Casting from upstairs server to living room?

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Found 29th Aug 2016
I currently have two windows 10 PCs, one in the living room and one upstairs. I don't need 2, so will sell one as soon as I can sort out the following problem.

From the PC upstairs, I want to cast streaming live TV in Firefox or Chrome to my living room TV via Chromecast. I'm planning to control the server via my phone with an app like Unified Remote. Can anyone pls help me how to set this up?

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Are you streaming directly to the chromecast from the pc or through a wifi router ?

Original Poster

Not sure, the chromecast is plugged into the TV, so I assume it's via the Wifi router?

Unless you are going to get a lot of money for the PC when you sell it it is always worth keeping a "spare" PC just in case one of them crashes or gets a nasty virus or the PSU blows up or whatever.

We use 3 PCs in our house (mine, my wife's and my sons) and I have kept a couple of older PCs "just in case".

Also if I do decide to reinstall Windows on one of the PCs I can replace it with the older ones for a day or two while doing to Windows reinstall on the newer one.

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It's an optiplex i7-2600 with 16GB and dual monitor support etc, which is a bit of an overkill for me given I don't use it.

The PC upstairs has similar specs, so one PC should be enough to stream to various parts of the house. The idea is mainly to be able to open a web page remotely via an android phone or tablet, and then throw that onto the living room TV via chromecast.

I could use remote desktop for Android, although I was hoping there would be an easier option with less typing and desperately trying to decipher a big desktop on a small screen.

I just had another look and there is something called chrome remote desktop ("You can use one computer from another over the Internet with Chrome Remote Desktop, also known as Chrome RDP. When you do so, you can safely use your files or applications from another computer, phone or tablet. ").

Maybe that will work ?

As far as I know you can't use a Chromecast with PC as it isn't supported in windows. I think one of the miracast dongles may work for screen mirroring.

If you are only casting from Firefox/Chrome can you not just use your android phone instead to cast from rather than using the PC. Another viable option, is your TV DLNA compatible? Try Chrome extension - vGet Cast (DLNA Controller) no need for the chromecast.
Also with Win10 click the (no idea what it is called) looks like a speech bubble kinda, bottom right corner beside date and time. Then click "connect" and see if Chromecast/TV appears in the list. My Sony Telly (runs android OS and ym older telly which is just DLNA and "normal" smart both appear) appears on my list and lets me clone my desktop wireless to the telly. I'll send a snapshot later when I'm home.

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Edited by: "cecilmcroberts" 30th Aug 2016

Is the media stored on your PC?

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ipswich78

Is the media stored on your PC?



No I want to stream live TV for channels that are not available in the UK

sbirsen

No I want to stream live TV for channels that are not available in the UK


Have you considered a Kodi box or similar?

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cecilmcroberts

If you are only casting from Firefox/Chrome can you not just use your … If you are only casting from Firefox/Chrome can you not just use your android phone instead to cast from rather than using the PC. Another viable option, is your TV DLNA compatible? Try Chrome extension - vGet Cast (DLNA Controller) no need for the chromecast. Also with Win10 click the (no idea what it is called) looks like a speech bubble kinda, bottom right corner beside date and time. Then click "connect" and see if Chromecast/TV appears in the list. My Sony Telly (runs android OS and ym older telly which is just DLNA and "normal" smart both appear) appears on my list and lets me clone my desktop wireless to the telly. I'll send a snapshot later when I'm home. http://www.alphr.com/accessories/1002463/how-to-use-chromecast-to-stream-your-windows-or-mac-desktophttp://www.howtogeek.com/199565/mirror-anything-from-your-computer-to-your-tv-using-google-chromecast/



The channels I want to stream run from a website which requires adobe flash, plus the site has loads of ads, so it is not displayed properly on an android device. The TV is an LG , I don't think it's DLNA enabled, but I'll check. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll also check the win10 option,

However I think casting from the PC is not the big issue, IF I were to sit in front of the PC to start things. What I would like to be able to do is to have a remote option where I don't have to interact with the PC physically. For example for Plex I currently do the following from the comfort of my sofa : I use my phone to send a WoL packet to wake up the PC, then use Plex to search the library and cast to chromecast.


Edited by: "sbirsen" 30th Aug 2016

Simplest solution I can think of is to install teamviewer on the PC upstairs, then use your phone to connect to it whenever you want to. This way you don't need a screen attached to the PC.

Tewamviewer is basically a remote desktop application which allows you to control and use the PC from your phone, tablet or another PC as if you were using it, which would then allow you to basically bring up the flash based stream within Chrome and cast wherever you like on the network (in this case, to your chromecast).

sbirsen

The channels I want to stream run from a website which requires adobe … The channels I want to stream run from a website which requires adobe flash, plus the site has loads of ads, so it is not displayed properly on an android device. The TV is an LG , I don't think it's DLNA enabled, but I'll check. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll also check the win10 option,However I think casting from the PC is not the big issue, IF I were to sit in front of the PC to start things. What I would like to be able to do is to have a remote option where I don't have to interact with the PC physically. For example for Plex I currently do the following from the comfort of my sofa : I use my phone to send a WoL packet to wake up the PC, then use Plex to search the library and cast to chromecast.



You did hit the nail on the head. Any sort of navigating windows on a mobile phone is a pain on a small screen, for something along your own lines I personally use a Linx7 Tablet on Win10 when I need anything windows based and "cast" using the DLNA/wireless casting button from win10. Thinking about what you are achieving have you thought along the lines of iptv for plex giving you all you require within the one application?
Or a Now TV box running Plex client connecting to your plex server from the PC.
Totally chucking this one "out there" since you are selling 2nd PC how about investing in a Nvidia shield?
Edited by: "cecilmcroberts" 30th Aug 2016

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goaten2000

Simplest solution I can think of is to install teamviewer on the PC … Simplest solution I can think of is to install teamviewer on the PC upstairs, then use your phone to connect to it whenever you want to. This way you don't need a screen attached to the PC.Tewamviewer is basically a remote desktop application which allows you to control and use the PC from your phone, tablet or another PC as if you were using it, which would then allow you to basically bring up the flash based stream within Chrome and cast wherever you like on the network (in this case, to your chromecast).



Thanks for the tip. Though I couldn't quite figure out if there is a free version of teamviewer. It appears they only have enterprise versions ? However I did try splashtop, which I guess is similar, and it does work to some extent. But it's still a pain on a 5.5'' phone, even on a 10'' tablet it's a bit of hit'n miss

It's free for personal use - if you scroll down the homepage near the bottom it's got text to that effect

I haven't come across splashtop but looks like it basically offers the same functionality.
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