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Google Home speaker crashing routersThe smart speaker is overwhelming home routers, dropping internet connections. But there are ways to fix the bug.
OK Google, why are you crashing WiFi routers? Google announced it is working on fixing a problem with the Google Home smart speaker after reports of home routers acting up and dropping connections. And the problem may also extend to Google's Chromecast streaming dongles. Android police first reported that the Google Home Max speaker was knocking TP linked routers offline. With temporary outages, but soon came in other reports of the same issue involving other brands of routers, including Asus, Linksys, Net Gear and Snology. Now TP Link has a blog post explaining Explaining the issue, essentially Google is flooding routers with too much information, overwhelming it until it crashes. Normally a device would connect to a router by sending out data packets every 20 seconds. But the Google Home Speaker is sending an excessive number of packets, as much as 100,000 packets. The issue is worse when the device is awakened from sleep mode. The longer the device This is in sleep, the larger the packet burst. Now, Google told the blog 95 Google that is working on fixing the issue but some router companies are also releasing firmware updates to combat the problem. If you think Google Home or Chromecast is crashing your router, let us known in the comments. I'm Bridget Carey, and you can find the latest updates and advice on how to cure this bug on CNET. COM.