This will depend on the functionality delivered by the AP brand.
Start by looking up what AP there is then check if it has wifi
built in and then if the company offers an App. Then read into the App manual and see if there is a function that allows for what you want. Your mobile device (say an iThing) would become an AP remote
If viable, then it will be a modern AP anyways. Such tricks are not older than 5 years or so.
I prefer physical buttons anyways as these are easier to control with cold wet hands and in the dark too.