Need to boost wireless signal

I have a wireless network running off of my D-Link Dir 655. Ideally I'd like to get through 6 sheet rock walls, a stucco exterior wall and back through another stucco exterior wall to get to the cottage in the back.  I'm guessing it's in the neighborhood of 80 - 100 feet. Also, I'm right next to an apartment building and there are a lot of competing wireless networks. I do have a wired connection out there, so I guess I could get some kind of a repeater - and that may be the best solution - but I would rather boost the signal for the whole property.

Currently I can't even see my network, let alone connect to it.

A directional outside antenna would be a little problematic, because the house is two story's and the cottage is behind to house.
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dpetr000Commented:
You have a couple of options:

- Use 802.11n rather than 802.11g.  It has better range.
(http://compnetworking.about.com/cs/wireless80211/a/aa80211standard.htm)

- Install a directional antenna to the remote site and then setup a normal WAP.  Clients in the remote site will connect to the WAP which will forward traffic via the directional antenna connection.

- Install a "trunk" line and setup a WAP in the remote site.
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Michael OrtegaSales & Systems EngineerCommented:
Try a DAP-1522 AP/Bridge. It supports Wireless N, hence an extended range, but it also allows you to bridge your primary AP and rebroadcast it out.

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petewinnAuthor Commented:
It won't work to go to depend on N because I rent the cottage out, and sometimes I have people in there who will doubtless have G.

If I were going to do option B, wouldn't I be better off just to get another device (don't know enough about networking) to hang off the wired connection. Not that I want to go this route, but isn't there some kind of router or something that can be down-line from the D-link and either create it's own WAP or extend the existing one?
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Michael OrtegaSales & Systems EngineerCommented:
Refer to my comment. The DAP-1522 does this. It's a Wireless N router, but supports A/B/G/N.

The DAP-1522 can bridge or extend. The bridging basically takes an existing Wireless connection and extends it out so a physical wired connection can connect. It also acts as an Access Point, rebroadcasting out the primary AP with the same SSID, frequency, etc.

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yasserdCommented:
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petewinnAuthor Commented:
Id the DAP-1522 something I'm apt to find locally, and if so, where, or am I going to have to order it over the web. I notice NewEgg is out of stock.
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Michael OrtegaSales & Systems EngineerCommented:
He he....I bought the last 2 from NewEgg on an install last week. I believe BestBuy, Fry's, and a few other retailers have them, but you should call to see if they have stock. Amazon.com has them available.

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NetEngineerFoxCommented:
Do the buildings share the same power grid?  You -might- be able to use one of the networking devices that works at 10m using the existing power wiring in your house.  Not sure on the reliablility of these, but it couldn't hurt to try!  If nothing else, you can just use that and hook up and AP on the cottage side.

I wouldn't advertise "high speed internet" but it might get the job done :)
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petewinnAuthor Commented:
And you expect points for directing me to a solution you knowingly undermined ... then laughed in my face ..... hmmmm :)
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Michael OrtegaSales & Systems EngineerCommented:
Sorry man, should've posted earlier. =)

Buy.com, amazon.com, dell.com, are some online retailers that have them in stock. I know buy.com has them for $99 with free shipping.

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petewinnAuthor Commented:
What;s the difference between a bridge and an access point?
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yasserdCommented:
http://www.wi-fiplanet.com/tutorials/article.php/1563991

Basically, a bridge is between networks and AP is between a network and clients.
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Michael OrtegaSales & Systems EngineerCommented:
Access point broadcasts out a wireless signal. A Bridge connects to a wireless ap or router and bridges it to it's physical location.

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petewinnAuthor Commented:
I have the DAP-1522 and either I don't understand how to configure it, or I haven't communicated my needs properly. Just looking at the box, without any antenna, how is it going to supply wireless on it's end? Is the antenna built into it or something?
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yasserdCommented:
This device can work as either AP or bridge. It has an internal antenna.

You can connect it to a wired network and it will broadcast it wirelessly.
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yasserdCommented:
Well, there is another option. You may operate the device in bridge mode and connect the PC in the cottage to it by wire and DAP-1522 would connect to the old wireless router wirelessly.
Like this: PC__DAP-  -  -  -  - Dir655

For detailed info check the manual:
ftp://ftp.dlink.com/Multimedia/dap1522/Manual/dap1522_manual_130.zip
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