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I have one of these and while others may think it's great in my experience it's a waste of money. I've yet been able to get it to work reliably no matter how close or far away from the router it is even setting it at the lowest resolution it's simply not usable at least in my experience.

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Just to give an opposing view to the above one, I thought I'd add that my girlfriend and I have 3 Chromecasts between us and we've used them regularly for the past 6 months with little to no issues. One was located on the same piece of furniture where the router was, the others were 1-2 rooms separated.

FWIW, mrsmoofy, have you tried using the HDMI extender the comes with the Chromecast? The packaging suggests it helps reception. Although 2 of my 3 did not have them and, again, no issues using them.

Your issue sounds like either a defective unit or something in settings somewhere. But I'm no expert.

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Staples also is showing them for $30 right now. If you received the 25% off coupon in your email you can pick one up in store for $22.50.

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@jayrod521: Thanks for the tip, I will give that a try (don't remember if I got that cord or not)

I've tried getting help from Google and they just offer the same help anyone can find and nothing works and they are not willing to accept that the unit might be defective and replace it.

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@cinoclav: The 25% off coupon from Staples is for "office supplies" and the fine print for which specifically excludes "Technology." So I doubt that you could use it on the Chromecast.

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@pearmaster: Wrong. Received a new coupon in my email today. 25% off any one item in store.

*Valid through 5/10/14 in Staples® U.S. stores only. Limit one coupon per customer. Cannot be combined with any other coupons. Discount applies to highest-priced item. Not valid on desktop or laptop computers, tablets, netbooks, Apple® products, Bose® products, Amazon Kindle®, NOOK®, Epson® ink and toner, custom printing orders placed online, gift cards, mobile phones and mobile phone services, Staples® EasyTech(sm) professional-grade and on-site services, depot repair and parts, phone cards or postage stamps. Each item purchased can only be discounted by one coupon, applied by cashier in the order received and prior to tax. Coupon not valid if purchased or sold and must be surrendered. No cash/credit back. Not valid on prior purchases or purchases made with Staples® Procurement or Convenience Cards.

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@cinoclav: I used to get good email offers and coupons like that from Staples all the time,then all of a sudden they stopped.
Any ideas how I can sign up for them again?

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I second Mrs. Moofy. I bought one of these and it was seriously flawed, did not stream for crap, the lag was horrendous and the picture sucked. I sold mine on ebay and bought a 20 foot HDMI from Amazon and just ran that to my laptop and boom no more problems.

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@mrsmoofy and @oldhess how are you using the chromecast? Using the chrome browser extension to mirror your desktop to the tv to stream? I have 2 Chromecasts on different levels of my house and sending netflix, hulu and youtube from my android phone/ipad works flawlessly. The picture is better than i could get from my cable company. Sounds like you are trying to use the device for something that is still in beta.

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@djnaz: I'm using chrome on my laptop to stream youtube and other videos (fox.com, hbogo.com etc) and can tell you it's pretty much un-watchable because of the lag and constant freezing even at it's lowest settings.

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@mrsmoofy: Hm, maybe an issue with your router? I use them in several rooms in my house and frequently take them over to friends and I've never had a single issue setting it up or getting good quality.

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@unibrow4o9: I wish it were that because I could fix that but I've tried several different routers as well as at different people's houses.

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I like it however it's annoying if I'm streaming from my phone it seems to constantly drain my phone battery.

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@mrsmoofy: It still sounds like you are trying to project the computer screen to the chromecast which takes a lot of resources. I have an Asus AC router running at 30mbps and an Asus gaming pc and when i try to share my chrome browser to my chromecast I get lag. I however get no lag when using a chromecast supported site. https://support.google.com/chromecast/answer/2998338?hl=en

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@cluvsjnk: Check your battery stats. You wont see any of the applications you are streaming to chromecast from your phone showing up there. When streaming a chromecast supported application the chromecast is the item streaming the video/music not the phone/tablet/pc.

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@mrsmoofy: Try this "Chromecast does NOT support Silverlight, so if you are running Silverlight, you need to disable it in your extensions in order to view your movies through tab casting. Go to your Chrome menu and choose "preferences", under preferences choose "extensions". If Silverlight is there, click to disable it. As stated earlier here, type the following into your Chrome browser address line (where you would otherwise put www.amazon.com):
CHROME://PLUGINS/

Then look for Silverlight in the list of plug-ins and check the box to disable Silverlight. Then close the Chrome browser and restart it. When you see it ask for you to install Silverlight, just below is the option to use Adobe Flash instead.
I've noticed a huge improvement in performance when streaming other sites from a tab as well, after having made this adjustment.

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@wfg280: Wish I could tell you. I rarely shop at Staples anymore so I'm not even sure why I'm getting them. Then again, maybe that's why. Could be an attempt at drawing me back in.