Oct 16 AT 3:29 PM Dustin Earley 9 Comments

Updated Chromecast with 5GHz WiFi support passes through FCC


One of the best things about the Chromecast is how well it continues to work with little to no fuss since its release. It doesn’t need to be updated in any way. It keeps working with any and all new content you can throw at it. For $35, the Chromecast will theoretically continue to work perfectly until it might somehow die on you. So why is a new model going through the FCC?

An updated model of Google’s Chromecast has passed through the FCC with few¬†changes on board. As far as anyone can tell, the only thing updated in the new model is the addition of support for 5GHz WiFi. Possibly important for some, hardly noteworthy for most.

It will be interesting to see if anything else has changed, but don’t bet on it. If we had to guess, we think there’s a good chance we might just see it quietly replace the existing Chromecast with much noise at all. It would be nice if for some reason it didn’t need a power supply or was updated to be even smaller for the same price, but it doesn’t look like that will happen. We’ll keep an eye out for any more info on a possible updated Chromecast to launch soon.

Source: Android Police

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Christopher St. John

    Chromecast devices download and install updates automatically and regularly.

  • Andrew Jones

    I wish people would stop reporting this -

  • Joe Ellett

    Summary doc does mention 5GHz but the tests only mention 2.4GHz do there’s probably more doc to come.

    If Google weren’t adding 5GHz why would they be submitting the same old Chromecast to the FCC? We can reasonably assume this submission is to add a feature and 5GHz seems logical.

    Self-powered through HDMI would be nice but it’s a pipe dream. HDMI does not provide anywhere near enough power to operate even a modestly-powered Chromecast.

    • Bryan

      The Chromecast team did a AMA on reddit yesterday. They said there is no 5Ghz on the new device at the FCC. They said if there was going to be 5Ghz it would of been tested.

  • M3rc Nate

    So for $65 more, i can get the Nexus TV which does everything the Chromecast does and more right?

  • Chromer

    Should be fascinating to watch how Chromecast and Android TV evolve.

    Learn more about the Chromecast on Google+ : http://bit.ly/ChromecastCentral

  • MitchRapp81

    Although adding 5GHZ support would be nice (I like splitting my devices on this or that band at home) – what’d be even better is AAC audio support. I’ll ditch my little android tv box right away, since the only files it can’t play 100% are those with AAC audio.

    The REAL treat for us Chromecast users would be XBMC making an app for it!

    • FoferX

      For what it’s worth, the Chromecast has no “apps.” It’s a receiver for content flung from other websites and apps, on other devices. So what XBMC would need to do is, is make their existing apps (desktop and mobile) be Chromecast compatible. THAT would be fantastic. Of course the challenge there is transcoding the non-MP4 content. And while we’re on the subject, Plex already does this.

  • renn9420

    Need to still get me one. Been meaning to.