Handoff Breakdown With Activation Tool

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by UncleSchnitty, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. galapas macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2014
    Same issue for me.
  2. evilness macrumors newbie


    Oct 31, 2015
    Leeds / UK
    hello all,
    I have early 2009 Mac Pro and wanted to refresh it a little bit. Considering Mavericks made my magic mouse very laggy and annoying, I've found that using external dongle would help with the issue. I thought of taking advantage of the Continuity feature in Yosemite. I'm not looking to upgrade to El Capitan yet.

    I have obtained one of the recommended dongles, http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007MKMJGO?&tag=rnwap-20

    At first Continuity Tool wouldn't go through, it was getting stuck o permissions repair for ages, to eventually throw out some error. I disconnected the BT on the main board, tried again an all went great. Reboot, sign off from icloud on all devices, all rebooted, signed in on all devices, keychain authorised everywhere, rebooted. All connected to the same wifi.

    mac pro 4.1 (10.10.5) with GMYLE BCM20702
    iphone 6 (8.4)
    ipad 4 (9.0.2)​

    System report is showing the following:
    Bluetooth Low Energy Supported:Yes
    Handoff Supported:No
    Instant Hotspot Supported:No
    Firmware Version:v14 c4096
    Bluetooth Power:On
    Auto Seek Pointing:On
    Remote wake:On​

    Airdrop works ok, but handsoff checkbox not showing up in General Settings.
    I tried to play with the icloud multiple times, restarted everything many times as well.
    No good.

    Prior I made an upgrade to my GPU to GTX 960. Would that conflict?
    I did quite a lot of research and I can't think of anything else.
    Can anyone advice please?
  3. rjsmith1999 macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2015
    Background info (you can skip this if you want):
    I'm pretty sure I read through all 34 pages of this thread to find an answer to my question, and I can't seem to find any information about this.
    I have a 24" Early 2008 iMac that was pretty awesome in 2008, but less so now. I'm planning on replacing the hard drive with a nice new Samsung SSD soon. I figure that if I was going to go through all the trouble of taking the computer apart, I might as well update to bluetooth 4.0 while I'm at it.

    I know I need a new card because my Computer doesn't support the direct wifi technology that Airdrop/Handoff requires (not even the old AirDrop will work)
    After looking around I realized that the 2008 iMac actually appears to have 2 cards: One for wifi that uses PCI and another for bluetooth with a separate connector. NOTE: this information is from ifixit for the 20" iMac, because the 24" doesn't have any info on wireless cards.

    My actual question:
    I know I need an adapter to covert the new Broadcom card's mini-PCIe to the iMacs PCIe slot. I plan on using this adapter with this card. But what do I do about the current Bluetooth card? Just ignore it? If I plug the antenna attached to the current Bluetooth card into the new card, with the iMac just magically switch to using the Bluetooth off the new card? Do I need to change anything (drivers/kexts?) to get the new card to work?

    Has anyone done this upgrade on a 2007/2008 iMac that can share any information on what adapter they used and how it works?
  4. sega dude macrumors newbie

    sega dude

    Jul 25, 2012
    What are my options for a MacBook (Late 2009)? Is a USB dongle my only option, or is there an internal card I can install?
  5. vcayenne macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2016
    Early 2011 MBP 13" running El Capitan beta [10.11.4 Beta (15E33e)] with a Gmyle Bluetooth dongle and Continuity is working beautifully.
  6. JCR0 macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2015
    Just want to note that this is incorrect: the card is NOT in the hinge on the mid-2010 MacBook Pro 17 (6,1), and I was able to upgrade to the CAX card and get Continuity and Handoff working fine.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 1, 2016 ---
    Just want to note that I was able to upgrade my mid-2010 MacBook Pro 17 (6,1), to the CAX card and get Continuity and Handoff working fine. You do either need to modify (file) the existing bracket or purchase one from a later 15" MacBook Pro to make the connectors line up properly. The connector positioning means that the existing ribbon cable is slightly too long. You can either fold it or purchase the proper cable along with the card.
  7. applCore macrumors regular


    May 3, 2011
    What hardware is needed specifically for a Mac Pro (Mid 2010) to make CAT work with 10.11? I had a BT dongle working just fine previously, but with the 10.11 update, it no longer works and I get an incompatibility message from the most recent CAT release.
  8. rgranger macrumors newbie


    Oct 16, 2014
    The last update that would work with my dongle is 10.11.4 (and the beta 4) I tried a beta 5 and it didn't find the dongle and reported no hardware. Now that 10.11.4 stable is out I am sticking here for a bit.
  9. saudor macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2011
    How stable is it? I know with a dongle, there's a bit of unplugging and re plugging to get things working
  10. verdejt macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2011
    Central Florida
    How do I get continuity to work on a Mid-2010 iMac 27". I purchased the IOGEAR GBU521 Bluetooth adapter but when i run Continuity Activation Tool the script runs then t only sees the built in bluetooth adapter and tells me that I need to upgrade my Bluetooth card. Looking for information to get this to work. Thanks in advance.
  11. axd1152 macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2016
    I have 13 inch late 2008 aluminium macbook. What are my options?
    I've found this 2-in-1 wifi+bluetooth card on ebay that is indicated to be Mac Os compatible.


