Wireless networks are experiencing widespread growth because of their availability, flexibility, and service offerings. Wireless local-area networks (WLANs) offer network access via radio waves. Wireless clients (such as a PC or PDA) access a wireless access point (AP), using half-duplex communication. The wireless AP allows a wireless client to reach the rest of the network.
Traditional WLANs use an AP in autonomous mode, where the AP is configured with a service set identifier (SSID), radio frequency (RF) channel, and RF power settings. However, having an autonomous AP tasked with all these responsibilities can limit scalability.
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