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Hot spot and streaming to Chrome Cast

Hi, I've given up trying to use the local nbn network due to speeds of 0.01 not supporting anything. What I'm wondering is can I setup a mobile hotspot with 4g coverage and connect a chrome cast device to it and stream Netflix from my mobile device to the chrome cast over the hot spot without using data? I can add Netflix to my mobile plan data free and given i have data free music, this would account for about 70% of my net use at home. 

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Re: Hot spot and streaming to Chrome Cast

Hi

 

Have a look at this link regarding data usage for Optus Sports.   I would have thought the same would be true for Netflix if you stream using Chromecast:  

https://yescrowd.optus.com.au/t5/Resolve-Issues/EPL-via-WIFI-Hotspot-Screen-mirror-via-USB/m-p/30582...

Perhaps @Hannah-L , moderator, could confirm.

 

Dave

 


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Re: Hot spot and streaming to Chrome Cast

According to the Optus FAQ'sfor Optus Sport, if you tether your phone to another device and then watch Optus Sport through said device, it's still data free. I know that's not the same as Netflix but there's no specific FAQ that addresses Netflix so that was the closest I could get and assume the same rules would apply. I couldn't find anything in 100% black and white for you though.

 

Also don't forget that when using the data free steaming for Netflix the quality is reduced to SD and you can't force it to go higher. On a mobile screen you'd hardly notice but on a larger screen like a TV, you might

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Re: Hot spot and streaming to Chrome Cast

@Davelew beat me to it!

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Re: Hot spot and streaming to Chrome Cast

Hi guys, Netflix in this scenario differs from Optus Sport I'm afraid. Netflix data will only be unmetered on the mobile device which has the Mobile TV add on. Casting to a Chromecast or similar device would take data from your normal included allowance.


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Re: Hot spot and streaming to Chrome Cast

Hi

 

Thanks @Tris for clarifying Netflix datat usage.

In that case @Nomeian if you have an android phone I would consider Miricast.   The dongles aren't expensive and the data usage would be on your phone.   I have tried with Miricast using my phone and it worked well.

 

Dave


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Re: Hot spot and streaming to Chrome Cast

Thanks for the clarification and advice, cheers

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Re: Hot spot and streaming to Chrome Cast

Hi just wanted to ask about this senario

 

laptop using internet explorer to watch stan and using my phone as the wifi.... is that included in my data or is that classed as a different device?

 

cheers

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Re: Hot spot and streaming to Chrome Cast

Unmetered streaming is optimised for use on mobile devices. 

 

"Mobile TV streaming is suitable for one stream per service on mobile and tablet devices only. Mobile TV will be streamed up to 1.5Mbps in SD quality."

 

As long as you're streaming in standard definition, you should be fine. Make sure that you manually select your quality setting. 

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Re: Hot spot and streaming to Chrome Cast

Hi @Dan_C

Are you sure that is correct. My understand is if you use your phone as a wifi hot spot and then stream on another device using the phone wifi it would not be data free.

Clarification would be good as this scenario come up often on this forum.

 

Dave


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