    Do you think this will work to get all the new features to work on my old machine? I've installed Sierra on it, as well as installed 6gb ram and 256gb ssd. So, it's still a strong machine for me, but I really want to be able to use airplay, continuty, hand off, newly introduced in sierra same buffer for all devices.

    Since my model has the adaptor build in the hindge of the screen, I think I can not repace it with the one shown on the first post of the thread. Am i right?
  12. Johnatr macrumors newbie


    Sep 29, 2016
    I have provided all the info you may need below
    Currently (with no modifications),
    -Cellular Calls, and SMS and MMS work
    -Handoff, Universal Clipboard, Instant Hotspot, Auto Unlock DO NOT WORK

    I am interested in getting ""Airdrop, handoff and clipboard"" to work
    here are my questions:

    1) Can I just get a dongle for this to work? do i need anything else other than just a dongle?

    2) If i unplug the dongle and plug it back in, any problems? do i have to restart the OS?

    3) would a wifi card work better? or less problems? or just the same?
    I have no problems occupying a USB all the time.

    4) I am confused on which card to buy, if I would buy one
    Apple M8881LL/A AirPort Extreme Card or BCM94331PCIEBT4CAX

    5) do i need to downgrade my OS?

    6) do you need any additional info?

    7) would Airdrop, handoff and clipboard all work?

    I have an early 2011 MBP 15"
    I just upgraded to OS Sierra

    on this site
    in the compatibility List it says
    it works with either dongle "OR" new Airport extreme card

    but then
    AirPort Extreme card upgrades
    it says
    MacBook Pro early 2011 to late 2011 (all models) Yes, new wireless card BCM94331PCIEBT4CAX Yes

    by UncleSchnitty

    cMacbookPros: Early or Late 2011(all models) - Requires new blutooth/wifi card and Modified Kext

    so wifi card or dongle?

    My system Diagnostics::

    --- Hardware/OS checks ---
    Verifying Continuity status... OK. OS X reports Continuity as inactive
    Verifying Mac model reference... OK. Known compatible Mac Model detected: MacBookPro8,2
    Verifying Mac board-id... OK. Long board id detected: Mac-94245A3940C91C80
    Verifying OS X version... Warning: This tool wasn't tested with OS X versions higher than 10.10. Detected OS version: 10.12
    Verifying Wi-Fi hardware... OK. A Broadcom AirPort card is active, and uses the legacy Brcm4331 kext. This tool can fix this.
    Verifying AWDL status... OK. No AWDL is active, but the hardware seems to be able to support it. This tool can try to fix this.
    Verifying Bluetooth hardware... OK. The internal Bluetooth card is active
    Verifying Bluetooth version... NOT OK. Your hardware doesn't support Bluetooth 4.0, necessary for Continuity. Current LMP Version=4, expected 6.
    Verifying Bluetooth features... OK. Bluetooth features are currently not compatible with Continuity. This tool can try to fix this.
    Verifying Bluetooth firmware... OK. Bluetooth firmware version: v42 c847
    Verifying Login Item... OK. Login item for Auto Continuity Check is not set.

    --- Modifications check ---
    Verifying OS kext protection... OK. Kext developer mode is not active. This tool can fix this.
    Verifying SIP... NOT OK. System Integrity Protection is still enabled
    Verifying ContinuitySupport... OK. This tool can fix this.
    Verifying kexts readability... OK. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth kexts were found and could be read
    Verifying Wi-Fi whitelist status... OK. Your board-id is not yet whitelisted. This tool can fix this.
    Verifying BT4 dongles compatibility... OK. Compatibility with BT4 USB dongles is not enabled, this tool can fix this if a dongle is plugged in
    Verifying old Wi-Fi kext presence... OK. Legacy Brcm4331 Wi-Fi driver is present. This tool can fix this.
    Verifying legacy Wi-Fi card patch... OK. The legacy Wi-Fi patch is not present. This tool can fix this.
    --- Modifications check ---
  13. Haedennn macrumors newbie


    Jan 23, 2017
    Did the IOGEAR Bluetooth 4.0 USB Micro Adapter, GBU521 allow for the handoff to work for your machine with the factory wifi card?
  14. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Not that I recall.
  15. MiamiC70 macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2011
    Is CAT still being updated? Is it compatible with OSX 10.12.4?
  16. Ductard macrumors newbie


    Apr 17, 2017
    Also looking for this answer.
  17. slvrscoobie macrumors 6502a


    Mar 24, 2013
    ive been using the old one with success so far on beta 5
  18. PeterHolbrook macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2009
    From what I've gathered, it appears CAT needs to be run on a Mac Pro 5,1 with the bcm94360cd Bluetooth LE 4.0 card in order to whitelist this model for Instant Hotspot and Handoff to work in macOS Sierra. No such whitelisting was necessary under Yosemite and El Capitan. Two questions:

    1. What caused the Mac Pro 5,1 and/or the bcm94360cd to be blacklisted in the first place under Sierra?
    2. Unless macOS 10.13 causes a widespread trashing of all older Macs not sporting SSDs, what are the prospects of CAT being used in macOS 10.13 in order to at least maintain current Continuity/Handoff features? Are there any plans to create a newer version, if necessary, that may run in the upcoming OS?
  19. MiamiC70 macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2011
  20. ebernet macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    I see a lot of confusion as to whether CAT has been updated, will be updated, works with hardware, etc...

