An access point transmits and receives data. It connects users on a network and can be an interconnection between WLAN and a fixed wire network.
A wireless network requires an access point when connecting notebook or desktop computers to a wired network.
If you are not connecting to a wired network, there are still some important advantages to using an access point to connect wireless clients.
- A single access point can nearly double the range of your wireless LAN compared to a simple peer-to-peer network.
- The wireless access point acts as a traffic controller, directing all data on the network, allowing wireless clients to run at maximum speed.
- An access point can be your central connection to a DSL or cable modem service for sharing an Internet connection.
This applies to: