MP 1,1-5,1 Accidently bought BCM94360CSAX

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  1. darthgeekonius macrumors regular

    darthgeekonius

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    I accidentally bought BCM94360CSAX thinking it was BCM94331CD only to realize when I went to install it in my 4.1 that it was too small. Is there an adapter I can buy or should I just start over? I'm trying to get the best card my Mac can handle. I have successfully gotten Catalina to install and work with my old card BCM94322MC. However, I want to hopefully increase the range and speed of the wifi adapter. What do I need to buy specifically to accomplish this?

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  2. Ludacrisvp macrumors 6502

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    If it was me I’d get the right card.
    I’m not sure that antenna adapter cables will be easy to find. If you want you could run new antennas instead with the right sized connectors.
     
  3. darthgeekonius thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah I was thinking it's in my best interest just to get the right card/setup.
     
  4. Borowski macrumors newbie

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    Yes, possible. You need the same adapter-board as for the BCM94331CD, but also adapters for the antenna-plugs. The card has smaller jacks.
     
  5. dlwg macrumors member

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    Do you need Wi-Fi or you also need Bluetooth enabled through this card? It is not as easy as getting the card converter, as you also need a USB cable that would go from your old Bluetooth card slot down to the new card...

    Anyway, Google for "IPEX 4 To IPEX 1 UFL Female Connector" and get 3 of these, if you just need the right antenna converters.
     
  6. Borowski macrumors newbie

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    To my knowledge, it works the same way as the BCM94331CD: You have to connect a cable to the original BT-connector, it uses USB-protocol (no USB-plug).

    No BT antenna needed, one of wifi-antennas shares bt/wifi. So bt-antenna is obsolete in this case.
     
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    Or otherwise known as the JST GH 1.25mm 4-pin.
     
  9. darthgeekonius thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've decided not to jump through hoops on this one. I just got a wifi extender with Ethernet and connected the Mac to that. I'll never get the speed of my router/modem 1Gbps I'm barely getting 100mbps, but it's better than the 20mbps I was getting through wifi alone. I know the card wasn't the only bottleneck and have since upgraded to a mesh system (awesome) but the extender/ethernet combo is much faster than wifi alone and that I know has to be because of the card. Right now, I'm debating even keeping my Mac Pro and just getting a current Macbook Pro and eGPU case. That or sell a kidney and save for the new cheese grater when that's available. Thanks all
     

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