Late 2012: Upgrade wifi?

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  1. legaleye3000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2007
    Is there a 802.11ac wifi card that I can put in my Late 2012 Mac Mini? Thanks.
  2. Expobill Suspended


    May 30, 2018
    i never seen one, i'm sure OWC mac sales would have sold one.
    my mini 2012 wifi was good, excellent with a better router.
  3. a2jack, May 30, 2019
    Last edited: May 30, 2019

    a2jack macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2013
    Expobill is right.

    2 of our many computers are 2012's and upgrading the router was a big speed boost for every thing in the house.

    If you are running an older router, (3yrs or so), change it out for latest tech, then go from there. We went with a Netgear R-6700 from Amazon.
  4. Mellofello808 macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2010
    Probably going to need to go for a USB e ternal solution like this.

    USB Wifi Adapter 1200Mbps TECHKEY USB 3.0 Wifi Dongle 802.11 ac Wireless Network Adapter with Dual Band 2.4GHz/300Mbps+5GHz/866Mbps 5dBi High Gain Antenna for Desktop Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 Linux Mac

    I have actually had some pretty good luck with these types of adapters.
  5. SoCalReviews, Jun 1, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2019

    SoCalReviews macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2012
    Instead of purchasing an add on USB wifi device just use a compatible Wifi ac router. Many modern Wifi 802.11ac routers can be turned into bridged mode or as access points using the router settings. You can use the 1Gb Ethernet port on the Mini to connect a Cat7 Ethernet interconnect cable to a 1Gb Ethernet port on the compatible Wifi ac router and set that router to bridge or access point mode in order to connect via 5Ghz ac wireless to your main 802.11ac Wifi router. This should give you much improved wireless range and optimal transfer speeds compared to when you use the 2012 Mini's built in Wifi.
  6. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    I agree. And most USB adapters cause kernel panics.

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