As first reported in Android Police, Google quietly launched the $15 ethernet adapter for its Chromecast video streaming dongle via its Google Store on Wednesday.
Android Police posted its article at 12:16 p.m. PT Wednesday. Less than an hour later, it noted that the accessory had already sold out.
The adapter plugs into the USB charging port of the Chromecast and has an input for an ethernet cord and and a wall adapter for power. In order for this to work, your router needs an ethernet output and has to be placed fairly close to your TV; otherwise you’ll need a very long cable.
Even under the best of circumstances, the Wi-Fi connectivity of the Chromecast isn’t the greatest: it only has a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection, which means it can’t connect to modern 5 GHz networks. Even if the Chromecast did have 5 GHz Wi-Fi connectivity, it still wouldn’t be as fast or stable as a wired connection.Since the Chromecast isn’t a device that anyone is going to be moving around a lot, this ethernet adapter makes a lot of sense. Its $15 price tag seems like money well spent for a much faster connection.
Google has yet to respond to our inquiry on when the adapter will be available again.