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ChromeCast - What kind of data usage should I expect?

I just moved and Chromecast seems like the answer for me. I just don't know what kind of wireless plan I'm going to need. Generally, the only other downloading/streaming I'll be doing is via my Nexus 7 tablet and there should be no other users. Anyone got experience and advise regarding the cheapest, best and most reliable option I should be looking at?

created by hippiechick on Feb 11, 2014 at 11:27:22 am     Comments: 5

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Chrome cast shouldn't use any more data than a roku box or apple tv. If you're using it to stream TV / Movies via Hulu & Netflix and you watch that kind of stuff a LOT, you'll want a decent data plan.

My wife and I use a chromecast and a roku, and we can hit up to 75% of our allowed data through a basic cable set up with Buckeye. http://www.buckeyecablesystem.com/express/speedplans.html We're using their 7 Mbps plan.

oops... I just noticed you said wireless... are you trying to downtown your tv via a phone plan?

posted by upso on Feb 11, 2014 at 11:47:32 am     #  

Not through a phone plan, no. You have a wireless router for your Buckeye set up, right? I've actually looked at a couple of mobile wifi devices/plans.

posted by hippiechick on Feb 11, 2014 at 12:23:05 pm     #  

Upso - what do you use your ChromeCast for that your Roku doesn't do?

posted by Spaceace on Feb 11, 2014 at 01:31:15 pm     #  

hippiechick, sorry for the misunderstanding. The term wireless usually refers to phones, while wifi is usually used in regards to internet. I was confused. :)

Spaceace, I just bought the Chromecast as an experiment. For $35 it seemed like a fun thing to play around with and honestly, I don't use it much. The only thing it offers that I can't do with roku, is stream my browser (chrome) on to my TV.

posted by upso on Feb 11, 2014 at 01:51:10 pm     #  

I love my Chromecast. I don't have a Roku, but use a Wii and an Xbox 360 for Netflix and Hulu Plus.

It's most likely redundant with the other 2, but I just like using my tablet and sending stuff to my tv. Now that Chromecast has been opened to developers, I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do with it in the future.

posted by JoeyGee on Feb 11, 2014 at 04:34:11 pm     #