15" 2012 cMBP - 802.11ac AirPort Upgrade Available?

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  1. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

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    Hi all,

    Hope you're keeping in good spirits. Does anybody know of a tried & tested aftermarket 802.11ac upgrade available for my 15" 2012 non-Retina MacBook Pro? Preferably from a UK seller for cheaper shipping. I enquired with iFixit though they advised that they don't do one.

    Pretty disappointing seeing as you can get a PCI-e Intel 802.11ac card for £15, which'll fit any cheap Windows laptop :(

    Thank you for any advice you can provide, I'd be massively indebted if this is an upgrade I can do!

    Best wishes.
     
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Nope. Doesn't exist to my knowledge.
     
  3. keysofanxiety thread starter macrumors 604

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    That's what I feared :(

    Regardless, thank you for taking the time to respond & confirm!
     
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  5. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - It won't. Even an adaptor for the PCIe connector isn't enough as the antenna connectors are also much smaller on the Retina card. So you would need entirely new antennae as well.
     
  6. keysofanxiety thread starter macrumors 604

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    Hey Sams, thanks for the response. Hurmm, for £15 it's a no brainer, though I remember some people saying that the rMBP ones don't fit.

    Having a look at the AirPort cards for my model, they're completely different -- not even PCI-e, but blooming ribbon cable or something: https://www.amazon.co.uk/MacBook-Un...8535&sr=8-2&keywords=2012+macbook+pro+airport

    No wonder there isn't an aftermarket solution :( Talk about proprietary.
     
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Yeah I had a look about it seems like it's just not going to happen, a pity that's pretty damn cheap. Well if you have a USB slot free there are a couple of USB adapters that'll do i.
     
  8. keysofanxiety thread starter macrumors 604

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    Crikey. I don't suppose it's possible to get a PCIe adapter and antennae adapters?!

    This AirPort card is getting worse all the time ...

    [​IMG]
     
  9. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Well, I haven't seen it. But I did see a picture of an adaptor for the PCIe at one point.
     
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  11. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Already knew about it, but it falls far outside your criteria of "tried and tested". I've heard of no one having successful communication with the company, much less receiving any products. A few folks on here ordered but had to cancel after no product was delivered and enquiries went unanswered for weeks.
    You can probably search them up. I think I'm in at least two of the threads on it.
     
  12. keysofanxiety thread starter macrumors 604

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    Thank you for responding. I will definitely steer clear!
     
  13. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Or if you feel guinea pig-y, have at it!
     

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