I used to install a lot of in-car UHF radios & hands-free cell phone kits. I mostly worked on trucks & commercial utility vehicles fitted with bull bars, upon which I would mount a big, bulky, high-gain antenna. Alternatively, a bracket could be mounted directly to the chassis under the bonnet (which often meant cutting/drilling). The coaxial cable would run from the new device inside the cab, through the engine-bay, and out to the base of the antenna.
But every now and then I'd get some fancy executive with a shiny new luxury sedan, and I'd use a relatively discrete glass-mount antenna. The cable runs under the dash and up the pillar (under the upholstery or plastic trim) on the passenger side, and pops out near the top of the windscreen. The cable screws into a little black box/panel, one side of which adheres directly to the inside surface of the glass. At the base of the actual antenna mast is a similar adhesive panel that mounts on the exterior surface of the glass, directly on top of the first.
I never fully understood how or why it worked, but essentially the signal was able to flow right through the glass.
My question is: Can this same technique be adopted for 2.4GHz and/or 5GHz WiFi antennas?