802.11ac, BT 4.0 and Continuity & Handoff are working on Mac Pro 2010 (Keep Updating)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MacProSector, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. zoltm macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2017
    This would be great, I would like to know too. Many thanks.
  2. Squuiid, Jun 26, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2017

    Squuiid macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
    Here's my original post about it, #650, and here's my current BT Hardware Profile details:

    Apple Bluetooth Software Version: 5.0.4f18
    Hardware, Features, and Settings:
    Name: Mac Pro
    Bluetooth Low Energy Supported: Yes
    Handoff Supported: Yes
    Instant Hot Spot Supported: Yes
    Manufacturer: Broadcom
    Transport: USB
    Chipset: 20703A1
    Firmware Version: v146 c4790
    Bluetooth Power: On
    Discoverable: Off
    Connectable: Yes
    Auto Seek Pointing: On
    Remote wake: On
    Vendor ID: 0x05AC
    Product ID: 0x8294
    HCI Version: 4.2 (0x8)
    HCI Revision: 0x12B6
    LMP Version: 4.2 (0x8)
    LMP Subversion: 0x2192
    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
  3. dlwg macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2016
    Which adapter did you use exactly? Some people here are saying that they couldn't get Bluetooth working with various adapters available...
  4. Auggie macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2017
    I got Bluetooth working just fine with a BCM94360CDP card (from OSXWiFi); just couldn't get Handoff working.
  5. Squuiid macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
    I bought mine all ready to go from a HK eBay vendor so I don't really know I'm afraid. Sorry.
    I tried finding it again on eBay but it looks like they've stopped selling them.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 26, 2017 ---
    You'll need to use CAT to get that working reliably.
  6. mrjayviper macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2012
    So I got this card (1st 4 columns are Vendor ID, Device ID, Sub-vendor ID and lastly Sub-device ID).


    it sort of works (Wi-Fi keeps turning on/off every 2 seconds) and BT is not detected (System Profiler => BT).

    any thoughts? Perhaps I got a non-Apple card? Thanks
  7. carpsafari Suspended


    Sep 13, 2015
    the Netherlands
  8. dlwg macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2016
  9. weezerr, Jul 15, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2017

    weezerr macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2006
    You guys must be surgeons, wow was that a pain in the ass.

    I succesfully put a BCM94360CD in my 3,1 but connecting those little leads was super painful. I could not get one of the screws to come out on the native bluetooth chip, but with one screw out I could pop it up and unseat it. Bluetooth did not work right away but after a restart everything seems to be going fine.

    AC wifi and Bluetooth 4.0 for $35 not too shabby. Have not tested continuity and whatnot yet.

    If I have my Mac hardwired to ethernet, should I also connect to the wifi to get continuity to work? Will I default use my ethernet for my connection?

    edit: Maybe I spoke too soon. Im trying to pair my iphone and it wont connect. It says my device is not supported, and to make sure I have network access enabled?

    Im positive I connected the BT to the J3 port on the card. It also shows up fine in system profiler, and when I try to connect it shows the correct ID number and whatnot, just ultimately fails saying device not supported...
  10. mrjayviper macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2012
    I would like to know which one is the BT antenna connector for BCM94360CD card. I searched the net but cannot find such info. Thanks

  11. weezerr macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2006
  12. fendersrule macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2008
    I'm sorry for diverting, but after 35 pages, I'd like to know which is the absolute best way to update a 5,1 Mac Pro to have all the latest BT and WIFI features in MacOS Sierra that looks as stock as can be in 2017?

    There was a website that sold these modules for about $80 I believe. I lost it, and can't find it again.

  13. ibarnett macrumors regular


    Aug 20, 2010
    Gold Coast, Australia
    Previously I had used & was happy with the MacVidcards mod, a few years ago, & have now modded another Mac Pro 5,1.
    I had problems with the MacVidcards mod - the card has been changed from what you see on the site - whereby the antenna terminals are on the underside of the card, which makes a difficult job nearly impossible. Additionally the cable to the bluetooth fitting was faulty, I've sent several emails with no resolution.
    In the end I bought the OSXWifi card, which is similar to my original Macvidcards upgrade card. The antenna cable connectors are on the top which makes life a hell of a lot easier. Additionally the connector to the original bluetooth point is much better.
    Additionally they have solutions for more Mac types.
  14. fendersrule macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2008
    Yes! It was OSX Wifi! That was it.

