Google’s dongle-formed Chromecast was launched in 2013 and has been one of the popular choices for streaming Google Cast applications and Internet video services like Netflix, YouTube and other content through the HDMI port of TV sets, aside from mirroring certain Android gadgets. The gadget however had its limitations as it supported 2.4GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n bands rather than 5GHz Wi-Fi 802.11ac bands, and a refreshed model has been long expected for increased bandwidth.

Presently, Google has launched an Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast that offers users to ability to include a wired connection for hard-to-reach Wi-Fi spots. The $15 Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast went on sale via Google Store on Wednesday and was soon listed as ‘out of stock.’ The organization is yet to uncover when the stocks of the Adapter for Chromecast will be replenished. So far Google has additionally not uncovered whether the Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast go on sale outside the US.

The Google Store listing notes, “This optional accessory gives you a chance to join your Chromecast directly to your router to make a fast and reliable connection for your Chromecast.” The Ethernet adapter can be connected with the Chromecast through the included USB cable and run an Ethernet cable from the router to the power supply, and plug in.

Lenovo in May launched its own version of a media streaming gadget named Lenovo Cast, which could likewise mirror content from mobile gadgets to TV screens. The palm-sized hockey puck-shaped gadget was priced at $49 and would be available worldwide beginning August. The Lenovo Cast supports dual 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi network bands (yet not 802.11ac), which gives a range of approximately 20 meters and mirrors content from mobile gadgets to TV screens in 1080p resolution. The gadget features a single Micro-USB port, a Micro-HDMI port, and HDCP 2.0. It additionally supports HDMI 1.3. It has a diameter of 70mm, a height of 15mm, and weighs 50 grams. Aside from being able to stream media, the gadget likewise lets users easily mirror their cell phone’s display on the connected TV.

With 5GHz Wi-Fi, the Lenovo Cast had a few features over and above Google’s Chromecast dongle as of now in the market. In any case, Google is expected upon to launch the next-generation Chromecast or Chromecast 2 this year.

Source: NDTV Gadgets


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