I am trying to design a board that has a surface mount connector. I was shown a picture of an example board that has vias on the pads of the connector. I don't believe the via is for connecting to a layer necessarily. Meaning I was told that they were used for strengthening the mechanical structure near the connector so that it would be more difficult to yank off when pulling and pushing in the plug.
Has anyone ever heard of this? I believe I have heard of putting a plugged via right next to a mechanical pad so that the board is stronger there. But I'm not sure what the implications are for putting a via on the pad? I've been searching the web and I can't find much. Maybe I just don't know the proper terminology for this application.
So is there a standard for adding strength to surface mount connectors? Is putting a via on the pad a good or bad practice, other than expense? Does putting a via directly next to the pad help?