Connect a Chromecast to a hotel TV

People who travel a lot know how variable the TV situation in the hotel can be. Whether you’re on the road for work or enjoying a relaxing holiday, it’s hard to predict what you’ll get when you turn on the hotel remote. Therefore, using Chromecast on hotel WiFi can be a life saver.

Read more: Everything you need to know about Chromecast with Google TV

If you’re already a Chromecast user, it’s pretty easy to throw your streaming dongle in your luggage to make sure you have access to all your favorite streaming apps and services when you check in. Now the question is what to do if you are having trouble setting up your Chromecast over hotel WiFi. We’ll show you how to set it up below.

Set up a Chromecast in your hotel

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I have definitely stayed in hotels with unlimited wifi. When you check in, you’re given a network name and password to use for the duration of your stay, and that’s it. It’s not universal, or even the norm, but it’s common enough that you find yourself in a situation where connecting your Chromecast to the hotel’s Wi-Fi is as easy as it is at home.

Using the Google Home app, tell the Chromecast to connect to the hotel’s Wi-Fi network and enter the password you’ve been given. As long as the internet speed is okay, you’re good to go. If you’ve already set up an older Chromecast on a different network, you may need to set it up again. Still in the app, just add the new device and network and you should be ready to watch.

See also: Set up a Chromecast with your phone

But many hotels add a few steps to connect to their Wi-Fi. You can choose the hotel network and you will be asked for your name, email address, room number, zip code or some other details. This isn’t a Chromecast-friendly approach to Wi-Fi, and it will take a little more work.

Going the wired route

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The easiest solution to a limited Wi-Fi connection is to go the wired route. You won’t be slowed down by connection prompts if you just go straight to the modem.

For this to work, you’ll need access to your room’s modem or router, as well as an Ethernet cable.

Once you connect your Chromecast to the hotel TV, connect it to the modem or router with an Ethernet cable. Then open your Google Home app and go through the default setup.

You can get the full rundown on how to do this from Google support if this is the route you want to go. If you’re already on site and don’t have an Ethernet cable or access to the hotel’s modem, don’t worry, we’ve got a few more tricks up your sleeve.

Using Chromecast with limited Wi-Fi in the hotel

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If you can’t go wired or just don’t want to, you can try creating a Wi-Fi hotspot from one of your devices. Some of the more complicated Wi-Fi logins will work fine with your phone or other mobile devices, but a Chromecast will activate and not connect directly. But it can connect to your device.

Follow these steps to turn your Android device into a personal wireless router. Open the Settings app, select Hotspot & tethering, then tap Wi-Fi hotspot.

Watch: How to Create a Mobile Hotspot on Android

There you can turn your hotspot on or off, and change the network name, security type, password, and more. Once your hotspot is enabled, you can connect your Chromecast to it as if it were a standard Wi-Fi connection. Just use the Google Home app and follow the steps to add a new network.

You can create hotspots on almost any mobile device. If your device does not have a hotspot function, you can also download a third-party app such as PdaNet+ and Portable Wi-Fi hotspot.

Here are a few easy solutions if you’re having trouble using your Chromecast with the hotel’s Wi-Fi. After all, just because you’re not at home doesn’t mean you should miss out on your Chromecast.


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