Cord Cutters: How to make your Chromecast work in a hotel room

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Hotel room TV services can be painful, slow and expensive. So why not just bring your Chromecast(s goog) adapter and stream all your Netflix(s nflx) or YouTube favorites? In this episode of our Cord Cutters show, we explain how to make Chromecast work in a hotel room.

Show notes for this episode:

  • The travel router shown in the video is the TP-Link TL-WR702N, which currently retails for around $20 online. More info on the router can be found on the TP-Link website.
  • For more Chromecast tips and tricks, check out this post.

Have you been using your Chromecast while traveling, or are you using other ways to watch Netflix in your hotel room? Share your experience in the comments below, get in touch with us on Twitter (@cordcutters) or check out our Google+ Cord Cutters community!

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tomcatoggo

Since last week I can confirm that the Asus WL-330N N150 can deal with the splash Screens… I stayed in a Hotel last week and it really did a great Job. I used it as a WiFi hotspot (using the Hotel Wifi) and could connect my phone and the chromecast with no problem. As it is a very small device that can additionally be powered via micro-USB, it is an almost perfect solution… not considering a chromecast being able to deal with that itself :)

Sam

The problem is when there is no wired internet and only Wireless internet (WiFi) is available. In those cases, one solution is to use the travel router in wireless repeater mode, but not all travel routers have that mode. Even if you are able to use repeater mode, routers don’t have browsers that can get you past the hotel splash page. My solution has been to convert WiFi into wired internet with a PC or Mac before it is fed into the travel router. I use internet sharing on my Macbook to forward WiFi through the Ethernet port. I then connect the Ethernet port to my travel router. I am able to get past the hotel splash page using the Macbook browser. Once that is working the travel router gets to the internet through the Macbook’s ethernet port and voila, all my devices can access the internet using the subnet on the travel router. Chromecast then works well with my iPad. It’s foolproof, but requires four devices. (1) laptop, (2) travel router (3) Chromecast (4) iPad. Fortunately, I carry all with me all the time.

Paul Underdown

It works fine at a hotel with a login page. Just tried this recently on a trip here in the U.S. Initial login was accomplished with a tablet or phone and from that point all the hotel saw was a single device being used(the travel router) I personally used the ZyXEL MWR102. No hiccups, it just worked.
Here is the link at Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/ZyXEL-Wireless-Pocket-Ethernet-MWR102/dp/B005WKIKA0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1400891306&sr=1-1&keywords=zyxel

Nice Workaround

It does work with the hotel’s login page. You just accept the terms as you normally would and browse away, it can’t tell which device/if you’re using multiple devices as the router is distributing your address.

Stan Ubeki

Verizon 4G data costs $20 per hour to stream HDTV. Far more than the hotel fee.

Russ

Retired & travel with wife so when WIFI & TV with HDMI
We use one cell as router, (with PdaNet+) the other to cast

Psss we use G+

stormborne

I use a Netgear Push2TV box and cast my screen from my Android tablet. Works with HBO GO, Xfinity Go, Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime streaming that I know of.

Eric

Ordered! I’m hoping that on my upcoming trip to France I can also connect via ethernet and have free wi-fi.

Bob

Are you saying that the ethernet ports in hotel rooms are not locked down and you can use them to get online without a captive portal?

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