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Catherine Tramell

Catherine Tramell has been covering technology as a freelance writer for over a decade. She has been writing for Pointer Clicker for over a year, further expanding her expertise as a tech columnist. Catherine likes spending time with her family and friends and her pastimes are reading books and news articles.

Dolby Atmos Vs. Dolby Digital: A 101 Guide 

Music is subject to taste. But the difference in audio quality is discernible. Dolby Atmos, for instance, is not the same as a traditional surround sound setup. Similarly, Dolby Digital could introduce nuances that other sound technologies may not offer. So, what are Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital? What added things do they bring to …

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RG6 vs. RG11 Coaxial Cable 

Coaxial cables are some of the most well-built, rigid wires. They’ve been around for decades, primarily used in cable TV and commercial radio applications all along, besides having other uses. The name “coaxial” stems from the cable’s external shield and inner conductor component sharing a geometric axis. Coaxial cables aren’t the only cords to have …

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Will My Chromecast Stop Streaming When My TV Is Off? 

Smart TVs were not as ubiquitous a few years ago as they are today. During the early 2010s, a regular TV that couldn’t connect to the internet was the norm, at least in developing countries. When Google launched Chromecast in 2013, the dynamics of the TV landscape changed dramatically. Suddenly, people could watch online content …

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Does Your Chromecast Affect Your Internet Speed?

Chromecasts require the internet to function, irrespective of whether the content being cast is offline or on the internet. You can connect the streaming device to the internet wired (Ethernet) or wirelessly (Wi-Fi). Ethernet connection is more reliable, but it’s not the most practical. Chromecasts are usually connected to the internet wirelessly. But with Wi-Fi …

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How Long Would My Google Chromecast Last?

Electronic devices, big or small, have a definite lifespan. How long depends on the device, the built-in components, support, and other things. A gadget reaches its end if the hardware breaks beyond repair—for instance, a water-damaged phone. Devices also die a slow or induced death. If your phone is too old to receive software updates …

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Does My Chromecast Have a Web Browser?

Initially released in July 2013, Chromecasts have come a long way as a “streaming device.” The inclusion of a dedicated remote with Chromecast with Google TV is one of the many signs of its evolution over the years. Although other streaming hardware options exist, the Chromecast continues to be a compelling option, particularly if you’re …

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Why Does My Chromecast Keep Pausing?

A Chromecast is as good as its connection to the internet. If the Wi-Fi signals received are weak, expect sub-par performance.  The latest Chromecast with bad internet would perform worse than an older Chromecast receiving reliable internet. When the streaming dongle is not at its optimal best, it will let you know the same in …

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How Far Could My Chromecast Be from My Router?

Wi-Fi signals travel in the air. But the flight is limited by distance. The further the signal-receiving device, the slightly weaker it will get. After a certain point, it will drop off. Chromecasts need the internet to function. Although you can use the device wired, most connect it to the router wirelessly for the obvious …

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Do I Need to Turn Off My Chromecast When Not in Use?

Chromecast is pretty simple by design and function.  Just plug it into the back of your TV, source power from the TV’s USB port or wall adapter, connect it to the same Wi-Fi as the casting device, and you’re ready to roll. But there are some minor things about the device that may confuse users. …

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Can You Become Fluent in a Language by Watching TV? 

Learning is perpetual. Schools and universities only lay the foundation. Some people learn to enhance existing skills and get better at what they currently do. Others choose to explore entirely new domains and develop new skill sets altogether. Learning a language you don’t speak at home or work is exploring uncharted territory. For most people, …

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Which HDMI Port Should I Use for My Chromecast? 

When Chromecast was first released, it seemed like all you needed to do was plug the device into a TV’s HDMI port and connect it to the internet. That was the initial assumption of some people, at least. Upon further inspection, people realized the streaming dongle also requires power, which HDMI cannot supply. It needed …

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Does Chromecast Use My Phone Data?

A Chromecast cannot work without an internet connection, except when mirroring your phone or playing local files stored on the device.  Even then, it needs to be connected to the same internet as your phone or laptop. You cannot truly work with a completely offline Chromecast.  To stream movies and similar online content, your Chromecast …

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Why is My Chromecast Buffering?

The term “buffering” denotes the intermittent pauses when playing videos online. The phenomena could be due to slow internet coupled with heavy files—for instance, a 4K HDR video. The Google Chromecast is an excellent device for streaming online content to a TV. But it’s not perfect. For instance, it has heating issues. There’s also buffering, …

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Will Chromecast Work With Wi-Fi 6?

Chromecasts connect to any wireless connection, be it regular Wi-Fi or mobile data transmitted as wireless signals through the mobile hotspot feature. Talking about wireless internet, it has improved significantly over the years. It has not just become capable of transmitting wireless signals at a faster rate, but wireless Wi-Fi has also become a lot …

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