Bluetooth in Powermac

berkleeboy210

macrumors 68000
Original poster
Sep 2, 2004
1,641
0
Boston, Massachusetts
Ok, so I have a Powermac on the way, and will eventually add bluetooth to it.

Are there any modules that I can buy that will go inside the machine, or are they all connected via USB?

All Help is Appreciated.
 

tobefirst

macrumors 601
Jan 24, 2005
4,068
1,166
St. Louis, MO
I'm almost positive you have to have the bluetooth installed when you buy the computer. Otherwise you'll have to use a USB dongle. Officially, Apple only supports the D-Link model, although plenty of brands will "work."
 

ja0912

macrumors member
Aug 10, 2002
86
0
I bought the internal module online from a small mac retailer for $59. Came with the screws and the little antenna you plug in the back.

I didn't mention the name of the company (just search around) because I'm pretty sure Apple doesn't allow this. It states clearly on the small retailers site that it must be installed by an Authorized Technician, but it was painfully easy to do myself.
 

macbaseball

macrumors 6502a
Feb 27, 2005
988
0
Northern California
ja0912 said:
I bought the internal module online from a small mac retailer for $59. Came with the screws and the little antenna you plug in the back.

I didn't mention the name of the company (just search around) because I'm pretty sure Apple doesn't allow this. It states clearly on the small retailers site that it must be installed by an Authorized Technician, but it was painfully easy to do myself.
Would you PM me the name? I'm in the same boat, as I didn't BTO mine.
 

R.Youden

macrumors 68020
Apr 1, 2005
2,095
40
You could always get a PCI USB expansion card that has some internal ports and connect a Bluetooth dongle to the inside of the PowerMac.
 

Blackheart

macrumors 6502a
Mar 13, 2004
938
0
Seattle
Do you guys know if you can BTO a new powermac with bluetooth, uninstall it and put it into another powermac? I'm curious because I might try and talk my boss into letting me add bluetooth to one on the next purchases and just pay the additional cost.
 

Kerry Sanders

macrumors regular
Apr 25, 2005
207
0
Hayden, AL
tobefirst said:
I'm almost positive you have to have the bluetooth installed when you buy the computer. Otherwise you'll have to use a USB dongle. Officially, Apple only supports the D-Link model, although plenty of brands will "work."
You are correct. Bluetooth is not an option that can be added by the user after the fact, at least not internally. He could get a Bluetooth dongle (USB) or something like that, though.
 

ja0912

macrumors member
Aug 10, 2002
86
0
Blackheart said:
Do you guys know if you can BTO a new powermac with bluetooth, uninstall it and put it into another powermac? I'm curious because I might try and talk my boss into letting me add bluetooth to one on the next purchases and just pay the additional cost.
I don't see why not. It would unscrew with two screws, and then you just detach the little antenna wire.

and of course attach it your antenna wire and screw it in. all done :)

Kerry Sanders said:
You are correct. Bluetooth is not an option that can be added by the user after the fact, at least not internally.
at least not internally...with Apple's consent.

If you can get your hands on an internal module, it's basically as easy as adding ram.
 

Kerry Sanders

macrumors regular
Apr 25, 2005
207
0
Hayden, AL
ja0912 said:
at least not internally...with Apple's consent.

If you can get your hands on an internal module, it's basically as easy as adding ram.
Yea, after posting, I read the rest of the thread and realized that I should have probably read the entire thread before responding. :eek: :rolleyes:
 

powerboy

macrumors regular
Mar 15, 2004
118
0
I was at an Apple Store today and they said they would install bluetooth for $50 (includes installation). They said I just needed to bring my Powermac in and leave it for about a day.
 

Blackheart

macrumors 6502a
Mar 13, 2004
938
0
Seattle
powerboy said:
I was at an Apple Store today and they said they would install bluetooth for $50 (includes installation). They said I just needed to bring my Powermac in and leave it for about a day.
Are you serious? Because if you are... looks like I'll be spending $50. :p
 

Dreadnought

macrumors 68020
Jul 22, 2002
2,055
14
Almere, The Netherlands
Apple used to say that the bluetooth module/chip had to be soldered directly to the motherboard, and therefore you can't install it internally afterwards. They probably have gone to screws now, but don't know for sure.