- Many users have reported that their WI-Fi connection seems to drop every few seconds.
- If you too have this problem, then check out this article for some worthwhile solutions.
- To learn more about fixing common Wi-Fi issues, go to our Network Hub.
- For non-Wi-Fi-related issues, go to our more general Troubleshooting section instead.
Many of us a wireless connection to access the Internet, however, users reported that their WiFi connection drops every few seconds.
This can be quite an annoying problem, but in this article we’ll show you how to fix it properly.
WiFi problems can be quite hard to deal with, and speaking of WiFi issues, here are some problems that users reported:
- Network connection drops intermittently – According to users, sometimes your network connection can 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 problem can occur due to your router and its settings. Try restarting your router and check if that helps.
- WiFi connection drops every few seconds laptop, and reconnects, when downloading, streaming – According to users, sometimes your wireless connection can encounter various issues, but you should be able to fix them using our solutions.
- WiFi connection drops yellow triangle, randomly disconnects – Sometimes your WiFi connection can randomly disconnect and in most cases that is caused by your drivers, so be sure to update them.
WiFi connection drops every few seconds, how to fix it?
- Check your drivers
- Run the Network troubleshooter
- Change your security type
- Factory reset your router
- Disable RunSwUSB service
- Turn off SNMP
- Change your wireless channel
- Use Command Prompt
1. Check your drivers
If you’re having WiFi problems on your Windows 10 PC, the issue might be your drivers. Sometimes the drivers might be corrupted or out of date, and that can cause this and many other problems to occur.
However, you can fix that simply by installing the latest drivers. To do that, first, you need to find the model of your wireless adapter.
After doing that, head over to the manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your model. Now you just have to install the drivers and the problem should be resolved. Bear in mind that you’ll have to use Ethernet connection or download the drivers on a different 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 such as DriverFix to download and install the missing drivers automatically.
The product not only updates your drivers, but it also fixes the ones that need repairs, or the ones that are entirely missing.
DriverFixYour Wi-Fi stays stable if you have updated drivers, and you can make sure that is the case by trying DriverFix!
2. Run the Network troubleshooter
- Open the Settings app and head over to the Update & Security section.
- If you want to open the Settings app quickly, you can do so using the Windows Key + I shortcut.
- Select Troubleshoot from the left pane.
- In the right pane, select Network Adapter and click Run the troubleshooter button.
- When the Troubleshooting window appears, follow the instructions on the screen to complete the troubleshooting process.
As you may know, Windows 10 comes with various troubleshooters and these troubleshooters are designed to automatically fix any common glitches or bugs.
Several users reported that WiFi connection drops every few seconds on Windows 10, but they managed to fix this problem by running the built-in troubleshooter.
Once the troubleshooter is finished, check if your WiFi connection is working. Bear in mind that this isn’t the most reliable solution, but several users reported that it works, so feel free to try it out.
3. Change your security type
As you know, many WiFi networks are secured by a password, but if your WiFi connection drops every few seconds, the issue might be your encryption type.
Several users reported that their routers require you to re-authenticate after a certain time period while using WPA-PSK encryption.
As a result, this will cause your WiFi connection to drop and you’ll have to re-authenticate again. Users claim that you can adjust the timer, but you won’t be able to disable it on certain routers.
As a workaround, try switching to a different security type and check if that solves your problem.
Bear in mind that not all security types are secure, so do a bit of research before changing the security type on your wireless network.
To change your encryption type, log in to your router and head over to the Wi-Fi or Wireless section and you’ll be able to change it from there. For more instructions on how to do it, be sure to check your router’s manual.
4. Factory reset your router
According to users, sometimes WiFi connection drops every few seconds because of your router’s configuration. To fix the problem, some users are suggesting to reset your router to the factory settings. This is quite simple to do, and you can do it by following these steps:
- Login to your router with administrative credentials.
- Now look for the reset option and click it. Follow the instructions on the screen to reset your router.
After resetting your router, check if the problem is still there. Bear in mind that in order to log in to your router as an administrator you’ll need to enter administrative credentials.
Many companies won’t provide you with administrative credentials, so you’ll need to find them on your own online. This can be a bit tedious, but you can always reset your router to the factory settings by pressing the hidden Reset button.
The button is usually hidden, and the only way to press it is to use a long and thin object. Just hold the Reset button pressed for about 5 seconds and your router will reset to the default.
The reset process can be slightly different depending on your router model, so to see how to properly reset your router, we advise you to check its 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.
- When Services window opens, locate RunSwUSB service and double-click it to open its properties.
- When the Properties window opens, set the Startup type to Disabled and click the Stop button to stop the service if it’s running.
- Now click Apply and OK to save changes.
According to users, sometimes there might be a driver conflict, and that can lead to problems with your WiFi. If WiFi connection drops every few seconds, the problem might be a certain service that forces your PC to switch from one driver to another.
To fix this problem, you just have to find and disable this service and the issue should be resolved.
After disabling this service, the issue should be completely resolved. Keep in mind that this solution usually applies to Netgear A7000 and A6210 USB adapters, but if you don’t have this service available, then this solution doesn’t apply to you and you can just skip it.
6. Turn off SNMP
In some cases, you might be able to fix the problems with WiFi simply by turning off the SNMP feature. If your WiFi connection drops every few seconds, simply open your router’s configuration page, and find and disable SNMP feature.
After doing that, check if the problem is resolved. Several users reported that this solution worked for them, so you might want to try it out.
7. Change your wireless channel
Sometimes other wireless signals or wireless networks can interfere with your connection and that can lead to WiFi issues. If your WiFi connection drops every few seconds, the problem might be interference from other networks.
To fix the issue, it’s advised to change your wireless channel to channel 9 or higher. To see how to change the wireless channel on your router, be sure to check your router’s manual for detailed instructions.
8. Use Command Prompt
- Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu.
- Now choose Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin).
- When Command Prompt opens, run the following commands:
Sometimes you might be able to fix this problem simply by running a couple of commands in the Command Prompt.
According to users, if WiFi connection drops every few seconds, you might be able to fix the problem simply by running a couple of commands.
After these commands are executed, check if the problem is still there. In addition to these commands, you can also run netsh int ip reset command and check if it helps.
Several users reported that this method fixed the problem for them, so feel free to try it out.
Not being able to use your WiFi network can be a big problem, and if WiFi connection drops every few seconds, it’s most likely that your router’s configuration is causing this issue.
If your router isn’t the problem, be sure to try all other solutions from this article.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.