Google’s Chromecast with official software running on it is already a great device. A new custom ROM however has been introduced that brings in new features and provides users more control over this media streaming device. To get this new ROM your Chromecast must be unlocked first which is difficult to do right now since Google pushed a software update that removed a root exploit.
Eureka ROM is based on the official 14975 firmware and is brought to us by the same team that created PwnedCast, one of the first custom ROMs available for the Chromecast. This new ROM brings in more features including a web panel that allows adding or removing of whitelist providers, remote services, and other features.
- Root SSH/Telnet/ADB Access
- Modify DNS Servers
- Google OTA’s Disabled
- Custom Boot Image
- Custom OTA Update Engine
- FlashCast Recovery Image
- Custom Whitelisting
- Web based Control Panel
Getting this ROM into the device is pretty much easy. The install instructions are listed below.
- Setup and Install FlashCast V1.1.1 on a Jump Drive
- Rename the Zip to eureka_image.zip, and place in the root folder on the FlashCast Jump Drive.
- Plug the FlashCast jump drive into the ChromeCast, hold the button, and plug in power to boot the device.
- NOTE: If you try flashing with FlashCast V1.0, the install will fail.
- Flashing will take 9~ minutes, be patient! As long as the ChromeCast LED is white, it is flashing.
- Once done, the device will reboot.
Once Eureka ROM is installed it blocks any updates coming from Google and instead only accepts updates from the Eureka servers.
While setting up this ROM is easy, getting a rooted Chromecast is difficult. If you are one of the customers who bought this device when it came out and rooted it immediately before Google pushed the software update then you will be able to take advantage of Eureka ROM. There’s also a small chance that you can buy a new Chromecast that is rootable as long as you unlock it once it is turned on for the first time.
via xda developers