802.11ac Airport card update for classic/old Mac Pros (cMP)?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ZombiePhysicist, May 22, 2014.

  1. ZombiePhysicist macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2014
    Are there any upgrades for 2006-2012 Mac Pro's to get new 802.11ac? Specifically a replacement card for the built in Airport 802.11n card?

    I know some have used that card for some wild upgrades, like a USB 3.0 card (see here http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=19039972&postcount=870).

    I was hoping an ac capable Airport card might be available? Has anyone found and/or tried such a thing?

    I know you can get usb3.0 802.11ac cards/thumbdrive/antennas, but I was hoping for and upgrade to the existing 802.11n card built into the cMP.

    Thanks for any pointers!
  2. ZombiePhysicist, May 23, 2014
    Last edited: May 23, 2014

    ZombiePhysicist thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2014
    I've read that you can find BCM94322MC mPCIe cards from broadcom and they will work in the the mPCIe slot (if you don't already have an 802.11n card in your cMP).

    Like these: http://www.ebay.com/bhp/apple-bcm94322mc

    However, I still don't see any mPCIe 802.11ac cards that people have tried/tested or know to work. Does anyone know what chipset apple uses for 802.11ac on the nMP? Perhaps we can try to find an mPCIe card with that new chipset and it might work without drivers?

    There is a little info here:

    It seems like we might want a BCM4360 (faster) or BCM4352 (slower) based mPCIe card. I found this and wonder if it would be compatible with a MacPro5,1:


    And there are certainly a lot of BCM4352 mPCIe cards available:

    Question is has anyone tried/succeeded at getting any 802.11ac mPCIe cards working on a Mac Pro?
  3. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    do you do a lot of LAN transfers, as I don't think it will make a meaningful difference for real world use

    we have both cMP and nMP still both pulling the full +100 connection from my ISP sitting about 50 feet from the router
  4. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
  5. ZombiePhysicist thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2014
    Thanks AM, but it seems like someone tried the Azurewave card but it doesn't wake after sleep (as of 10.8.5) and modifying current apple cards seems to involve soldering surgery.

    I'm hoping there is a buy, plug and forget option, but doesn't seem to be one at the moment...
  6. ZombiePhysicist thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2014
    Yea, I do. It might make more sense to hard wire the MP, or just use an Airport express to bridge the mac pro...

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