Presumably, no matter how many wireless clients you intend to support, you will eventually need to “hit the wire” in order to access other networks (such as the Internet). There are a number of different kinds of physical devices you can use to jump from wireless back to your wired infrastructure.
Access Point Hardware
Most APs also provide a number of enhanced features. External antennas (or antenna connectors), advanced link status monitoring, and extensive logging and statistics are now common on many APs. In addition, most access points provide two additional security measures: MAC address filtering and closed networks. With MAC filtering enabled, a client radio attempting access must have its MAC address listed on an internal table before it can associate with the AP. In a closed network, the AP doesn’t beacon its ESSID ...