An autonomous access point is self contained offering a fully functional basic service set (BSS).
They are a natural extension to a switched network and can offer wireless service set identifiers (SSID) to connect to wired virtual local area networks (VLANs) at the access layer.
The autonomous access point provides a short and simple path for data to travel between a wireless and wired network. Two wireless users can communicate with each other without leaving the access point too.
For an autonomous access point to be configurable, it must configured with a management IP address to enable remote management. Remote management is required to configure SSIDs, VLAN configuration, and all of the RF settings for the wireless access point.
As each and every autonomous wireless access point needs configured. It can become cumbersome to log in to every autonomous access point and update the configuration, especially if you have dozens of access points.