Google’s Chromecast Gets a Wired Network Adapter

Google has quietly released a helpful addition to its popular Chromecast streaming stick: The Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast, which popped up in Google’s online store Wednesday, makes it possible to hardwire the streaming dongle to solve Wi-Fi connectivity issues.

Chromecast has become a hit with consumers looking for a cheap streaming device; Google said in May than it has now sold more than 17 million units. However, the streaming stick can connect to the Internet only via Wi-Fi, which can be an issue in some people’s homes, leading to bad video streaming experiences.

This new adapter aims to solve these issues by adding Ethernet connectivity to Chromecast. Users just replace their existing Chromecast power adapter with the new device, and then use an Ethernet cable to connect the adapter to their router for wired Internet connectivity. The adapter uses the same USB cable that powers Chromecast to also provide connectivity.

Google is listing the adapter for just $15. However, it’s listed as sold out at the time of writing. News of the device was first reported by Android Police.

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