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Best USB-C hub for Chromecast with Google TV 2022

The Chromecast with Google TV is a great little streaming box, but it only has one port on it: a single USB-C port through which the device is powered. If you want to add extra storage to the internal 8GB or you want to add Ethernet for faster speeds and fewer buffering issues, you'll need to get a USB-C hub that offers up a plethora of ports and pass-through charging to ensure your Chromecast with Google TV has the power it needs, too.

Not all USB-C hubs are created equal

Chromecast With Google Tv Aukey Usb C Hub

Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central (Image credit: Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central)

I'd love to tell you that you can dig out your Chromebook's USB-C hub and just plug it into your Chromecast with Google TV. In fact, our favorite Chromebook hub, the Aukey Link PD Pro, works fabulously with either one. Unfortunately, the reality is that not every USB-C hub is compatible, and that compatibility is also impacted by what you're using to power your Google TV setup.

Because Google needed to save every penny it could to keep that low price point on the Chromecast with Google TV, it shipped with a dinky USB-A power brick rather than a USB-C Power Delivery charger. This brick is powerful enough to run the Chromecast with Google TV, but it doesn't have enough leftover power to power most USB-C hubs. Since the charging tech it uses isn't Power Delivery, most hubs don't recognize the full power and don't pass it along properly. If you need a hub that works with the in-box power supply, your best bet is the Vemont Premium 5-in-1 Type-C Hub, which has been tested by multiple users in r/Chromecast over the last few months.

If you're going to use a USB-C hub with your Chromecast with Google TV, you need more power, so do yourself a favor, and please grab either a 65W Power Delivery Charger or a 90-100W Power Delivery Charger so that you ensure that even if your USB-C hub pulls a few watts and your external drive pulls a few more, you still have plenty of power for everything to run properly. I use a 45W charger with my Chromecast with Google TV, and it hasn't given me any trouble yet.

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.