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    *** Chromecast Tips ***

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    link .*** Chromecast Tips ***







    link .
    Chromecast Stick

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    link .
    Remote Control
    Any of the following devices can be used to control the Chromecast Stick.

    • Computers (see system requirements)
    • Android tablets.
    • Android Phones
    • iPads
    • iPhones
    • Android 2.3 (& higher)
    • iOS 6.0 (& higher)
    • Windows 7 (& higher)
    • Mac OS 10.7 (& higher)
    • Chrome OS (Chromebook Pixel on Chrome 28 (& higher)


    Notes,
    * all those devices can also be simultaneously used to control it.
    * the Remote Control Device can be free to be used for other task once it "cast" over to the Chromecast stick (as the stick streams directly from the cloud).
    * you may turn off the remote device while the stick is in the streaming mode.

    link .
    Initial Setup
    link .
    Connections
    1. Plug the Chromecast stick into an available HDMI port on the TV (AV receiver or HDMI-Switch box).
    2. Connect the USB Power cord.
    Notes,
    * Connect the USB Power cord to the Power adapter then plug it directly to wall outlet.
    * Plug the USB Power cord directly to the TV’s USB port.
    * you may use the HDMI extension if you’re unable to plug the stick directly to HDMI-inputs.
    * when plugging the Chromecast stick into an AV receiver, use the (provided) HDMI extension, that ‘d help to reduce heat (generated from the AVR) and improves WiFi signal strength.
    * important: don not use the TV's [service] USB port.
    link .
    Configuration

    link .
    via Computer:
    1. Make sure the Chromecast stick is plugged-in the TV (AV receiver or HDMI-Switch box) and the correct HDMI-input-source is selected (& all devices turned “On”).
    2. From your computer, Go to www.google.com/chromecast/setup
    3. Download & install the Chromecast setup …. (for your computer)
    4. Run the “Chromecast app” and follow the prompts …
    5. install "cast extension" add-on to Chrome.

    link .
    via Phone/Tablet:
    1. Make sure the Chromecast stick is plugged-in the TV (AV receiver or HDMI-Switch box) and the correct HDMI-input-source is selected (& all devices turned “On”).
    2. Form your Phone/Tablet, Go to https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...chromecast.app
    3. Download & install the Chromecast app …. (for your Phone/Tablet)
    4. Run the “Chromecast app” and follow the prompts …

    Notes,
    * the “Chromecast app” will setup the Wifi connection to the Chromecast stick.
    * the setup process requires the computer (with Chromecast app) to be on Wifi connection (not Ethernet), once the setup process is completed, the computer can be on Wifi or Ethernet connection.
    * (after initial setup) the Chromecast device will not be accessible from “Chromecast app” if the PC is connected to the network via Ethernet connection, however, the "Chromecast device" should be visible in the "Cast button" pull-down-menu.
    * important: do not uninstall the “Chromecast app” as you may needed to reboot/ factory reset Chromecast stick (or to setup/manage multiple sticks).

    link .
    WiFi
    Tip: PC must be on WiFi connection for initial setup. after that the PC can be switches back and forth between Ethernet or WiFi connections.
    Tip: make sure all devices are on the same network,
    i.e., not a Phone/Tablet on "guest network" and Chromecast stick on "primary network".

    Tip: if devices are not on the same network
    , the "Chromecast device" will not be visible in "Cast button" pull-down-menu.
    Tip: the Chromecast stick supports "Guest network", however if you choose to set it up (or re-configure it) on "Guest network", then re-configure your PC & tablets/phones to "Guest network".

    Tip:
    if you're unable to establish wireless connection with “WPA2”, set the “password length between 8 and 26 (max) printable alphabet letters (ASCII) characters (Uppercase & lowercase).

    Tip:
    if you're unable to establish wireless connection, disable "AP/Client Isolation" in the Router settings (if applicable).
    link .
    Tip: To check the status of Chromecast "wireless signal strength",
    - From Chromecast TV Home screen (located at lower left corner ...4 bars max) - if not shown? reboot Chromecast...
    notes,
    * changing Router/wifi channel from 'Auto' channel 6 or 11 may improve wifi signal strength.
    * using the (provided) HDMI extension ‘d help to reduce heat (generated from the TV/AVR) and improves WiFi signal strength.

    Tip: for international users, set channel (frequency) in router
    /AP between 1 ~ 11 (max).

    Tip: To find Chromecast stick "Mac Address",

    launch "Chromecast app" > its listed at the bottom of the second window.




    link .
    Apps/ Contents (currently available)
    • Netflix app
    • Youtube app
    • Google Play Music app
    • Google Play Movies & TV app
    • for more apps see this link

    note: make sure the above apps are updated to the latest versions before proceeding.

    link .
    Tip: (from a Phone/ Tablet) The"cast button" located at lower right corner (of the App) is for "Direct playback", tap it & select Chromecast (cast device) name to cast over the contents of that player. note this option supports 1080p video, 5.1 surround sound and (2 ch PCM) stereo sound (as it passes the video directly from the internet to the TV). an App with a "Direct playback button" is a (native) "Cast App" (e.g., Netflix app, Youtube app & Google play music/movies apps).
    Google Cast extension (Share content from Chrome to Cast devices)
    • Netflix website (Cast optimized site)
    • Youtube website (Cast optimized site)

    note: make sure the above websites are updated to the latest versions & Google Cast extension is installed before proceeding.

    link .
    Tip: (from a PC/ Computer) The"cast button" located at upper right corner (of the tab) is for "Tab Projection", click on it & select Chromecast (cast device) name to mirror over the contents of the Chrome Browser. note this option supports only 720p video and (2 ch PCM) stereo sound (as it first passes the video from the internet through the computer before going to the TV).

    link .
    Tip: (from a PC/ Computer) The"cast button" located at lower right corner (of the web player) is for "Direct playback", click on it & select Chromecast (cast device) name to cast over the contents of that player. note this option supports 1080p video, 5.1 surround sound and (2 ch PCM) stereo sound (as it passes the video directly from the internet to the TV). a web player with a "Direct playback button" is a "Cast optimized site" (e.g., Netflix site & Youtube site "Play On").



    link .
    "Tab Projection" (mirror) from Chrome to TV

    Minimum System Requirements Streaming Quality:
    High
    Streaming Quality:
    Standard
    Windows Vista
    Windows 7 & 8
    2nd-generation Core i5 (2GHz+),
    3rd/4th-generation Core i5 processor,
    (or equivalent)
    Core i3 (or equivalent)
    Apple OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 Macbook Pro 2011 (or newer)
    Macbook Air 2012 (or newer)
    Macbook Pro 2010
    Macbook Air 2011
    Chrome OS Chromebook Pixel
    Windows XP
    Linux
    not supported not supported

    Notes,
    * Google Cast extension is supported on Chrome 28 (or higher).
    * The streaming video may not work if the above system requirements are not met. However, projecting web pages, images and slideshows are possible.


    Tips
    link .
    Tip: to rename Chromecast stick
    (after setting up Chromecast),
    Open up setup app and select the device you wish to rename > labeled "Chromecast Name".

    link .
    Tip: to switch from Flash mode to HTML5 mode (while casting a video from YouTube via chrome),
    1. Select the large-square @ the lower-right corner of the screen
    2. Select where to play … choose (Chromecast device name)

    link .
    Tip: The Chromecast stick may stream a video (& continue streaming) while the TV is on a different hdmi-input (port), if HDMI-CEC is disabled on the TV (& the AV receiver).
    Notes
    * if HDMI-CEC is enabled on the TV (& the AV receiver), when selecting the “Cast button”, the Chromecast stick will (turn TV "On") and auto switch hdmi-input (port).
    * to enable HDMI-CEC in TVs & AV receivers - see this link

    link .
    Tip: You can cast from a PC via Ethernet connection,

    after Chromecast stick is setup via WiFi connection,
    • Switch the PC to Ethernet connection, the "Chromecast device" should be visible in (Chrome) "Cast button" pull-down-menu.
    Notes,
    * you can switch back and forth between Ethernet & WiFi connection.
    * to use Chromecast app, PC needs to be on WiFi connection.
    * make sure the PC is connected to the same network as the chromecast stick (was initially setup).


    link .
    Tip: Chrome Cast (video/ audio) issues,
    check if a double “Flash Player” versions exist in Chrome. if so, switch to the embedded Flash Player plug-in (type chrome:plugins > enter > click Details (@ upper right) > disable both Flash plug-in > enable the embedded Flash plug-in (top one) > exit/quit Chrome to reset it).
    or, install “Chrome 30 beta” & try it.

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    Video quality

    link .
    Tip: How to reduce video projection quality (bitrate)?

    1. select "cast button" (on the right upper corner of the screen)
    2. select "Options" (from the pull-down menu)
    3. select "Extreme 720p", "High 720p" or "Standard 480p"

    or

    link .
    Updates

    The Chromecast stick gets auto updates OTA.

    notes: the stick was released with firmware version build: "12072".

    link .
    Tip: to check Chromecast stick firmware version (Build) number,
    launch Chromecast app on Phone, Tablet or computer. version number "build: xxxxx" shuld display at the bottom of the window.




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    note: * right-click on "link" to copy that link location




    hope that helps...



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    Last edited by revue5; 04-22-2014 at 04:16 PM.
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    Chromecast Tips - page 2

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    link .
    Apps



    link .
    Netflix

    Netflix supports streaming of available HD contents in 1080P / 5.1 surround Sound in Dolby Digital Plus (5.1DD+).