    Pretty good straight-forward installation? **** just works. Life is good?

    Would love to be able to sit down with my Apple watch and MacOS just unlocks automatically!

    I also hate that i can't send text messagest from the Message app. I heard this upgrade enables all that goodness as long as your phone is around...

    That experience is worth the money. So much being a greybeard, huh? :)

    I'd like that so much that it's more important than a GPU upgrade.
  15. HAL2010 macrumors member


    Nov 3, 2014
    The Netherlands
    I don't have an upgraded WiFi-card in my 5,1 but I can still use the Message app.
  16. fendersrule macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2008
    You won't be able to send SMS text messages though.

    For the people stuck with using SMS, they tend to be unreachable via the Mac.
  17. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020


    Nov 2, 2011
    The Netherlands
    I used to be able to do the same thing with my Mac Pro 5.1 (2012) OOTB! But, all of a sudden I can SEND but not RECEIVE any text messages anymore. Any idea?

  18. HAL2010 macrumors member


    Nov 3, 2014
    The Netherlands
    Yes. But who uses SMS these days? I don't get them anymore. It's iMessage or Whatsapp.
  19. fendersrule macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2008
    There's a few people that do not have iPhones nor Messages. Straight up PC folks, and available via text message only. Those people are also important in my life. It's weird having to be around my iPhone to get their messages instead of it popping up in MacOS like everyone else. On top of that, I cannot send messages to them either. It kinda sucks.

    Example: attached.

    I'd like to be completely aware of all communications brought forth of my iPhone with the Mac. It seems like this upgrade allows that. If you don't need it, fine, but I'd be surprised that without this upgrade if EVERY message comes through on your Mac?

    Attached Files:

  20. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    Continuity not even require WiFi, I can use my Mac to take phone call, SMS, etc before I install Wifi card (only cable network available).
  21. weezerr macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2006
    I just did one of these installs on my 3,1 with an eBay card with the ports on the back of the card. Serious pain in the ass and could not have done it without long tweezers and patience.

    I had to install them right side up, then flip it over, install it into the adapter, and get it in. One of the leads was really short and wasn't sure I was gonna pull it off.
  22. Ozbastion macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2017
    Brisbane, Australia
    I recently bought a GMYLE Bluetooth USB dongle as recommended here (http://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac-software/get-continuity-handoff-airdrop-on-old-mac-3582632/). Plugged it into my Mac Pro 5,1 and followed the steps for the Continuity Activation Tool (https://github.com/dokterdok/Continuity-Activation-Tool) which I understand hasn't been updated for over 12 months.

    Followed all of the instructions including disabling SIP.

    On restart, heard some strange high pitched buzzing sounds. OS X failed to boot, so ended up restoring OS X.

    Tried the same thing again after the fresh restore.. and still failed to boot.

    I looked at the 'Issues' link and the most relevant issue appears to be #399, titled "Failed boots after CAT install on mid-2010 MacBook Pro macOS Sierra 10.12.5 #399" but the Wiki page is blank..

    Anyone had any similar issues? Thanks.
  23. HAL2010 macrumors member


    Nov 3, 2014
    The Netherlands
    I'm confused. I bought the items as seen on the attached photo. Is that enough for a cMP 5,1?

    Attached Files:

  24. Squuiid macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
  25. TheIguana macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2004
    That setup will only get you AC Wifi. The PCI slot that the airport card fits into on the MacPro5,1 does not have USB on it that is required to enable the Bluetooth portion of the card you have. From the looks of it, the two solder pads next to the label R1 are the data channels for USB. On the card I bought from EBay these pads were soldered to a wire that I could connect to the USB port the original Bluetooth card used.

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