Adding Bluetooth & Wireless afterwards

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by cynerjist, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. cynerjist macrumors regular

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    I've done a search for this, but came up empty.

    Anyway, I am eyeing some discounted Mac Pros on e-bay and refurbs from the Mac Store. Unfortunately, many of them do not include the Airport Extreme and Bluetooth. I know I can add the Airport Extreme easily, but what about the Bluetooth? Where can I buy that to put it in?

    Any help appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. Carniphage macrumors 68000

    Carniphage

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    This is exactly what I did. Bought on the refurb site - and had the modules fitted at an Apple store. Apple do not sell the upgrades on their web store - because fitting them is not completely simple. But some mail-order vendors do sell the modules to install yourself.

    One word of warning - a lot of Mac Pro users with the Apple Airport module are getting less-than-ideal throughput and see low signal strength. It looks like this particular Airport card needs a firmware update.

    Until this problem is resolved by Apple, I'd suggest looking at alternatives.
     
  3. rlove06 macrumors member

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    If you don't mind using up one of your USB ports than the quickest way to Bluetooth is a dongle. I would get this d-link one. I've bought it for several clients and carry one around as well. No problems.
     
  4. pianoman macrumors 68000

    pianoman

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    Apple can add both Airport and Bluetooth to your machine at a retail store. I don't think there's an alternative to the Airport, but you could get a BT dongle that plugs into a USB port, which would be less expensive.
     

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