Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Turns out your Chromecast could be killing your home network

Google Cast devices causing routers to drop Wi Fi connections Okay, Google: why does Chromecast clobber WiFi connections?
Kayla Schwartz | 16 January, 2018, 05:36

Normally, this would occur at 20-second intervals, however, TP-Link's engineers discovered that "the devices will sometimes broadcast a large amount of these packets at a very high speed in a short amount of time", sometimes exceeding "more than 100,000 packets". Now, according to user reports on various forums such as Reddit, the Google Chromecast and Google Home speakers are creating a similar disturbance in wireless networks. As an experiment, the user disconnected their Google Cast-enabled devices from the network, including an Android handset, multiple Chromecasts and Google Home Mini units.

Google products have had their history of disrupting WiFi connections, with the first reported device being the relatively unknown Nexus Player. The longer the device has been in sleep mode, the more packets are sent. "This issue may eventually cause some of the router's primary features to shut down - including wireless connectivity". If you use an Asus, Netgear, TP-Link, Synology, or Linksys router, you may be experiencing connection problems. Moreover, an identical effect has been reported with Chromecast Audio. There are download links in the TP-Link blog post. In other words, devices like Chromecast and Google Home are basically DDoSing your router with more requests than it can handle. A Google Products expert on the official Product Forums stated that the company was looking into the issue. Some are also installing the latest beta of Google Play Services (opt-in here), assuming that Google may have patched this. Be sure to include the keyword "GHT3 - Unable to set up Max to network" and check the box to "Include screenshot and logs". Hopefully, Google will issue a fix that isn't just a router update work-around.

Coco goes bananas as Americans slip up at Australian Open
Meanwhile, world number 79 Kaia Kanepi knocked out 2014 finalist and 24th seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-2. Peng first played the Australian Open in 2005, when Kostyuk was just two years old.

Thankfully, the issue is now a known one, with some router manufacturers already offering instructions on how to roll back to earlier versions of their firmware that protect against the problem. You can also try disabling the Cast feature on your devices to help mitigate the issue. Some report that their router will only temporarily disconnect from the internet, while for others, the lack of connectivity lasts for extended periods. Google acknowledged that flaw and confirmed a fix.

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