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Access Point (AP)

An access point (AP) is a piece of hardware that bridges communication between wireless devices and a physical network. The Wi-Fi nodes found in coffee shops and other public spaces as well as the Wi-Fi enabled router found in many homes are examples of access points.

Access points may or may not connect to the greater Internet–although most do–but may simply provide access to a company intranet or other local network and attached resources.

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