    Notes,
    * some available Netflix HD [5.1] audio contents output are in 5.1 surround sound.
    * most of Netflix audio contents are in stereo sound
    * Netflix 'HD' video 1080p bitrate @ 4800 kbps & audio DD+ bitrate @ 384 kbps.
    * Netflix 'Super HD' video 1080p bitrate up to 5800 kbps (max) - see this link

    link .
    Netflix audio settings
    link .
    Netflix audio on a tablet

    1. select Audio&Subtitles button
    2. select “Dolby Digital Plus” or "Stereo"
    Notes:
    * for 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus, connect the Chromecast stick directly into an AV receiver capable of decoding Dolby Digital Plus.
    * unless the CC is connected to an AVR capable of decoding DD+, “Dolby Digital Plus” option won’t be visible in Netflix audio menu (when streaming 5.1 contents).
    * reboot CC whenever you plug it into another device (apparently it retains EDIDs).



    link .
    Netflix audio on a PC
    1. select Audio&Subtitles button
    2. Tap on Audio Digital Plus
    3. select “Dolby Digital Plus” or "Stereo"
    Notes:
    * for 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus, connect the Chromecast stick directly into an AV receiver capable of decoding Dolby Digital Plus.
    * unless the CC is connected to an AVR capable of decoding DD+, “Dolby Digital Plus” option won’t be visible in Netflix audio menu (when streaming 5.1 contents).
    * reboot CC whenever you plug it into another device (apparently it retains EDIDs).
    link .
    Tip: If the connected AV receiver
    (or HTS audio system) is not capable of decoding 5.1Dolby Digital Plus (5.1DD+), emulated 5.1 surround sound can be reproduced from Netflix Stereo (2ch PCM),
    1. Select “Stereo” from Netflix "Audio & Subtitles" menu.
    2. From AV receiver's (or HTS audio system)“Audio settings menu” select “Dolby Pro-Logic II”, Neo:6 Cinema, Digital Cinema Sound (DCS), Natural Plus Sound, etc... - (check AVR/HTS owner’s guide for audio reproduction options).

    link .
    Tip: when plugging the Chromecast stick into an AV receiver,
    use the (provided) HDMI extension, that ‘d help to reduce heat (generated from the AVR) and improves WiFi signal strength.

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    link .
    Tip: The Chromecast stick may stream a video (& continue streaming) while the TV is on a different hdmi-input (port), if HDMI-CEC is disabled on the TV (& the AV receiver).
    Notes
    * if HDMI-CEC is enabled on the TV (& the AV receiver), when selecting the “Cast button”, the Chromecast stick will auto switch hdmi-input (port).
    * to enable HDMI-CEC in TVs & AV receivers - see this link
    link .
    Tip: (from a phone/ tablet) The"cast button" located at lower right corner (of the App) is the "Direct playback button", tap it & select Chromecast (cast device) name to cast over the contents of that player.
    note: this option supports 1080p video, 5.1 surround sound and (2 ch PCM) stereo sound (as it passes the video directly from the internet to the TV). an App with a "Direct playback button" is a (native) "Cast App" (e.g., Netflix app, Youtube app & Google play music/movies apps).

    link .
    Tip: (from a PC/ Computer) The"cast button" located at lower right corner (of the web player) is for "Direct playback", click on it & select Chromecast (cast device) name to cast over the contents of that player.
    note: this option supports 1080p video, 5.1 surround sound and (2 ch PCM) stereo sound (as it passes the video directly from the internet to the TV). a web player with a "Direct playback button" is a "Cast optimized site" (e.g., Netflix site & Youtube site "Play On").
    .
    Tip: For "Tab Projection"/ Mirror see this link

    link .
    Tip: Chromecast supports Netflix “Super HD” titles (via phones, tables & computrs). To test it, stream this title “Example Short 23.976”, on-screen bitrate should reach 4300/5800 Kbps.
    Notes,
    * you may stream the above Example several times to make sure.
    * the highest "Super HD" bitrate requires 7~ 8Mbps download speed.




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    Netflix issues,
    link .
    Tip: Deactivate/activate Netflix from all your devices,
    1. Go to www.netflix.com
    2. Login to your Account >"Your Account" > "Sign out of all devices” > Deactivate
    3. Reboot Chromecast stick
    4. Re-link (sign-in) each device to Netflix account.
    Notes,
    * the above action will require to re-link back all your devices to your "Netflix account" (netflix no longer support a single device unlink).
    * it's important (at this time) to change your (netflix acc) password in order prevent unknown devices from login (each acc allows only certin number of devices).


    link .
    Tip: To Check stream birate
    Stream this Netflix Example short video (several times, 3min each) & check birate.



    link .
    Tip: For WiFi Connection drop issues,
    • Reboot Modem & Router - (disconnect Chromecast from power .... reboot Modem first, wait few minutes… then Router second, wait few minutes ... re-connect Chromecast power)... after reboot ...
    • Change Router channel /frequency.
    • Connect directly to a modem – bypass the Router.
    • Try changing DNS in Router - to Google DNS ( 8.8.8.8 ) or open DNS ( 208.67.222.222 ) – this option is for advance users.

    if not,

    link .
    try reboot/reset Chromecast stick

    Tip: Reboot Chromecast stickSee this link

    Tip: To Performa Factory-ResetSee this link

    Tip: Reset all A/V & network connected device - See this link

    .


    link .
    Change “Netflix Video Quality”:

    Tip: Adjust/Manage Netflix Video Quality,


    1. Go to www.netflix.com
    2. Sign-in into your Netflix Account.
    3. Select “Your account".
    4. Click “Manage video quality”.
    5. Select "AUTO", "HIGH, "MEDIUM" or "LOW" for settings
    6. Allow 10min for settings to take effect.


    Previous Netflix Video Quality:

    "Good"
    One hour of streaming SD content
    0.3 GBytes
    SD only
    "Better" One hour of streaming SD content
    0.7 GBytes SD only
    "Best" One hour of streaming SD content 1.0 GBytes HD / SD
    "Best" One hour of streaming HD content 2.4 GBytes HD / SD
    Notes,
    The above numbers are based on approximate calculation of Netflix’s Max bitrate - Example: when quality is set to “Best” & streaming HD content in 1080p/5.1DD+ > One hour of usage = 2.4 GBytes (approximately) – calculation > One hour (video) content 3600sec 0.6MB/s = 2160 MB = 2.2GB - One hour (audio) content 3600sec 0.0475MB/s = 171 MB = 0.2GB - Internet speeds in bits per second - File sizes in bytes - 1 Byte = 8 bits - 1 GigaByte (GB) = 8 Gigabits (Gb).
    More info,
    “Best” HD @ Max bitrate (video) 4.8Mbps = 0.6MB/s & @Max bitrate (audio) 384Mbps = 0.05MB/s – “Best” SD @Max bitrate (video) 2.2Mbps = 0.3MB/s & @Max bitrate (audio) 192Mbps = 0.02MB/s - “Better” SD @Max bitrate (video) 1.3 Mbps = 0.2MB/s & @Max bitrate (audio) 192Mbps = 0.02MB/s - “Good” SD @Max bitrate (video) 0.625 Mbps = 0.08MB/s & @Max bitrate (audio) 64Mbps = 0.01MB/s.


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    link .
    YouTube
    link .
    Tip: (from a phone/ tablet) The"cast button" located at lower right corner (of the App) is for "Direct playback" tap it & select Chromecast (cast device) name to cast over the contents of that player.
    Note, this option supports 1080p video and (2 ch PCM) stereo sound (as it passes the video directly from the internet to the TV). an App with a "Direct playback button" is a (native) "Cast App" (e.g., Netflix app, Youtube app & Google play music/movies apps).

    link .
    Tip: (from a PC/ Computer) The"cast button" located at lower right corner (of the web player) is for "Direct playback", click on it & select Chromecast (cast device) name to cast over the contents of that player.
    Note, this option supports 1080p video and (2 ch PCM) stereo sound (as it passes the video directly from the internet to the TV). a web player with a "Direct playback button" is a "Cast optimized site" (e.g., Youtube site & Netflix site "Play On").

    Tip: For "Tab Projection"/ Mirror see this link







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    Chromecast Tips - page 3

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    link .
    HDMI-CEC
    link .
    Tip: Chromecast stick supports HDMI-CEC (e.g., BRAVIA Sync, Anynet+, VIERA Link, SIMPLINK, RIHD, ...etc).


    link .
    Tip: The Chromecast stick may stream a video (& continue streaming) while the TV is on a different hdmi-input (port), if HDMI-CEC is disabled on the TV (& the AV receiver).
    Notes
    * if HDMI-CEC is enabled on the TV (& the AV receiver), when selecting the “Cast button”, the Chromecast stick will auto switch hdmi-input (port).
    * to enable HDMI-CEC in TVs & AV receivers - see below..


    link .
    Tip: Enabling HDMI-CEC on your TV or AV receiver (using the TV remote control),
    • To control, turn Off, change volume & auto change input to HDMI connected devices via the TV remote control - Enable HDMI-CEC in “TV-set”, “AV Receiver”, BDP & STB and also enable the option for [TV Auto Power Off] (if applicable).

    e.g.,
    Sony TV, Home > Tool-Box > Channels & Inputs > HDMI settings > Control for HDMI: On Home > Tool-Box > Channels & Inputs > HDMI settings > Device Auto Power Off: On Home > Tool-Box > Channels & Inputs > HDMI settings > TV Auto Power On: On Home > Tool-Box > Channels & Inputs > HDMI settings > Device List (to verify connection/devices)

    Samsung TV, Applications > Anynet + (HDMI-CEC) > Setup > Anynet + (HDMI-CEC) : On > Auto Turn Off : Yes Applications > Anynet + (HDMI-CEC) > Device List (to verify connection/devices)

    LG TV, Menu > Option > SIMPLINK > Off

    Sony AV Receiver, Menu > Video > Control for HDMI > CTRL On

    Yamaha AV Receiver, Menu > Setup > HDMI > Control HDMI > On

    link .
    Notes,
    * Every time HDMI settings changes are made, reboot all HDMI connected devices in order for the new settings to take effect, (unplugging/re-plugging power cords for few minutes maybe needed).
    * When HDMI cables are un-plugged/plugged, reboot all HDMI connected devices to re-link HDMI connections, (unplugging/re-plugging power cords for few minutes maybe needed).
    * Refer to TV & AV Receiver Owner’s Guide (manual) for how to enable HDMI-CEC e.g., Sony [Control for HDMI], Samsung [AnyNet+], Panasonic [VIERA Link], [RIHD], Yamaha [CEC], & [others].
    * If the TV and (or) the AVR support HDMI-CEC and made by the same manufacturer, more control options/functions maybe available.
    * Proper linked operations are not guaranteed to synchronize if the HDMI connected devices are not supported by the manufacturer.


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    Troubleshooting
    link .
    Tip: To Reboot Chromecast stick (hardware “reboot”, not a factory reset),
    • Unplug Power cord, (wait 30 sec.) re-plug it (then allow it to go through it's full reboot cycle)
    • Or, unplug (disconnect) Power cord, HDMI cables (if applicable) & any USB device - Wait 15 min before re-connect.

    Tip: To Reboot Chromecast stick (software “reboot”, not a factory reset),
    1. Run the Setup app from a computer
    2. Click on the Settings icon
    3. Click on Reboot 4. Click 'Reboot'
    Notes, * after reboot, always allow the stick to go through it's full reboot cycle. * if you see grey exclamation mark error screen, (that’s a recovery mode), reboot agian and allow the stick to go through it's full reboot cycle.
    link .
    Tip: To Perform a Factory-Reset (Factory Data Reset),

    Factory-reset (via hardware), Hold down the button on the Chromecast stick for 30 seconds … (until device reboots).

