I thought the antenna actually did something... nevermind

  • 5
    It probably acts as an amplifier or something
  • 23
    @liammartens it isn't even connected, it is just show. The real antenna is on the circuit board
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    @moars42 lol that's why @liammartens said it 'act'. They put the antenna they could have done a little more effort and connect the two... #MadeInChina
  • 6
    damn. cut a wire and stick it up the external antenna and solder the other end to the chip. better yet do that and run the wire to a dish made of tin foil and steal people's wifi
  • 7
    Probably they used universal plastic case, or case originally used for something else.
  • 5
    That feel when buzzwords evolve into useless aesthetics
  • 101
    That's not an antenna, it's some kind of vestigial defense mechanism to make it appear larger to predators.
  • 4
    They probably thought the antenna would provide more synergy.
  • 9
    That's not a mistake. That's a feature ;)
  • 5
    They just assumed nobody was going to take it apart. Looks like they assumed wrong.
  • 0
    @stisch lol hahaha
  • 26
    It's probably just there for the placebo effect. If the customer thinks it's necessary, they'll probably pick a model with a visible because it "obviously" has a better connection than the no antenna counterparts
  • 0
    Dat cheap toy IC chip!
  • 1
    And this costs twice as much as the more basic version that has no external antenna
  • 4
    Duh, that's a handle, not an antenna 😒
  • 0
    It was sending data to servers in China using wireless USB-radio interface. That's why you don't see any connecting cables.
  • 2
    I bet 5 € that the discussion looked something like this :
    PM: "Can we add an antenna"
    Dev: "No need to, we've got an antenna on the chip"
    PM: "But the user expects an antenna, Cisco devices have them"
    Dev:"Okay, you'll get your antenna" *glues antenna onto the finished device*
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