Google home speakers - how to stop them from entering setup mode when WiFi drops?

Gnome10

Occasional Visitor
Hope this is the proper forum to post this - I carefully looked.

As I'm sure many of you know, if a Google Home Speaker loses wifi connectivity, it automatically falls back into setup mode, exposing an unsecure SSID, and the name of the device. I've always considered this a major security oversight by google. It makes no sense. If it can't see it's designated wifi signal, it should just sit there and try to reconnect to the wifi, not go into setup mode. I have no idea why they designed it this way. Not surprisingly, this "feature" has been abused (see below):

There was a recent news story about a researcher who found a pretty massive hole in Google's security to access and hack a Home Speaker, and it required this particular fall-into-setup-mode "feature" to accomplish the entire hack. Google fixed it's firmware in 2021, so any speakers that were up-to-date as of the news release (late 2022) should be protected against this exploit. Of course, if a hacker figured it out before the researcher figured it out, it could have been abused before or during the lag between the researcher's initial report to Google, and their fixes. But, Google's fix didn't even address the issue of falling back into setup mode - which, even after such a hack was reported, is pretty shocking they still didn't clue in.

So, I'm trying to think of any way to avoid this Google Home Speaker design FLAW. Please don't recommend to toss my google home speakers. I don't use them for anything other than music. It's not linked to any personal information, it's not on my main google account, mics are ALWAYS muted - I purely use them for wifi music. The only thing I can possibly come up with is a wifi-capable power outlet iot device that will cut power if it fails to detect my network, and plug every speaker into a separate one.

If anyone has come up with an easier solution, I'm all ears. Thanks.
 

Yota

Very Senior Member
Tin foil hat?


Just kidding, but you could really try removing the wireless antenna and shielding its wifi module with tinfoil or something, then use a wired connection instead.

 

Gnome10

Occasional Visitor
Tin foil hat?


Just kidding, but you could really try removing the wireless antenna and shielding its wifi module with tinfoil or something, then use a wired connection instead.


Ha! I didn't even know you could hard-wire those speakers. Unfortunately, the whole point of wifi speakers is to easily place them throughout the house. There's no reasonable way I could get them on the wired LAN. I wish, but not possible. Good info, though, to know it's possible. Thanks!
 

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