In theory, there is nothing that should prevent USB-C hubs from working with Android devices. On the Chromecast, technically not, but the biggest road comes from electricity. You can’t buy USB-C just to buy an Ethernet adapter or USB-USB to USB adapter to connect external devices because the device won’t have any power. USB-C hubs for laptops, however, usually have powerthrough power, so that should work on Chromecast, right?
well sort of.
USB hubs work with Chromecast if Has enough power. The stock power brick passing through the USB-C hub will not just cut in my test nor will the 18W power brick be included with Google with its Pixel phones. In both cases, the Chromecast “boots” only to show an error message that it is not getting enough power. However your results may vary depending on the hub you are using.
For me, I had hardware laying around the house to get Chromecast to work with the USB-C hub. I used Anker USB-C hub, UGREEN Ethernet adapter and 36W power adapter from RAVPower. Cost collection of products more However Chromecast does. Still, it did the trick. A Redditor who soon managed to buy a Chromecast found that a USB-C hub works with a 60W power brick.
Once you get a USB-C hub, you can actually start using Chromecast in full. USB accessories such as flash drives can expand your storage (given the allocated 4GB) and you can also attach a mouse or keyboard. You can also hook up webcams to use with Google Duo!
Personally, I’d say if you really want Ethernet and some USB ports, it’s worth pony up for a Shield TV. The new Chromecast is for simple streaming and not much. Sure, it will work, but for whatever reason you want these additional ports to be better handled by the shield anyway. It has a robust processor that handles only sideloaded apps better. Also, you will get a disgusting mess of cables behind your TV with this setup. You do, but I’m sticking with Chromecast and Google’s official Ethernet adapter.
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