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How to Install WiFi in your Mac Pro (for models 2008 to 2012)

How to Install WiFi in your Mac Pro (for models 2008 to 2012)

I just installed a WiFi card in a Mac Pro and thought I’d share the ease of installation on my website. In my case, I installed it in my pride and joy, a 8-core Mac Pro 2008 model (Mac Pro 3,1) which kicks ass, but it works on newer models as well. As long as it’s a a model before the new late 2013 model (the fancy trash bin).

For this WiFi upgrade I used the Apple MB363Z/A Airport Extreme Wireless Upgrade Kit, found at Amazon new for $25, which MacOS X recognizes instantly – so no need for crazy drivers and weird WiFi apps. The Mac Pro, made out a metal alloy, has two build in WiFi antenna’s and this setup will pick up on 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi (if the same card is being used).

What we need to install WiFi in a Mac Pro

Well, it’s pretty simple: We need a Philips 0 (or maybe a Philips 1) and an Apple MB363Z/A Airport Extreme Card.
You can find the card at Amazon for $25, but I’m sure you’ll find them on eBay as well …

Why use a internal WiFi card? 

Installing such a WiFi card is obviously less practical than just plugging in a USB WiFi dongle. So why did I use this card?

Unfortunately, USB WiFi dongles by our much appreciated Chinese friends, are not automatically recognized by Mac OS X and often come with specific drivers and specific software to connect to your WiFi network. In y experience, these applications work not even close to the convenience you’ll enjoy when Mac OS X natively supports you WiFi. So in my opinion: well worth the effort and not even that more expensive …

Installing WiFi in a Mac Pro steps …

With some pictures I’ll illustrate how I installed the WiFi card in my Mac Pro. The main reason why I’m describing it here is because when I Google’d it, the resulting pages still confused me a little bit.

Step 1 – Open the Mac Pro

Apple fans that actually open their equipment will agree with me: Apple doesn’t just do great design on the outside. The inner-workings of your Apple is a work of art as well. When will PC manufacturers follow this example?

  First make sure to unplug your power cord!
  Use an ESD strap if you have one, or touch something metal that is grounded (radiator for example) to prevent static discharges.

Opening a Mac Pro is easy: look at the back and pull the lever you’ll find there.
Once pulled the side panel can be removed – no need for force or screwdrivers.

  Keep the lever extended – otherwise you’ll lock the drive bays.

Beauty in the details - Opening a Mac Pro

Beauty in the details – Opening a Mac Pro

Step 2 – Remove the Hard-drives

To give yourself some working space and to be able to grab the antenna wires, we will temporary remove all 4 drive bays. Simply grab each drive bay at a time and slide them out. Just put them bays/drives on the side for now.

Removing the drive bays is easy, just pull and they slide out ...

Removing the drive bays is easy, just pull and they slide out …

Step 3 – Locate WiFi Card Slot and Antenna Cables

This is probably the only thing that took me some time.

Locating the slot for the WiFi card in your Mac Pro is easy, as it’s located just below drive bay #2, next to the tiny Bluetooth card.

Mac Pro - Location of WiFi slot and BT (Bluetooth) Card

Mac Pro – Location of WiFi slot and BT (Bluetooth) Card

When you look at the WiFi slot a little closer, you see the two screw holes (A) and the card slot (B).

Mac Pro WiFi Slot (B) and Screw holes (A)

Mac Pro WiFi Slot (B) and Screw holes (A)

You will see a tiny black wire, marked “BT” running from the Bluetooth card to somewhere under the motherboard.
Follow this wire and try to find a set of 3 thin black wires, marked “1“, “2” and “3“.
I found it to be a small challenge to actually find these wires, you’ll recognize their endings (see illustration above) will have small plastic sleeves over them.

If you can’t find them right away: don’t worry, they are there, but probably tucked away really well.

Step 4 – Connecting the Antenna wires

When you’ve found these 3 wires: we only need the two wires marked “1” and “3“.

If you look at your WiFi card, then you’ll see that one side has two round connectors on the top. Make sure this side faces UP.

Hold the card in the position, as if it would be in the WiFi Card slot and you’ll notice that the two wires (marked “1” and “3“) are not equal in length and kind-a line up with these two round connectors. These connectors are, as you might have guessed, the antenna connectors. Connect the wires to the board.

Connecting these wires might take a little effort, they are tiny, are a pain to line up correctly and need some extra pressure to make the connection “click”.

I have seen people suggesting the use of a plier for this, but I really cannot recommend this.
Just practice patience and use your fingers and try clicking them in place until the “stick” and stay in place.

Connect the Mac Pro Wifi Antenna's

Connect the Mac Pro Wifi Antenna’s

Step 5 – Insert the Wifi Card

Next step is to insert the card in the WiFi slot and screwing the card down – you’re WiFi card should come with 2 screws (2x a M2 x 3mm).

Keep the card under an angle and slide it into the slot.

Insert the WiFi Card under an angle

Insert the WiFi Card under an angle

Once the card is fully in the connector, push it down (flat on the motherboard) and make sure the two screw holes line up with the screw sockets on the motherboard.

Screwing the WiFi card down

Screwing the WiFi card down

Before continuing: Make sure you didn’t by accident disconnect the Bluetooth antenna wire.

Step 6 – Close your Mac Pro

The next step is obvious: Reassemble your Mac Pro.

Re-insert the drive bays,
put the panel back on the side and
push the lever on the back of your Mac pro, back into it’s closed position.

Step 7 – Does it work …?

Now reconnect your power (and other cables, if you removed any) and power up your Mac pro to see if WiFi works.

First got to “System Preferences Network“. Once the window opens a message like this will appear:

Genuine Apple WiFi cards will be detected right away

Genuine Apple WiFi cards will be detected right away

Click “OK” and you’ll see your newly installed WiFi card ready for use …

Mac Pro WiFi card ready for use

Mac Pro WiFi card ready for use

Of course you’ll need to switch the WiFi on – which will give you an idea if the antenna’s worked – by clicking the “Turn Wi-Fi On” button.
After a few seconds you should see (if you have a WiFi access point active of course) one or more network names appear.

