Using Chromecast with monitor? These are the options

The Chromecast Using it with a monitor is easy to control in many cases. But you may run into problems. In this article we will discuss the things you want to know about this and how to solve any problems.

The Chromecast is a handy media player that you can connect to all kinds of devices with HDMI connections. Does your TV or receiver have an HDMI port? Then you can connect the Chromecast to it and send content to it. You still have to install the device properly. We explain how to use a Chromecast with monitor below.

Connect Chromecast monitor

The same applies in principle to a monitor. If the monitor in question has an HDMI port (so check the specifications carefully before purchasing one), you can connect the Chromecast effortlessly. Installing is also a matter of time, not effort.

After you connect the Chromecast and turn on the monitor, you go to the correct channel. How you do that depends on the monitor. But usually there is a source button on the screen, either on the front or back. It may also be that the button is on the side of your model.

Did you find the right channel with the Chromecast? Then you simply follow the instructions that you see on the screen. You need to download the Google Home app so you can connect the Chromecast to your Wi-Fi network. Then you’ve actually had it.

From the moment the Chromecast is connected to the monitor, you can play to your heart’s content YouTube, Netflix, Twitch, Video country and other streaming services.

Of course you may run into problems. Then we are talking about common problems. For example, the audio may be missing or you cannot find the Chromecast on your network after installation. Otherwise, the Chromecast may have problems with Wi-Fi.

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Connect Chromecast to monitor without HDMI

You may have a monitor without an HDMI port. Then you have a completely different problem, since the Chromecast – whichever version you buy – only has an HDMI connection. But don’t worry, you can still connect the Chromecast via a detour.

Also read → Chromecast HDMI and USB: what do you need?

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Before you get started on this, you should know that the methods available are quite unreliable. Some things can still not work behind, such as the audio for example. However, with different adapters there is a chance that you will get something done with your old monitor (or TV!).

Chromecast with monitor
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Does your monitor still have such an old RCA connection? These are the three tulip plugs in the colors red, white and yellow. Then you can buy an HDMI to RCA adapter. Note that the adapter requires power. Power is usually provided via a USB cable, so make sure you have either an available USB port on your monitor or a USB adapter for a wall outlet.

In addition, your monitor may have a VGA port. In that case, you’ll need an HDMI to VGA adapter. Again, you have to make sure that the adapter is looking for power via the USB cable. Only then can the adapter convert the digital signal from the HDMI cable into the necessary analog signal. If you come across cables or adapters that do not require power, they will not work.

Chromecast with monitor
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You should also keep in mind that the adapter also has an audio jack (the 3.5mm connection). You need that for forwarding the audio signal. You then connect the audio cable to the adapter and directly to the monitor (which needs the same connection).

Finally, there is the HDMI to DVI adapter. Some old monitors only have a DVI connection. In some cases, both audio and image work. If the audio doesn’t work, you need another device, namely the HDMI audio extractor. It should then be between the HDMI cable and the HDMI-to-DVI adapter. The same applies to any audio cable.

Chromecast with monitor
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Possible problems

You may run into audio or image issues. That is then due to the Chromecast or the apps you use, such as Netflix. Certain apps, but all Chromecasts, have specific onboard security called HDCP. HDCP encrypts the signal of the content to be extracted on the target device. If that device can’t do that, then the exercise is over.

You can still try a so-called HDCP stripper. These are special boxes that remove the encrypted signal, so that it is forwarded unencrypted. This is a risk and does not guarantee success, so be sure to get started.

Also read the reviews of the adapters and other products that you are about to buy. Some products seem too good to be true, so it’s best to skip them. Try to find something that you are sure will work, otherwise it will be a waste of money.

Anyway, as you read, you can easily connect a Chromecast to an (old) monitor, although that is not without a struggle. So check the specifications of a monitor carefully before you buy one. And if you have one, check the connector on the back to see what you need.