If you’ve noticed your Wi-Fi issues recently, you may have reason to blame Google. Reports suggest that Google devices with the Cast feature, such as Google Home and Chromecast, can cause problems with your wireless connection. Google is working on a fix, but there is no immediate fix.
Most of the people reading this have the luxury of a permanent internet connection in their homes. It’s great when it works, but when it fails it’s annoying and frustrating in equal measure. And we now know yet another possible reason why your Wi-Fi connection may be slowing down.4 Reasons Your Wi-Fi Is So Slow (And How To Fix It) slow wifi? These four problems can slow down your network. Here’s how to fix them to get back on track. Read More
Google messes with your WiFi
Essentially, Google devices that offer the Cast feature can temporarily mess with your internet connection when waking from sleep. As reported by Android Police, this was first noticed by people using the Google Home Max and TP-Link Archer C7 router.
However, the Chromecast and a range of other routers, including those from ASUS, Linksys, Netgear and Synology, are also affected. And while TP-Link has released new firmware for the Archer C7 that fixes the problem, users of the other routers are still affected.
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According to TP-Link, the cause of this problem is the aforementioned Cast function, which sends “MDNS multicast discovery packets” to maintain a live connection. While these are normally sent every 20 seconds, when a device wakes up from sleep, it can send a large number of packets in a very short time. And this can interrupt your router’s ability to function.
A trio of workarounds
Google has stated, “We are aware that a small number of users are experiencing problems and our team is working quickly to share a solution.” In the meantime, you can unpair your Google Cast device, reboot your router.10 Ways To Improve The Speed Of Your Current Router 10 Ways To Improve The Speed Of Your Current Router Here are a few simple router tweaks that will bring a world of can make a difference on your home Wi-Fi network. Read More
Do you own a Google Home or Google Chromecast? If so, have you noticed your Wi-Fi messing around? Even if you haven’t noticed a problem, install the firmware update for your router as soon as possible? Let us know in the comments below!