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

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

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    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

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

    https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Mac+Mini+Late+2014+Teardown/30410

    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac+Mini+Late+2012+Antenna+Plate+Replacement/11710


    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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