    Factory-reset (via software),
    1. From the Chromecast app (on a computer or phone/tablet)
    2. Click on the Settings icon
    3. Click on Factory Reset
    4. Click 'Reset'

    Notes,
    * Factory-Reset will erase all data/settings and returns the device to its original factory settings.
    * Reset entire system to initial factory default settings, erasing all data. * All non-default installed apps will be lost.
    * Disconnect any USB device before performing a Factory-Reset.


    Tip: Power Chromecast via
    (included) 'USB Power Adapter' (wall AC adapter) - not via TV or AVR usb ports (if applicable).


    link .
    A/V & network issues,
    link .
    Tip: Resetting all A/V & network connected devices, • Perform the following steps in the same exact order,
    1. Turn “OFF” all connected devices (TV, AVR, BDP, DVD, STBs & Modem & Router) (if power switch is applicable).
    2. Unplug power cord from Chromecast stick, TV, AVR, BDP, DVD, STBs, Modem & Router.
    3. Turn Off "Ethernet switch" (if in use).
    4. Disconnect any USB device from all devices.
    5. Unplug HDMI cables from all connected Devices (Chromecast stick, TV, AVR, BDP, DVD & STBs).
    6. Wait 5 min.
    7. Re-Plug power cord to Modem - wait 5 min. (till fully restart)
    8. Re-Plug power cord to Router - wait 5 min. (till fully restart)
    9. Turn On "Ethernet switch" (if in use).
    10. Re-Plug power cord to Chromecast stick - wait 5 min. (till fully restart)
    11. If the TV status-light still “On” wait until it goes “OFF”.
    12. Re-plug the HDMI cables to all devices (Chromecast stick, TV, AVR, BDP/DVD & STBs).
    13. Re-Plug power cord to all devices (Chromecast stick, TV, AVR, BDP/DVD & STBs).
    14. Turn “On” all connected devices.
    Notes,
    * Turn "OFF" Power-strip (if in use) instead of Unplugging Power cords (except for Modem & Router).
    * If TV is turned “On”, turn it “Off” first before unplugging its power cord; some TV’s status-light (red power light) may go “Off” immediately once its power cord is unplugged while the TV is still turned “On”.

    link .
    HDMI handshake

    Tip: HDMI handshake issues - HDCP issues, Black Screen - Green Screen -Purple Screen – Blue Screen – Pink Screen - Audio without Video - Video without Audio - "No signal" message.

    Try the following:
    • Plug Chromecast stick in a different HDMI-input.
    • Change HDMI cables (if applicable). • Swap HDMI cable ends (if applicable)..
    • Cycle between HDMI inputs. •
    Replace HDMI cables (if applicable) with “High-speed HDMI cables” See this link .

    • If not, Perform the follow:
    1. Turn “OFF” All connected devices and unplug Power cords then Chromecast stick (& HDMI cables if applicable).
    2. Remove all USB devices from all connected devices.
    3. Wait 10 min (if the TV status-light still “On” wait until it goes “OFF”).
    4. First re-plug the Chromecast stick (& HDMI cables if applicable) followed by the Power cords.
    5. First turn On TV, wait 30 sec,
    6. Turn “On” AVR (if if applicable)
    • If an AV Receiver (AMP) is connected – see the following links:

    - To prevent Handshake (HDCP) interference … See this link .
    - For AV Receivers menu-settings-changes to take effect …. See this link .

    Notes,
    * Check TV & AV Receiver Owner’s Guide (manual) for HDMI-Cable-Specs requirement.
    * Replace HDMI cables with “High-speed HDMI cables” See this link .


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    link .
    IF your Chromecast stick is connected to an AV receiver (or a HDMI switch box) – read the following ….

    Chromecast stick via AV receiver

    Tip: when plugging the Chromecast stick into an AV receiver,
    use the (provided) HDMI extension, that ‘d help to reduce heat (generated from the AVR) and improves WiFi signal strength.


    Tip: The Chromecast stick may stream a video (& continue streaming) while the TV is on a different hdmi-input (port), if HDMI-CEC is disabled on the TV (& the AV receiver).
    Notes
    * if HDMI-CEC is enabled on the TV (& the AV receiver), when selecting the “Cast button”, the Chromecast stick will auto switch hdmi-input (port).
    * to enable HDMI-CEC in TVs & AV receivers - see this link

    Notes,
    * for Netflix 5.1 & Stereo audio settings - see this link
    * for 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus, connect the Chromecast stick directly into an AV receiver capable of decoding Dolby Digital Plus.
    * unless the CC is connected to an AVR capable of decoding DD+, “Dolby Digital Plus” option won’t be visible in Netflix audio menu (when streaming 5.1 contents).
    * reboot CC whenever you plug it into another device (apparently it retains EDIDs).



    link .
    AV Receivers - Video
    link .
    Tip: Yamaha AV receiver – Video issues,
    From on screen Menu > Setup > Video > Processing > "OFF" (or "ON")

    link .
    Tip: Yamaha AV receiver – Video Aspect settings,
    • From on screen Menu > Setup > Video > Processing > ON (hit Ok) > Resolution >Through (not Auto)
    • set Aspect > Through / 16:9 Normal

    link .
    Tip: Onkyo AV receiver – Video issues,
    • From On-Screen menu > Source Setup > Picture Adjust > Picture Mode - Set to ‘DIRECT’ (not to AUTO).

    link .
    Tip: Marantz AV receiver – Video issues,
    • Set the follow in menu settings,
    • VIDEO SETUP > HDMI OUT: OUTPUT1
    • VIDEO SETUP > TV-AUTO: DISABLE
    • VIDEO SETUP > OSD INFO: ENABLE
    • VIDEO SETUP > I/P CONVERT: DISABLE
    • VIDEO CONVERT > TV: OFF

    link .
    Tip: Harman & kardon AV receiver – Video issues,
    Disable AVR Video up-scaling & pass video signal directly to the TV:
    - Press the front-panel (or from the remote) [Video Modes] button,
    Set “Video Modes” > off (note: with off, that will still do minimum video processing , perform next step)
    - Bypass AVR video processing:
    Press the front-panel “Info Settings” Button
    From “Info Settings” menu select “HDMI Bypass mode”
    note: the above changes, apply to each avr input independently.



    link .
    Notes,
    * HDMI-menu-settings-changes in AV Receivers will only take effect after disconnecting 'AVR & all HDMI connected devices' from their power outlet (or by turning off the power-strip if is in-use).
    Make sure to perform one or all the follow:
    • Unplug Power cords from all connected devices, wait 10 min (if the TV status-light still “On” wait until it goes “OFF”) before re-plugging Power cords. (you may turn off power-strip (if in use) instead of unplugging power cords).
    • Turn OFF & disconnect Power cords & HDMI cables from all connected devices (recommended) See this link
    * Turning a device “Off”/“On” may not accomplish the above task because most of devices may go into a “standby mode” when turned “off”.

    link .
    AV receiver audio, Generic Notes,
    • To prevent Handshake (HDCP) interference when multiple devices are connected to the AV receiver, Turn “OFF” power to unused devices - especially before switching HDMI-input (if “on/off” applicable) – program the IR commands in universal remote control (if in-use).
    • All devices connected to the AVR via HDMI must be HDCP-compliant.
    • Disable [Control for HDMI], [AnyNet+], [CEC], [RIHD], [others] & disable [TV OFF option] in TV, AV Receiver, BDP & STBs settings and in all HDMI connected devices - since proper linked operations are not guaranteed (unless all HDMI connected devices made & supported by the same manufacturer).
    • Set the AV receiver to standby then disconnect power cord before disconnecting or connecting cables (specially HDMI cables) to prevent equipment damage.
    • When [ON/STANDBY] button is pressed to select “Standby mode” the AVR does not fully disconnect from Power.
    • Keep A/V cables away from power cords and speaker cables (to prevent interference).

    FYI, The AV Receivers (AVR) tips are just few DIY suggestions, however, duo to the complicity & involvement of the AVR equipments, it’s suggested to seek professional AVR assistance (for installation, consult AVR specialist/ Geek Squad/ etc

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    link .
    AV Receivers - Audio
    link .
    Tip: Sony AV receiver - NO surround Sound,
    From menu settings set “AUDIO FOR HDMI” to “AMP” (not to “TV+AMP”).
    Notes,
    * The Sony SS-370 supports “System Audio Control” which is different from most of Sony AVRs. (has no “AMP” or “TV+AMP”" settings) – the “System Audio Control” function is based on TV “On” first before AVR “On” (for 2 channels PCM /multi channels/bitstream) - also make sure HDMI-CEC (or BRAVIA Sync) is set accordingly (if applicable) – or ask for advice.

