Over the past couple of days, someone discovered the Google Home and Chromecast devices were slowing down Wifi networks. Not only were they slowing down Wifi networks but in some cases causing network outages. The problem was pinned down to a bug in the Cast software where Android phones may incorrectly send large amounts of network traffic. The traffic would slow down the network and sometimes cause outages. The impact of the bug depended on the router. Basically, if you own a Chromecast enabled device and Android phone you may have experienced the bug. Google acknowledged the problem as a known issue. Google is working quickly and rolling the update out to Android phones. The bug patch will come through Play services with most devices getting the update on Thursday, Jan 18th.
What's my model number?
There are several ways to locate your model number:
- Option 1
- On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
- Option 2
- Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
- Option 3
- Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool