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access control layer

Baked into the Wi-Fi standards; specifies how a Wi-Fi device, such as a mobile computer, communicates with another Wi-Fi device, such as a wireless access point. Also called MAC layer.



access point

A broadcast station that Wi-Fi computers can communicate with. Also called AP, hotspot, and base station. Access points are used as the central point for a network of Wi-Fi computers.




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