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alanfleming65
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Hi. I have been trying to connect my son’s IPad to his tv in his university accommodation. It is coming up saying it can’t do this and says this is a common problem in student dorms. Anyone know how to get round this? Thanks. Alan 

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Byteguy
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Chances are, the dorm uses a 2-step login where you connect and then enter your student info or accept terms of use.

 

As you've discovered, Chromecast doesn't support 2-step (also called "captive portal") logins like that where you connect and then have to go to a web-page to finish authorization.
 
If you do a google search for "use Chromecast in hotels" you'll find how people have worked around this using phone hotspots and (my preference) travel routers.
 
Keep in mind that neither solution is officially supported and most shared networks like that are grossly overloaded so streaming may not be a smooth experience.
 
Also, you don't really WANT to get connected to a big shared network like that.  If you did, your Chromecast would be visible to everyone else on the network and they could cast to it at any time.  Using a travel router makes a private network of your own and then nobody else will be able to see your Chromecast or cast to it.

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Byteguy
Gold Product Expert
Gold Product Expert

Chances are, the dorm uses a 2-step login where you connect and then enter your student info or accept terms of use.

 

As you've discovered, Chromecast doesn't support 2-step (also called "captive portal") logins like that where you connect and then have to go to a web-page to finish authorization.
 
If you do a google search for "use Chromecast in hotels" you'll find how people have worked around this using phone hotspots and (my preference) travel routers.
 
Keep in mind that neither solution is officially supported and most shared networks like that are grossly overloaded so streaming may not be a smooth experience.
 
Also, you don't really WANT to get connected to a big shared network like that.  If you did, your Chromecast would be visible to everyone else on the network and they could cast to it at any time.  Using a travel router makes a private network of your own and then nobody else will be able to see your Chromecast or cast to it.

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Many thanks - that is very helpful 

Jeran
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Hey there!

 

It looks like Byteguy was able to help out alanfleming65, so I'm locking the thread. As always, feel free to make a new thread if you have any more questions or concerns.

 

Thank you for your help, Byteguy!

 

Best regards,

Jeran