22:05 26 January 2018
On its support page, Google acknowledged the presence of a new bug and confirmed that it is rolling out a fix for Home-related issues. It said: “In certain situations, a 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 specific impact to the network will vary depending on the router.”
Initial reports appeared to centre on TP-Link’s popular line of routers. However, it became apparent later on that the issue is more widespread than initially thought, also affecting other popular wireless names, including Linksys and Netgear. The companies, including Google, have since issued a firmware fix along with a stop gap. They also encourage users to reboot their router or “try disabling the ‘Cast’ feature on your Android device to help mitigate the issue until an update is released to permanently fix this issue on the device itself.”
The bug is thought to be very minor, but it is the latest in a line of recent issues that have been impacting a number of Google-branded hardware devices, including Pixel Buds, Pixel 2 and Home Mini.
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