Wednesday, July 25, 2012

How to setup Nexus Q

Nexus Q is the first social streaming media player from Google. It allows you to connect to your home theater system and use to stream your Google Music, Movies, TV Shows, or YouTube videos.

How to setup Nexus Q
* When you get the gadget, use two hands to lift your Nexus Q from the packaging carefully, and then place it near your equipment.
* The Q is a metal ball with a 4.6-inch diameter. The ports on the back of the sphere include four outputs: an audio output port (TOSLINK), a micro-HDMI output, a micro-USB port, , and a 10/100 Ethernet jack. There are other items in the box: Power cable, HDMI cable and Quick Start Guide.
* Connect the two-prong power cable to the wall and connect your favorite pair of bookshelf speakers.
* Nexus Q uses Wi-Fi or Ethernet for streaming music and videos. By default, it uses standard Wi-Fi network that must support 802.11 a/b/g/n at 2.4GHz or 5GHz. I use an old Belkin router and get an error message saying "the Q could not be found". Then I get modern Linksys router and it works. It seems that your router should have multicasting enabled. If you want to work with Ethernet, just connect an Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port.
* Now connect an HDMI cable to an HDMI input on your receiver. I go to boot it up and  see the  welcome screen on my TV.
* On your Android phone or tablet, install the Nexus Q app from Google Play store. The app will finds the Q on the network. After set the name for Q, load up a Youtube video and tap "beaming" icon in the top right corner.

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