming stick is a so-dumb-its-confusing problem. Wait, I use this to what? I have a Roku/Apple TV/Smart TV; why don't I just use that?

sigh Lesson one...

Chromecast is not a set-top box, it is not a console. It is a landing pad. You throw content at it and it pops up and plays. That's it. That's all. And this is better than your whatever-it-is-you-have because not only is it simple, it is platform agnostic, it is people-friendly (and more importantly party-friendly), and it is being picked up by many, many developers not just for entertainment but for practical uses as well.

You heard me, this is also a tool for business. Using AllCast, you can stream local media to a TV, like the video for your presentation (assuming Drive gets updated for this at some point, the presentation itself could be cast to the Chromecast as well). There's an app coming called TextCast, and it's designed for businesses to cast specials, menus, notices onto TVs. The preview image is a menu, and it looks simple enough: you pick your layout, type your text, and cast it.

No more printing massive menus that change every week, or dealing with those silly chalkboards. A cheap HDMI display and a Chromecast and you're in business (just keep that Chromecast on a password-protected network - y'know, the one you don't share with your customers).

No more paying for cable for your waiting room TV, just have a Chromecast and free wifi. Your clients will prefer it (free wifi always goes over well) and they can pick the content themselves (or have a tablet mounted next to the TV with a selection to choose from).

Babysitters can bring a Chromecast along, plug it into any TV, connect, and let the kid go to town on Netflix or Hulu.

Dayframe can turn any TV into a giant digital picture frame, and you can control and change out the content without messing with memory cards or the horrible interfaces those all have.

Or you can just run a yule log from YouTube. They had a content last Christmas for it, so there's plenty to choose from. The possibilities with YouTube alone are impressive. In a classroom you can use it to bring up videos to accompany lectures (and homework could be finding a video you think the class would learn from and enjoy). In a shop, you can use YouTube playlists for reviews of products (imagine the potential, especially considering so many businesses produce YouTube videos themselves as either a customer service or means of marketing).

And the best part is we're only getting started. The SDK is open, and anyone with an app (or even just the idea for one) can start coding and playing around with it. Cast IKEA instructions to your TV while you put together that bookcase. Watch educational seminars and TED Talks. Watch a cooking show while you prepare the food. Or just veg out to Pandora or Google while you read.

The sky's the limit (I think that's why its one of the first images that pops up on the Chromecast).

All we have to do is reach.

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@GoogleFiber TV rolling out YouTube app to go along with their Netflix & Vudu apps

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My first post this week about Google Fiber.  Many more to come in the next few days.

With the Chromecast opening up to developers I think it's time to sell off my AppleTV 3gen.  Didn't really need it anyway and now that I have Netflix built in to my Google Fiber TV AND I have Chromecast it's way too much overkill

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Nice look at the Kansas City Country Club Plaza Xmas lights via a drone http://yoNice look at the Kansas City Country Club Plaza Xmas lights via a drone

Anyone know how to search for all of your Google+ photos that are NOT in an album?
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