Google fuels up Chromecast Wi-Fi flooding fix

Alfred Osborne
January 18, 2018

A Google spokesperson had acknowledged the issue in a statement to Gadgets 360 and hinted the development of the fix.

Last week, we reported that an issue with devices like Chromecast dongle or Google Home is preventing WiFi networks from operating properly. However, Google does mention on the support page that people with an Android phone and a Chromecast built-in device, including the Chromecast and Home, on the same Wi-Fi "may experience" the issue.

The company explained that under normal circumstances, Google's casting devices are created to wake from a sleep state every so often to communicate with a WiFi router with small bits of data, called "packets". The longer your device is in "sleep", the larger this packet burst will be.

Users on Google Product Forums that the problem emerges particularly with a network powered by the Archer C7.

The issue, as explained by the TP-Link engineers in an FAQ listing, exists due to multicast DNS (MDNS) packets that are broadcast through Google Chromecast and Home in a large amount, at a very high speed in a short amount of time. Depending on the router, you may see slowdowns or have your WiFi go down. However, this is not the case, if we believe the constructive information provided by the TP-Link team.

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Google vendors have already reported to their head office about the complaints of the customers and they are already working on it.

According to TP-Link's blog post on the WiFi issue, the problems began in October 2017. We'll keep you updated if there's anything you need to do once Google's fix is available, but it's most probably going to come in the form of an update patch, so make sure you keep your devices updated (if you can connect to the internet).

We've reached out to to get its clarity on the issue and will update this space upon the receipt of a formal response. The problem was mainly refraining the hardware to establish connectivity with a mesh router by bringing frequent disconnects and spontaneous reboot of access points.

Besides, with newer devices like the Google Home Speaker or a smart television that runs on Android with support for casting built-in, the problem becomes worse which should be fixed through the hardware update rolled out on Google Play Services.

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