(non retina) 2012 MBP PCI modify for AC wifi

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stevey500, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. stevey500 macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2004
    Huntington, Utah
    The 2012 15" Macbook Pro (and some earlier versions) had this style of wireless adapter installation including 5ghz+2ghz antennas:

    Does anyone know if that cable running from the logic-board is PCI interface? When I look up the specifications of the 2012 non-retina macbook pro wireless adapter, it appears to be using a PCI interface.

    Does anyone have a service manual/schematic with a pinout of this connector? I'm willing to purchase a few of these runner ribbon cables and attempt to solder up a mini PCIe connector to achieve internal wireless AC support on these models. If the pinouts can match up entirely, I don't see why not give it a try.

    Any hardware techies have any input/thoughts?

  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    Which wireless card would you use? 'Cause the antenna connectors on the rMBP cards with ac support don't fit.

    Another, though unproven as far as I can make out, option is the Ucard4.
  3. laurihoefs macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2013
    OP, I suggest you take a look at this thread: MacBook Pro 802.11ac upgrade. Especially post #96 might be of interest.

    The Ucard4 suggested by JTToft is the only available option, aside from a USB adapter.

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