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    Tip: Yamaha AV receiver - NO Sound – NO surround Sound,
    • From on screen Menu > Setup > HDMI > Audio Output > Amp > ON
    • Press [STRAIGHT] button on remote to enable Straight decode mode (for surround Sound Straight decoding).

    link .
    Tip: Herman/ Kardon AV receiver - NO surround Sound,
    Press [Surround Modes] button on remote to change to “Auto Select” then Press the [OK] Button.

    link .
    Tip: Pioneer AV receiver - NO surround Sound,
    • Press [S.DIRECT] button on your AVR remote and select ‘AUTO SURROUND’.
    • Press [SIGNAL SEL] button on your AVR remote to switch to Auto /HDMI (not PCM).
    • From your AVR - AV Parameter Settings menu set HDMI to [AMP] - NOT [THROUGH] - ( the Audio should come only out of the AVR not the TV).
    • You may Press [SB ch] button on your AVR remote and select ‘SB ch OFF’ (for 5.1 Max) – (‘SB ch ON' for 6.1/7.1)

    link .
    Tip: Denon AV receiver - surround sound/ sound issues,
    • From AVR remote control, set ‘Direct listening mode’ to [DIRECT].
    • From the AVR ‘System Setup’ press [AMP] > [MENU] > HDMI Audio Out > set to “AMP” ( Not “TV”).
    • From the AVR ‘System Setup’ press [AMP] > [MENU] > Auto Surround > set to “ON” (Not “OFF”).

    link .
    Tip: Marantz AV receiver - surround sound/ sound issues,
    • Press “PURE DIRECT” toggle button on the Front-Panel and select “SOURCE DIRECT”.
    • Set the follow in menu settings,
    • INPUT SETUP > “5.1CH” (not “7.1CH”) - disable SL & SR speakers (if in use).
    • INPUT SETUP > TV: HDMI, mapped to HDMI 1.
    • PREFERENCE > HDMI AUDIO: “ENABLE”.
    • ACOUSTIC EQ > EQ MODE: OFF.
    Note: In some cases you may change “SOURCE DIRECT” to “Auto” Surround Mode, by Pressing “Auto” button on the Front-Panel.

    link .
    Tip: Home Theater Systems (HTS) - surround sound/ sound issues,
    * Most of Home Theater Systems (HTS) with built-in “Blu-ray Disc player” (HTS Combo - HTS all-in-one) may Not process Dolby Digital Plus (DD+) when Chromecast is connected to the HTS “HDMI-input” (even if the specifications of the HTS lists DD+ as supported). Generally, DD+ decoding on these units applies only to “Blu-ray Disc” playback audio tracks, "Native/Smart Apps", Network” and/or "HDMI-out" (but not "HDMI-input") - see HTS example




    link .
    Notes,
    * HDMI-menu-settings-changes in AV Receivers will only take effect after disconnecting 'AVR & all HDMI connected devices' from their power outlet (or by turning off the power-strip if is in-use).
    Make sure to perform one or all the follow:
    • Unplug Power cords from all connected devices, wait 10 min (if the TV status-light still “On” wait until it goes “OFF”) before re-plugging Power cords. (you may turn off power-strip (if in use) instead of unplugging power cords).
    • Turn OFF & disconnect Power cords & HDMI cables from all connected devices (recommended) See this link
    * Turning a device “Off”/“On” may not accomplish the above task because most of devices may go into a “standby mode” when turned “off”.

    link .
    AV receiver audio, Generic Notes,
    • To prevent Handshake (HDCP) interference when multiple devices are connected to the AV receiver, Turn “OFF” power to unused devices - especially before switching HDMI-input (if “on/off” applicable) – program the IR commands in universal remote control (if in-use).
    • All devices connected to the AVR via HDMI must be HDCP-compliant.
    • Disable [Control for HDMI], [AnyNet+], [CEC], [RIHD], [others] & disable [TV OFF option] in TV, AV Receiver, BDP & STBs settings and in all HDMI connected devices - since proper linked operations are not guaranteed (unless all HDMI connected devices made & supported by the same manufacturer).
    • Set the AV receiver to standby then disconnect power cord before disconnecting or connecting cables (specially HDMI cables) to prevent equipment damage.
    • When [ON/STANDBY] button is pressed to select “Standby mode” the AVR does not fully disconnect from Power.
    • Keep A/V cables away from power cords and speaker cables (to prevent interference).
    FYI, The AV Receivers (AVR) tips are just few DIY suggestions, however, duo to the complicity & involvement of the AVR equipments, it’s suggested to seek professional AVR assistance (for installation, consult AVR specialist/ Geek Squad/ etc


    link .
    Audio & notes
    link .
    * Most of Home Theater Systems (HTS) with built-in “Blu-ray Disc player” (HTS Combo - HTS all-in-one) may not decode Dolby Digital Plus (DD+) when Chromecast is connected to the HTS “HDMI-input” (even if the specifications of the HTS lists DD+ as supported). Generally, DD+ decoding on these units applies only to “Blu-ray Disc” playback audio tracks, "Native/Smart Apps", Network” and/or "HDMI-out" (but not "HDMI-input"). ... see this link

    link .
    If the connected AV receiver (or HTS audio system) do not decode 5.1Dolby Digital Plus (5.1DD+), a simulated Surround Sound maybe reproduced from Stereo (2ch PCM) e.g.,“Dolby Pro-Logic II”, Neo:6 Cinema, Digital Cinema Sound (DCS), Natural Plus Sound, etc... (check AVR/HTS owner’s guide).


    link .
    Passing through “Dolby Digital” (legacy) via TV Audio Digital-Out jack:
    (connect a TV to AV receiver , HTS Sound System or Soundbar via Optical/Coaxial Digital Audio cable)
    If Chromecast is connected to the TV via HDMI and the TV supports ‘Dolby Digital’ from Audio Digital Out jack. …(check TV owner's Guide).
    * The TV will take the 5.1 Dolby Digital legacy (if applicable) from HDMI-in and send it down the optical out.
    * Some TV’s may only output ‘5.1 Dolby Digital’ if the audio source is from OTA signal (but not from TV HDMI-in).
    * Most TVs will NOT take the 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus (e.g., Netflix app) from TV HDMI-in and send it down the optical out (but they can send Stereo instead).
    * Few newer TV’s may pass-through or decode Dolby Digital Plus.

    link .
    ARC (Audio Return Channel) & TV Audio Digital Out Over HDMI:
    * “ARC” in short means using the same HDMI cable between TV and HTS/AVR to transmit Audio signal.
    * “ARC” maybe useful when HTS/AVR Sound System has limited number of HDMI inputs, in that case the HTS/AVR HDMI-output will receive Audio from TV HDMI-input (over the same cable).
    * If Chromecast is connected to the TV via HDMI-input and the TV supports ‘ARC’ over HDMI INPUT jack and the TV is connected to HTS supports ‘ARC’ over HDMI-OUTPUT jack,
    * Most TV may not take the 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus (e.g., Netflix app) from Chromecast’s HDMI and send it over the same Cable.
    * Both TV and HTS/AVR must support ‘ARC” (check owner’s Guide).
    * "ARC” may only support Stereo (2 ch PCM).
    * Some TV’s may only pass ‘5.1 Dolby Digital’ if the audio source is from OTA signal (signal).
    * Some TV’s may pass-through or decode Dolby Digital.
    * Few newer TV’s may pass-through or decode Dolby Digital Plus.
    * An AV receiver with Dolby Digital support is required (via HDMI-in/out) - (if the TV does not pass-through or decode Dolby Digital).
    * "ARC” acts as Audio Digital Out instead of plugging Optical/Coaxial cable.

    ARC notes,
    *ARC/hdmi uses S/PDIF protocol (same as optical/coaxial audio) that’s limited to DD, DTS & PCM (no DD+ or HD audio).
    * Its recommended to use “High speed HDMI cable with Ethernet” with ARC connections to ensure pin 14, 17 &19 are wired.
    ARC uses pin 14, 17 &19 - pin 14 in “HDMI1.3 specs & earlier versions had the wire but was reserved/unused in earlier devices.
    In “High Speed HDMI cables with Ethernet” (defined by “HDMI 1.4 Spec) the wires are modified for (pin14,17&19) to handle additional throughput.
    Fyi, ARC and Ethernet channel use the same pins (pin 14, 17&19) carrying ARC and ethernet signals simultaneously in differential mode on the HEAC-(pin19) and HEAC+(pin14) conductors (relative to ground HEC/pin17).
    (non-certified cables may not support ARC by not including all 19 wires, specially the wire to pin#14, as some non-license cable manufacturer try to cut cost) see this link
    * To enable ARC, HDMI-CEC must also be enabled. Proper linked operations are not guaranteed to synchronize if the HDMI connected devices are not supported by the manufacturer.



    link .
    HTS example
    * Most of Home Theater Systems (HTS) with built-in “Blu-ray Disc player” (HTS Combo - HTS all-in-one) may not decode Dolby Digital Plus (DD+) when Chromecast is connected to the HTS “HDMI-input” (even if the specifications of the HTS lists DD+ as supported). Generally, DD+ decoding on these units applies only to “Blu-ray Disc” playback audio tracks, "Native/Smart Apps", Network” and/or "HDMI-out" (but not "HDMI-input").


    HTS (Sony BDV-T79)

    In “Audio Format”, the specs don not list “Dolby Digital Plus”(DD+) decoding limitation via hdmi-in. But, the manual clearly shows DD+ is unsupported via hdmi-in.
    In “HDMI Audio” (referring to hdmi-out) the specs list “Dolby Digital Plus”(DD+) bit-stream (pass-through) via hdmi-out, but fails to mention that this limited to only BD soundtracks (or smart app/network, if applicable). But, the manual clearly shows DD+ is unsupported via HDMI-in.

    Though bit-stream advanve/hd audio via hdmi-out is useless when an external player is connected via hdmi-in, this info maybe helpful to those ‘d like to plug the HTS into an AV receiver (& use it as just BD player).

    note: other HTS may not even list (hdmi-in) “supported audio format” in the manual.

    In short, (as HTS specs can be misleading) this (& most) HTS may only support Chromecast “2-ch PCM” via hdmi-in.
    (that means, no DD+ via hdmi-in).



    link .
    Surround Sound Decoders
    For Chromecast (true) surround sound audio signal in “Dolby Digital” (DD) and “Dolby Digital Plus” (5.1DD+).
    * Chromecast also output stereo sound audio signal in 2-ch PCM.
    * Chromecast only passes through audio signals (without decode, convert, re-encode or transcode) .... e.g., “Dolby Digital” (DD) and “Dolby Digital Plus” (5.1DD+).


    link .
    5.1 surround sound

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    AV Receiver

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    5.1 speakers

    * 2 additional speakers can be added if the AVR supports 7.1 channels
    * 1 additional subwoofer can be added if the AVR supports 7.2 channels

    Chromecast > AV Receiver > HDMI > TV ................ (audio/video)

    AV Receiver (AVR) for 5.1/7.1 surround sound decodes “Dolby Digital” (DD) and “Dolby Digital Plus”* (5.1DD+ /7.1DD+).
    * AVR also supports stereo sound (2ch PCM).
    * check AV receiver specs for “Dolby Digital Plus” (DD+) decoding via hdmi-in.

    link .
    Home Theater System (HTS)

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    Chromecast > HTS > HDMI > TV ................ (audio/video)
    or,
    Chromecast > TV ................ (video)
    TV > Optical > AV Receiver ……… (audio)

    Home Theater System (HTS) for 5.1 surround sound decodes “Dolby Digital” (DD).
    * HTS also supports stereo sound (2ch PCM).
    * HTS may not decode “Dolby Digital Plus” (DD+) - see HTS example
    * HTS specs may list “Dolby Digital Plus” (DD+) decoding, however the specs may not specify hdmi-in (or BD only).

    link .
    Soundbar

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    Chromecast > HTS > HDMI > TV ................ (audio/video)
    or,
    Chromecast> HDMI > TV ................ (video)
    TV > Optical > AV Receiver ……… (audio)

    Soundbar for 5.1 surround sound in “Dolby Digital” (DD)
    * Soundbar also supports stereo sound (2ch PCM)
    * Most Soundbars do not decode “Dolby Digital Plus” (DD+)
    * Some newer Soundbars decode “Dolby Digital Plus” (DD+)




    ^TOP






    notes,
    * right-click on "link" to copy that link location
    * Please consider these Tips obsolete if its not updated within a reasonable time frame.


    hope that helps...


