(non retina) 2012 MBP PCI modify for AC wifi

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  1. stevey500 macrumors 6502

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    The 2012 15" Macbook Pro (and some earlier versions) had this style of wireless adapter installation including 5ghz+2ghz antennas:
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    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?

    -Steve
     
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    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

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    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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