Mac Pro WiFi card is enabled!

Mac Pro WiFi card is enabled!

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  • Oct 1, 2014 - 5:19 AM - Maria Comment Link

    Great explanation, thank you so much. Followed your steps and managed perfectly well.   

    m at Madrid, Spain



  • Nov 7, 2014 - 2:12 PM - Nick Comment Link

    I want to thank you so much for your website.  I was able to install wifi in an older Mac Pro I recently purchased.

    Thank you very much



  • Nov 22, 2014 - 7:46 PM - Barbara Comment Link

    Followed your instructions, practiced patience, cursed only once, and 45min. later had a WiFi enabled 2008 Mac Pro. THANK YOU!! 



    • Nov 23, 2014 - 2:37 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Barbara!

      Glad to hear this was helpful for you!  
      And … cursing is part of the exercise  …  



  • Feb 19, 2015 - 4:08 PM - larry Comment Link

    hi there new (very) old boy here just bought second hand mac pro and installing wifi, found your pics and information easier than the videos on u tube. will keep this site on favourites.

    (i am  semi retired oil boiler engineer and if you ever need advice )lol,



    • Feb 20, 2015 - 2:39 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Larry!

      Thanks for taking the effort to posting your compliment! It’s always great to hear that other had benefit from it. 

      I agree, I don’t like working with those YouTube videos, pressing pause, rewind, play again, etc. Just a written document is much easier for myself to work with and I’m glad to hear that others feel the same way.

      If I ever get an oil boiler, you’ll be the first one I’ll ask for help – thanks for offering .



  • Mar 3, 2015 - 6:15 PM - Karl Comment Link

    What are the functions of wires labeled 1 2 and 3? Why use 1 and 3 only?



    • Mar 4, 2015 - 2:33 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Karl,

      Wires 1 and 3 are for the WiFi antenna. 

      I am not sure what wire 2 is for, maybe it’s a different lenght antenna for modules with different WiFi support. For example a so called “N” versus a “AC” WiFi card. But I’m only guessing here. 



  • Apr 6, 2015 - 11:25 AM - Samantha Stultz Comment Link

    Will this wifi card work with Yosemite 10.10? 


    Samantha Stultz

  • Apr 20, 2015 - 6:58 AM - salsabil Comment Link

    Can anyone tell me why my airport slot + 3 wires are all the way over the other side of the motherboard from the BT card? Does this mean I can’t install airport card?




    • Apr 20, 2015 - 8:29 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Salsabil!

      I can imagine that there are several different Mac Pro version out there, and that one or the other has it’s wires laying around rather goofy. You might want to look and compare your Mac Pro model with the model I’m using here, and if the wires have been in a weird spot by accident (ie. looped behind something etc.).

      If you motherboard looks the same as mine, then I’m sure it’s a matter of wires just laying in the case wrong.

      If your motherboard is different (look at the mounting points for the WiFi card), then I’d wonder if this trick would work for you.



  • Apr 21, 2015 - 11:29 AM - spc Comment Link

    Have a 1,1 MacPro from late 2006 ordered w/o Wi-Fi capability I’m gonna use these instructions to add an Apple card (bought off Amazon last week, all of $17). WIres 1 & 3 were tucked off to the side of the MB when I opened it up earlier this AM to see just what’s what in there, then went searching for an idea where they plug into the card I have! Which brought me here… stay tuned!



  • Apr 21, 2015 - 11:38 AM - spc Comment Link

    Looking closely at one of your pictures that shows wires 1 & 3 with their label tags showing, there’s a third wire with a clear plastic sheath on the end (I have one of these too, unlabeled as far as I can see) that appears to be positioned on or very close to the uppermost mounting post screw hole?

    This pic is upside-down (?) as the card’s slot tab is at left where when I have my MB exposed the slot is on the right, the mounting posts to the left, antenna wires are above all this at MB’d edge.



    • Apr 21, 2015 - 12:21 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Good catch … and … that’s “stupid” of me … pictures 3 and 4 are with the top of the Mac Pro up (fan left, heatsink right).
      Pictures 5, 6 and 7 are indeed rotated 180 (fan right, heatsink left).
      Sorry about the confusion …

      The wires seem to come from under the drive bays, which they do not really do, but they are coming from that corner.



  • Apr 21, 2015 - 1:00 PM - spc Comment Link

    Hey no problem Hans! With a little help (from my friends!) I can work out the stuff ‘between the lines’!

    Just wish I had the eyes of a 15-year-old again & fingers as nimble as, well… the folks who put these things together for a living!

    Wire #1 went on with a modest click, wire #2 with a prolonged struggle. BUT IT WORKS!!! Connected on the first boot-up but I suspect I’ll have to re-start my APeXtreme as I’m having issues with its USB-connected drive that has some shared volumes. I CAN log into my MP though from my rMBP which was the whole idea getting wireless into the MP.

    Thanks for the how-to!



    • Apr 21, 2015 - 1:12 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Awesome! I’m really glad to hear it’s working  

      … and yeah … I hear you on the eyes of a 15 year old … I wish I had that kind of vision again as well!



  • Apr 29, 2015 - 5:42 PM - Hasnain Comment Link

    Thank you for documenting your steps Hans. This is so helpful. I need to transfer files between my Macs for graphics and video work and can’t use Airdrop or apps like Instashare because they transfer only on Wifi. 

    I looked at the Wifi card on Amazon and noticed it’s not 802.11n compatible. I saw a couple 802.11n cards for Mac Pros. Mine is 2008. Do you know if these would work too? 

    Apple 802.11a/b/g/n Airport Extreme Card

    Apple Airport Extreme Card 802.11n for Apple Mac Pro Mb988z/A




    • Apr 30, 2015 - 3:18 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Hasnain!

