Check Point Endpoint Security breaks Chromecast streaming
This Christmas I was given a Google Chromecast, and I’ve now finally gotten around to actually installing it. The setup was a breeze, and streaming from my iPhone was working as it should. But I was not able to connect my MacBook Pro (running Mavericks) to it. I downloaded the Chromecast App, but it was not able to find the device. It would do a little searching…
…and then telling me that no devices was found.
The Google documentation wasn’t very informative, and didn’t help me much with this particular problem, or so I believed. But one of the pages I found while searching for an answer, commented on that disabling Blackberry Link helped. Blackberry Link created a VPN to connect Blackberry devices, and Chromecast don’t work over VPN, as the documentation stated.
I had VPN software installed, Check Point Endpoint Security. But I didn’t think that this mattered, as long as I didn’t start it. Turned out I was wrong. Because after uninstalling it, my computer found the Chromecast right away. I didn’t find any settings to change whatever the VPN client was doing, and since I wasn’t really using it anymore, it was easier to just remove it to do the testing, instead of digging around some more.
And now I can stream video as I please from my Chrome browser to my TV. And it works almost as it should.