Can You Upgrade Airport to AC and Bluetooth to 4.0 on 2011 17" Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ZombiePhysicist, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. ZombiePhysicist, Apr 18, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2016

    ZombiePhysicist macrumors 6502

    ZombiePhysicist

    Joined:
    May 22, 2014
    #1
    Hi All:

    I'm hoping you guys can help me find the parts/cards to upgrade my Late 2011 (8,3), 2.5GHz quad core MacBook Pro's 802.11n based Airport to 802.11ac and its bluetooth to a 4.0 module. I would like to do this for both continuity and speed reasons; I bought a module from macvidcards.com for my MacPro and I loved it, because it was just plug/play and no kext updates or anything.

    Do similar Airport AC/Bluetooth 4.0 upgrade parts exist that could work to upgrade my 2011 MacBook Pro (8,3)? Can anyone point out what part(s) I might need?




    Some search results I found here on bluetooth (But it wasn't clear to me what bluetooth part ended up being the 'blessed' part, and it was only for bluetooth and didn't see if their was a similar part for WiFi):
    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads...ort-handoff-continuity.1747240/#post-19303801

    Some search results on Airport wifi upgrade, but again, which parts actually would work with the 17" Macbook pro 8,3:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/macbook-pro-802-11ac-upgrade.1521466/page-8#post-20825372

    This seems to be a part that could work:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PDN4H9E?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00

    But I'm very confused if either of those will work/fit my model?





    Thanks so much for any pointers/help
     
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2010
    Location:
    Aarhus, Denmark
    #2
    I'll repost my response from the other thread:

    You need an AirPort card with part number BCM94331PCIEBT4CAX. That will give you BT 4.0, but not 802.11ac. For that, the uCard4 discussed in this thread is the only option, but it doesn't really seem to be an option based on satinsilverem2's experiences in that same thread.

    Look on Ebay and AliExpress for the CAX card.
     
  3. ZombiePhysicist thread starter macrumors 6502

    ZombiePhysicist

    Joined:
    May 22, 2014
    #3
    So thanks for the uCard pointer. I think I'm willing to take a chance on this. Looks like satinsilverem2 didnt go through with the purchase. However, looking on the site for the uCard, should I be getting the ucard2 and not the 4 for the 17" Macbook pro?


    Seems like they need CD patch, which makes me nervous. I wish it was plug and play.
     
  4. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2010
    Location:
    Aarhus, Denmark
    #4
    - Seems like it from the description. Though form my experience with 17" (none personal, only through here), they use the same as 13" and 15" from 2011.

    The whole business about this company is just dodgy to me...
     
  5. ZombiePhysicist thread starter macrumors 6502

    ZombiePhysicist

    Joined:
    May 22, 2014
    #5
    Well I guess I'll be the guinea pig for the forum. Let's see how it works out.
     
  6. PariSean macrumors newbie

    PariSean

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2017
    #6
    So, did it work? Was looking for the same thing on my end, in order to activate the Auto Unlock with the apple watch for my 2011 MBP, which apparently needs this wifi/BT configuration
     

Share This Page