      The first one I’m not sure … 

      However the second one (this link) actually lists the 2008 model as compatible.

      Note that I have not tested Airdrop with my Mac Pro – I recently sold my Mac Pro so I’m not able to test it.
      According to the Apple Knowledgebase article, it should work with any WiFi enabled Mac running at least MacOS X Lion installed.



  • May 5, 2015 - 2:00 AM - Michael Haas Comment Link

    Thanks for the excellent process.  Some minor differences for me that may help others.

    I ordered the Airport wifi module from OWC.  Yes it cost a bit more, but it came with the screws and magnetic screwdrivers and a spunger, all of a which helped immensely.  The module I received has three antenna terminals so I used all three antenna wires.

    My MacPro (2009, dual quad core Xeon) system board did not match the pictures above.  The Airport slot was actually under the processor/memory module which comes out easily when you flip the two levers.  The wires were right there; no hunting necessary.   I found it easier to mount the Airport module first, then attach the antennas, but it was still a laborious process.  I held the wire with a needle-nose pliers and used the spunger to clip them onto the terminals.

    Works perfectly.  Maximum bars through three walls and a mirror, even with the tower on the floor.

    I have a picture but it won’t paste into this reply.


    Michael Haas

    • May 5, 2015 - 2:38 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Michael,

      Awesome, I can post those pictures here if you’d like – email me at webmaster at tweaking4all dot com, or rely to the notification of a new message. I’ll post them either in the comments or in the article itself.

      Thank you very much for helping out! 



  • Jun 11, 2015 - 4:18 AM - Bauke-Jan Comment Link

    when you have a bluetooth card installed you use the wires 1 and 2 for the wifi card and disconnect cable labeled BT and (which is connected to the bluetooth card)
    then connect the cable labeld 3 to the bluetooth card and you’ve enabled airdrop in OS X :)



  • Jun 19, 2015 - 4:09 PM - raj walia Comment Link

    Hello Guys,

    I received the product this morning. Installed it my mac pro (early 2008). It took me little while to put the pins in the card. Its all working good and I am all set. BT and WIFI both are working. Didnt have to touch the BT cable at all. Picture below to see how it fits so nicely!

    Thanks once again. 

    Raj W


    raj walia

    • Jun 20, 2015 - 4:56 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Raj,

      thanks for sharing the picture. I’ve posted it here for others to see, so you won’t need to keep it on DropBox forever 

      Mac Pro - Wifi and Bluetooth module



      • Jun 20, 2015 - 6:17 AM - raj walia Comment Link

        You are the best Hans :) I am taking it out. 



        raj walia

      • Jun 20, 2015 - 6:29 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        You’re welcome Raj! 
        And thanks again for providing the picture! 



        • Jun 29, 2015 - 7:37 PM - raj walia Comment Link

          Hello Hans,

          I was wondering if you know what is this chip which I found inside on the top of mac pro. pic below

          thanks again!

          Raj W


          raj walia

        • Jun 30, 2015 - 12:33 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          Hi Raj,

          that’s a case temperature monitor board it seems.
          I found it after Googling “apple 2203-A board” (could not read the full number from the picture) on eBay (link).

          Funny, I had never seen such a thing … I do not recall the 2008 model to have this.

          Apple 820-2203-A Case Temperature monitor board



          • Jun 30, 2015 - 7:30 AM - Raj Walia Comment Link

            Gosh, Didn’t cross my mind to google the numbers to find out :) 

            i know i didnt even know that until i took the DVD unit  out of the machine. 

            now i know :)

            thanks again!

            Raj W

            Raj Walia

          • Jul 1, 2015 - 1:37 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            You’re welcome Raj!

            Hey, I figured: good info! Let’s post the pic here and the information I’ve found. I hope someone finds a use for it. 


  • Jul 11, 2015 - 1:26 PM - John Yutesler Comment Link


    I’m trying to have my MacPro 3,1 connect to my apple tv would this card installation do that??


    John Yutesler

    • Jul 12, 2015 - 3:13 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Your Mac Pro 3,1 is an early 2008 model – the same model I have (had). (see also: wiki)
      So this WiFi card would allow you to connect to your AppleTV. 

      However … you would not need it to connect to your AppleTV.

      Your AppleTV can connect through WiFi or through an Ethernet cable to your modem/router.
      Your Mac Pro can do the same, either with an Ethernet cable or through WiFi (the latter would require this card) to the same router/modem.
      But you can mix the connection types. For example: Mac Pro with a wire and AppleTV wireless.
      Both just need to be connected somehow to the same modem/router.



      • Jul 28, 2015 - 7:10 PM - John Yutesler Comment Link

        Now I have a better understanding, Thanks


        John Yutesler

      • Jul 29, 2015 - 3:18 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        You’re welcome John!
        Feel free to ask if you have any other questions. 



  • Aug 6, 2015 - 2:32 PM - Dee Comment Link

    Great instructions and visuals for the airport installation. My question is since I don’t have Bluetooth on my Mac 1.1 either, which do you suggest I install first? The Airport then the Bluetooth OR the Bluetooth then the Airport? 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?



    • Aug 7, 2015 - 2:34 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Dee,

      I unfortunately no longer have a Mac Pro – I only have MacBook Pro’s.

      If I’d have to guess then I would say installing Bluetooth will be as easy as WiFi – maybe finding the right module might be harder. The order in which you install it, should not matter, but if I’d have to install both, then I’d insert the BT card first, then the WiFi card, and after that start my Mac Pro to see if both work.

      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).



  • Oct 17, 2015 - 6:06 AM - Remco Comment Link


    I had one of these AirPort cards installed but it didn’t work on Yosemite. I had to remove it. I think it’s the same card I had installed. Do anyone know if there is a solution? I would like to have wifi on my 2009 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…


    Thanks, greetings Remco 



    • Oct 17, 2015 - 7:02 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Remco,

      Unfortunately, I no longer have a Mac Pro available …
      However, I would think that this card should work just fine – it’s an original Apple WiFi card, so I would not know why Yosemite would not recognize it.

