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Internet dropping out every 10 seconds for 1-2 seconds.

I was playing an online strategy game and noticed that every 10 seconds I was experiencing a 1-2 second lag spike. I've just built a knew Desktop PC so I know hardware wasn't the issue. Did a bit of research and a lot of people are having this issue. Most people seem to point to 1 or 2 things as the culprit-- Either my ISP is throttling me, or I'm having an issue in the wireless network.

In order to try and deduce which was causing the problem, I looked into the Networking graph within the Windows Task Manager. Sure enough I noticed that in synchronization with the lag spikes, the indicator within "Wireless Network Connection" chart was falling to 0%," which lead me to believe it was in fact the router configuration causing the issue.

I cannot seem to find a fitting channel for the wireless network, and have run into several problems when changing the channel (It just took me a half hour to enter my router's admin console, for example). I search briefly for previous iteration of a similar problems and found some that seemed relevant, but not quite the same, though my technical understanding of networking is pretty limited, so I simply may not have understood the circumstances and solutions enough to relate it to my own issue. Apologize if that is the case.

Thank you in advance, I appreciate any help I can get.
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  1. I would remove the Router and hook a computer up directly to the modem (power cycling it as well) then see if the problem still is there.
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    Hi,

    +1 anonymous1,

    Did you try playing wired to see if you have the same problem. I don't recommend online gaming on wireless because it's prone to problems, interference.
    Is there anybody watching youtube and such when you are gaming. That could cause lag spikes.

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    I cannot seem to find a fitting channel for the wireless network, and have run into several problems when changing the channel (It just took me a half hour to enter my router's admin console, for example)


    Is there a lot of wireless networks around, this could make interference. Also how long have you had your router, maybe it's defective .
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