Can I switch my Wireless Cards after the new update at WWDC?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by renosausage, May 21, 2013.

  1. renosausage macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2012
    I currently have a 15" rMBP

    I know it has a 802.11n Wireless Card installed

    Would I be able to replace that card with a 802.11ac if they are revealed at WWDC next month?

    What would be the benefit of having a 802.11ac over 802.11n?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    No, all the components are soldered onto the logic board.

    Edit: Given the released photos, looks like I'm wrong, though apple will not be selling these to existing owners, so my answer is still no
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I don't think the wifi card is a user replaceable part.
  4. Lyshen macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2008
    Is the WiFi card replaceable? Sure

    Is it user serviceable? No

    Also to note, the current WiFi card in rMBP has 3 antennas, so if the AC one has 4.... you will be missing 1 antenna.

    (One screw holds the card in place)
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    not to mention that even if you could get your hands on the card there's no guarantee that the chipset would support or that there would be the proper driver.
  6. KevinC867 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2007
    Saratoga, CA
    I don't see a need for 802.11ac while I'm out and about. At home I'll use it for fast transfer of big video files between my computers. I plan to add it to my rMBP with an adapter attached to my USB3.0 hub. That will allow me to ditch the wired Ethernet connection and the nasty Thunderbolt-1GbitEthernet adapter. So, just one cable from my rMBP to the hub and I'm done.

    Yeah, it would be cool to swap the internal WiFi card, but that will probably be more expensive, and it may not even be possible. We'll have to wait and see.

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