If you examine the sample network topology shown in Figure 9-16, you will notice that wireless clients gain access to a wired network by communicating via radio waves with a wireless access point (AP). The AP can then be hardwired to a LAN.
Wireless LANs include multiple standards that support various transmission speeds and security features. However, you need to understand, at this point, that all wireless devices connecting to the same AP are considered to ne on the same shared network segment, which means that only one device can send data to and receive data from an AP at any one time.
Wireless LAN Controller
Access points tend to come in two major types: autonomous and lightweight. Lightweight access points do not have the control plane intelligence built in to perform their functions for the network. These devices are controlled by wireless LAN controllers (WLCs). WLCs are specialized network devices that permit the control and management of large numbers of lightweight access points. WLCs simplify the administration of your access points, and they can also assist you dramatically in the monitoring and ongoing maintenance of the wireless infrastructure.
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