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    Chromecast FYI

    link .
    *** Chromecast FYI ***




    .

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    Movies & TV Shows

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    cast Apps – cast optimizes Sites - native Apps – native video & (true) multi channels audio (passthrough or transcode)


    Surround sound: 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus (7.1DD+) ...... 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus (5.1DD+) ....... 5.1 Dolby Digital (5.1DD)
    Stereo sound: 2 channels PCM (2ch PCM)


    * chart audio & video over
    HDMI connections, exect red dot (.) over Optical connections.
    * audio bitrate (kbps) is shown next to DD/DD+

    see more apps here ... Chromecast (native) Apps - list



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    Illustration of Various Setups






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    Figure (1)

    This setup supports stereo sound.

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    Figure (2)

    This setup supports surround sound and stereo sound.
    (no DD+ decoding)
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    Figure (3)

    This setup supports surround sound and stereo sound.
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    Figure (4)

    This setup supports stereo sound.

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    Figure (5)

    This setup supports stereo sound.


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    Figure (6)

    This setup supports surround sound and stereo sound.
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    Figure (7)

    This setup supports surround sound and stereo sound.
    (no DD+ decoding)
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    Figure (8)

    This setup supports surround sound and stereo sound.

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    Figure (9)

    This setup supports Stereo sound

    * some monitors may have built-in speakers.
    * for HDCP compliant monitors.






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    Here is a Chromecast tip that I came across today. You can play local video files with Chromecast. This feature is described in the following article:

    Tip: You Can Play Local Video Files Through Chromecast ? Droid Life (click for full article)

    by Kellex - July 25. 2013

    From the article:

    "Outside of owning a Chromecast device (which is sold out everywhere), all you have to do is install the Chromecast extension on your PC, then find the file path of a local video file that you’d like to play, paste that path into the address bar in a Chrome browser, and then press the Chromecast button to cast it on over. It really is that simple."
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    My web-mix (bookmarks) for GTV content. (In order to view all available content set GTV user agent to "generic"):

    http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/googletvcontent

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    How to change output settings of Chromecast

    How can I open settings screen of chromecast to change output settings? By default it output 1080p 60 - but I need 720p 60 or 1080i.

    Thanks in advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by geser View Post
    How can I open settings screen of chromecast to change output settings? By default it output 1080p 60 - but I need 720p 60 or 1080i.

    Thanks in advice!

    *** Chromecast Tips ***

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    I am having the same problem as above with the video but with a twist. My TV only supports 1080i (I think the 1080p is broken because the screen with flash about every 10 seconds). How do I switch the input res of the chromestick itself? It does not matter what my computer broadcasts because the my TV is always having 1080p input to it.

    Thanks!

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    Chromecast Tips - page 4

    Page4 - Chromecast .




    link .
    Network issues
    Modem & Router
    link .
    Tip: For wifi Connection issues,
    Reboot Modem, Router & Chromecast,
    1. Unplug power cord from Modem, Router & Chromecast stick.
    2. Re-Plug power cord to Modem, wait 5 min.
    3. Re-Plug power cord Router , wait 5 min.
    4. Re-Plug power cord to Chromecast stick.

    link .
    Tip: For wired (Ethernet) – Connection issues,
    1. Turn Off "Ethernet switch" (if applicable).
    2. Unplug power cord from Modem/ Router & Chromecast stick.
    3. Re-Plug power cord to Modem, wait 5 min.
    4. Re-Plug power cord Router , wait 5 min.
    5. Re-Plug power cord to Chromecast stick.
    6. Turn On "Ethernet switch" (if applicable).
    Notes: if all devices (Modem/Router/ "Ethernet switch"/Chromecast stick) are plugged into the same ‘Power-Strip’ – turning Off/On The ‘Power-Strip’ may reboot all devices at the same time. doing so, may not solve the issue

    link .
    More Tips – (connection issues)
    Disable "AP/Client Isolation" in the Router settings (if applicable).
    Change Router channel (frequency) between 1 ~ 11 (max).
    Connect directly to a modem – bypass the Router See this link .
    Disable “MAC address “ filter (on the Router).
    Disable “wireless security” on the Router (temporarily) - choose unsecured wireless network on Chromecast stick
    Disable Firewall on the Router (temporarily).
    Disable QoS (Quality of Service) - (if not in use).
    Disable any “Port Forwarding” in Router - (temporarily - if any in use).
    Configure the Router to “Primary Network”of wireless connections - instead of “Guest Network”.
    Disable “Guest Network” on the Router (temporarily).
    Reboot “Ethernet switch” (if applicable).

    notes,
    * make sure all devices are on the same (segment/ SSID/ channel) network .... i.e.,
    - not a Tablet on guest network and Chromecast stick is on the primary network.
    - not several APs each is set to a different channel (frequency).
    * for more WiFi/ network info see this link ....

    link .
    With Voice-Modem (digital phone device) - “error: connection failed... issues” - add an additional Router behind the Voice-Modem and set the Voice-Modem to “Bridge Mode”(check/uncheck “NAT”).

    link .
    Signal-Spikes with Cable Modems - to prevent it, Connect the Coax cable to the cable Modem through USP – (an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) supports Coax Protection (RG6) and Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) - is recommended).

    link .
    Check “Downstream Power Level” reading of Cable modem, the best ‘value’ of each ‘Bonding Channel’ should be between [-5 dBmV] ~ [+12 dBmV] - Contact the ISP to test & adjust the “Power Level” signals (specially after adding or removing Coax- splitters) – note: signal-adjustment can be done remotely over the phone. (To access cable modem See this link ).

    link .
    Perform a Factory-Reset on the Router and re-configure it or import ‘Configuration File’ – its recommended to Export (save) ‘Configuration File’ (password protected) on a Computer/removable media (before reset).

    link .
    Try changing DNS in Router - to Google DNS ( 8.8.8.8 ) or open DNS ( 208.67.222.222 ) – (this option is for advanced users).


    Notes,
    link .
    * If running “speed test” displays speed-drop frequently and requires Modem resetting, a Modem replacement is recommended - Some Modems (specially DSL modems) may need to be replaced every a couple of years – a two separate units of a Modem and a Router are recommended over One unit of a Modem with a build-in-Router (Gateway/Modem) – a Gateway/Modem can be set to “Bridge Mode” and a separate Router maybe connected behind it (check/uncheck “NAT”).

    link .
    * To access Cable modem user-interface > “Power Level” reading page, enter 192.168.100.1 in the browser’s address field and browse to ‘ Signal' page – remember to refresh the browser’s ‘Signal' page for a second reading.

    link .
    * Check for Latency (lag)/re-buffer connection issues from any computer connected to the network – open PC’s command prompt or Mac’s Terminal and type in " tracert cdn.netflix.com" or “ traceroute cdn.netflix.com ” (without the quotes) press [Enter/Return] – to interpret the results, copy & past in a post for someone to assist.

    link .
    * Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2) – if unable to establish wireless connection with “WPA2” - set the “wireless security” to “WPA” instead of “WPA2” on the The Router side – “WPA/WPA2” password length between 8 and 63 printable alphabet letters (ASCII) characters (Uppercase & lowercase).

    link .
    * Disable “wireless security” on the Router side, by selecting > “NONE” (or "Disable") for “wireless security”.

    link .
    * Wireless-password ”(wireless encryption key) vs. “Router- system-password” - while setting wireless connection on Chromecast stick side, the setting page after selecting the wireless network name (or typing-in “SSID”) will display and ask > “Enter the network password for …. (wireless network name)” – make sure to key-in the “wireless-password” – do not key-in the “Router-system-password” - the “wireless-password is the one that was created on the Router to protect the network access (WEP/WPA/WPA2) ( or it could be found printed at the bottom of the unit) – the “Router-system-password” controls who can change settings on the Router –(also, it could be found printed at the bottom of the unit) – (“SSID” any alpha-numeric up to 32 characters max)

    link .
    * If direct connection to modem failed, first check with your ISP as some ISPs:
    a- (for cable modem) ISP may require Chromecast stick’s ‘MAC address’ on file if Chromecast stick (or any other device) is to be connected directly to the modem.
    b- (for DSL Gateway) ISP may shut off all the ports (but one port) on the DSL modem/Gateway – if so, mark this port & try it.

    link .
    * If unable to access the Router’s “configurations page” (example: 192.168.1.1) - (temporarily) Disable Firewall & Software Internet Security on your Computer - Try different browser (& try latest version of ‘Microsoft Internet Explorer”) - Perform a Factory-Reset on the Router - change the Ethernet cable (connected between computer & Router).

    link .
    * Wireless Access Point/Router - If a "wireless Router" is to be connected behind an existing Router (on an existing network) > try and change its configuration settings to "Wireless-Access-Point" (if supported & change its IP address accordingly – see Access point documentations).

    link .
    *Some ISPs may shut off all the ports (but one port) on the DSL Gateway/modem – if so, mark this port and add a Router behind the Gateway and set the DSL Gateway to “bridge mode” or (and) add Ethernet Switch.

    link .
    * Wireless Access Point/Router - If a "wireless Router" is to be connected behind an existing Router (on an existing network) > try and change its configuration settings to "Wireless-Access-Point" (if supported & change its IP address accordingly – see Access point documentations).

