Google’s Chromecast is one of the most affordable ways to turn a standard TV into a smart TV. Plug the $35 stick into the HDMI port of your TV, connect it to your WiFi network, and you can stream content from Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and other services while using your phone, tablet, or computer as a remote control.

You can even use a Chromecast to play games.

But what if you don’t have a reliable WiFi connection? No problem. Now you can use an Ethernet cable.

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Google has just released a $15 Ethernet adapter for Chromecast.

The Chromecast itself only has one port: a micro USB port which you’d normally use to connect a power cable. But if you plug in the Ethernet adapter, it’ll not only provide power to the Chromecast, but also let you plug in an Ethernet cable so you can connect your Chromecast directly to your router with a wired connection.

The adapter supports 10/100 Ethernet connections, works with a standard RJ-45 cable, and basically replaces the cable that comes with the Chromecast.

Oh, and if you happen to be looking for a good deal on a Chromecast, Walmart and Amazon are selling the streaming stick for $30, and Groupon is offering refurbished models for $20.

via Android Police

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9 replies on “Google launches an Ethernet adapter for Chromecast”

  1. Good idea, and good job it’s not Apple, otherwise the adapter would cost $39.

  2. since that is probably just usb-ethernet, combined with charging, this would be a nice addition to a lot devices, not just chromecast

      1. well, i was thinking about stuff like my Asus T100TA, my old Motorola Droid 1 (or other android-phones to re-use them as smallish network-thingies), so no problem there.

        I don’t know when i’ve seen the last device that didn’t handle OTG at all, but it’s some years ago.

        1. Thing is that this will both be a charger and a OTG connected ethernet dongle. And while there are provisions in the OTG and charging specs for handling power and data going in different directions (usually the host is also the one providing the power) i have seen more than one device that gets royally confused if you attempt to charge and hook up OTG at the same time.

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