Numerous Google Chromecast users have claimed to face random crashes on their WiFi networks. The router vendors have acknowledged the pressing issue and are in the process of pushing out patches to ensure seamless user experience. The aggravating issue seems to affect Google Home devices in addition to Chromecast. The problem’s origin lies in Google’s ‘Cast’ feature.
According to NDTV Gadgets 360, TP-Link engineers in an FAQ listing have elucidated that the issue is faced due to multicast DNS (MDNS) packets. High volumes of MDNS are broadcasted, via Google Chromecast and Home, in a short duration of time at tremendous speeds. Conventionally, the MDNS packets get sent out in 20-second intervals. The broadcast is executed when the device is brought out of ‘sleep mode’. This process could possibly surpass over 100,000 packets in a short duration. The size of the packet burst is directly proportional to the amount of time the device is in ‘sleep mode’. This predicament might ultimately cause a router’s prime features to cease from functioning, including wireless connectivity
As per NewsEleven, apart from TP-Link, Netgear and Linksys have also moved forward to release beta firmware updates that mend the connectivity mishaps as a result of Google’s Cast feature. The recent network issues have had more compelling negative consequences. Users on Reddit have confirmed erratic disconnection of the network on all devices connected to the wireless hub that powers their Chromecast. An identical outcome has been discovered with Chromecast Audio as well.
Google Product Forums’ users were initially convinced that the problem occurred particularly with networks powered by the Archer C7. However, TP-Link’s analysis debunked these conclusions with the constructive information they offered.