    ^TOP

    link .
    #Modem Only
    Tip: Connect Chromecast stick Directly to Modem via (Wired) Ethernet connection (bypass Router),
    1. Disconnect Power cord, coax cable and Ethernet cable from modem.
    2. Turn Off "Ethernet switch" (if in use).
    3. Temporarily, change Chromecast stick Network Settings from wired to wireless.
    4. Disconnect Power cord, Ethernet cable and any USB devices from Chromecast stick.
    5. Re- Connect coax cable and (fresh) Ethernet cable to modem.
    6. Re- Connect Ethernet cable to Chromecast stick.
    7. Re- Connect Power cord to modem – wait 10 min
    8. Turn On "Ethernet switch" (if in use).
    9. Re- Connect Power cord to Chromecast stick.
    10. Change Chromecast stick Network Settings from wireless to wired (unplug/plug ethernet cable).
    11. You may reboot Chromecast stick one more time.
    Note: Some ISP's may require Chromecast stick’s ‘MAC address’ on file if Chromecast stick to be connected directly to the modem!

    link .
    Tip: Connect Chromecast stick Directly to Gateway/ Modem via Wireless connection (without an additional Router),
    1. Disconnect Power cord and coax cable from modem.
    2. Temporarily, change Chromecast stick Network Settings from wireless to wired.
    3. Disconnect Power cord and any USB devices from Chromecast stick (if any in use).
    4. Re- Connect coax cable to modem.
    5. Re- Connect Power cord to modem – wait 10 min
    6. Re- Connect Power cord to Chromecast stick.
    7. Change Chromecast stick Network Settings from wired to wireless (unplug/plug ethernet cable).
    8. You may reboot Chromecast stick one more time.
    Notes,
    * If running “speed test” displays speed-drop frequently and requires Modem resetting, a Modem replacement is recommended - Some Modems (specially DSL modems) may need to be replaced every a couple of years – a two separate units of a Modem and a Router are recommended over One unit of a Modem with a build-in-Router (Gateway/Modem) – a Gateway/Modem can be set to “Bridge Mode” and a separate Router maybe connected behind it (check/uncheck “NAT”).


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    link .
    TV troubleshooting
    link .
    Tip: Perform a Factory-Reset to the Television-set (Return TV to the Initial Setup) – note: All Picture, Audio and previously scanned channels will be removed.
    1. First turn “OFF” All Connected Devices (TV-STBs-Bluray-AVR) - Unplug Power cords before unplugging HDMI cables from All Connected Devices – Wait 10 min - if the TV status light (red power light) still “On” wait until it goes “OFF.
    2. Re-Plug Power cords to TV and Turn it “ON”- Perform a Factory-Reset on TV-set.
    3. Do Initial Setup to TV – skip channels scanning (for now).
    4. Turn “OFF” TV - Unplug its Power cords - Wait 10 min - if the TV red power light still “On” wait until it goes “OFF.
    5. Re-Plug HDMI cable to TV and Chromecast stick.
    6. Re-Plug Power cords to TV and Chromecast stick & try it
    Notes: To connect other devices -turn “OFF” all connected devices, unplug Power cords or turn OFF Power- strip (if in use) – wait 10 min - if the TV status light (red power light) still “On” wait until it goes “OFF”, before plugging or un-plugging HDMI cables.

    link .
    Tip: To prevent Handshake (HDCP) interference, when multiple devices are connected to a TV,
    • Turn “OFF” power to unused devices - especially before switching HDMI-input (if “on/off” applicable) – program the IR commands in universal remote control (if in-use).
    • All devices connected to the TV via HDMI must be HDCP-compliant.
    • Disable [Control for HDMI], [AnyNet+], [CEC], [RIHD], [others] & disable [TV OFF option] in TV, AV Receiver, BDP & STBs settings and in all HDMI connected devices - since proper linked operations are not guaranteed (unless all HDMI connected devices made & supported by the same manufacturer).
    • Turn “OFF” the TV then disconnect power cord before disconnecting or connecting cables (specially HDMI cables) to prevent equipment damage.
    Notes,
    * When [ON/OFF] button is pressed to select “OFF mode” the TV does not fully disconnect from Power.
    * Keep A/V cables away from power cords and speaker cables (to prevent interference).

    link .
    Generic TV Tip,
    • Disable [Control for HDMI], [AnyNet+] [CEC] & Disable [TV OFF - option].
    • Turn OFF > SRS TruSurround HD (if needed).
    • Turn OFF > Consistent Volume Level - option (if needed).

    link .
    TV audio Lip-sync/audio delay,
    • Connected audio --> Chromecast stick> HDMI > TV > Optical or Coaxial > AVR (or external speakers)
    • Adjust ‘audio delay’ in TV from ‘Audio – Lip-sync – 'user-menu' settings > for Audio out/External Speakers.
    Generic tip,
    If there is no ‘Lip-sync/audio delay’ option in the 'user-menu' settings,
    Contact the TV ‘Tech-support’ or a qualified TV-tech & ask how to access the TV’s ‘service menu’ (a series of key pressed on TV-remote) - also ask which ‘Audio’ page lists ‘time delay’ for external output – (for 100ms dialing).
    Notes: a qualified tech is aware that opening the ‘service-menu’ is almost like performing a TV-Factory-reset (most of pervious user menu settings like picture &.. will be lost and requires resetting after exiting the ‘service-menu’ ) - he's also aware not to change any other settings while ‘service menu’ is open & taking notes of all settings (just in case).

    link .
    Tip: TV ‘time delay’ for internal output - Lip-sync/audio delay,
    • Adjust ‘audio delay’ in TV from ‘Audio – Lip-sync – 'user-menu' settings > for Audio out/External Speakers.
    Generic tip,
    If there is no ‘Lip-sync/audio delay’ option in the 'user-menu' settings, contact the TV ‘Tech-support’ or a qualified TV-tech & ask how to access the TV’s ‘service menu’ (a series of key pressed on TV-remote) -also ask which ‘Audio’page lists ‘time delay’ for internal output –(dial 100ms).
    Notes: a qualified tech is aware that opening the ‘service-menu’ is almost like performing a TV-Factory-reset (most of pervious user menu settings like picture &.. will be lost and requires resetting after exiting the ‘service-menu’ ) - he's also aware not to change any other settings while ‘service menu’ is open & taking notes of all settings before making any changes (just in case).
    link .
    Tip: TVs with NO HDMI input (e,g,. TV with "DVI” input or TV with "SCART" input (European models):
    • Connecting Chromecast stick directly to a AV Receiver's HDMI- input then connect the The TV to the AV Receiver via HDMI to DVI cable, or via HDMI to SCART adapter (with HDCP support).

    Notes,
    * TV's DVI and SCART ports support only video (not audio).
    * Chromecast stick outputs audio & video via HDMI (no optical or RCA for audio).
    * HDMI to DVI & HDMI to SCART, these type of adapters are not guaranteed to work properly.


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    link .
    Tip: To prevent Handshake (HDCP) interference, when multiple devices are connected to an AV receiver,
    • Turn “OFF” power to unused devices - especially before switching HDMI-input (if “on/off” applicable) – program the IR commands in universal remote control (if in-use).
    • All devices connected to the AVR via HDMI must be HDCP-compliant.
    • Disable [Control for HDMI], [AnyNet+], [CEC], [RIHD], [others] & disable [TV OFF option] in TV, AV Receiver, BDP & STBs settings and in all HDMI connected devices - since proper linked operations are not guaranteed (unless all HDMI connected devices made & supported by the same manufacturer).
    • Set the AV receiver to standby then disconnect power cord before disconnecting or connecting cables (specially HDMI cables) to prevent equipment damage.
    Notes,
    * When [ON/STANDBY] button is pressed to select “Standby mode” the AVR does not fully disconnect from Power.
    * Keep A/V cables away from power cords and speaker cables (to prevent interference).


    link .
    Tip: To prevent Handshake (HDCP) interference, when multiple devices are connected to a TV set,
    • Turn “OFF” power to unused devices - especially before switching HDMI-input (if “on/off” applicable) – program the IR commands in universal remote control (if in-use).
    • All devices connected to the TV via HDMI must be HDCP-compliant.
    • Disable [Control for HDMI], [AnyNet+], [CEC], [RIHD], [others] & disable [TV OFF option] in TV, AV Receiver, BDP & STBs settings and in all HDMI connected devices - since proper linked operations are not guaranteed (unless all HDMI connected devices made & supported by the same manufacturer).
    • Turn “OFF” the TV then disconnect power cord before disconnecting or connecting cables (specially HDMI cables) to prevent equipment damage.
    Notes,
    * When [ON/OFF] button is pressed to select “OFF mode” the TV does not fully disconnect from Power.
    * Keep A/V cables away from power cords and speaker cables (to prevent interference).

    link .
    Tip: DVI connection issues - HDCP issues,
    • If Chromecast stick is connected to TV via DVI and the TV displays’ Black, Green or Purple Screen it could be an indication that the TV’s DVI-input is Not HDCP compliant.
    Notes,
    * Try an HDMI-DVI-Adapter with HDCP (or an HDMI-Component -Converter with HDCP, if the TV has Component-input),
    ...(btw, these Adapters/Converters are not guaranteed to solve the issue).

    *Generally, HDMI to DVI connections will only carry Video signals and not audio (unless the Adapter/Converter offers audio-out-port),
    ...For Audio connect via Chromecast stick’s Optical-out-port.

    link .
    Tip: HDMI Handshake interruption & Universal Remote Control,
    • If a Universal Remote Control is in-use and it supports advance option such as (a) "Input Delay", (b) "Inter-Device Delay", (c) “Inter-key delay”, (d) “Power On Delay” and (e) “duration”,
    • Try & change the values of "Input Delay", "Inter-Device Delay", “Inter-key delay”, “Power On Delay” and “duration” options - all within the remote's “Activity” in-order to allow time for HDMI-inputs to syncs various components, allow a delay to prevent multiple devices from simultaneous responding, transmit & receive IR commands accordingly and help avoid HDMI-Handshake-interruption,

    Options,
    • Lower the value of "Input Delay" - will delay switching between HDMI-inputs before transmitting the next command. (set it between 1000ms to 9000ms).
    • Increase the value of "Inter-Device Delay" – will add more delay to allow a device time to ignore all the different transmitted signals before responding to its own signed-command-signals. (set it between 200ms to 1000ms).
    • Increase the value of “Inter-key delay” - will allow time for a device to complete processing the IR command signal before responding to the next signal. (set it between 0ms to 500ms).
    • Increase the value of “Power On Delay” – will allow enough time for the device (specially TV/AVR) to fully power up and accept the next commands. (set it between 100ms to 500ms).
    • Increase the value of “duration” - will repeatedly transmit (the same signal) for a longer period of time.
    Notes,
    * To prevent Handshake (HDCP) interference when multiple devices are connected to the AV receiver, program the remote to turn “OFF” power to unused devices, especially before switching HDMI-input (if “on/off” command applicable).
    * Universal Remote Control (URC) Vs Device Original Remote Control (DORC) & “Delay/ duration” options,
    When a URC is in use all “Delay/ duration” options may need some adjustment - Not all devices have the same (or a standard) response time – All IR connected devices (turned on/on-standby) will receive all the transmitted IR signals from the remote, but they will only processes its own signed-command-signals & ignore all other signals, however that requires processing time & should be taking into account, also each device requires some amount of time to complete in-progress-request before responding to the next signal & that also requires a delay - This is not the case when the device's own Original Remotes Control is in-use, the device in this case will not instantly react to a new requested commands before it completes/syncs the in-progresses-request - the DORC is a factory preset (one-to-one-in-sync with its device).
    * In short all the URC “Delay & duration” options may requires some adjustment when used with HTS (w/AVR & HDMI connections).
    * a [100ms] increments per a try is recommended when trying to lower/increase the value in of any of the options.


