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An Access Point runs BSSBSA, BASS, BESS, BOSS, BUSS, BS, BSD, SS, BSDS, B'S, BBS, BIS, BUS, SSS, BPS, BXS, USS, ASS, BA'S, BUS'S, S'S, SB'S, BE'S, BI'S, BO'S, ABS'S, BK'S, BR'S, OS'S, CS'S [1] to serve clients. They allow the
connection of wireless clients to a wired network.

At its simplest, an Access Point is a box with a connector for a
wired network, and an antenna to transmit and receive a wireless
network. Most APsApes, Apps, Apse, Asp, Pas, Alps, Amps, Asps, AP, As, PS, UPS, Ops, Ups, Baps, Caps, Gaps, Laps, Maps, Naps, Paps, Raps, Saps, Taps, Yaps, Zaps, A's, AIs, APO, PPS, Ape, App, Ass, ABS, APB, APR, Apr, Ats, DPs, Abs, Ads, Ans, Apt, Bps, Cps, Fps, Rps, Alp's have capabilities beyond this however. APsApes, Apps, Apse, Asp, Pas, Alps, Amps, Asps, AP, As, PS, UPS, Ops, Ups, Baps, Caps, Gaps, Laps, Maps, Naps, Paps, Raps, Saps, Taps, Yaps, Zaps, A's, AIs, APO, PPS, Ape, App, Ass, ABS, APB, APR, Apr, Ats, DPs, Abs, Ads, Ans, Apt, Bps, Cps, Fps, Rps, Alp's are able
to accept connections from between roughly ten to one hundred Client
[2]s simultaneously, depending on the APsApes, Apps, Apse, Asp, Pas, Alps, Amps, Asps, AP, As, PS, UPS, Ops, Ups, Baps, Caps, Gaps, Laps, Maps, Naps, Paps, Raps, Saps, Taps, Yaps, Zaps, A's, AIs, APO, PPS, Ape, App, Ass, ABS, APB, APR, Apr, Ats, DPs, Abs, Ads, Ans, Apt, Bps, Cps, Fps, Rps, Alp's specifications, and the
prevailing RFEnvironmentRF Environment, RF-Environment, Environment, Infringement [3]

Commercial access points tend to come in two flavours:

* Small, single card boxes, with support for DHCPDHAKA, HICCUP, TEACUP, TOECAP [4], NAT [5], etc
all you need to access the wireless network at home, but with a limit
of around ten clients
* Larger, double card boxes, designed more for enterprise networks.
These models tend to support SNMPSN MP, SN-MP, SNAP, SNIP, SUMP [6] management and up to 50
simultaneous clients.

The Linux [7] HostAPHost AP, Host-AP, Housetop, Hosts, Host, Hosp, Hostage, Host's, Hosted, Hostel, Horst, Hist, Hoist, HST, HTTP, Hasp, Hast, Step, Stop [8] driver allows a wireless Client Card [9] to
emulate an Access Point. This has certain advantages in some
situations as it gives more hardware and software options having an
Access Point inside a PC.

There's also the OpenAPOpen AP, Open-AP, Opens, Open, Opener, Opened, Openly, Apnea, Openers, Opening, Opine, Oping, Pinup, Upend, Apnea's, Opener's [10] project (and also AirportLinuxAirport Linux, Airport-Linux, Portliness, Airplanes, Appertains, Interlinks, Airplane's, Portland's, Outlines, Hotlinks, Interlink, Outline's, Portliness's [11])
that convert a commercial AccessPointAccess Point, Access-Point, Excepting, Excerpting, Except, Excerpt, Expound, Excellent, Expand, Expend [12] to run Linux, or you can
use a generic PC Unix and configure it [13] appropriately (although at
this stage, it does not actually support BSSBSA, BASS, BESS, BOSS, BUSS, BS, BSD, SS, BSDS, B'S, BBS, BIS, BUS, SSS, BPS, BXS, USS, ASS, BA'S, BUS'S, S'S, SB'S, BE'S, BI'S, BO'S, ABS'S, BK'S, BR'S, OS'S, CS'S [14] mode operation).
Also there is a Windows hack [15] to enable BSSBSA, BASS, BESS, BOSS, BUSS, BS, BSD, SS, BSDS, B'S, BBS, BIS, BUS, SSS, BPS, BXS, USS, ASS, BA'S, BUS'S, S'S, SB'S, BE'S, BI'S, BO'S, ABS'S, BK'S, BR'S, OS'S, CS'S [16] mode for some
hardware.

All access points act as an 802.x Bridge [17], exchanging frames
between the wireless and wired LANs.

Example access points are

* OrinocoSilverOrinoco Silver, Orinoco-Silver, Orinoco's, Inclusive, Ironical, Innocuously, Inquisitive, Enclave, Enslave, Ironically, Irenics, Ironclad, Erroneously, Oneself, Oranges, Orange's [18] based
* AppleAirportApple Airport, Apple-Airport, Applecart, Applet, Applicator, Applauder, Alpert, Appellant, Applaud [19]
* OrinocoRG1000 [20]
* EumitcomEmoticon, Outcome, Emetic, Emetics, Intercom, Modicum WL11000SA-N based
* US Robotics (USR 2450)
* SMCMC, SC, SM, USMC, SAC, SEC, SOC, SIC, SM'S 2652W EZconnectConnect, Reconnect, Disconnect Wireless AP
* AddtronAdd tron, Add-tron, Andiron, Aldrin, Arbitron, Adrian, Adrien, Austrian, Adoring, Deuteron, Auditory, Andorran, Adhering, Adjuring, Admiring, Outdrawn, Adriano, Outran, Outrun AWS-100
* DlinkSlink, Link, Dink, Blink, Clink, Drink, Dinky, Dunk, Doling, Linc, Dank, Lank DWL-900AP [21]
* DlinkSlink, Link, Dink, Blink, Clink, Drink, Dinky, Dunk, Doling, Linc, Dank, Lank DWL-1000AP [22]
* SVECSEC, SVEN, SPEC FD1811a [23]
* MinitarMini tar, Mini-tar, Minotaur, Minta, Mintier, Minuter, Monitor, Minter, Minibar, Minute, Minetta, Minot, Minuit, Mint, Minister, Minda, Manta, Minty, Vinita, Mentor, Minder, Minster, Minta's MNWAPBMINICAB, MOONWALK, MANITOBA, MINIBAR, MAINTOP, MANCIPLE, MAINTOPS, MONOPOLE, MONOPOLY, MANPOWER, MUNICIPAL, MENOPAUSE, MAINTOP'S, MANPOWER'S [24]

