Yesterday Google started to roll out a patch to fix the Chromecast Wi-Fi bug that was crashing Wi-Fi networks across a long list of routers.
The issue was first spotted by TP-Link and affects Google’s Cast products, mainly the Google Home and Chromecast, which are causing issues with Wi-Fi networks.
Google Cast sends packets between the device and your phone or tablet to maintain a connection. According to recent testing, when a Google Chromecast wakes up it can send a flood of packets (sometimes in excess of over 100,000) looking for a device to connect with. This flood of packets can overwhelm routers and even “eventually cause some of the router’s primary features to shut down – including wireless connectivity.”
This issue does not just affect TP-Link routers, they are the company who found the issue. Testing shows the issue affects a wide range of routers from Asus, Linksys, Netgear, and Synology.
TP-Link sent out a quick fix for their routers, and now Google is rolling out one to Chromecast-enabled products to help fix the issue and prevent it from coming up again.
If you have a Chromecast, you may want to go into the Settings and run a system update.
Source: The Verge
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