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    Chromecast in Education

    Anyone else think this may be good in education?

    Hands-on with the Chromecast: Pictures and video of Google's newest living room play | Android Central

    I can see it probably taking off in some schools who have google apps if it supports documents as well as media.

    I will be getting one for home so will see what it can do.

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    Depends on how you can lock it down/password protect it. You dont want kids sending random video to the project from anywhere on the network.

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    I have purchased one from the USA to test out at home and school too. The best thing is they are cheap enough to stick in every classroom that has an HDMI projector (assuming you can do what @ZeroHour mentioned).

    The ability to send the contents of a browser tab to a TV or projector and then do things in other tabs is really cool. Some of our teachers struggle with concept of extended desktops on their laptops.

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    I'm also getting one via a US relative to have a tinker with. I can see lots of potential at that price if it gains more capabilities later.

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    I'm foaming at the mouth with the ideas and possibilities. Can't wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroHour View Post
    Depends on how you can lock it down/password protect it.
    As long as student PCs were on a different wireless network and/or VLAN from the Chromecast adapters, you wouldn't need to lock them down?



    ^ Chromecast bit starts at 0:41:21.

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    after thinking about it more and talking to our HT who likes the concept. I think ill be getting the green light for it

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    Hi all,

    I was recently lamenting that it's not available in my county, but I'd really like to try one. What service are you using to get hold of it in the UK?

    L8r.

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    Its unfortunate it doesnt support 5GHz as thats probably the best frequency for this, high bandwidth without huge range so it stays in the classroom.

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    I seriously don't get what's so exciting about this. I've already got something that lets me view youtube and get stiffed on special offers for things like netflix and it's called every other device in the living room that's already plugged into my TV

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    802.1x?

    Hi all,

    Does anyone know whether it supports 802.1x authentication? This was a problem with the AppleTV IIRC.

    L8r.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speculator View Post
    Does anyone know whether it supports 802.1x authentication?
    Not sure, since it isn't listed as supported on AzureWave's website - the wireless NIC in the Chromecast is an AW-NH387.

    In addition to the support of WPA/WPA2 and WEP 64-bit and 128-bit encryption, AW-NH387 also supports the IEEE 802.11i security standard through the implementation of Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)/Counter Mode CBC-MAC Protocol (CCMP), Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) with Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP), Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)/Cipher-Based Message Authentication Code (CMAC), and WLAN Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure (WAPI) security mechanisms. For video, voice and multimedia applications, AW-NH387 support 802.11e Quality of Service (QoS).
    The Chromecast runs a version of Android similar to the one used on Google TV's. IIRC, the Logitech Revue supported 802.11x so it may be possible in the future to add it if it doesn't already support the standard.

    Is it really ChromeOS?
    No, it’s not. We had a lot of internal discussion on this, and have concluded that it’s more Android than ChromeOS. To be specific, it’s actually a modified Google TV release, but with all of the Bionic / Dalvik stripped out and replaced with a single binary for Chromecast. Since the Marvell DE3005 SOC running this is a single core variant of the 88DE3100, most of the Google TV code was reused. So, although it’s not going to let you install an APK or anything, its origins: the bootloader, kernel, init scripts, binaries, are all from the Google TV.

    We are not ruling out the ability for this to become a Google TV “stick”. (Source)

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    Very interesting indeed. Particularly as it is a third of the price of SApple's offering

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto View Post
    I seriously don't get what's so exciting about this.
    Because it's awesome...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Because it's awesome...
    Seconded!

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