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Google Chromecast Ultra Streaming Media Player (NC2-6A5-D) on sale for $59 + Shipping is free.
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Perfect! Thank you. I'm watching a YT video as we speak.

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Does anyone have any real world experience with the Chromecast Ultra vs Chromecast 2 in regards to performance?
How about the Chromecast Ultra vs a Nexus Player?

Would be interested in hearing your about your experience if so.

Thanks!

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I haven't tried the Ultra yet, but I'm thinking that the ethernet port along might make it a worthy upgrade. I live in an apartment building and there's so much bandwidth interference (there's 18 WiFi networks in range), which seems to create buffering issues. I think going through the wired ethernet port should fix the problem. The apps on my phone keep losing the Cast button every other week and the only option then is to restart the router. 

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I ended up going Roku route and never looked back. Chromecast (hardware) tends to be buggy and lose connection with the client (iPad in my case) after some time passes or if other apps on iPad push YouTube/HBO/whatever out of active memory. Reconnecting to pause is easily a 2-3 minute process with about 50% success rate, not very useful if you're trying to pause to pick up a phone or answer a door bell.

Roku (the hardware) devices support Chromecast (the protocol) with none of the weird side effects - even Google's own YouTube app does not lose connection to Roku (hardware), while it does so given any chance on Chromecast (hardware).

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JavaCoder said:   I ended up going Roku route and never looked back. Chromecast (hardware) tends to be buggy and lose connection with the client (iPad in my case) after some time passes or if other apps on iPad push YouTube/HBO/whatever out of active memory. Reconnecting to pause is easily a 2-3 minute process with about 50% success rate, not very useful if you're trying to pause to pick up a phone or answer a door bell.

Roku (the hardware) devices support Chromecast (the protocol) with none of the weird side effects - even Google's own YouTube app does not lose connection to Roku (hardware), while it does so given any chance on Chromecast (hardware).

Can you cast games to Roku? didnt think so. (not screencast.. play special chromecast games)
Can you cast google photos and videos (from server.. not phone) I dont think so.

FWIW: I have Roku 3, Chromecast 2 and Fire TV Stick all hooked up to my main TV and have no problems with any of them.

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