Google has confirmed an issue with its premium Home Max smart speaker. The problem in question, affected users say, causes WiFi networks to be killed, which means the router/modem requires a hard restart to bring the network up again.
Going by reports on the official Google forum, most users who are affected by the issue are using a TP-Link Archer C7 router.
One user even got a reply from TP-Link engineers over the issue, indicating the root of the problem could be MDNS multicast discovery packets that are sent to keep a live connection. Apparently, Home Max is overloading the router by sending thousands of these packets in a very short duration of time.
A Google Products expert confirmed the issue, saying they are looking into it. Those who want to help the company debug the problem can send feedback report from their Google Home app. Here are the details:
Plot twist; scroogle doing loads of data mining, it overwhelmed the router. Wouldn't be surprised if that's actually what's going on. Never letting any of these 24/7 listening spyware speakers in my home...
Google is planning to sabotage all the networks and control the world :)
This also happens with Amazon's Alexa, and my Lenovo laptop. I never was able to fix Alexa. Laptop was fixed by using a USB wifi stick, and disabling the Qualcomm hardware. It's a problem more common than you'd think.