Google has released a fix for a bug which could temporarily shut down or cause disruption to home wi-fi networks due to an overload of data from Chromecast and Android devices.
What is the issue?
- The problem arises when Chromecast and Google Home devices wake from a low power “sleep” state. A chromecast wi-fi disrupting bug in the Cast software on Android phones may incorrectly send a large amount of network traffic which can slow down or temporarily impact Wi-Fi networks.
- The problem emerges because the Cast software does not stop trying to keep in touch with other Google devices on a home network. This meant that when the device woke up it got sent all the packets of data it did not receive when it was inactive.
- The specific impact to the network will vary depending on the router.
Who is affected?
People with an Android phone and a Chromecast built-in device (such as a Chromecast or Google Home device) on the same Wi-Fi network may experience this issue.
What can you do to fix the issue?
- Google has identified the issue and has released a fix, which has been sent out via a Google Play services update.
- Also try rebooting your Android phone, and check that your Wi-Fi router is running the most recent firmware version.
For more information see the full article on the chromecast wi-fi disrupting bug- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42745214