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Discussion in 'TiVo Stream 4K' started by dbpaddler, Sep 26, 2020.
can you test another random Netflix tv show and movie?
Can someone PLEASE provide an Amazon link to a good charger for the hub I just ordered? USB C Hub, Utaxo 8-in-1 USB C Adapter
Or does this hub come with a charger?
This hub does not come with a charger.
I tested this hub with both a 12W USB A charger and a 18W USB C charger and the ethernet port on the hub works.
These 2 Aukey 18W PD chargers will work and are currently on sale for $8:
Note these 2 chargers do not come with a USB C cable and a USB C to USB C cable is needed to plug a USB C charger into the PD port on the hub.
Thank you. I ordered these items, which should come on the same day as the new hub I ordered. I'll return the other hub I had:
USB C Charger, AUKEY Minima 18W PD Charger Fast Charger with Foldable Plug
AUKEY USB C to Lightning Cable 6.6ft
When I get it all hooked up, I'll also be trying to connect to a USB connected hard drive. The hard drive itself is connected to one of my wireless bridges (It's a Router/AP/Bridge - ASUS RT-AC87U...I need to install ASUS-Merlin on it, as well.) on my network. I'll report back findings, then. The end goal is to play music and movies from the attached hard drive.
Just tested 1 more on each service:
"Narcos: Mexico" on Netflix
"Raised by Wolves" on HBO MAX
Took a couple of minutes for home page to update, but now both of those show up as well under "Continue Watching", along with the other titles that were already there. NOTE: Obviously you need to launch into a particular service title from Chromecast itself, not within the service itself.
The Aukey cable you linked to is USB C to lightning and will not work to power the hub.
If you need a 6 ft. length USB C to USB C cable some that will work to connect the USB C charger and hub is this one:
and this Amazon Basics model:
Regarding configuring hard drives with the hub see my earlier post # 331 that I have only been able to get FAT32 format drives to be recognized by the CCGTV.
Thanks, I just canceled the order for the cable you said that wouldn't work. I only ordered it because Amazon listed it under what I should order with it. Ugh. Unfortunately, the cable won't get here until Thursday but that's alright.
I'm toying with the idea of attempting to plug in a TiVo Mini to my network (HDMI to Ethernet) to stream on my Chromecast. Any have experience with this?
Ahh ok so maybe that’s why it wasn’t working for me. I was searching and selecting titles within the Netflix app not within the google tv page. I will give it a shot again later today thanks!
EDIT: Is there a way to refresh the Google tv page?
Don't know a way to force refresh. For streaming titles what I've done is searched for them via Chromecast and added them to my Watchlist (under Library category), and then I launch from there. I had a bunch of shows in lined up in "Reelgood" app that I used as a reference to setup as my Google TV Watchlist. To me the Library Watchlist serves as bookmarks to shows of interest to me, and I usually launch from there and then resume play from Continue Watching if available there.
Same! I'm currently transitioning from Reelgood to Google TV watchlist.
Hmm, I read a report where someone saw a title show up in the Continue Watching row on their Chromecast even though they had recently watched that series on a different device!
Based on what I've read, my working assumption was that the app was just passing its own Continue Watching (or Keep Watching) list out to Google TV, meaning it didn't matter whether you launched the title from within the app itself or within the Google TV UI. Are you saying that's incorrect?
Yeah, this is exactly how I would envision using this device. Except it's hard to do that if a lot of your content doesn't shows up in Google TV's Continue Watching row. Hopefully Google gets more apps to participate soon.
Based on @Alex_7 it doesn't appear to be behaving that way. I assumed the way I'm doing it was the expected way, and it does seem to work when I do it that way. I haven't really tested it a different way, but if I'm running the application on a different device or a browser, unless I'm logged into my Google account with that device or browser I don't see how it could communicate with Google about what I'm watching.
Sorry I just realized you said this in your post. Hopefully when I convert my RT-AC87U from stock firmware to ASUS-Merlin, it permits ext3. Currently, the only choices are NTFS, FAT and HFS. If this doesn't work, I might end up having to relocate my Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STCA4000100), and attach it more directly to my Chromecast. Problem is, is that I'll be running out of USB ports, fast and will need to attach a USB Hub. I imagine as long as any USB 3.0 hub has its own dedicated power, that'll work with my configuration, correct?
