[quote=“DJNOMI, post:3, topic:21920”]
first you can play media only on google chrome browser with limited supported formats , secondly support is upto 720p only and 3rdly poor performance as you should have better Wifi Router to give full throughput
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/videostream-for-google-ch/cnciopoikihiagdjbjpnocolokfelagl?hl=ensupports 1080p videostreaming - it works on laptops (not Chromebooks) but - as you said - needs Chrome. For MKV videos, I've seen the extension transcode files on the fly and stream them. They even have a simple remote (pause, play, seek) for Android phones (can't comment on iPhones, sorry). I have a 802.11bgn (it says wireless N lite, but the AP only connects to a maximum of 65mbps on my laptop) and it streams perfectly fine.
I think there's no way of trying to get a Chromecast stream set up in, say, Firefox (or at least I haven't found a way). That said, I'm not sure Google would support it (since they would probably want you to use their services etc.). For a low price, I personally think it's a decent compromise.
But if you're not willing to settle for the Chromecast (I initially thought it would have a limited scope, but the more I use it, the more I realize how useful it is, since I can also mirror tabs and use a VPN connection and play what I want), you can try searching on the Roku stick - since they say that it's very similar (but lacks the support the Chromecast has garnered). Screen mirroring is limited to 720p because of hardware requirements - and if you have a relatively old PC (say, over 7 years old or so), you'd probably be better off streaming in 480p (but you'll have to test it to know). Newer laptops have zero issues mirroring.
And when you mirror the screen, you can use other tabs.
I would vouch for the Chromecast since I use it.