What is Chromecast?
Chromecast allows you to send your videos from your computer or smartphone into your TV using proprietary IP Based Technology. The functionality is limited and cost around $35 USD.
Note: Eddy supports Chromecast controllers only when using Eddy Bridge—which runs on Raspberry PI 3 / Zero W.
What is a Controller and a Device?
Device is typically a TV, sound bar, audio receiver, etc. A controller is usually what controls these devices. A controller can be called a device , so all controllers are devices but not all devices are controllers. For the purpose of Eddy and this blog, we will call a controller that controls one or more devices a controller and devices such as TV, sound bar, audio receiver, etc we will call a device.
What commands can I do?
Chromecast limits the things you can do. Here are the commands you can do:
- Increase Volume
- Decrease Volume
- Set Volume (1-10)
- Launch an app
How can do I setup a Chromecast controller?
You need to have a Raspberry PI 3 / Zero W and have your Chromecast controller on your network. Follow this guide to add Chromecast to your network.
What are the next steps?
Follow these steps to setup you Chromecast controller:
- Make sure your controller is on your network.
- Setup and install Eddy Bridge on your Raspberry PI device (see this setup guide)
- Go to the Controllers page, here, and click on Search For Controllers button.
This will find all compatible devices.
- Select your Chromecast controller and click on Add Controller to Add your controller.
- A Device, Buttons and Activities will be created for you.
How do you test a button?
You can press the Play button to test, in the Buttons page.
Ok, I am done adding buttons, what now?
You can add activities and link your account with Alexa.