Google’s popular Chromecast has a new accessory for homes with no or limited Wi-Fi connectivity, and has already been sold out just within a few hours of its launch! The wired Ethernet adapter for Google Chromecast is a $15 device for homes with wired Internet connection or low Wi-Fi reception.
While Chromecast itself comes with built-in 2.4GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity support (it is a content streaming device that gives users access to Google Play apps library, and video streaming channels like Netflix, YouTube etc on TVs via HDMI), there are a lot of homes without a good Wi-Fi connection. The wired Ethernet adapter’s port ensures zero latency issues like stuttering videos and long buffering periods because of the convenience of a wired connection.
The adapter that looks like a mobile phone charger, comes with a USB cable to connect it to the Chromecast and can run an Ethernet cable from the router to the plug point. Setting it up is hassle-free; all you have to do is connect the right wires and plugs, sit back and let the Chromecast tap into your wired network rather than a flickering or non-existent Wi-Fi.
Here is a quick overview of the tech specs for the adapter:
- Ports and connectors: RJ-45 receptacle, USB micro-B plug, AC plug
- Connectivity/Network: 10/100 Ethernet
- Input: 110-240V AC 50/60Hz
- DC-Output: 5V DC, 850mA
The adapter is available for sale on the Google Play Store in the US but is currently out of stock with no news of when it might be replenished. The listing describes the device in the following words, “This optional accessory lets you connect your Chromecast directly to your router to create a fast and reliable connection for your Chromecast.”
Chromecast has been one of Google’s most popular product offerings with nearly 10 million sold last year. Developers have also leveraged its popularity by releasing over 2000 Google Cast ready apps till date. This year, at the Google I/O 2015, the company announced the second version of the Chromecast which is expected to debut sometime later this year.