Mac Pro Airport Card

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by SimonGarlick, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. SimonGarlick macrumors member

    May 10, 2009
    Hi, I've recently got a refurbished Mac Pro from Apple, and once I'd set my system up and tried to connect to the internet, I soon learnt that there was no Airport Card installed, so I'm unable to get a wireless internet connection.

    Having looked in the Apple Store online, I can't see any internal cards, just base stations. I looked up the Airport Extreme Card, which I thought would solve my problem, but from what I could see that is only compatible with older Macs.

    Can anyone suggest any solutions?

    Any help is gratefully appreciated.

  2. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    You need to go get it installed by a Apple Store as its not considered a user-installable-option (This is why Im thankful it was included in my 2010) - probably isnt that expensive to get it installed.
  3. Squadleader macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2010
    Avalon Hill
    Its been awhile but I think I paid 60.00 dollars (US)..
  4. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    IF you are a do-it-yourselfer, you can get the part for about $55-$60 retail or $40 on Ebay and install it yourself. There is a thread here including pictures from others who have done it. The part is called an "Airport Extreme Card".

    I would look for that other thread and check it out, unless you just want it done at the Apple Store.

    I've replaced an airport extreme card on a MacBook Pro. Even on a laptop it wasn't that hard, and I bet it's much easier on a Mac Pro.
  5. jonnymo5 macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2008
    I would rather spend the money to run a cable over to the computer. Hardline is much better than wireless if you can swing it.
  6. Stephen23 macrumors member


    Jan 8, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I've put two Airport Cards into my refurbished Mac Pros. It's a little bit of a PITA to get to them, and I'd call it a slightly more difficult procedure than installing a new Graphics card, but if you have any familiarity with the inside of a computer, it's not a big deal. If I remember right, the one for my 2008 Pro cost around $50 and I did it at the same time as I was installing new memory and hard drives.

    If I remember right, the Mac Store was going to charge me around $80 to install it, but they wanted to keep the machine for three days. The time factor was the reason I did it myself.

    You don't say which model you bought, or I'd give you a link to the right card, but search for the threads here. That's how I learned where to get them and how to do it.

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