      First thing I would do is verify that you indeed have the same card.
      In the meanwhile; maybe others with a 2009 Mac Pro could confirm if this card works?
      Michael Haas (see this comment) ordered his Airport wifi module from OWC, maybe that is helpful? (MacUpgrade seems to be a distributer in Europe of OWC)



  • Oct 28, 2015 - 10:10 AM - Mic Comment Link

    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!



    • Oct 28, 2015 - 10:25 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Mic!

      Well, good to hear that you managed to get it installed! 

      Thanks for the tip!!!



  • Nov 1, 2015 - 11:48 AM - Papi Comment Link

    The connections for Pins 1, 2, 3, and BT are wrong. This will affect bluetooth performance.

    The correct pin outs are:

    Pin 1: Connects to the Bluetooth module

    Pin 2. Connects to the upper airport module

    Pin 3. Connects to the lower airport module (if present).

    Pin labeled BT: remains unconnected.

    Some Mac Pros were shipped with Pin BT connected to bluetooth module. This will be disconnected and use Pin 1.



    • Nov 2, 2015 - 2:58 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Papi,

      Thanks for the info, however I did not have this experience with my setup.

      Are you using a specific Mac Pro model and/or WiFi board?



      • Nov 2, 2015 - 7:40 AM - Papi Comment Link

        I have the Mac Pro 3.1… 



      • Nov 3, 2015 - 3:28 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        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! 



  • Jan 14, 2016 - 6:41 AM - Steve Comment Link

    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.



    • Jan 14, 2016 - 7:07 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Steve,

      thanks for the compliment!  It’s always appreciated. And thanks for the chop-stick tip! I’m sure others appreciate that as well! 



  • Jan 23, 2016 - 9:38 PM - Mario Chávez Comment Link

    Hi, congrats on a very good graphic-enhanced guide to install the Apple Airport Extreme kit MB363Z/A. One caveat, however: the antenna connectors are wrong. It’s antenna cable 1 and antenna cable 2 (not 3) that need to be used. 

    I found 4 antenna cables: 1, 2, 3 and BT. I tried 1 and 3 as you suggested and my Mac Pro wouldn’t connect to my Wi-Fi network. 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. I did that and voilá, my Mac Pro has Wi-Fi connectivity now.

    Still, kudos for taking the time to guide the rest of us on this very cumbersome process.


    Mario Chávez

    • Jan 24, 2016 - 3:49 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Mario!

      Thank you for the compliment! It’s very much appreciated! 

      It is interesting that you’re the second person mentioning that they have to swap cables.
      I’m beginning  think that the numbers on the cables might not be a consistent as one would hoped – either on the WiFi board or the wires.
      The majority used the cable connections as I described, and it worked for them just fine.

      What model Mac Pro do you have? And which WiFi module did you use?



      • Jan 24, 2016 - 11:27 AM - Mario Chávez Comment Link

        Hi, Hans,

        I recently purchased a used Mac Pro 1.1 A1186 MA356LL/A with 2.66 GHz Xeon quad processors (2) and 10.7 OSX Lion installed, just no Bluetooth (I bought a dongle for that) and no Wi-Fi. 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. Using 1 and 3 didn’t work and the card refused to connect to my Wi-Fi network.

        The weird thing is that the Airport card appeard as Bluetooth PAN on the Network Preferences dialog box. 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.


        Mario Chávez

        • Jul 1, 2016 - 1:55 PM - Dana Comment Link

          I had a difficult time connecting one of the anennae to my airport card. I have a MacPro 4 from early 2009. When I started it up again It did not sense a connection to wifi, but found Bluetooth PAN. I don’t have Bluetooth installed. So I’m wondering if I have to go in there again and connect antenna wire 2 instead of 3. I can not connect to the internet although the computer can locate my wifi network and “connects’ th nonexistent Bluetooth to it.

          Any thoughts?



          • Jul 2, 2016 - 4:41 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            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.

            Swapping the antenna wires is no big deal, it won’t cause any damage. So if you’d like to try that, feel free to do so. One user reported that his Mac Pro needed the wires to be swapped.


      • Jan 24, 2016 - 4:03 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Thanks Mario!

        The cables are just the antenna’s … (I assume)
        The antenna for Bluetooth and 2.4 Ghz WiFi wouldn’t be that much different. For 5Ghz the antenna might be different.
        Having said that, I’d carefully assume that for each antenna there is a pair of wires (antenna and ground), which would potentially influence the antenna’s effectiveness … (ie. not see or connect to your WiFi access points).

        Thanks for posting your findings though! 



  • Jan 24, 2016 - 1:41 PM - Tim Comment Link

    This worked perfectly for me on a Mac Pro 1.1 with an Apple Airport Extreme Card  802.11n MB988z/A card.  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!



    • Jan 24, 2016 - 3:33 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks for confirming Tim! 

      So it seems Mac Pro’s come in different config’s when it comes to cables / cable numbering. Hmm.

      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. I can’t verify that, I sold my awesome Mac Pro, since I had to go portable … can’t wait until I can afford a Mac Pro again, but that might take a while haha …  



  • Feb 17, 2016 - 1:01 PM - Elias Comment Link

    Worked perfectly for me! I bought my Mac Pro 3,1 in 2008 and the wires were never connected to the mainboard!!



    • Feb 18, 2016 - 3:22 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Elias!

      Great to hear that it worked for you as well! Awesome!

      Thanks for taking the time to post a feedback! 



  • Mar 25, 2016 - 12:46 PM - freakqnc Comment Link

    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! The stock Mac Pro 2,1 came with WIFI+BT module, but apparently that card doesn’t support Airdrop. Now both my BT and WIFI work fine, but I was wondering if anyone knew a card that will support Airport for sure (ie. you have installed it in your mac pro 2,1 or you have seen it installed and working in one).

    That said, do you guys know what type that expansion slot is? PCIE 1x?