BSSBSA, BASS, BESS, BOSS, BUSS, BS, BSD, SS, BSDS, B'S, BBS, BIS, BUS, SSS, BPS, BXS, USS, ASS, BA'S, BUS'S, S'S, SB'S, BE'S, BI'S, BO'S, ABS'S, BK'S, BR'S, OS'S, CS'S [25] Mode is also known by the following names:

* Infrastructure Mode [26]
* Access Point Mode [27]
* AP Mode [28]
* Client Mode [29]
* Managed Mode [30]
* Master Mode [31] - see HostApModeStampede, Histamine, Stamped, Postponed, Postpaid, Stapled, Stomped, Costumed, Hosteled, Hostessed, Stumped, Hotplate [32]

While these names mean different things depending on whether you want
your device to act as a Client [33] or Access Point, they are all
covered by the Basic Service Set [34].

Some newer Access Points can do more modes than the standard Basic
Service Set [35]. Some can act as wireless clients themselves - ieIE, Ir, OE, E, I, e, i, Ice, Ike, Ive, ice, ire, IA, Ia, Io, ii, Lie, die, fie, hie, lie, pie, tie, vie, ID, IL, IN, IQ, IT, IV, In, It, id, if, in, is, it, iv, ix, Be, Ce, DE, De, Fe, GE, Ge, He, Le, ME, Me
they can connect as Client [36]s to other APs. They can do Bridging
[37] mode to form a wireless point-to-point [38] or
point-to-multipoint [39] link between two or more segments of a wired
network. Some, specifically the minitarmini tar, mini-tar, Minotaur, minotaur, Minta, mintier, minuter, monitor, minter, minibar, minute, Minetta, Minot, Minuit, mint, minister, Minda, manta, minty, Vinita, mentor, minder, minster, Minta's [40] can even emulate IBSSIBIS, IBIS'S, INS'S, IBO'S, ABS'S, IBM'S
[41] or Ad-Hoc Mode [42]. Since these modes are not covered by the BSSBSA, BASS, BESS, BOSS, BUSS, BS, BSD, SS, BSDS, B'S, BBS, BIS, BUS, SSS, BPS, BXS, USS, ASS, BA'S, BUS'S, S'S, SB'S, BE'S, BI'S, BO'S, ABS'S, BK'S, BR'S, OS'S, CS'S
[43] these modes sometimes have problems when using APsApes, Apps, Apse, Asp, Pas, Alps, Amps, Asps, AP, As, PS, UPS, Ops, Ups, Baps, Caps, Gaps, Laps, Maps, Naps, Paps, Raps, Saps, Taps, Yaps, Zaps, A's, AIs, APO, PPS, Ape, App, Ass, ABS, APB, APR, Apr, Ats, DPs, Abs, Ads, Ans, Apt, Bps, Cps, Fps, Rps, Alp's from different
manufacturers. Rob Clark [44] has done some tests [45] involving the
minitarmini tar, mini-tar, Minotaur, minotaur, Minta, mintier, minuter, monitor, minter, minibar, minute, Minetta, Minot, Minuit, mint, minister, Minda, manta, minty, Vinita, mentor, minder, minster, Minta's [46] AP and its various modes.

Links:
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[1] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?BSS
[2] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?Client
[3] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?RFEnvironment
[4] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?DHCP
[5] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?NAT
[6] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?SNMP
[7] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?Linux
[8] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?HostAP
[9] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?Client
[10] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?OpenAP
[11] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?AirportLinux
[12] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?AccessPoint
[13] http://www.live.com/wireless/unix-base-station.html
[14] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?BSS
[15]
http://forums.netstumbler.com/showthread.php?s=5df34487e355945f16e13add0243854c&threadid=575&perpage=15&highlight=hermes&pagenumber=1
[16] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?BSS
[17] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?Bridge
[18] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?OrinocoSilver
[19] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?AppleAirport
[20] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?OrinocoRG1000
[21] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?DWL-900AP
[22] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?DWL-1000AP
[23] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?SVECWLAP
[24] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?minitar
[25] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?BSS
[26] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?InfrastructureMode
[27] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?AccessPointMode
[28] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?APMode
[29] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?ClientMode
[30] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?ManagedMode
[31] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?MasterMode
[32] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?HostApMode
[33] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?Client
[34] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?BasicServiceSet
[35] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?BasicServiceSet
[36] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?Client
[37] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?Bridge
[38] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?p2p
[39] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?p2mp
[40] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?minitar
[41] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?IBSS
[42] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?AdHocMode
[43] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?BSS
[44] http://www.freenet-antennas.com
[45] http://www.freenet-antennas.com/minitar_mnwapb.htm
[46] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?minitar

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