What we need to install WiFi in a Mac Pro

Thanks for sharing Bauke-Jan! If I take bluetooth cable out and put the 3rd cable, wont it disable BT? I have mac pro early I want to buy wifi card but not sure which one to buy. I want the fastest possible speed i can get. I am looking for the product mentioned in the link below. I want to access both 2. Am i in the right direction? I have a HP wireless card with the same chip as the original apple one since the original is very expensive over here but it works for me both airdrop and Bluetooth are working with my method mentioned above.

Many Many thanks Bauke-Jan! Right now I am buying the card you mentioned. No more taking chances with other cards : I really appreciate it. I will update back once the card is installed. Thanks Bauke-Jan! And thanks Raj! Unfortunately I cannot help you with this question, maybe Bauke-Jan can.

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I had to sell my MacPro a few months back, so I do not have the equipment to check it out …. Are you saying that I need a bluetooth card installed in order for me to install the wireless card? As for not finding the wires; they may be tucked away behind the drive bays, and sometimes it takes a little effort to find them …. Look at this post for example. I received the product this morning. Installed it my mac pro early It took me little while to put the pins in the card. Its all working good and I am all set. Didnt have to touch the BT cable at all.

Picture below to see how it fits so nicely! And thanks again for providing the picture! I was wondering if you know what is this chip which I found inside on the top of mac pro. Hey, I figured: good info! I hope someone finds a use for it. Your Mac Pro 3,1 is an early model — the same model I have had.

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But you can mix the connection types. Feel free to ask if you have any other questions. Great instructions and visuals for the airport installation. I ask, because you had your bluetooth wire under your airport module. And would the installation of a bluetooth be somewhat straight forward as the airport seem to be? On that note: I have never used Bluetooth on my Mac Pro, just once to see if it actually works. For my laptops however, Bluetooth is used quite often mouse. I had to remove it. Do anyone know if there is a solution? I would like to have wifi on my Mac Pro. Which is still fast enough for the software I use premiere, after effects, cinema 4d , so I hope to prolong its lifetime just a bit, but I do need wifi….

First thing I would do is verify that you indeed have the same card. In the meanwhile; maybe others with a Mac Pro could confirm if this card works? The hardest part for me was getting those tiny connctions in. I the magic combination for me was using my magnifying glasses and the end of a chopstick. Happy I am a woman with small hands! Well, good to hear that you managed to get it installed! This will be disconnected and use Pin 1. Hmm, so the same model I have had — sold mine a couple months back. Might there be minor revisions on this model? I just talked to the new owner of my old MacPro the one used in this article and his WiFi and Bluetooth work very well.

However; this is good information for those running into performance issues! Thanks for the advice — great help. Tip: I screwed the card in place first, then added the wires. I found a wooden chop-stick the perfect tool to hold the card flat in the sprung mount. This also frees up space for you other hand to screw in the first screw nearest to wire 1.

I then used the chop-stick to help locate the connector over the mount and pushed down snap it in place. And thanks for the chop-stick tip! One caveat, however: the antenna connectors are wrong. I found 4 antenna cables: 1, 2, 3 and BT. After switching connectors with the same cables, same result. After watching a YouTube video of the same procedure, I saw that only cables 1 and 2 should be connected.

Thank you for the compliment! The majority used the cable connections as I described, and it worked for them just fine. I recently purchased a used Mac Pro 1. I used the exact Wi-Fi Airport card you describe on this article. The card does not have any numbers on the antenna connectors, though. My bundle of antenna cables on my Mac Pro has 4 cables: 1, 2, 3 and BT. Even with the 1 and 3 cables, the Airport card did detect the surrounding Wi-Fi networks including mine but for some weird reason it kept failing to connect to my network.

I had a difficult time connecting one of the anennae to my airport card. I have a MacPro 4 from early According to one of the very helpful users Michael Haas, see his comment here the card might be located differently than show in my pictures. One user reported that his Mac Pro needed the wires to be swapped. For 5Ghz the antenna might be different. Thanks for posting your findings though! This worked perfectly for me on a Mac Pro 1. I had tried a USB wifi solution but the speed was terrible. Following your instructions, am now getting 2x the speed with the internal card as I was with the USB solution and 3x what I was getting using a powerline connection.

I initially hesitated on which wire went where given the comments, but I too found that wires 1 and 3 worked and that connecting the shorter of the two the near post and longer to the far one as you state was in fact the right solution. Also, I got no System pop up on the new hardware, perhaps because I had already tried the USB solution so the machine had a wifi connection already recognized. But it worked the first time. Thank you! Thanks for confirming Tim! As for finding new hardware; You could be very right that the previous installed USB WiFi covered that, or maybe because newer Mac OS X version might no longer give that message anymore.