    I found this post listing about a few cards that supposedly are compatible, but I figured I’d ask before getting anything ;D

    Thanks in advance for any info you can share




    • Mar 26, 2016 - 5:21 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Freakqnc!

      Before replacing hardware, you might give this OSXDaily article “Enable AirDrop Over Ethernet & AirDrop On Unsupported Macs Running OS X” a try.

      They say, to enable AirDrop over Ethernet or Wi-Fi for old unsupported Macs, could be done with this:

      defaults write BrowseAllInterfaces 1
      killall Finder

      A similar article can be found here and here.

      Please let us know if that worked for your setup! 
      (I no longer have a Mac that isn’t Airdrop enabled, so I can’t test this)



  • Mar 26, 2016 - 10:15 AM - freakqnc Comment Link

    Thank you Hans… that seems to have enabled it as it shows in the system profiler and the sidebar. Problem is that it won’t detect any devices or macs (newer) around… thoughts? Perhaps I need the WIFI card after all or that wouldn’t change things?
    thx! :) 



    • Mar 26, 2016 - 10:24 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      You’re welcome! 

      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.
      I’m almost beginning to think that it relies more on Bluetooth than actual Wifi.

      Since all my Macs/iPhone/iPad are natively Airdrop enabled, I can’t really test anything – unfortunately .

      If you do have a natively Airdrop enabled device; try if that device sees your Mac?



      • Mar 26, 2016 - 6:55 PM - freakqnc Comment Link

        No prob… maybe someone else with a Mac Pro 2,1 will bump into this post and will share their results one of these days  Was well worth to try… I’ll continue tinkering and doing some google-digging to see if anyone in my condition was able to get the Airdrop going… I am interested in it because even if slow that would be a better way to get photos from an iPad (which was what motivated me to look into it).

        Quite disappointing that Apple went Airdrop-Nazi (for those who don’t get the reference, watch the soup-nazi episode of the sitcom Seinfeld) on many of us just because they didn’t want to bother supporting older hardware. I must say I get more and more disappointed with their choices through the years, like that of making my beast obsolete before its time trying to force me (and many in similar conditions) to recycle perfectly fine powerful workstation while instead thanks to “Piker Alpha’s modded boot.efi” I was able to get El Capitan on my Mac Pro 2,1 which incidentally I am using now to write this reply. It all runs super stable, very fast and I am not looking to get a new machine any time soon (also got a ATI 4870, 512 SSD and 12GB RAM to make working smoother). After all when one invests 10k in hardware, even if that was to last 10 years (this still has not!) that would make it a cost of 1K/year and that it’s most definitely not cheap so I can’t accept the current policies where obsolescence is pushed earlier and earlier on hardware… hence why I love and I am thankful to anyone who tinkers and shares their findings and hacks to breathe new life into old machines so they will serve their purpose for years to come.
        Thanks again! 



        • Mar 27, 2016 - 4:52 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          Hi Freakqnc,

          Happy Easter! 

          I’ll be looking forward to see what others find when it comes to using Airdrop with older Mac models.
          I agree with your view on the lack of support for older, yet very capable, Mac’s. Not to mention older iPhones and iPads. It’s nice hardware, but with policies like this they end up not being used anymore (how environmental friendly is that?).

          Granted; the Windows world enjoys a similar mess … and in all my years, when I was a Windows user, I probably spend more than $1K/yr on upgrades and the initial hardware would not be cheaper than Apple hardware either. Plus the added issues and instabilities … I guess there is no winning as a user. 



          • Mar 27, 2016 - 12:10 PM - freakqnc Comment Link

            Happy Easter to you Hans…

            I couldn’t agree more… 

            Unfortunately users are at the mercy of whatever the hardware/OS companies will decide… even Linux has its many drawbacks (one of them being the need to geek-up in CLI commands if one really want to get things working… and in that Mac OSX hacking isn’t far behind) which won’t make it a win for the end user either… 

            Side digression: That said I had far more luck with installing Windows 7 for instance on many older PCs which can be done natively and without hacks… that can’t be said of Apple hardware not supporting anything past 10.7.5. Additionally in Windows’ defense, that’s an OS that when compared to Apple, it supports an amount of hardware (from Motherboards to CPUs, to Graphics cards, to various other expansion cards, peripherals and accessories) that is greater than Mac OS X by several orders of magnitude. Unfortunately being the target platform for many virus and malware programmers, it’s not as safe as Mac OS X could be, not to mention its has lots of drawbacks like becoming a behemoth over time (due to loads of fixes, security updates and so forth contributing to instabilities.
            But while it was much worse in the past, Windows (at least in 7 pro) has come a long way, 8 and 10 aren’t that bad, though they’ve changed the UI and UX so much that many of the people for which I’ve installed and maintained hardware didn’t want to upgrade… some of those who did were forced to use 8 due to being installed by default (some requested a downgrade!) on their new PCs. All in all though I’ve had many PCs running quite stably across a few companies and end users. They just need some periodic maintenance to make sure it’s all in order (perfom regular backups, virus/malware scans and system updates) and they will continue to work just fine.
            I have Macs that unless hacked, they wouldn’t allow a good UX, won’t run latest OS hence no latest software versions… and yes that’s most definitely not “eco-friendly” when one has to chuck away a perfectly good mac. The same isn’t true of PCs of the same year and with similar hardware specs… they run natively the latest Windows OS, but that’s not even needed since even with Windows 7 (quite old but still performing very well across many PCs) they can run the latest versions of the windows applications and won’t see any messages warning about the OS being obsolete, or an installer not being able to run because the OS version is too old, or that chrome will soon be unsupported due to the older version of OS.

            The truth is that those like us think different, while Apple doesn’t… to them it’s just a slogan. They got on board the same “planned obsolescence” wagon that many industries have, in order to maximize their revenues. 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!) electronics should be designed with modularity and reuse/up-cycling in mind so that their owners could keep using them as they are for as long as they like, while those who would like to upgrade to newer and beefier hardware could do so too.