I don't understand your specific use case and why you may want to format your 4 TB drive as ext3. What is the current format of your 4 TB drive connected to the router? How is the 4TB drive currently used by network devices and apps to access the contents of the drive? Do you have 4K content with files sizes greater than 4GB on the drive?
As I indicated in my posts I could only access FAT32 drives locally connected to the CCGTV via the USB C hub. NTFS and exFat formatted drives connected locally were not accessible by the CCGTV.
If you are using your 4 TB drive so other devices on your network can access the content then you should still be able to do this with the drive connected to your router using the CCGTV and an appropriate app that enables network access for content (like Plex or Kodi).
If you want to have the CCGTV access the content locally then you can connect a drive locally to the CCGTV via a USB port on a USB C adapter (like on the Utaxo USB C Adapter you purchased) and then a FAT32 formatted drive will be available to the CCGTV locally and can be used by apps that play content locally (like MXPlayer and Kodi).
My post # 341 regarding the ext3 format is relevant for situations in which one wants to expand the local device storage for additional apps and content on the CCGTV. As there is only 4.4 GB available on the CCGTV (of the 8 GB total storage) if you want more storage for apps or want more local storage for content then you can do so by connecting a FAT32 drive to the USB C hub and having the CCGTV format the drive as local storage in ext3 format.
If one wants more local device storage then typically this is done with a smaller flash drive (i.e. 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB). You can attach a 4 TB drive as local storage in ext3 format but it may be overkill in terms of drive size unless you were also using the drive for local 4K content. The case of accessing locally stored 4K content typically involves files greater than 4 GB (which could not be stored on a FAT32 formatted device) so in the case of accessing a large amount of 4K content locally with file sizes greater than 4GB one may want to use a TB sized drive as local storage in ext3 format.
Hope that clarifies a few of the different use cases of using FAT32 and ext3 formatted drives locally on the CCGTV.
ONT>3 COAX SPLITS
SPLIT #1a: FIOS ROUTER (G1100, WiFi Disabled)>RT-AC87U Router (WiFi Enabled)>USB 3.0 External Drive (4TB)
SPLIT #1b: TiVo Mini
SPLIT #2a: WCB6200Q (WiFi Enabled AP)>Chromecast with Google TV
SPLIT #2b: TiVo Mini
SPLIT #3a: WCB6200Q (WiFi Enabled AP)>Wired PC
SPLIT #3b: TiVo Bolt+
For whatever reason, something is wrong with the connection between my ASUS router and the hard drive. I think the stock software may have file size Read/Write limitations. Hopefully the ASUS-Merlin will clear that up. Also, in terms of the File Format, with stock software, NTFS, FAT and HFS are the only supported file systems.
So from what I'm understanding from your reply to me, since my hard drive isn't directly attached to the Chromecast and that it's through the network, that I wouldn't "need" ext3?
BTW, all of my PCs on my network are Windows 10 machines, with an Apple iPad device connected via WiFi on my network.
Yes, if you are going to leave the drive connected to your router it does not need to be in ext3 format. I don't know the specifics of your router but typically you should be able use apps on the CCGTV that allow access on your network to the contents of the router attached drive.
If you want to use a drive that is connected locally on the CCGTV (via the USB C hub) then it has to be in FAT32 format.
If you want to use a drive connected locally to the CCGTV for device storage then it has to be in FAT32 format to be recognized by the CCGTV. Then this FAT32 drive has to formatted for local storage using the Storage menu in the CCGTV. After the formatting of the drive by the CCGTV to ext3 format the drive will be available for local storage. Also a local storage drive in ext3 format will allow for storing files greater than 4 GB.
FYI, as a nice touch, I also saw that now that I finished watching the Netflix series "Narcos" last night the "Continue Watching" entry for it also went away on the Chromecast.
I'm still assuming at this point for "Continue Watching" on Chromecast to work as desired you need to launch playback from Chromecast itself.
Thats interesting because I started a movie within the hbo max, and it still popped up on the google tv continue watching page.