What to do if your Wi-Fi drops out constantly
- Run Windows Network Troubleshooter
- Update your router firmware
- Set your router to a specific channel
- Reset DHCP server settings
- Reset your router to factory defaults
- Change your Power Management settings
- Reset WLAN AutoConfig
- Roll back your network driver
If your WiFi connection is dropping constantly without any particular reason, we’re going to show you a few workarounds in order to solve this connection problem. We hope that at least one of the following solutions will be helpful.
Wi-Fi keeps dropping out on Windows 10
Solution 1: Run Windows Network Troubleshooter
Before we try anything more drastic, we’re going to try a traditional, easy solution. We’re going to run a Windows Troubleshooter and hope that it will find the cause of WiFi connection problem, and provide us with the proper solution. To run Windows Network Troubleshooter, do the following:
- Go to Search, type troubleshooting, and go to Troubleshooting
- Under Troubleshoot computer problem click on Network and Internet
- Click on Network Adapter to start the troubleshooter
You can also run the Network troubleshooter from the Settings page. Simply open Settings > go to Update & Security > Troubleshoot and run the troubleshooter.
The troubleshooter will scan your computer, and it will provide you with fixes, if it finds anything. On the other hand, if this traditional solution didn’t work for you, you might as well try some of the solutions listed below.
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Solution 2: Update your router firmware
Updating your drivers is one of the most common solutions for almost any Windows-related problem, especially if you’re using Windows 10, because it’s still not compatible with a lot of drivers and other software. To update your router’s firmware check the model of your router, then go to manufacturer’s website and find the appropriate driver or software update.
You might also receive an update for your wireless drivers through Windows Update, because Microsoft is releasing new updates to its users every day, so just in case, check for Windows Updates once again.
We also recommend this third-party tool (100% safe and tested by us) to automatically download all the outdated drivers on your PC.
Solution 3: Set your router to a specific channel
First we need to figure out the right WiFi channel. To do so, your best bet would probably be one tiny, third-party software, Nirsoft’s WiFiInfoView, which doesn’t even require an installation, just unzip and run it. You’re going to use WiFiInfoView to see all of the networks using each channel. Find which channel is used by the most networks, and switch to another, less-occupied, channel.
Now that we determined which channel we want to use, we have to move our connection to that channel. Go to your browser, enter the address of your router and login. If you don’t know the address of your router, go to Command Prompt, enter ipconfig command and look for Default Gateway.
After you logged in your router settings, go to Wireless>Basic Wireless Settings, specify a new channel, but use other channel than the default. If you’re using dual bound router, make this settings for both of your bands (2.4GHz and 5GHz).
Solution 4: Reset DHCP server settings
If your wireless connection connects, then disconnects, and connects again only for a few seconds, maybe your PC is trying to find an IP address and DHCP server is not cooperating properly. To fix this problem, do the following:
- Go to Search, type cmd and open Command Prompt
- Enter the following line and press Enter:
- After that, enter this command line and press Enter:
Solution 5: Reset your router to factory defaults
If none of the previous solutions worked for you, try to reset your router to factory defaults. You can reset your router by pressing miniature button on the back of the router. But since this button is placed in the little hole, you’ll have to use some kind of pin (like toothpick, or the end of a paper clip) to press the button.
Hold it down for 10 seconds, and your router will reset. After you reset your router, you’ll have to re-configure its settings again, and set a new password.
Solution 6: Change your Power Management settings
If you allowed your computer to turn off your Wi-Fi device in order to save power, this may explain why you’re having intermittent Wi-Fi connection issues. Here’s how to fix this:
- Navigate to the Network and Sharing Center > select Change adapter settings.
- Right-click your WiFi adapter > go to Properties > select Configure.
- Go to the Power Management tab > Uncheck the box ‘Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power’ > OK.
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Solution 7: Reset WLAN AutoConfig
If nothing worked so far, then resetting the WLAN AutoConfig may be the answer to your problem:
- Go to Start > type services.msc > hit Enter.
- Locate the WLAN AutoConfig feature and double click on it (or right-click on it and go to Properties).
- Go to Startup type > change it to Automatic > hit Apply.
- Restart your computer and check if your WiFi connection is still dropping out.
Solution 8: Roll back your network driver
If this issue occurs immediately after you installed the latest Windows 10 updates, you may also want to try rolling back your network driver. To do this:
- Open Device Manager > go to Network adapters > locate your network adapter name
- Right-click on your adapter > go to Properties
- Select the Driver tab > click on the option ‘Roll back driver‘
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
There you go, we hope that at least one of these solutions solved your problem. Let us know if you’re still experiencing WiFi issues.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in June 2015 and was revamped and updated in May 2019 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.