            Anyway that’s for a separate debate to be had elsewhere… and better if  accompanied by chilled beverages  

            Again many thanks for creating a nice venue for those of us in need of exchanging tips and hacks! 



          • Mar 28, 2016 - 4:46 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link


            Yep, you went a little off-topic there. 
            But … I agree. In the end, I do like and dislike both (MacOS X and Windows) each for it’s own reasons.
            Even though I must say that I started to use MacOS X as a Windows user, just as an experiment about 8 years ago. It was supposed to last a week. 

            Due to the closed eco-system, Mac has proven to cause much less problems than Windows, unless we start talking about gaming and exotic hardware – that’s where Windows remains master and ruler. 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.

            Anyhoo … I’ve tried to find applications for old hardware, for example for used smartphones. After all, it’s still good stuff to work with, so why toss it? So if you have ideas for repurposing old hardware – let me know 


          • Mar 28, 2016 - 7:53 AM - freakqnc Comment Link

            Odd, there aren’t any reply buttons on your last reply message (the one marked Mar 28, 2016 – 4:46 AM)… Sorry for going off-topic… I guess I took a walk on the geek side  

            I hear you about continuing to throw money at PC hardware, though now the same is true with Mac sadly with the diff that one can’t find decent hardware at affordable price point to use as an upgrade. I got new machines for an Architecture firm and the average Xeon-based workstations with SSDs was just below 1k. I could’ve never done the same with macs. 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. If they are still decently powerful PCs max out RAM, put in the best (though cheapest) HDMI graphics card you can get your hands on, add the cheapest SSD you can buy and install Openelec on it to use that PC as a cheap home theater system. Although the upgrade might cost you the same as getting a Raspberry Pi 3 you would still have a more powerful PC in the end… can always have 2 partitions and use one for HTPC and the other as lightweight office/web.

            To go bak on topic now… I haven’t got the Airport working and feels like something might be missing at hardware level… I don’t get the choices below the “Airdrop lets you share…blah blah where I could select ‘everyone’ as an option” [img][/img] I made sure on my macbook pro the iPad was being seen to rule out any possibility of a failure on depending on the iOS device. 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! 


          • Mar 28, 2016 - 10:50 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            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 .

            Well, the price difference has it’s reasons. When I compare Mac hardware, with similar priced PC hardware, then they are pretty close, and sometimes Apple is even cheaper. However … Apple has to compete with super cheap PC’s as well. Mostly cheap and plastic, but functional none-the-less. I hear ya though … I’m looking forward to the new MacBook Pro, but not so much to the price tag …

            I usually sell my hardware when it’s still current. If not, then I give it away to people I know. But orphanages is a very cool idea! I like that!

            Let us know if you found a WiFi card that would work with AirDrop right away – I’m sure others would be interested.
            If you’d like to talk further on the off-topic topic, PM me or use the forum – I check daily if there is anything new. 


    • Mar 26, 2016 - 10:41 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      No problem … I removed the duplicate … 



  • May 19, 2016 - 12:34 PM - Ted Comment Link

    Did apple ever make a mac pro without a slot for a wifi card? my mac pro has a case like yours, and was manufactured in 2009 according to the bottom. i cannot find the BT card or the wifi slot where they are on yours or anywhere else for the life of me (my motherboard also looks quite different to yours)



    • May 19, 2016 - 12:47 PM - Ted Comment Link

      i know for a fact it has a bluetooth card though because i turned it on and it had functioning bluetooth



    • May 21, 2016 - 3:22 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      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 2009, the changes are that your mainboard might be slightly different.



  • May 31, 2016 - 10:05 AM - Travis - Author: Comment Link

    Thank you  SO much, for this super easy & great tutorial. I have been struggling with slow & inconsistent internet for over a year, & tried several different USB adapters, that didn’t seem to help at all. I was skeptical that I could install the WiFi card myself, as Mac’s are pretty new to me…& I’m not a computer genius anyhow. Well in less than 30 minutes, I not only had the card installed, but was able to access the internet much easier & with greater speed & consistency than ever before. 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.



    • May 31, 2016 - 2:33 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Awesome Travis! 

      I’m very glad to hear it worked well for you too.
      Thank you for taking the time to post a nice comment – it’s much appreciated! 



  • Jun 10, 2016 - 11:49 AM - byomtov Comment Link

    This was very helpful, but I might add a few comments.

    1. A headlamp is very helpful when doing this. 

    2. On my MacPro (2009) 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. (Sorry I can’t be more precise. I’m new to this stuff.)

    3. The wires don’t seem to line up with the connectors. I had to cross the (1) and (3) to get them to the right place.

    4. After struggling with the connections for a while it occurred to me that it would be easier to screw the card in first, so I didn’t have to hold it. That didn’t make it simple, but I got it done, using the tip of a small screwdriver to move the antennas around until they were on the connectors and then pressing down with the tip to attach them. Fingers didn’t work for me.

    5. As I said, I’m new to this, but I got it done, and it worked, though there was a lot of cursing along the way. Stick with it  and good luck.



    • Jun 11, 2016 - 7:39 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Byomtov!

      Nice that you got it to work! Kind-a satisfying in the end, isn’t it?

      Thank you very much for the additional suggestions. I’ve tried a headlamp before, but I guess I’m too clumsy with those. I’m sure it might be very useful for others though … 

      This article was written voor a 2008 model, so the extra info for the 2009 model is most welcome.

      Thanks again! 



  • Jul 14, 2016 - 6:46 PM - J Terry Comment Link

    Just wanted to say ‘Thanks!’ for guiding me through this.

    Found a lovely, loaded early 2008 eight-core Mac Pro from a restorer near Chicago – it’s replacing a heavily used 2008 MacBook that is reaching the end of it’s life. 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.

    Your post is a “gift that keeps giving”.


    J Terry

    • Jul 15, 2016 - 4:13 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi J Terry!

