airport extreme wifi card

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  1. jetjaguar macrumors 68030

    jetjaguar

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    im looking into installing one of these in my mac pro and i have question ..
    normally i get my stuff from macsales but they want 89.99 for it.
    I searched ebay and they have a bunch for like 20 dollars that are
    802.11n as well .. whats the difference ?

    example

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Apple/6615048K/

    and

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Apple-Airport-Extreme-WiFi-Card-802-11N-MacBook-Mac-Pro-/180536478383?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a08d00aaf

    i want decent speed but would rather not pay 90 dollars if i dont have to
     
  2. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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  3. jetjaguar thread starter macrumors 68030

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  4. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    From what I've gathered, the AP card used by 2006-2008 Mac Pros are not compatible with the 2009 Mac Pro.

    But in any case, the appropriate part number for your Mac Pro would be MB988LL/A. Your local Apple Store or AASP should be able to install one, for a fee.
     
  5. jetjaguar thread starter macrumors 68030

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    i have no problem installing it myself .. just needed to know which one to get
     
  6. eponym macrumors 6502

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    Just an FYI: as far as I know, it's not a user-installable option. Doing it yourself voids the warranty.
     
  7. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    It never voided the warranty on my 2008 MP - and it's been in for service a couple of times. In fact, the only reason I even installed an AP card myself was because the Apple Store refused to order the card when I tried to get it done "the right way". So, I bought it from a 3rd-party supplier (J&R, if I recall) and cursed for a couple of hours getting the antenna wires to attach to the tiny connectors. :mad: But everything worked out just fine in the end.

    But yes, this is a gray area. You can potentially void your warranty if you screw up and break the fragile antenna wires that need to attach to the mini-coax connectors on the card. Proceed at your own risk.
     
  8. jetjaguar thread starter macrumors 68030

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    i just dont feel like lugging the mac pro in .. i think they charge like 50-80 dollars for installation and then whatever the cost of the card from them
     
  9. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    Installation is easy - unless you got big hands ;)
    See attachment.
     

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  10. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    I'm not sure Apple charges (if anything) to install an AP card. All I know is that about a year prior to installing my AP card (which I was forced to do myself, per my previous post), I took my brother's 2006 quad-core 2.66 into the Apple Store and they installed the AP card for free. I just had to pay the $45 for the card.

    It's best to call and ask.
     

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