Tech Squibs: Linkase Looks to Boost Your Wifi Signal


SQUIB: a : a short humorous or satiric writing or speech; b : a short news item. (Merriam-Webster)

This Tech Squib might remove any convenient excuse you might have of not having a signal when your tax lawyer calls.

The Linkase looks like any other simple, plastic iPhone 5 case — until the user flips up the sliding antenna out of its back panel. The product from Absolute promises to boost the smartphone's wifi reception with EMW (Electro Magnetic Waveguide), the company's signal-enhancing technology.

Absolute promises the tech will "resonate with your mobile device's antenna to provide seriously improved wifi signal performance." The reception sensitivity works with 360 degree reception and promises to boost incoming signals with or without that antenna raised.

Does it work? That's the tricky bit. I don't see any tigers in my office here. Is it because of my special Anti-Tiger Mug? Or, is that because there are no tigers for hundreds of miles in any direction? I'm getting a good wifi signal on my phone, but I would anyway in this environment.

We tried testing the range of the phone away from a solid signal to see if Linkase could pickup wifi farther away with than a non-cased phone. Our results didn't indicate improved range, but we did detect a more consistent and sustained signal when the Linkase was in place.

The unit retails for $50 and provides moderate drop protection with or without its antennae.