If there is one thing we hate about hotels, it is the bleak selection of programs on the TV. The solution? Put a Google Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra in your suitcase to create a home configuration for streaming when you arrive. However, please note that due to differences in the way each hotel operates its Wi-Fi and TV's, a hotel with a Chromecast may not be suitable for your next trip, but we recommend that you pack one in case Which. This is what you need and how you can set it when you arrive.
What you need:
- A Google Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra and the included USB cable and USB power adapter
- A smartphone or tablet that runs Android or iOS
- Name and password of the Wi-Fi access point of your hotel
- Optional: a portable WiFi travel router
: find the HDMI port on the hotel TV
This first step is of crucial importance. The TV in your hotel room must have an open HDMI port that you have access to (not many of them), otherwise the game is over. Check the sides of the TV or, if you have access, the back. The inputs must be clearly labeled as HDMI 1, HDMI 2, etc. While watching, make sure that an HDMI cable is already connected to the TV. If this is the case, you may need to disconnect it in one of the following steps. Once a free port is found, connect your Chromecast.
Step 2: find some power
Your Chromecast naturally needs a power source. The included USB cable is designed to take power from an available USB port on a TV, but since not all TVs have one of these, you should definitely take the USB wall adapter with you. If there is no USB port on the TV, look around for an open USB port on the desk or a nearby power outlet. Because the TV needs power, an electrical outlet does not have to be far, but accessibility can be a problem, so hopefully there will be an alternative in such a case.
Step 3: Switch inputs
It is now time to turn on the TV and see if you can switch the source to the HDMI input you used for the Chromecast . The TV remote control may have an input button or a source button, but often the hotel will replace the manufacturer's remote control with its own remote control that makes switching input impossible. If that's the case, check the TV itself – most models have an input selector button next to the power and volume buttons, usually on the back of the TV along the edge.
If you are successful, you will see the default Chromecast installation screen setting. If you're having trouble switching inputs (maybe because the TV simply doesn't allow this), it's time to try Plan B: if you already found a cable connected to an HDMI port in step 1, connect release it and switch on your Chromecast. Of course this means that you lose the TV channels of your hotel, but you can always switch it back after you have eaten out the last season of The Walking Dead .
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When you are ready, this is (hopefully) the last step. Assuming that the Wi-Fi of your hotel is a standard configuration, meaning that you simply search for the corresponding access point in your phone's Wi-Fi list and then use the supplied password, then use the login details to connect to the Wi-Fi from the hotel. Fi using your phone or tablet. Download the free Google Home app from your app store if you have not already done so. Start the app and follow the instructions for setting up your Chromecast on the same Wi-Fi network. Congratulations, you are ready to cast!
Step 5: Wi-Fi is not good
Unfortunately, it is usually not that simple. Many hotels use a web-based interface to access Wi-Fi, and at the moment, Chromecast is simply not compatible with such a system. Yet there are temporary solutions and if you feel your inner technical support guru they are worth trying.
Create your own Wi-Fi hotspot
- If you have a Windows 10 laptop, you can share this Wi-Fi connection with both a smartphone and the Chromecast.
- You can do the same on a MacOS laptop, but only if you can connect the laptop to an Ethernet connection in the hotel room, and these are becoming increasingly rare.
- You can create a Wi-Fi hotspot on an iOS device with a 4G mobile data connection, but this will not only use up your valuable mobile data, it will also be a significant burden on your phone's battery. You also need a third device with the Google Home app to use as your installation and cast machine.
- Some Android smartphones can be configured to share their Wi-Fi connection without needing mobile data. We never tried it, but it is worth trying. Another option is to try an app such as Netshare, which does the same on any device with Android 6 or higher.
Use a travel router, preferably one with a WISP mode
A travel router offers the most reliable way to create a WiFi access point that you can share with devices in your hotel room. Many of these can be found on Amazon and elsewhere and they usually cost less than $ 75. Some require access to an Ethernet connection, which, as we mentioned above, is hard to find. With a model that can be run in WISP (Wireless Internet Service Provider) mode (or bridge mode), you can log in to your hotel's WiFi and then share that connection as a regular WiFi network with a name and password of your choice.
One more thing …
If none of these options work for you, or if you just don't want to be bothered with HDMI ports and Wi-Fi hotspots, you may not need to bring your Chromecast all the way with it to take. More and more hotels are starting to install Chromecast-compatible systems such as RoomCast. If your hotel has this, you only need your phone, tablet or laptop and you are all set.
Using your Chromecast in a hotel is just one of the device's many cool features. View our full explanation of Chromecast tips and tricks for more things you can do with a Chromecast.