19.4. Wireless Topologies

WLANs replace the Layer 1 transmission medium of a traditional wired network (usually Category 5 cable) with radio transmission over the air. The topologies that I cover first are the topologies that define how the APs will be connected together or connected to the wired network. Wireless extends the wired physical network to one that travels through the airwaves, allowing clients and devices to interoperate without wires. The devices used to do this include access points, bridges, repeaters, work group bridges (WGB), and wireless clients.

Client Access

Cisco wireless products can be directly connected to your wired network and function as an overlay to traditional or wired LANs, or they can be used as independent ...

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