Wireless access points (AP) enable wireless connection of end devices to the LAN via WLAN, often also referred to synonymously as WiFi. They usually offer different operating modes such as AP, client, bridge or repeater mode, whereby different scenarios for connecting devices to the LAN can be realised.
In AP mode, nearby devices equipped with a WLAN adapter recognise the provided WLAN network via SSID and simply connect. In client mode, the access point assumes the function of a WLAN adapter for devices with a LAN but without a WLAN interface. In briding mode, 2 access points connect directly to each other and thus connect two networks wirelessly. Working as a repeater, an access point extends the WLAN network of another access point in terms of the illuminated area.