How To: Build your own "Real" Airport Card

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  1. animani

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    Jun 4, 2014 at 6:24 PM #751
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    I was wondering if anyone could help me with a nightmare is chasing me since I made a real airport card a year ago.

    The problem is that every time I move the antennas the speed changes and also it does not go any faster than 15MB sometimes it goes down to 0.2 or so when I get 85MB in my real iMac.

    I am desperate guys would you have any idea why this is happening. It happens in Mountain Lion and Windows 7 too.
     
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    Jun 19, 2014 at 12:32 AM #752
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    For those who are trying to use PCI-E Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapter card in x2, x4, x8, x16 slot:

    Some motherboards refuse to work with PCI-E adapters that have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth powered from PCI-E port other then x1 port. If installed in x2, x4, x8, x16 ports you will have either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth working but not both at the same time.
    There are two different solutions for this problem:

    1. PCI-E x1 slot extension cable (when PCI-E x1 slot is blocked or covered by Video Card): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GWM6C8Y/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    or
    2. Adapter designed to work in any slot:
    http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.0.0.M8souu&id=38195333521
    http://www.potatao.com/index.php?p=item&id=38195333521&vendorId=wdxxfu

    This adapter has Apple branded BCM94360CD card found in iMac 2013.

    Both Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth 4.0/LE work like a charm.

    They managed the card to work properly in any slot by providing four wire connection to USB port for Bluetooth Data and Power.
    To get correct 3.3V Bluetooth voltage from 5V USB port they have integrated AMS1117 step down voltage converter: http://translate.googleusercontent....130cef&usg=ALkJrhhqO-vXXSIBT88p-GiatCp_1O22Xw

    If you don't speak Chinese and want to buy it, search for TAOBAO purchasing agent or use Potatao: http://www.potatao.com/index.php?p=item&id=38195333521&vendorId=wdxxfu

    If you intend to use Mini or Half Mini PCI-E port for Wi-Fi/Bluetooth:
    http://www.tonymacx86.com/network/104850-guide-airport-pcie-half-mini-v2.html
    http://www.tonymacx86.com/network/1...apple-mini-cards-pcie-mini-pcie-adapters.html
    http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/to...-macbook-air-owner-wanted/page-4#entry2095983
     
  3. gatofelix86

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    Jun 20, 2014 at 3:53 PM #753
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    Price just went up to $70, anybody have experience with one of these?
     
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    Jun 20, 2014 at 7:40 PM #754
    mareko2

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    The price has been raised by BHINER which is English language purchasing agent.
    Original seller is popular Chinese only website TAOBAO which is still selling it for 299 Yuan which is $49.
    Search for different TAOBAO purchasing agent. There are dozens of them.

    I use two of those cards succesfully in two different computers running OSX 10.9.
    One on old GA-EX58-UD5 mobo and other on new GA-Z87MX-D3H mobo.
     
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    Jun 26, 2014 at 5:52 AM #755
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    Thanks for the info mareko2, I will consider this card for Yosemite's handoff...
     
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    Sep 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM #756
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    Does this also support dual-band wifi (2.4GHz & 5GHz) or is this single-band only (2.4GHz)?
     
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    Sep 16, 2014 at 6:36 PM #757
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    Yes it does. This PCI-E adapter is using Broadcom BCM94360CD card found in iMac 2013.
     
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    Sep 21, 2014 at 3:23 AM #758
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    What's the approximate range of the Bluetooth on those cards?
     
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    Sep 26, 2014 at 5:35 PM #759
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    It works without any issues inside my 12' x 15' room.
     
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    Dec 29, 2014 at 5:58 AM #760
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    I have bought this:
    http://www.ebay.at/itm/271642347250?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

    and this:
    http://www.ebay.at/itm/221598824700?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649j

    and i would like to use it also with Windows 8.1 x64 but no luck on that until now. Has anyone information if the cards also can work under windows 8.1?

    I have found different vendor pages like from asus, where I can download a driver (e.g. http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=G750JW) but in the device manager it says that the device can't be started... :(

    Best regards,
    Fox
     

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