This guide will help you troubleshoot and resolve issues related to intermittent Wi-Fi connection drops on your PlayStation 5. Losing Wi-Fi connection can disrupt online gaming and downloads, and may be caused by factors such as interference or distance from the router. Follow the steps below to identify and resolve the problem.
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Common Causes and Solutions
Cause 1: Interference from other devices or objects
- Identify potential sources of interference: Common sources of interference include other electronic devices, such as microwaves, cordless phones, and Bluetooth devices, as well as physical objects like walls, furniture, and metal objects.
- Relocate interfering devices or objects: If possible, move any potential sources of interference away from your PlayStation 5 and Wi-Fi router. Alternatively, move your PlayStation 5 and Wi-Fi router to a different location to minimize interference.
- Change Wi-Fi channel: Routers can operate on different Wi-Fi channels to avoid interference. Access your router’s settings and change the Wi-Fi channel to see if it improves the connection stability. Consult your router’s documentation for instructions on how to change the Wi-Fi channel.
Cause 2: Distance from the router
- Move the PlayStation 5 closer to the router: If your PlayStation 5 is too far from the Wi-Fi router, the signal may be weak and prone to dropping. Move your PlayStation 5 closer to the router to improve the signal strength and connection stability.
- Use a Wi-Fi extender or mesh network: If moving the PlayStation 5 closer to the router is not possible, consider using a Wi-Fi extender or a mesh network to boost the Wi-Fi signal and improve the connection stability.
Cause 3: Outdated router firmware
- Update your router’s firmware: Outdated firmware on your Wi-Fi router may cause connection issues. Check for firmware updates by accessing your router’s settings or visiting the manufacturer’s website. Consult your router’s documentation for instructions on how to update the firmware.
Cause 4: PlayStation 5 software issues
- Check for PlayStation 5 software updates: Ensure your PlayStation 5 is running the latest software updates. To check for updates, go to Settings > System > System Software > System Software Update and Settings on your PlayStation 5 console.
- Restart your PlayStation 5: If your PlayStation 5 continues to experience Wi-Fi connection drops, try restarting the console. To do this, press and hold the PlayStation button on your controller, then select Power > Restart PS5.
Cause 5: Router or modem issues
- Restart your router and modem: Unplug the power cables from your router and modem, wait for 30 seconds, and then plug them back in. This can help resolve any temporary issues with your network equipment.
- Check your internet service provider (ISP): If the Wi-Fi connection drops persist, contact your ISP to ensure there are no issues with your internet service.
If you’ve tried the solutions listed above and your PlayStation 5 continues to experience Wi-Fi connection drops, consider contacting PlayStation Support for further assistance.