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    link .
    Info Guide
    Tip: The list of info (below) makes it easier for people here on these boards to assist,


    link .
    List the location […] where “Chromecast device” is geographically located? (i.e., USA, Canada, UK, Australia,...etc.).


    link .
    List all of the A/V connected devices,
    Specify A/V connection type [HDMI], [Component], [Composite], [Optical/audio], [Coaxial/audio] or [Coaxial/AV]
    & specify Network connection type [Wired] or [Wireless],
    1. Chromecast stick - video connection type [ ] - audio connection type [ ] - Network connection type [ ].
    2. TV - make [ ] - model [ ] - video connection type [ ] - audio connection type [ ].
    3. AV Receiver - make [ ] - model [ ] - video connection type [ ] - audio connection type [ ].
    4. Cable/Satellite Receiver - make [ ] model [ ] - video connection type [ ] - audio connection type [ ].
    5. Blue-ray /DVD Player - make [ ] model [ ] - video connection type [ ] - audio connection type [ ].
    6. STB (Other) - make [ ] model [ ] - video connection type [ ] - audio connection type [ ].
    link .
    List Network devices and Services,
    1. Modem - make [ ] - model [ ].
    2. Router make [ ] - model [ ].
    3. "Ethernet switch" make [ ] - model [ ].
    4. Internet Service Provider (ISP) - name [ ].
    5. Internet Speed [ ].
    6. Digital Phone Device/Service - make [ ] - model [ ].
    7. External/built-in Voice-Modem - make [ ] - model [ ].
    check the status of Chromecast "wireless signal strength"[ ],
    - From Chromecast TV Home screen (located at lower left corner ...4 bars max) - if not shown? reboot Chromecast...

    link .
    List Video Resolution Settings & Display type for the following A/V connected devices,
    & specify the following [1080p], [1080i], [720p], [480p] or [480i].
    1. Chromecast stick Resolution Settings [ ] - From Chromecast stick’s Home screen > Settings > Resolution.
    2. TV - maximum Resolution supported [ ].
    3. AV Receiver - specify what Video Resolution Settings is set to [ ], for example; [THROUGH], [DIRECT], [1080p] or [720p]
    link .
    List the Remote Control Devices in-use (when the issue occurred).
    1. Chromecast stick Remote Control Device [ ].
    2. Universal Remote control (IR) - list make [ ] - model [ ].
    3. Universal Remote control (Bluetooth) - list make [ ] - model [ ].
    4. Other Device - - list make [ ] - model [ ].
    link .
    List the App video quality settings, “Error messages”
    & the streaming content titles name & A/V definition [HD], [SD] & [5.1] [Stereo],
    a. NetflixApp:
    1. Titles name [ ] - video definition [ ] - audio definition [ ].
    2. Check the status of “Netflix video quality “settings [ ] if is set to (“Best”, ”Better” or ”Good”) - (See this link ).
    3. List & describe in-detail all “Error messages” [ ].
    b. Other App - titles name [ ] - video definition [ ] - audio definition [ ].
    link .
    List the Number External Speakers connected to following A/V connected devices,
    1. AV Receiver - specify the number external speakers connected [ ] (2.1/5.1/6.1/7.1).
    2. & specify audio connection type [ ] (HDMI, Optical/Coaxial or RCA ).
    3. Chromecast stick - (If any external speakers connected directly to Chromecast stick’s Optical port) list make [ ] - model [ ].
    4. TV - (If any external speakers connected directly to the TV) list make [ ] - model [ ]
    5. & specify audio connection type [ ] (Optical/Coaxial or RCA).
    link .
    List the Firmware version of the connected devices,
    1. Chromecast stick Firmware version number [ ] - From Chromecast stick’s Home screen > Settings > About.
    2. (if possible) TV Firmware version number [ ].
    3. (if possible) AV Receiver Firmware version number [ ].
    link .
    • HDMI Hubs & HDMI cables
    1. List makes [ ] & Specs [ ] of all HDMI cables in use with unit (example : "Standard" HDMI cable, "High-speed" HDMI cable, "Category 2" HDMI cable or "Category 1" HDMI cable).
    2. List makes [ ] & Specs [ ] of all HDMI cables in use (with connections to TV, AVR, DVD, BDP, STB, DVP and/or HDMI switcher).
    3. List the length [ ] of each HDMI cable in use.
    4. List make [ ] & model [ ] of the HDMI Switcher/ Repeater/ Hub (if applicable).
    5. For the latest HDMI 1.4 specifications see --> this link -- this link -- this link -- this link .
    link .
    • Chromecast stick’s screensaver is set to [ ] (On/Off) – Screensaver type [ ] (Default / others).

    link .
    • Describe the issue you’re having in-detail.

    Notes,
    * you may copy & past all of the above points (or points that maybe relevant to your setup) to your post & fill-in the [blanks].
    * To the “OP” - if the posted issue is resolved, you may mark the OP as [resolved] – to help others.



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    link .
    Internal linking
    Tip: how to do internal linking? (within a post or a thread)

    Example:
    PHP Code:
    [aname=anameClick here to go to location [/aname]
    [
    jumpto=anameThis is the target location [/jumpto
    Thanks to JohnDroid Administrator for making internal linking in this forum possible, by adding the custom BBCodes.

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    notes,
    * right-click on "link" to copy that link location
    * Please consider these Tips obsolete if its not updated within a reasonable time frame.



    hope that helps...




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    Chromecast Tips - page 5

    Page5 - Chromecast .


    HDMI Connection Sequence & EDID
    ====================================



    Fyi: Chromecast outputs "YCbCr" Colorspace
    .



    link .
    • EDID exchange and configuration.
    (all connections via HDMI)


    FYI,
    • TV (sink device)
    • AVR (intermediate device)
    • Player (source device)
    • EDIDs (Extended Display Identification Data) are compact data structures stored in the TV (sink device) and AVR (intermediate device).
    • “Composite EDID” is the EDID that the AVR passes to the Player (source).
      - The “composite EDID” must enclose the correct & best “video resolutions” and “audio formats” capabilities of the TV & the AVR (through the AVR).
      - In the “composite EDID” the AVR substitutes its own “audio block” for the “audio block” of the TV before forwarding it to the Player. (“audio block” i.e., 5.1 DD/DD+).

    • When a Player is connected directly to a TV (Player > TV),
      There is one EDID stored in the TV (sink device).

    • When a Player is connected to an AVR, and the AVR is connected to a TV (Player > AVR > TV),
      There are two EDIDs, one EDID stored in the TV (sink device) and the other EDID is stored in the AVR (intermediate device).

    • When a Player is connected to an AVR, and the AVR is connected to a TV (Player > AVR > TV),
      The TV(sink) sends EDID to the AVR(intermediate), the AVR then updates it and forwards the “composite EDID” to the Player(source).

    Notes,
    * If the AVR (fails to) incorrectly substitute its own “audio block”, the Player may or may not send “audio block” (obtainable from the TV i.e., 2ch PCM) (or no sound).
    * The AVR will remove any “video resolutions” that it does not support from the EDID it obtained from the TV, before forwarding it to the Player.
    * A color space mismatch/error possibility; i.e., if the TV’s EDID claims the supported “color space” RGB (16-235 or 0-255) (in which the Player only supports) to the AVR, the AVR then incorrectly updates EDID color space to “YCbCr”, then forwards the “composite EDID” to the Player. The video color in that case will be incorrect (or displays mismatch error) if the Player sends out video with RGB (16-235) color. (since in fact the player does not support “YCbCr”, dynamically switching between modes doesn’t apply) - (or i.e., opposite scenario “YCbCr” to RGB instead)

    • Digital Display Channel (DDC): two-way communication between the upstream device (DDC master) and the downstream device (DDC slave).
    • Hot Plug Detect (HPD) signal: the TV (sink) may toggle HPD signal & properly reset HDMI connection.
    • Color Space Mismatch Error ( “pink screen” or “no image”): compatibility issue occur when TV (sink) suddenly receives a different color space into an HDMI input.




    link .
    • HDMI Connection Sequence

    link .
    • When a Player is connected directly to a TV,
    Player (source) >TV (sink)
    1. The TV is turned ‘On”.
    2. The Player is turned ‘On”.
    3. The TV obtains “5V” (from the Player).
    4. “Connection detection”(Hot Plug) is announced (by the TV)
    5. The Player then requests EDID (from the TV).
    6. The TV sends EDID (over DDC channel)



    link .
    • When a Player is connected to an AVR, and the AVR is connected to a TV,
    Player (source) > AVR (intermediate) >TV (sink)
    1. The TV is turned ‘On”.
    2. The AVR is turned ‘On”.
    3. The TV obtains “5V” (from AVR).
    4. “Connection detection”(Hot Plug) is announced (by the TV)
    5. The AVR then requests EDID (from the TV).
    6. The TV sends EDID (over DDC channel).
    7. The Player is turned ‘On”.
    8. The TV obtains “5V” (from the AVR & Player).
    9. “Connection detection”(Hot Plug) is announced (by the TV and forwarded by the AVR to the Player)
    10. The Player and the AVR then requests EDID (from the TV).
    11. The TV sends EDID to the AVR, the AVR then updates it and forwards the “composite EDID” to the Player.


    Notes,
    * DDC bit errors may corrupt EDID. (this generally caused by excessive electrical on the DDC channel that effects the signal, resulting in bit errors with the binary (0)< >(1).
    - (possible hardware issue).
    * Protocol failures results in EDID issues (i.e., EDIDs declaring capabilities, incorrectly formed EDID, configuration issues, etc..) with Sink device (TV), intermediate device (AVR) and Source device(player) - (possible Firmware issue).
    * Distinguishing between protocol failures and corrupted EDID may require “HDMI TEST instruments/HDMI port emulator” to analyze EDID data /content and protocol data/ handling issues.
    * Some testing can be accomplished by alternative options – see this link




    link .
    Color space info (for TVs)

    “Standard” ………….......“RGB (16-235)” - “RGB Standard” – “RGB limited” – “RGB High”.
    (this is the Standard RGB range for TVs)
    “non-Standard” …………. “RGB (0-255)” - “RGB non-Standard” – “RGB Full” - “RGB Low”.
    (“RGB non-compliance” for TV via HDMI port) - (is the Standard RGB range for computer Monitors).