Worked perfectly for me! I bought my Mac Pro 3,1 in and the wires were never connected to the mainboard!! Thanks for taking the time to post a feedback! Hey, I wanted to just drop a line to just say: great tutorial, thanks and congrats… love the images, I wish all posts were written so well ;. I do have a couple quick questions if anyone has an answer, fire away!

Please let us know if that worked for your setup! Thank you Hans… that seems to have enabled it as it shows in the system profiler and the sidebar. As for detecting devices; well, I have not been impressed with AirDrop. It sees other devices really slow and the transfer rates are not impressive at all. After all when one invests 10k in hardware, even if that was to last 10 years this still has not! Thanks again! Not to mention older iPhones and iPads. Plus the added issues and instabilities … I guess there is no winning as a user. Even the new robot dismantling old iPhones to be recycled is more a PR and publicity stunt than a real effort to be more eco-friendly… hence it will continue to smell a lot like greenwashing, at least until Apple will show how each complex part, each comprised of many different materials take the camera for instance , will be recycled using environmentally friendly methods that are also carbon neutral.

Instead of pushing constantly new hardware and applies to all brands not just Apple and not just phones! Again many thanks for creating a nice venue for those of us in need of exchanging tips and hacks! Yep, you went a little off-topic there. But … I agree. It was supposed to last a week.

Something that has cost me a lot of money over the years, is the endless upgrading from Windows 95 up to Windows 8. I just got tired of shelling out the cash. XP worked just fine for me.


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I got new machines for an Architecture firm and the average Xeon-based workstations with SSDs was just below 1k. Also I was able to add some cheap upgrades on the older Pentium 4 last gen machines removed from that office and repurpose them as digital learning stations at a primary school.

Tips for up-cycling old PCs: donating to non-profits as office PCs, or donating them to schools, orphanages, or similar institution that could benefit from repurposing those machine they got for free. So I am now thinking to get one of the supported cards as listed on this Mac Rumors thread here. Finger crossed then! Cheers and thanks again! Hi Freakqnc. Oh the missing reply button is to prevent discussion going deeper than 5 levels. On some screens, if you go deeper than 5 levels, things become unreadable ….

No worries about going off-topic — the geeks-die is a good side. When I compare Mac hardware, with similar priced PC hardware, then they are pretty close, and sometimes Apple is even cheaper. Mostly cheap and plastic, but functional none-the-less. If not, then I give it away to people I know. But orphanages is a very cool idea! I like that! Did apple ever make a mac pro without a slot for a wifi card? Could it be that you have something like this YouTube example? I know Apple does change thing around from time to time, but since you mentioned that yours is a , the changes are that your mainboard might be slightly different.

Thank you for the suggestion on the card, as well as the easy to follow instructions. Today is going to be even greater, as I will have better internet to get work done. Thank you. Awesome Travis! On my MacPro the antennas are located further down in the machine, near what I suppose is the power supply, etc. The frame there is easy to remove by raising two levers. This gives a lot more room, but still not enough. I had to cross the 1 and 3 to get them to the right place. Thank you very much for the additional suggestions. This article was written voor a model, so the extra info for the model is most welcome.

I was surprised to realize the unit which was everything it was advertised to be had no Wi-Fi! Mushy listing reading on my part…. Anyway, I had set aside a couple of Airport Extreme cards pulled from old macs before recycling and, to my delight, one of them was the right type! Your instructions were clear and quite helpful.

I had to sell mine because I had to be much more mobile, but I still miss it …. Thank you very much for this guide! Unless there is some sort of enabler I would need? And when that did not work, I connected 1 and 2 with the same result. Could it be a bad module? The card should probably have been recognized when booted even if the antennas were connected in the wrong place, or am I mistaken? Awesome to hear that this guide helped.

I would expect, if both WiFi and BT are on the card, antenna connected or not, that your Mac would automatically identify both. Did WiFi work? Also make sure the card is insert snug, so the contacts connect right. Let me know how things go with the one from Ali-Express. Your eBay model might be defective …. Will do. Thanks for your input and advice! If the card is not defect, it might be the person installing it :D. New card arrived from Ali Express. Installed with cables 3 and 1, as I did with the first card.

