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How to make your non-wifi PC compatible with Chromecast

Chromecast has proven to be a nice little device that can make most devices into a home theater PC. The only exception – it must have wireless capability. If you have an older model PC and by older meaning it doesn’t have a built in wireless card.

My main office PC which is a Dell Vostro does not have WiFi built in. It is directly cabled to my router which sits nearby. I failed to recall the requirements to set up Google Chromecast to having WiFi capability in order to work. If you try to install the Chromecast application on your non-WiFi PC, you will get this error.

You will soon be reminded that the PC does not have WiFi capability. I was fortunate to have a new Dell XPS 8500 sitting here which delivered a few weeks ago to replace my main office PC. I hopped over and immediately was able to install Chromecast and begun streaming from my Chromebrowser. Aside from watching official apps such as Youtube and Netflix, I was also able to watch TVB shows streamed from azdrama.sx (wife favorite Triumph In The Skies II – 衝上雲霄II). You can also stream movies and TV shows from Amazon Prime.

If you don’t have a WiFi capable PC, we’ve got you covered. All you need is to purchase a WiFi dongle such as the one below Linksys Dual Band Wireless N USB Adapter.

This is a USB dongle which can give your PC or laptop WiFi capabilities. Combine this with your Chromecast, you will be able to cost TV shows and movies right away. Great deal!