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Google releasing fix for Chromecast Wi-Fi crashes

After knocking WiFi routers offline, Google is releasing a fix on Jan. 18 for its Cast software that powers the Chromecast.
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Written by Jake Smith, Contributing Writer on
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Google on Wednesday said it will release an update Jan. 18 to fix a bug in Cast software on Android phones that dramatically slows down WiFi networks.

Reports have been circulating this week the Google Home Max speaker can knock the TP-Link Archer C7 router offline. In a support page, Google explains a bug caused the Cast software that connects with Chromecast devices to send a large amount of network traffic routers can't handle.

Google said the update will roll out via a Google Play services update. Until the update is released, Google advises users to try rebooting their Android phone, and check that their WiFi router is updated with the latest firmware.

Google didn't list specific routers impacted by the bug, but reports have indicated routers from Linksys and Synology are seeing network crashes as well.

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