Question Spikes at regular intervals when pinging router

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For a few months now, I've been dealing with these regular ping spikes on my wireless network that make it frustrating to play games, watch videos, etc. I've looked around quite a bit and tried a variety of solutions, but nothing has completely fixed it so I wonder if any of you have more ideas that can help.

The first thing to know is that the issue is definitely within my network. Here's what happens when I ping my router's IP in the command prompt:

Pinging <ROUTER IP> with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=12ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=11ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=11ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=16ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=15ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=555ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=16ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=11ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=11ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=14ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=19ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=480ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=10ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=13ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=20ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=33ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=16ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=404ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=13ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=15ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=12ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=11ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=14ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=307ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=23ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=16ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=13ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=10ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=14ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=245ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=16ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=14ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=16ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=12ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=12ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=183ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=12ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=11ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=13ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=11ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=16ms
Reply from <ROUTER IP>: time=179ms
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Ping statistics for <ROUTER IP>:
Packets: Sent = 100, Received = 100, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 10ms, Maximum = 1053ms, Average = 129ms

As you see, the spikes occur every 6th "tick" with no reported packet loss. I've read that sometimes this behavior is a sign that your router is automatically looking for other networks to join, but I don't believe that is my issue. I tried disabling the WLAN auto-configuration logic in the console, but it did not make any difference in the ping tests. Here is a guide I used previously that did not work:

I also read this can be related to old wifi or motherboard drivers, but those are up-to-date for me.

The only thing that regularly "fixes" the problem is to restart my router, but the network only works well for a few days before spiking again.

Lastly, here's some information about my setup for you guys:
  • Windows x64
  • motherboard: MSI Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON ATX LGA1151
  • wifi adapter: Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • modem/router: Ubee DVW32CB
That's about it, any help is appreciated!
 
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You found the pretty standard solution in the post you link. Not sure why autoconfig does that on only some wifi chipsets. I also know people have changed the roaming aggressiveness to fix/reduce it. The machine should not look for other networks unless the signal is low.
 
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