      Thank you very much for taking the time to post a Thank-You not – it’s so much appreciated! 

      I’m glad to hear this worked for you as well.
      I had a Mac Pro 2008 for a few years, it’s a lovely machine. I had to sell mine because I had to be much more mobile, but I still miss it … 



  • Jul 18, 2016 - 3:36 AM - Nina Comment Link

    Thank you very much for this guide! I’m not a person that normally would dig around in my Mac (except from a RAM upgrade or two), but this I could manage thanks to you! That said, I think I’ve got the wrong Airport ( because my Mac Pro Early 2008 would not recognize it. Unless there is some sort of enabler I would need?

    I can’t buy the card on the Amazon site, because it would cost me very much to ship it to Norway.



    • Jul 18, 2016 - 3:42 AM - Nina Comment Link

      The BT module was connected and out of the way BTW, so I connected cables 1 and 3 on the Wireless card. 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?



    • Jul 19, 2016 - 4:09 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Nina!

      Awesome to hear that this guide helped 

      As for the unit being defective or not; It could be that the module does not have BT on board – one would need to determine the exact product number (unclear in the eBay description) to be able to Google it and see the specifications.

      I would expect, if both WiFi and BT are on the card, antenna connected or not, that your Mac would automatically identify both. Even though you might not be able to connect to anything (if antenna’s are wrong or not connected). Did WiFi work? (look under System Settings -> Network)

      Can you read the specs of the card (probably very small print).



      • Jul 19, 2016 - 4:21 AM - Nina Comment Link

        No WiFi, it wasn’t even mentioned in the Network Menu. That’s why I figured it hadn’t been detected.
        I can read the specks, just unsure which ones I would need :)
        I’ve ordered a different one off AliEpress now, it seems to have the same imprint, though.

        It says BCM94321MC
        FCC ID: QDS BRCM1024
        IC: 4324A BRCM1022



      • Jul 19, 2016 - 4:32 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        As far as I can see this should be the right card (I compared it with the picture of the model that I used – see figure 6 – and the Amazon link where I purchased mine). 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 … 



        • Jul 19, 2016 - 4:41 AM - Nina Comment Link

          Will do. Thanks for your input and advice!
          If the card is not defect, it might be the person installing it :D



        • Jul 19, 2016 - 4:44 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          Hahaha … well, let’s not assume that right away hahah 



          • Aug 6, 2016 - 6:27 AM - Nina Comment Link

            New Info:

            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!
            The WiFi is a bit slow, but I’m far from the router (one floor down, behind doors), and I can’t get the Netgear Range Extender to work atm. For now, I’m good!

            Thanks for any help and advice.


          • Aug 6, 2016 - 6:32 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            That’s good news! Nice! 

            You could try posting a claim, for example when you’ve payed with PayPal. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you’re getting your money back.

            Do you happen to have the link to the AliExpress item? Maybe others would like to use that one as well. 


  • Aug 6, 2016 - 6:40 AM - Nina Comment Link


    This is the item I bought:
    Full Tested 603-9452-A MA688Z/A 661-4060 WiFi Airport Wireless Card

    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!



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  • Aug 12, 2016 - 1:45 PM - Dan - Author: Comment Link

    Thanks! 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!) I used needle nosed pliers to hold the wires at the proper degree of “twist” and align the plug with the card and my thumb to massage them into place. My son says that it is working. Now I have all of my WiFi bandwidth back!



    • Aug 13, 2016 - 3:45 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Dan,

      I can see what you mean that the connectors look like LEDs!
      Glad it worked out for you as well, and thank you so much for taking the time to post your findings here – it’s much appreciated. 



  • Sep 3, 2016 - 7:28 AM - Pawel Kowalski Comment Link

    Great post, thank you very much, it is working flawlessly for me – took around 20 minutes of careful installation.


    Pawel Kowalski

    • Sep 3, 2016 - 7:58 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Pawel!

      Nice! Glad to hear it worked well for you as well, and thank you very much for taking the time to post a “Thank You” – it’s very much appreciated and very motivating to keep writing more articles … 



  • Oct 22, 2016 - 11:12 AM - C Comment Link

    Followed your instructions and just completed the installation on my 2009 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!



    • Oct 23, 2016 - 1:10 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks C!

      Good to hear this worked well for you as well 
      Thank you for taking the time to post a thank-you – it’s very much appreciated! 



  • Nov 21, 2016 - 11:58 PM - lawrence Comment Link

    so i followed this last year, when i installed this card with mac pro 3.1 under 10.8.5. it was all working perfectly. and i had the weird idea to upgrade to El-Capitan yesterday. and now? no wifi, no BT.

    i havent done anything fancy, just upgraded, and Voila! ;-) so any idea how to tell what could be wrong? im now familia with mac drivers or all the kext stuff so id love some newbie help :-)

    let me know if any of you have had to tweak something after an upgrade.




    • Nov 22, 2016 - 7:46 AM - Nina Comment Link

      I updated to El Capitan before I went on with the installation process, and it all worked after. So I think it’s supposed to work with OS El Capitan at least. Sorry that I can’t be of any more help.



    • Nov 22, 2016 - 7:51 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Lawrence,

      Your BT/Wifi should just work – no Kernel Extension needed (Kext), unless the card you installed is not the right model (ie. not Apple or Apple compatible). 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.
      You could also check under “About this Mac” – “System Report” and see if the card is even seen by the system.



      • Nov 22, 2016 - 9:09 AM - lawrence Comment Link

        Hi all, and thanks for replying.

        So, after doing an SMC and PRAM reboot as well as SAFE mode restart, my wifi is now back. but still no BT.

        ive tried to reset the bluetooth (by Optio-Shift-Bluetooth – Debug – Reset Bluetooth) but still, no success. i can turn it OFF an ON, but no BT devices appear in my list.

        i hae a BT mouse and Keyboard but neither of those are being seen.

