These are the major differences between the 17" and the Once you removed the upper case you will be presented with the following: Sorry about the blurry picture. Disconnect the AirPort Antenna Leads from the onboard card. Then, with a Torx T6 remove the black retaining screw. This will allow the card to be removed.
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Please remember to ground yourself before touching the AirPort Card. These are the AirPort Cards side by side. I think the 3 antenna card model is an Atheros N card model vs the more common Broadcom brand used here , which can use 3 antennas for better MIMO. I think you could still use just 2 antennas however. Note the little sheet metal piece mounted on the upper left of the original card.
I don't know what the purpose of this sheet metal is. I decided to go a head and remove it and attach to the Mac Pro Card before installation. The piece can be removed from the backside of the card with a 00 Phillips Screw Driver. Here is the card mounted, antenna leads in place with the black retaining screw also in place.
Also, there are 2 antenna wires that need to be connected to the card. This is more easily done if you have a forceps tweezers since the connectors are very small.
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When you go to do this, you will find that there are 3 wires numbered 1, 2, and 3 that are available. Wires 1 goes to the J1 connector on the card. Wire 2 goes to the J2 connector on the card.
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Wire 3 is not used, it's for Bluetooth. When you connect the antenna wires to the card you will first want to bend the wire with the forceps so that the connector on the wire lines up with the connector on the card. Next, using the forceps, position the connector on the wire directly over the one on the card and push down on the connector with your thumb until it snaps in place. You may have to rock it back and forth with your thumb to do this. It took me a few tries, but it eventually snapped in place.
Hope this helps the next person who has to do this installation. Perform really well on my mac pro 3. Be aware of the card type code to not disappoint you! This is 0x14E4, 0x8E which is good for older machines as mine, it's compatible to install sierra or high sierra on those machines. Thank you very much! This Airport Extreme card was reasonably priced, arrived prompted and was well packaged.
It is was straightforward to fit with the supplied directions and worked first time with no problems. It is an excellent choice for MacPro users wanting to add or replace their wifi card. Airport Card for a MacPro 2 x 2. Works like a charm. Skip to main content. Email to friends Share on Facebook - opens in a new window or tab Share on Twitter - opens in a new window or tab Share on Pinterest - opens in a new window or tab.
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BTW, here is the information from my white MacBook which is similar to the article linked above but with newer firmware and 0x88 at the end of the Card Type instead of 0x I hoped that it give me wake on wireless, but unfortunately it does not. If the Mac Pro does support wake on wireless, then this would suggest that it is the Mac Pro that does not support wake on rather than the particular wireless card.
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Viewed 5k times. Gnoupi 7, 8 8 gold badges 36 36 silver badges 56 56 bronze badges. Upgrading the Airport card to a sufficiently recent version will work. Thanks for actually trying this.