WiFi: Register Your Chromecast Device

Devices like the Google Chromecast are designed for home networks. Connecting them to a complex enterprise network requires more steps. This article outlines the Chromecast setup steps for U of M residence hall use.

Important: You will need the MAC address of your Chromecast device to complete the registration process. Newer models do not list the MAC on the box or device. To find the MAC address, you will need to run through a partial setup and then register the MAC before completing the setup process.

Registering your phone as an IoT device temporarily

For setup, your Chromecast and phone need to be on the same WiFi network. To do that, your phone needs to be temporarily registered as an IoT device.

Starting the Chromecast configuration process

  1. Download and install the Google Home app on your phone.
  2. Connect your phone to the UofM-Guest WiFi network.
    • Note: While connected to the UofM-Guest, you won't have access to many U of M services that require central authentication. Those services require your device to use the eduroam network. After completing this process, return your phone to eduroam.
  3. Connect your Chromecast to a display, and make sure it is on.
  4. Open the Google Home app.
  5. Touch Set up 1 device.
    The main page of the Google Home app. The Set up 1 device button is highlighted.
  6. Choose your location.
  7. Touch Next. The app will now scan for your device. After scanning, the app will display your device.
  8. Touch Next. You'll see a code on your display and in the app.
  9. Touch YesYou will see the room select area.
  10. Choose a room from the list.
    Choose a room list in the Google Home app.
  11. Touch Next to begin finding and registering your Chromecast Mac Address.

Finding and registering your Chromecast MAC Address

You will need to find and register your Chromecast Mac Address so you can complete the Chromecast Configuration process. 

  1. Choose the UofM-Guest WiFi network.
    • DO NOT touch Next.
  2. Touch the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen. 
    Choose your Wi-Fi network screen in the Google Home app. The three dot submenu is highlighted.
    The screen refreshes.
  3. Touch Show MAC address
    Choose your Wi-Fi network submenu in the Google Home app.
  4. Note the displayed MAC address.
    Chromecast MAC address display in the Google Home app.
  5. Use the MAC address displayed to register your Chromecast.

After your Chromecast is registered, you can complete the Chromecast configuration process.

Completing the Chromecast configuration process

  1. Resume the setup process.
  2. Select UofM-Guest.
  3. Touch Next. The Chromecast and Home app will link up.
  4. Touch ContinueThe Almost done! page appears.
  5. Review your configuration on the Almost done! page.
  6. Touch Next.
    • You may see a screen asking if you want to automatically share data, and crash reports with Google. Touch No thanks or Yes, I'm in depending on your preferences.
  7. Touch Finish.

Testing your Chromecast's connectivity

Once you pass through the final acknowledgement screens and while your phone is still on the UofM-Guest WiFi network, connect to your Chromecast using an app like YouTube to display something. 

Removing your phone's IoT registration

When you're finished setting up your Chromecast, remove your phone's IoT registration.

  1. Navigate to the WiFi Registration webpage.
  2. Click on your phone's registration.
  3. Click RemoveA new box will appear below.
    Clearpass registration page. The remove button is highlighted.
  4. Select Delete.
  5. Click Make Changes.
    Clearpass registration removal confirmation page. The Delete account option is selected. The Make Changes button is highlited.

As mentioned in the warning in above, IoT devices will not be able to access any authenticated services such as email. Removing your phone from the IoT database will prevent accidental connection to the IoT network.