        At least wifi is working

        When i do a System Report, and look at Bleutooth, it says something weird: “cambridge Silicon Radio” – i thought mine was Broadcomm! hummm

        ”    Apple Bluetooth Software Version: 4.4.6f1 17910

          Hardware, Features, and Settings:

          Name: Mac Pro

          Address: hidden

          Bluetooth Low Energy Supported: No

          Handoff Supported: No

          Instant Hot Spot Supported: No

          Manufacturer: Cambridge Silicon Radio

          Transport: USB

          Firmware Version: 1965

          Bluetooth Power: On

          Discoverable: On

          Connectable: Yes

          Auto Seek Pointing: On

          Remote wake: On

          Vendor ID: 0x05AC

          Product ID: 0x8206

          HCI Version: 2.0 (0x3)

          HCI Revision: 0x7AD

          LMP Version: 2.0 (0x3)

          LMP Subversion: 0x7AD

          Device Type (Major): Computer

          Device Type (Complete): Mac Desktop

          Composite Class Of Device: 0x380104

          Device Class (Major): 0x01

          Device Class (Minor): 0x01

          Service Class: 0x1C0

          Auto Seek Keyboard: On


          Bluetooth File Transfer:

          Folder other devices can browse: ~/Public

          When receiving items: Prompt for each file

          State: Enabled

          Bluetooth File Exchange:

          Folder for accepted items: ~/Downloads

          When other items are accepted: Ask

          When receiving items: Prompt for each file

          State: Enabled

          Bluetooth Internet Sharing:

          State: Disabled

          Incoming Serial Ports:


          RFCOMM Channel: 3

          Requires Authentication: No



        • Nov 22, 2016 - 3:23 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          Hi Lawrence,

          good to hear that you’re making progress and tanks for posting the idea to reset SMC and PRAM – I had not thought about that.

          As for your BT, the device seems legit and correct. I found the same info in an old post in the Apple Forum.

          Bluetooth USB Host Controller:
            Product ID: 0x8206
            Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
            Version: 19.65
            Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec
            Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
            Location ID: 0x1a100000 / 2
            Current Available (mA): 500
            Current Required (mA): 0
          Bluetooth USB Host Controller:
            Product ID: 0x8206
            Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
            Version: 19.65
            Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec
            Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
            Location ID: 0x1a100000 / 2
            Current Available (mA): 500
            Current Required (mA): 0

          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?



          • Nov 22, 2016 - 11:35 PM - lawrence Comment Link

            well, it kinda does, but i was expecting my bluetooth driver to say Broadcomm not Cambridge Silicon.

            here is my sys info on my USB:

            USB Bus:

              Host Controller Driver: AppleUSBUHCIPCI

              PCI Device ID: 0x268b 

              PCI Revision ID: 0x0009 

              PCI Vendor ID: 0x8086 

            BRCM20702 Hub:

              Product ID: 0x4500

              Vendor ID: 0x0a5c (Broadcom Corp.)

              Version: 1.00

              Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec

              Manufacturer: Apple Inc.

              Location ID: 0x7d100000 / 1

              Current Available (mA): 1000

              Current Required (mA): 94

              Extra Operating Current (mA): 0

              Built-In: Yes

            Bluetooth USB Host Controller:

              Product ID: 0x828d

              Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)

              Version: 1.18

              Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec

              Manufacturer: Apple Inc.

              Location ID: 0x7d130000 / 4

              Current Available (mA): 1000

              Current Required (mA): 0

              Extra Operating Current (mA): 0

              Built-In: Yes


          • Nov 23, 2016 - 9:54 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            Well, as far as I can see, your BT should just work … hmm.
            Did you remove all “known” devices from your BT settings? (in case they came along when upgrading)


          • Nov 23, 2016 - 1:13 PM - lawrence Comment Link

            YEs, i removed all the OLD stuff, so now i have none… and still, it cant find any new ones.


  • Nov 24, 2016 - 9:22 AM - lawrence Comment Link


    after all the searching, it turns out my USB were correclty working but OSX was defaulting the USB host controller to a secondary one.

    i could see the Cambridge S Radio controller in the BT area but my Broadcom one was being ignored.

    i tried to switch adapters using Bluetooth Explorer App, but it wouldnt let me switch.

    i finally used terminal to force the switch:

    sudo nvram bluetoothHostControllerSwitchBehavior=always

    rebooted and Voila! all working again.;-)



    • Nov 25, 2016 - 8:39 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      That’s some serious detective work there!

      I’m glad it is working, and thank you so much for posting the solution here – it’s very much appreciated! 



  • Dec 12, 2016 - 11:21 AM - Farravi Comment Link


    I am a proud owner of a Mac pro which was upgraded from 3.1 to 5.1 Quad core but has the old BT and WIFI ‘n’ card I believe. I would like to upgrade to the latest WIFI / Bluetooth card (4.2 I think is the latest?) to use the latest generation Magic keyboard and Magic mouse/trackpad?

    1. Apart from Macvidcards, is there another vendor where I can purchase one from for a decent price? Based in the UK (by the way).

    2. Would I need to change the old antenna’s?



    • Dec 13, 2016 - 9:16 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Farravi!

      Yeah, owning a Mac Pro is something to be proud of … I know I was! 

      As for the antenna’s; I doubt you have to change those. The frequencies for newer WiFi cards are still the same as the older cards. 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. Dito for Bluetooth. So I would not be worried about the antenna’s.

      As for selecting the right card, I’m afraid I cannot be of much help on that one. Maybe others would like to share what they have been using?



  • Dec 21, 2016 - 5:20 AM - Daniel Comment Link

    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.



    • Dec 21, 2016 - 10:22 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Daniel,

      Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to post a thank you!
      It’s much appreciated and I’m happy to hear you lost only one screw  … 



  • Feb 11, 2017 - 9:49 AM - JB Comment Link

    Thanks a million for the instructions – worked a treat.  Big TU!!  :-)



    • Feb 11, 2017 - 11:34 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks JB!

      And thank you for taking the time to post a thank-you – it’s much appreciated 



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