Booted, and immediately saw the WiFi symbol in the menu line. Very happy camper now, but will be even happier if I get my money back from the eBay-guy! Do you happen to have the link to the AliExpress item? Maybe others would like to use that one as well. It was also cheaper than the non-functioning eBay card.

It was a bit more worn, but as long as it works… I will surely open a dispute with PayPal if the seller does not respond to my question on how we can resolve this. Thank you Nina for posting the link! And I hope you get your money back …. Veldig lite stress, her er en guide.

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This was by far the most helpful site in deciphering the lilliputian connections to this card. They are so small my old eyes thought they were LEDs at first! My son says that it is working. Now I have all of my WiFi bandwidth back! I can see what you mean that the connectors look like LEDs!

Great post, thank you very much, it is working flawlessly for me — took around 20 minutes of careful installation. Followed your instructions and just completed the installation on my tower. Took about 30 minutes and now my wifi is working perfectly! The process went exactly as you said it would, including having patience while connecting wires 1 and 3.

Thanks for the clear and concise instructions! I updated to El Capitan before I went on with the installation process, and it all worked after. Thanks Nina for chiming in! Good to know it works with your El Capitan setup! I have not seen anyone running into this issue …. You could try removing the card, rebooting your computer, shutdown, reinsert the card and reboot and see if it picks up the card. As for your BT, the device seems legit and correct. I found the same info in an old post in the Apple Forum.

Does any of this look familiar to you? If yes … then we might be looking at a different problem. Is the antenna cable still connected for example? Well, as far as I can see, your BT should just work … hmm. YEs, i removed all the OLD stuff, so now i have none… and still, it cant find any new ones.

I am a proud owner of a Mac pro which was upgraded from 3. Apart from Macvidcards, is there another vendor where I can purchase one from for a decent price? Based in the UK by the way. The frequencies for newer WiFi cards are still the same as the older cards. Dito for Bluetooth. Maybe others would like to share what they have been using?

Thanks for posting this. It took forever to get the wires hooked up and I lost a screw but I got it going. Thanks again. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to post a thank you! I have now taken out the fan unit and still no sign of any antenna wires. Mine was a as well. It might of course be that the wires were not installed or removed. Thanks for responding! Took out some orange and red colored connectors and was able to spot some little wires that turned out to be the antennae—wow those suckers were really hidden!

Thanks a million Hans! They were right where you said they would be. However, I do have the BT wire. Would it be behind the logic board then? I doubt the wires would be underneath the logic board. Jonathan see posts just above yours found the wires there. Alright, thank you! I also have the early edition mac pro.

Hopefully you found your wires. Mine were easy because one of the labels was visible. I just used the tweezers to tug it out. For anybody still looking, after you take out the drive bays, just look straight down along where you removed the bays. The gap at the bottom, between the circuit board and the chasis, is where I found mine.

Thank you for posting a token of appreciation! Yes, the comment about using a flat-head screwdriver to push the miniature connectors into place worked a treat. I was able to connect both cables securely.

Glad to hear it worked well voor you too. Have fun!

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Apple has a pretty good record of keeping its drivers. Maybe other users can confirm? I installed my wifi card last night. I am a little annoyed that the card on Amazon showed it as an apple product and the photo showed apple FCC ID as well. Still installed fine and I am happy to be connected to the internet with my Mac Pro early edition.

I could not connect the antennae wires myself. I did screw the card down and then handed it off to my wife. Pro Tip, lay your iphone on the chasis and turn the flashlight on. The more light the better. She has smaller hands and was able to get the wires to snap on. The antenna wires snap in place rather easily if you push on them with the flat end of a flat-head screwdriver.

Glad it worked well for you as well. First — thank u for taking the time to post this information. Question: did u have any luck with getting Location Services to work — e. At first I thought it was just using known WiFi access points. Since I no longer have this particular Mac Pro still wish I could get my hands on a cheap model , I cannot test this. So, they may work of course, but I doubt it. Thanks for help. If you can help my and swot a correct number product. I did find some at Amazon. This one may be a good choice. I did read on a forum that a user succesfully installed it in a and a MacPro.

Meaby you have a free time you look on allegro. I did take a look for you, but I could not find a suitable WiFi card at Allegro. The ones listed are laptop models, so I suspect they will not work for the Mac Pro. I think you may be stuck with Amazon or eBay. Amazon and eBay do support shipping to Poland. I did find one at Amazon. Hope this helps. Hello Hans. I know this is long after you did this, but maybe you have insights or links you can share. There's a video on YouTube that shows you how to do it.

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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. 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. 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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