BCM94360CD in 2006/2007 Mac Pro (1,1/2,1)

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  1. Mr. Zarniwoop, Nov 22, 2014
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    Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Zarniwoop

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    I retrofitted my original 2006 Mac Pro with a new BCM94360CD 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE mPCIe card and adapter, and played around until I got an antenna configuration that worked well for me.

    Many instructions around the Internet note that the Bluetooth antenna port is the antenna plug that is second from the bottom (when installed in a Mac Pro). However, as many folks figured out back in 2006, some original Mac Pros seem to have mislabeled antenna wires, so when I had my BT antenna wire hooked up to this port, I had poor performance. Specifically, my Bluetooth trackpad and keyboard would sometimes get sluggish, and I'd have to move them close to the Mac Pro where they almost touching the case to make them work right.

    So, I played around with all my antennas and seem to get best WiFi and Bluetooth performance with my BCM94360CD with the following antenna connections (from the top to bottom plugs when inside the Mac Pro):
    • 3 (top)
    • BT (yes, this is not in the Bluetooth port on the card, I suspect my Mac Pro is one of the mislabeled ones)
    • 1 (this is the Bluetooth port on the card)
    • 2 (bottom)
     
  2. wwanthony macrumors member

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    Mine is (card facing me, connectors from right to left)

    J0 - 1
    J1 - 2
    J3 - BT
    J2 - 3 (extra cable that was not connected to my original airport card)

    BTW: Everything looks good in the Profile as as far as Handoff support is concerned. Preferences look good also. But I still could not get it to work on my 1,1->2,1. I used the Continuity Activation Tool also. Luck.
     
  3. Mr. Zarniwoop thread starter macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Zarniwoop

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    I didn't use any tool on my 2006 Mac Pro. Handoff/Continuity with iOS (at least with Safari), Airdrop, and Instant Hotspot all work automagically without me configuring anything.
     
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  5. wwanthony macrumors member

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    Well I thought so. The Profile stated everything was supported without the tool. When I ran the tool the only thing it reported was the whitelisting. It made no other changes to the system.
     
  6. yaboo007 macrumors newbie

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    Have bluetooth and wireless but seems there are no antenna cables for me to plug into the mini-pci card. Guess there just using power till I can find some antenna's
     
  7. hwojtek macrumors 65816

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    All Pros have these cables from factory. They are sometimes hidden very well behind the SATA connector backplane.
     
  8. peterc18st macrumors newbie

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    what adaptor did you buy? I found this card on amazon and this adaptor.

    Card
    http://www.amazon.com/Broadcom-BCM94360CD-BCM4360CD-802-11ac-Bluetooth/dp/B00L35XSMS

    Adaptor
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0..._m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0T2KSKQN61ZZSB8E8VNE
     
  9. peterc18st macrumors newbie

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    Thanx. A bit pricey but will go ahead and pick you up in a week or 2.
     
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  11. Johnny365 macrumors regular

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    Alright, so I apologize about bumping an older thread. I just got the BCMXXX360 card today. I installed it per the others' posts about what orientation each wire gets attached to. No detection. I am under OSX Lion if that makes a difference.

    As I was rearranging the antennaes, one of the antennae pads broke off, go figure. Anyone have an EXACT diagram of what order 1, 2, 3, and BT antennaes connect to this card?

    Also, is it possible to solder the pad back on or should I request a refund?
     
  12. Johnny365 macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the link. Aside from one of the pads breaking off, the card isn't detected under System Profiler (OSX Lion). I am using this as a conversion to the format that the Broadcom uses since it's a smaller connector:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00P0QYA1Y/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    No matter what wire arrangement I had, there was no detection. You would think with one of the Wifi port pads broken off, that Wifi would still technically work as far as being detected and perhaps show available hotspots and/or BT working, but it says unavailable. I dunno if it's because I was using a BT 4.0 USB Dongle prior and the installation overridden the settings (same with using a Wifi USB Adapter prior).
     
  13. JedNZ, Aug 17, 2016
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    Looks the same as the one I have. Could it possibly be that OS Lion doesn't provide driver support for the card? Have you tried a later version of OS X?
     
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    Just got a replacement today from the seller. Before I install this, does anyone have this exact card and can tell me which wires go to which? I suspect it may be a driver issue that is causing it not to be natively detected on 10.7 Lion.
     
  16. Johnny365 macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure what is going on, but it's not being detected. I do have a mini-PCIe adapter that doesn't have the external power for BT. Not sure if that makes a difference. Otherwise, to be sure it isn't anything hardware related, I would have to upgrade to El Capitan or one of the newer versions (after 10.7) to be sure it's just the dated OS that is not detecting the hardware.

    It is my understanding, that as long as you have the Wifi wires connected to the right plugs (any order will do), that you would get some type of wifi signal. If they are in the wrong order, you get diminished speeds, but should still get something!
     
  17. weckart macrumors 68040

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    This card came with the late 2013 iMac, which shipped with 10.8.4. So my understanding is that you would need 10.8.5+ to have the necessary drivers for it to be recognised. Lion is too old for this tech.
     
  18. Johnny365 macrumors regular

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    Okay, that may be possible. On the lookout for a relatively cheap El Capitan compaible video card for Mac Pro 1,1 now! :D
     
  19. khanam, Jan 9, 2017
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    I have installed a broadcom wifi/BT card (BCM94360CD with the adapter) on my El Capitan 2,1 Pro but it seems i do not have BT functionality even though wifi works great. Connections were as follows:

    J0 - 1
    J1 - 2
    J3 - BT
    J2 - 3

    What connections should I try to get Bluetooth to work?
     
  20. JedNZ macrumors regular

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    Troubleshooting:
    • Confirm that your cMP recognises BT in System Information > Bluetooth?
    • If BT is recognised, is it switched on? (BT icon in Menu Bar > Turn Bluetooth On)
    • Does Bluetooth show up in System Preferences?
    • What type of device (mouse, keyboard etc) are you using to test whether BT is working?

    Further troubleshooting:
    If BT is recognised, consider resetting the BT device - Option+Shift click on the BT menu icon > Debug > Reset the Bluetooth module. You could also consider:
    • Reset PRAM: Restart holding down Cmd+Opt+P+R - keep holding these down until you've heard your Mac restart 3 times (chime sound).
    • Reset PMU: shutdown your Mac - unplug the power. Plug power back in after 20 seconds, and power up after a further 10 seconds.

    Possible solution:
    If your system confirms BT is working, then consider swapping the BT aerial from J3 to J2. I had issues with BT showing a very weak signal, so swapped J3 to J2 in my cMP 1,1>2,1 and that made quite a difference.
     
  21. khanam macrumors newbie

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    Ah BT is not even showing up in system report or preferences or menu bar. the antenna clicked properly. i guess i need to recheck. thanks for the pointers. maybe it simply never connected.
     
  22. khanam macrumors newbie

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    Hmm I swapped the antenna labeled bt from j3 to j2 but there is still no Bluetooth signal or anything in the menu bar. Any thoughts on what could be the issue?
     

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