Will Verduzco · Aug 6, 2013 at 09:30 pm

Fine Tune Your Chromecast Tab Streaming Settings

Love it or hate it, the Google Chromecast is an important device in Google’s continuing journey into the living room. Sure, it’s not quite as functional yet as other streaming options on the market, but the support will surely grow with time.

While Google’s diminutive streamer may not be as developer friendly as we would have liked, official support from large developers and content providers is sure to grow in due time. Until then, we must unfortunately rely on tab streaming via Google Cast to get our content fix on the big screen. As many have found, however, the experience is often far from perfect unless you have an exemplary local network connection. Making matters worse, there is little that you can configure in the Google Cast Chrome plugin to optimize your experience.

To get around the limitations in the plugin’s setup page, XDA Forum Member umer936 stumbled on a method to fine tune your Chromecast’s tab streaming parameters. By simply going to inspect element and removing display: none from the stylesheet, you can access a plethora of fine tuning options for the plugin’s tab sharing. The options present include minimum and maximum video bitrate, quantization, maximum frames per second, audio bitrate, and various debugging options

Head over to the guide thread to get started tweaking your Chromecast’s tab sharing experience. Once you’ve found the optimal tradeoff between performance and stream stability, be sure to share your findings with the community.

Update: Unfortunately as posted by XDA Forum Member umer936,  one of the plugin’s authors has stated that this functionality is not enabled in the shipping version of the plugin.


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