    YCbCr ……………........... “Compressed (encoded) “RGB Standard (16-235)”(embedded in digital video content).
    “YCbCr (4:2:2)” - “YCbCr (4:4:4)” (aka “Y′CbCr”, or “Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr”).It maybe decompressed (decoded) to “RGB Standard” or converted to “RGB non-Standard (0-255)” in any of the HDMI connected devices (e.g., TV, AVR, DVP, BDP, DVD, STB)

    Note: Expanded (is a setting option) ……… re-maps “RGB Standard” image to fill in the space of “RGB non-Standard”.
    It can be used as a workaround to simulate an “RGB non-Standard” signal and feed it to the TV.

    Fyi: Chromecast outputs "YCbCr" Colorspace.




    link .
    Tests
    Some testing can be accomplished by alternative options.


    The Samsung TV (sink) “HDMI black level” setting works in a unique way that can be used to test and conclude the following:

    If Device/player (source) outputs “YCbCr” (or not).
    If the AVR (EDID/HDMI) detection/re-detection of sink’s EDID capabilities, correctly.

    That can be accomplished by simply turning Off/On Source/AVR while checking “HDMI black level” setting reaction. (or removing the AVR & testing the source directly).

    The following is for those whom are not familiar with how Samsung TV “HDMI black level” setting reacts to the handshakes info, (not necessarily what the source actual outputs)

    1. When TV is set to “Normal”, the settings should stay “active Normal” at all time as long as:
    - The source is set to RGB (16-235 or 0-255)
    - The source is turned on (& the AVR is on).
    - The source is turned off (& the AVR is on).
    - The AVR is turned on (& the source is on or off)

    2. When TV is set to “Low”, the settings should stay “active Low” at all time as long as:
    - The source is set to output RGB (16-235 or 0-255)
    - The source is turned on (& the AVR is on).
    - The source is turned off (& the AVR is on).
    - The AVR is turned on (& the source is on or off).

    3. The settings should only become “Grayed out Normal” if:
    - The source is set to “YCbCr”.
    - The AVR is turned off (because no signal).
    - The source is turned off while connected directly to the TV (because no signal).

    4. The settings should only become “Grayed out Low” if:
    - The source is set to “YCbCr”.
    - The AVR is turned off (because no signal).
    - The source is turned off while connected directly to the TV (because no signal).
    Note: the above is only to point out how the TV “HDMI black level” setting should react (& not what their functionality are, or what they should be set to. i.e., “Normal” > RGB (16-235), “Low” > RGB (0-255), etc..).




    link .
    High-Speed HDMI Cables
    Tip: “High-Speed" (or category 2) HDMI cable vs. “Standard” (or category 1) HDMI cable & HDMI cable replacement,
    “High-Speed" (or category 2) HDMI cables can successfully handle 1080p signals (tested to perform at speeds up to 10.2Gbps, increased color depths / refresh rates & accommodate 2560x1600 resolution).
    “Standard” (or category 1) HDMI cables can handle 720p/1080i signal (tested to perform at speeds up to 2.25Gbps, which is the equivalent of a 720p/1080i signal).
    Notes,
    * “High-Speed” & “Standard” cables are based on HDMI cables “categories 2 &1” recent announcement by: HDMI Licensing, LLC - for more info search “HDMI Licensing, LLC”.
    * “High-Speed" (or category 2) HDMI cables are recommended – (with HDMI 1.4 specification).
    * Check TVs, AV Receivers, BDPs, STBs & DVPs Owner’s Guide (manual) for HDMI-Cable-Specs requirement (new devices & firmware more likely will require the use of High-speed HDMI cables.

    link .
    Tip: HDMI 1.4 specification, has five HDMI cable types to choose from:
    1. Standard HDMI Cable (supports up to 1080i or 720p video signal).
    2. Standard HDMI Cable with Ethernet (supports up to 1080i or 720p video signal & HDMI Ethernet Channel-enabled).
    3. Standard Automotive HDMI Cable (supports up to 1080i or 720p video signal & tested to higher performance standards).
    4. High Speed HDMI Cable (supports up 1080p and beyond).
    5. High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet (supports up 1080p and beyond & HDMI Ethernet Channel-enabled).


    link .
    Tip: “High Speed” (or "Category 2") HDMI Cable, (with HDMI 1.4 specification) supports the following:
    • HDCP compliant (HDCP is implemented).
    • Deep colour - support 36-bit mode (& 48-bit mode optional).
    • xvYCC color space (also x.v.Color).
    • 3D over HDMI.
    • High Definition Audio - Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD Master Audio (bitstream capable).
    • ARC (Audio return channel).
    • Auto lip-sync.
    • Updated list of CEC commands.
    • 4K 2K (resolution support).
    • HEC (HDMI Ethernet Channel-enabled) or HEAC (HDMI/Ethernet/Audio/Control) - (for High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet).
    Notes,
    * Standard HDMI cable may not support all of the above.
    * “High Speed” ("Category 2") certified cables are tested and should perform as expected.
    * Non-Certified “High Speed” may perform as expected w/o certification (so, test it well during the return-period).

    link .
    Tip: updated/previous HDMI-CEC commands - HDMI control signals - e.g., Sony [BRAVIA Sync], Samsung [AnyNet+], Panasonic [VIERA Link], [RIHD], Yamaha [HDMI-CEC]:
    • System Information: checks all components for bus addresses and configuration.
    • System Audio Control: allows the volume of an AV receiver to be controlled using any remote control.
    • One Touch Play: allows devices to switch the TV to use it as the active source when playback starts.
    • System Standby: enables users to switch multiple devices to standby mode with the press of one button.
    • Deck Control: allows a component to interrogate and control the operation (play, pause, rewind etc.), of a playback component (Blu-ray or HD DVD player or a Camcorder, etc.).
    • Tuner Control: allows a component to control the tuner of another component.
    • Device Menu Control: allows a component to control the menu system of another component by passing through the user interface (UI) commands.
    • Routing Control: control the switching of signal sources.
    • Remote Control Pass Through: allows remote control commands to be passed through to other devices within the system.
    • One Touch Record: allows users to record whatever is currently being shown on the HDTV screen on a selected recording device.
    • Device OSD Name Transfer: transfer the preferred device names to the TV set.
    • OSD Display: use the OSD of the TV set to display text.
    • Preset Transfer: transfers the tuner channel setup to another TV-set.
    • Timer Programming: allows users to use the electronic program guides (EPGs) that are built into many HDTVs and set-top-boxes to program the timer in recording devices like PVRs and DVRs.
    Notes,
    * Refer to each device Owner’s Guide (manual) for supported HDMI-CEC commands.
    * Proper linked operations are not guaranteed to synchronize if the HDMI connected devices are not supported by the manufacturer.



    link .
    HDMI cable vs HDMI cable with Ethernet
    link .
    no Ethernet with Ethernet
    HDMI cable wiring in the following categories:........... HDMI cable wiring in the following categories:
    • HDMI cable
    • HDMI cable 1.0
    • HDMI cable 1.1
    • HDMI cable 1.2 (all rev.)

    • HDMI cable 1.3 (all rev.) (category 1)
    • High Speed HDMI cable 1.3 (all rev.) (category 2)

    • Standard HDMI cable (category 1)
    • High Speed HDMI cable (category 2)
    • Standard HDMI cable with Ethernet
    • High Speed HDMI cable with Ethernet
    19 pins in an HDMI connector 19 pins in an HDMI connector
    Group A Group A
    Pin 1} TMDS Data2+ Pin 1} TMDS Data2+
    Pin 2} TMDS Data2 Shield Pin 2} TMDS Data2 Shield
    Pin 3} TMDS Data2- Pin 3} TMDS Data2-
    Group B Group B
    Pin 4} TMDS Data1+ Pin 4} TMDS Data1+
    Pin 5} TMDS Data1 Shield Pin 5} TMDS Data1 Shield
    Pin 6} TMDS Data1- Pin 6} TMDS Data1-
    Group C Group C
    Pin 7} TMDS Data0+ Pin 7} TMDS Data0+
    Pin 8} TMDS Data0 Shield Pin 8} TMDS Data0 Shield
    Pin 9} TMDS Data0- Pin 9} TMDS Data0-
    Group D Group D
    Pin 10} TMDS Clock+ Pin 10} TMDS Clock+
    Pin 11} TMDS Clock Shield Pin 11} TMDS Clock Shield
    Pin 12} TMDS Clock- Pin 12} TMDS Clock-
    Group E
    Pin 13} CEC Pin 13} CEC
    Pin 14} Reserved for future use (N.C. on device) Pin 14} HEAC+ / Utilities
    Pin 15} SCL (IC Serial Clock for DDC) Pin 15} SCL (IC Serial Clock for DDC)
    Pin 16} SDA (IC Serial Data Line for DDC) Pin 16} SDA (IC Serial Data Line for DDC)
    Pin 17} DDC/CEC Ground Pin 17} DDC/CEC Ground / HEAC Shield
    Pin 18} +5 V Power (max 50 mA) Pin 18} +5 V Power (max 50 mA)
    Pin 19} Hot Plug Detect (HPD) Pin 19} Hot Plug Detect (HPD) / HEAC-
    Notes:
    * It’s recommended to use “High speed HDMI cable with Ethernet” with ARC connections to ensure pin 14, 17 &19 are wired.
    ARC uses pin 14, 17 &19 - pin 14 in “HDMI1.3 specs & earlier versions had the wire but was reserved/unused in earlier devices.
    In “High Speed HDMI cables with Ethernet” (defined by “HDMI 1.4 Spec) the wires are modified for (pin14,17&19) to handle additional throughput.
    ARC and Ethernet channel use the same pins (pin 14, 17&19) carrying ARC and ethernet signals simultaneously in differential mode on the HEAC-(pin19) and HEAC+(pin14) conductors (relative to ground HEC/pin17).
    (non-certified cables may not support ARC by not including all 19 wires, specially the wire to pin#14, as some non-license cable manufacturer try to cut cost).
    see this link




    notes,
    * right-click on "link" to copy that link location
    * Please consider these Tips obsolete if its not updated within a reasonable time frame.



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    hope that helps



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