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Testing WiFi's Short Slot Time

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Published on Jul 9, 2013

Configuring Short Slot Time to Improve WiFi Performance
Wireless, much like all other networking technologies, has many different settings you can tweak. From my experience though just changing any setting without understanding or testing could cause problems.
Like I always say, "Network settings are like a bag of nails; you can use them productively, or you can cause some real damage. The difference being you knowing how to use them properly.
In this specific example, one of customers asked me about changing the Short Slot Time setting in his access point. When I asked why he said that he read online that changing this setting should result in better performance. Skeptically I asked, "How are you planning to test this?". After surveying his 'deer in the headlight" look, I assumed he isn't going to test anything. Then he responded that honestly he was going to change it, and then see if the number of WiFi performance calls decrease.
I explained what Short Slot Time does and showed him what Cisco says in its AP configuration help screen:
"Short Slot Time

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