Discussion in 'Accessories' started by FreakKitchen, May 6, 2008.
Could a case interfere the wifi quality?
Yes. If the case is thick enough, wifi quality is affected. That is why most cases are thin or have a wifi cutout.
It depends on the material and thickness of the case.
As cavefishes and hakk79 said, material and thickness may cause interference. Read on for a technical explanation Please Register or Log in to view images
Radio waves work EXACTLY like light (in fact, radio waves and light are both electromagnetic radiation just different wavelengths), except many more substances appear like glass to it. Metal doesn't, which is why iPod touches and iPhones have plastic sections on the back; they're for the antennas.
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woah, I never realized that was why the small section was plastic on the itouch. you get + rep for that. also, the whole glass example really helps understand it.
Depending on the case you have, if it is covering the Wi-Fi attena, you will loose the quality of your connection. Make sure to purchase a case with an opening so the black-plastic attena area to retrieve the Wi-Fi signal is out in the open.
There's also another hidden antenna-like feature, for the auto brightness control. It's located in the black area to the left of the screen, and you can't see it. Some cases provide a small circular opening for this area, which is why you know it is there. It's to control automatic brightness by figuring out the brightness of the room.
It does depend on the material or the thickness of the case.
I think thats why official ipod cases are so expensive, because they are made especially to protect and to not interfere with the ipods functions, such as wi fi (important one).
+REP if i helped you...Thanks =D
The iClear does affect the Wi-Fi
I bought a clear plastic "Griffin" case, and I'm SURE it interferes with WiFi signals. I always get a better conection downstairs without the case Please Register or Log in to view images (My router is upstairs of course). The case being "clear" makes no difference to the signal, it's the thickness of the case that sort of "blocks" the radio waves just a touch (pardon the pun).
If I'm in the room with the router I leave the case on, but if I use the Touch further away, I take the case off Please Register or Log in to view images
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