    I imagine the pace is slowing down now that subsequent OS updates pretty much rely on MOSTLY supported hardware, so going forward I predict (and see) much less support. Specifically, a machine like mine (early 2008 Mac Pro, no longer supported in updates beyond El Capitan).

    What I HAVE found however, is starting with later versions of El Capitan and the supported hardware card (replacement Broadcom Wifi AC and BT 4.0 card, see many comments above), CAT is NO LONGER NEEDED AT ALL.

    Not sure at what point it happened, but I just got a new iMac and am setting up my old trusty Mac Pro at a server, and wiped it clean only to install only what is needed and clean (1st time in 10 years, and it itself was a migration of another machine). I replaced the hardware WiFi BT combo card over 2 years ago.

    I always needed CAT to see the Handoff setting in the General System Preference. No longer. Both that screen and the System Profiler denote all is good. When I run CAT diagnostics it tells me there are a few things it can fix - ignore this. DO NOT INSTALL CAT on a clean install of 10.11.6 on a 2008 Mac Pro (3,1). Not installing it everything works, installing it you WILL have issues. This is what you will see in the system profiler. You are good to go! At least Apple left us with a gift for that Mac when they sunsetted it with the support for the replaced chipset...

    Apple Bluetooth Software Version: 4.4.6f1 17910

    Hardware, Features, and Settings:

    Bluetooth Low Energy Supported: Yes

    Handoff Supported: Yes

    Instant Hot Spot Supported: Yes

    Manufacturer: Broadcom

    Transport: USB

    Chipset: 20702B0

    Firmware Version: v118 c9123

    Bluetooth Power: On

    Discoverable: Off

    Connectable: Yes

    Auto Seek Pointing: On

    Remote wake: On

    Vendor ID: 0x05AC

    Product ID: 0x828D

    HCI Version: 4.0 (0x6)

    HCI Revision: 0x23A3

    LMP Version: 4.0 (0x6)

    LMP Subversion: 0x4176

    Device Type (Major): Computer

    Device Type (Complete): Mac Desktop

    Composite Class Of Device: 0x380104

    Device Class (Major): 0x01

    Device Class (Minor): 0x01

    Service Class: 0x1C0

    Auto Seek Keyboard: On
  21. PeterHolbrook macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2009
    As far as I can tell, CAT was NEVER needed with the replacement Broadcom Wifi AC and BT 4.0 card in El Capitan. But, as far as a Mac Pro 5,1 goes, it was certainly needed in Sierra and, presumably, will be needed in High Sierra.
  22. ethanstiles, Jul 29, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2017

    ethanstiles macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2017
    i have a mid-2011 21.5" iMac:
    wifi card; Firmware Version: Atheros 9380:
    bluetooth is on a separate board; Manufacturer is Broadcom

    i'm thinking of getting a BCM943602CS or BCM94360CD Airport card to replace the current wifi and bluetooth cards i mentioned.

    I'm just not sure about where to attach the the antennas on the new card; there are four antenna cables in my imac three that go to the wifi card (one with no stripes, another one stripe and two striped) and one that goes to the bluetooth board. I'm thinking J0 goes with no stripe, J1 with 1 stripe and J2 with 2 stripes and leaving the bluetooth antenna disconnected. If i got the BCM94360CD card i think i would have to route the bluetooth antenna to that card (J3) with a pigtail cable like this one: https://goo.gl/1C3yJu. Would it better to use the BCM94360CD card and extend the bluetooth antenna or get the BCM943602CS and just use the three cables that are already connected to the Atheros wifi card by converting them (https://goo.gl/5D82bX)

    The last thing i don't know is do I have to do anything about the USB D+/D- in my model and if i do how and where would i connect it?


    Airport Card- https://goo.gl/HanJUh
  23. Hastyr macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2017
    I have a late 2011 17" Macbook Pro, I just had the motherboard replaced (by Apple) and they reported the installed bluetooth card (a BCM94331PCIEBT4CAX) had a bad cable - and they replaced the cable and the card with new ones (BCM94331PCIEBT4AX) which of course broke continuity support.

    I purchased another BCM94331PCIEBT4CAX and installed it and the Mac wifi works fine, but it doesn't see any bluetooth. CAT reports Bluetooth = 0, and system information says: "No Information Found" under the bluetooth tab. I bought a 2nd BCM94331PCIEBT4CAX and it gives the same error.

    I put the original BCM94331PCIEBT4AX back in bluetooth works great again.

    It appears the new motherboard is refusing to recognize the BCM94331PCIEBT4CAX. Has anyone seen this before?


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