Airport card from 2008 Mac Pro work in a 2009?

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  1. Sharky II macrumors 6502a

    Sharky II

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    Hi,

    I bought a 2009 to upgrade from my 2008 8-core. The 2009 doesn't have wifi - will the 2008 card work on the 2009?

    Thanks!

    Ed
     
  2. Lucas Godfrey macrumors 6502

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    Yes, but I'd recommend picking up a airport card from a 2011 iMac to fit in later, I get consistently better signal strength and speed with using the iMac 3 antenna card vs the mac pros 2 antenna card.

    Lucas
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  4. stevenz, Aug 3, 2014
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    They're only 11n, but 3 antenna's mean a theoretical peak of 450Mb/sec versus teh 300Mb/sec of the 2 antennas, assuming your base station also supports it.

    It also supports the 5Ghz spectrum by the look of it, which is a bonus.

    That said, I can't see anywhere obvious to order it from, or a part number for reference.

    I've got one of the cards as per your link, they work fine, but they're "only" dual antenna, and only 2.4Ghz. A PCIe 802.11ac card might be a better option - if you can find one that's compatible.

    http://www.osxwifi.com/apple-wifi-bluetooth-4-0-card-to-minipcie-adapter-for-macpro-2008

    And

    http://www.amazon.com/Broadcom-Bluetooth-Bcm94360cd-Bcm4360cd-802-11ac/dp/B00K0CIJ6U

    Some assembly required...
     
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