What do the modes mean on my Access Point?


  • Access Point Mode


  • Access Point Client / Wireless Client Mode


  • Point-to-Point / Wireless Bridge


  • Point-to-Multipoint / Multi-point Bridge


  • Repeater Mode




  • Access Point Mode

    Access Point mode is used to connect to wireless clients (wireless adapter cards) such as laptops, desktops, and PDAs. Wireless clients can only communicate to APs in Access Point mode.


    Access Point Client / Wireless Client Mode

    AP Client or Wireless Client mode allows the Access Point to become a wireless client to another AP. In essence the AP has now become a wireless adapter card. You would use this mode to allow an AP to communicate with another AP. Wireless cards will not communicate with access points in AP Client / Wireless Client mode.


    Point-to-Point / Wireless Bridge

    Point-to-Point / Wireless Bridge mode allows the Access Point to communicate with another Access Point capable of point-to-point bridging. However, be aware that most manufacturers use proprietary settings when enabling bridging mode in the Access Point. A typical scenario for this selection is connecting two buildings through a wireless connection.

    Note: Point-to-Point / Wireless Bridging mode is supported for products of the same series only. Example: the DWL-900AP will communicate with another DWL-900AP, and the DWL-900AP+ will communicate with another DWL-900AP+. The DWL-900AP will not communicate with a DWL-900AP+ in this mode. Wireless clients will not communicate to APs in this mode.

    Please see the setup example here: Point-to-Point Bridge Setup Example.


    Point-to-Multipoint / Multi-point Bridge

    Point-to-Multi-point / Multi-point Bridge mode is the same as Point-to-point / Wireless Bridge mode, however, this mode allows you to use more than two Access Points.

    Note: Point-to-Multipoint / Multi-point Bridge mode is supported for products of the same series only. Example: the DWL-900AP will communicate with another DWL-900AP, and the DWL-900AP+ will communicate with another DWL-900AP+. The DWL-900AP will not communicate with a DWL-900AP+ in this mode. Wireless clients will not communicate to APs in this mode.

    Please see the setup example here: Point-to-Multipoint Bridge Setup Example.


    Repeater Mode

    As a Wireless Repeater, the Access Point extends the range of the wireless network by repeating the wireless signal of the remote AP (Access Point). The Ethernet MAC address of the remote AP is required for the Access Point to act as a wireless range extender.

    Note: Repeater mode is supported for products of the same series only. Example: the DWL-900AP will communicate with another DWL-900AP, and the DWL-900AP+ will communicate with another DWL-900AP+. The DWL-900AP will not communicate with a DWL-900AP+ in this mode.

    Please see the list of models which can operate in repeater mode with each other here: D-Link Repeaters.pdf.

    Please see the setup example here: Repeater Setup Example.