Put 2014 Mac mini Wireless AC card in 2012 Mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by WilliamG, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    What do you reckon our chances of this working are? :) If the part become available, I'd be tempted...
  2. YanniDepp macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2008
    Not great. The 2014 model uses the metal base plate as the wifi antenna. You know, that metal plate attached by 3 Torx mini security screws, that's designed to stop you getting into your own Mac? The metal plate that the 2012 model didn't have?
  3. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    The antenna looks the same on both models (the round black thing attached to the plate... 2012 model also had a plate)



    The bigger problem is that the 2014 model uses a PCIe connector for the WiFi card, while the 2012 model uses a cable. You'd be better off just using a USB 3.0 wifi adapter that supports 802.11ac.

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