How to restrict Chromecast broadcast with AeroHive?

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Hi guys,
Our school is using more than 100 of Aerohive AP250. Our school uses common SSID shared by teachers, students & also Chromecast (and also Apple TV) in a single VLAN. Unfortunately, users can see all Chromecast devices in their computer and unlike Apple TV, Google has not implemented any kind of password protection/PIN access to restrict the user from casting/hijacking the presentation.

Now my questions will be:
- Can I use AeroHive to limit the broadcast of each Chromecast to single AP only (in the same room/area)?
- Do I need additional SSID and VLAN to do the task above?

I really appreciated the help from AeroHive community.

Thanks.
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Rajinder Khera

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Rajinder, 

I believe your frustration is shared by many of us. First of all can I ask which version of HiveManager you are using? NG or HiveManager 6.x? 

Following on from this I would suggest looking at your network structure. By implementing VLANs you will not only increase security throughout your network but reducing the number of broadcast domains on your network significantly reduces traffic.

Ideally you would have a separate network for your staff and students. Then you would need to decide which user devices will connect to the Chromecast e.g. only staff devices. 

With regards to AP based access I don't believe there is a way to 'force' or 'limit' a device to a particular AP but I am happy to be corrected. 
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Thanks Luke. We are using HiveManager NG. We already implemented/created separate VLANs (Private LAN) for this scenario. Hence, we enabled the DHCP on this test AP, but, not able to go to the internet. Clients, successfully connected to the said SSID and able to get the IP for the private VLAN but not able to access the internet once they are in the private VLAN.
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Did you solve this issue?  I have the same use case.
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You might want to look at using Cast for Education - this is Google's Education solution and work really well. It has full teacher control and we use it extensively. Chromecasts are consumer products and are not really intended for school use. Although putting them on a different vlan would be the way to go.
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Our use case would be using a chrome book connected to a TV via a chrome cast.  I think if we used cast for education we would have to be directly connected to the TV via a cable, right?  The issue I am trying to solve is ensuring that teachers dont see 30+ chrome casts when trying to cast on the network.