- Many users have reported that their Wi-Fi connection seems to drop every few seconds.
- If you also have this problem, read this article to find some valuable solutions.
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Many of us have a wireless connection to access the internet, but users reported that their WiFi connection drops every few seconds.
This can be a pretty annoying problem but in this article we will show you how to fix it correctly.
WiFi issues can be quite difficult to fix, and speaking of WiFi issues, here are some of the issues that users have reported:
- Network connection drops intermittently –According to users, your network connection may drop from time to time. If this happens, the best way to fix it is to run the built-in troubleshooter.
- Internet connection randomly drops for a few seconds –This issue can occur due to your router and its configuration. Try restarting your router and see if that helps.
- WiFi connection drops every few seconds laptop, and reconnects, when downloading, streaming –According to users, sometimes your wireless connection may encounter various issues, but you should be able to solve them with our solutions.
- WiFi connection drops yellow triangle, randomly disconnects –Sometimes your Wi-Fi connection can be randomly disconnected and in most cases it is caused by your drivers so make sure to update it.
WiFi connection drops every few seconds, how to fix it?
- Check your drivers
- Run the Network Troubleshooter
- Change your security type
- Reset your router to factory settings
- Disable the RunSwUSB service
- Disable SNMP
- Change your wireless channel
- Using Command Prompt
1. Check your drivers
If you are experiencing Wi-Fi issues on your Windows 10 PC, the problem could be your drivers. Sometimes drivers can be corrupted or outdated, which can cause this and many other problems.
However, you can easily fix it by installing the latest drivers. To do that, you must first find the model of your wireless adapter.
After that, go to the manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your model. Now all you need to do is install the drivers and the problem should be solved. Keep in mind that you will need to use an Ethernet connection or download the drivers to another device and then transfer them to your PC.
Downloading drivers manually can be a bit tedious, especially if you don’t know the exact model of the device you’re trying to update. However, you can use a third-party tool like DriverFix to automatically download and install the missing drivers.
The product not only updates the drivers, but also repairs the drivers that need repair or are missing completely.
2. Run the Network troubleshooter
- Open the Settings app and go to the Update & Security section.
- If you want to quickly open the Settings app, you can do that with the Windows key + I shortcut.
3. Select Troubleshoot in the left pane.
4. In the right pane, select Network Adapter and click the Run Troubleshooter button.
5. When the troubleshooting window appears, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the troubleshooting process.
As you may know, Windows 10 comes with several troubleshooters and these troubleshooters are designed to fix common problems or errors automatically.
Several users reported that the Wi-Fi connection drops every few seconds in Windows 10, but they managed to fix this problem by running the built-in troubleshooter.
After the troubleshooter is finished, check if your Wi-Fi connection is working. Note that this is not the most reliable solution, but several users have reported that it works, so feel free to try it.
3. Change your security type
As you know, many Wi-Fi networks are password protected, but if your Wi-Fi connection drops every few seconds, the problem could be your encryption type.
Several users reported that their routers need to be re-authenticated after a certain amount of time when using WPA-PSK encryption.
This will cause your Wi-Fi connection to drop and you will have to re-authenticate. Users claim you can adjust the timer, but you can’t disable it on certain routers.
As a workaround, try switching to a different security type and see if that solves your problem.
Keep in mind that not all security types are secure, so do some research before changing the security type on your wireless network.
To change your encryption type, log into your router and go to the Wi-Fi or Wireless section and you can change it from there. Refer to your router’s manual for more instructions on how to do this.
4. Factory reset your router
According to users, the Wi-Fi connection sometimes drops every few seconds due to your router settings. To fix the problem, some users recommend factory resetting your router. This is quite easy to do and you can do it by following these steps:
Log in to your router with administrator credentials.
Now find the reset option and click on it. Follow the on-screen instructions to reset your router.
After restarting your router, check if the problem persists. Note that in order to log in to your router as an administrator, you must enter administrator credentials.
Many companies will not provide you with administrative credentials, so you will have to search for them online yourself. This can be a little annoying, but you can always reset your router to factory settings by hitting the hidden Reset button.
The button is usually hidden and the only way to press it is by using a long, thin object. Press and hold the Reset button for about 5 seconds and your router will reset to its defaults.
The reset process may differ slightly depending on your router model, so to learn how to reset your router correctly, we recommend that you refer to the instruction manual for step-by-step instructions.
5. Disable RunSwUSB service
- Press Windows key + R and enter services.msc.
- Now press Enter or click OK.
3. When the Services window opens, locate the RunSwUSB service and double click on it to open its properties.
4. When the Properties window opens, set the Startup type to Disabled and click the Stop button to stop the service if it is running.
5. Now click Apply and OK to save the changes.
According to users, sometimes there can be a driver conflict and that can lead to problems with your Wi-Fi. If the wifi connection drops every few seconds, the problem could be a certain service forcing your PC to switch from one controller to another.
To fix this problem, find this service and disable it and the problem should be resolved.
After disabling this service, the problem should be completely resolved. Note that this solution generally applies to Netgear A7000 and A6210 USB adapters, but if you do not have this service available then this solution will not apply to you and you can skip it.
6. Turn off SNMP
In some cases, you can easily solve WiFi problems by disabling the SNMP function. If your Wi-Fi connection drops every few seconds, simply open your router’s settings page and find and disable the SNMP feature.
After that check if the problem is solved. Several users reported that this solution worked for them, so you may want to give it a try.
7. Change your wireless channel
Sometimes other wireless signals or wireless networks can interfere with your connection and can lead to Wi-Fi issues. If your Wi-Fi connection drops every few seconds, the problem could be interference from other networks.
To solve the problem, it is recommended that you change your wireless channel to channel 9 or higher. Refer to your router’s manual for detailed instructions on how to change the wireless channel on your router.
8. Use Command Prompt
- Press Windows Key + X to open the Win + X menu.
- Now choose Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin).
3. When the command prompt opens, run the following commands:
- ipconfig /flushdns
- ipconfig / release
- ipconfig / refresh
Sometimes you can easily fix this problem by running some commands at the command prompt.
According to users, if the Wi-Fi connection drops every few seconds, you may be able to solve the problem by running a few commands.
After running these commands, check if the problem persists. In addition to these commands, you can also run the netsh int ip reset command and check if it helps.
Several users have reported that this method solved the problem for them so feel free to try it.
Not being able to use your Wi-Fi network can be a major problem, and if the Wi-Fi connection drops every few seconds, your router settings are likely causing this problem.
If your router is not the problem, try all the other solutions in this article.