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802.11n Airport card for 2010 MacBook Pro

Hi, I am in Japan and am using an Airport Base Station (802.11n 5 ghz) from the U.S. My new bought-in-Japan Macbook Prow won't connect to the 5 ghz network, so I wanted to buy the chip only and upgrade it, which I've done before. My question is, how do I find the right part to buy. I see this one (MacBook (Early/Mid 2009) 802.11n Airport Extreme Card), the 2009 Macbook Pro Airport/Bluetooth part, but is it the same for the 2010 Macbook Pros? Please advise and I'll make the purchase.

MacBook (Early/Mid 2009) 802.11n Airport Extreme Card afbeelding


MacBook (Early/Mid 2009) 802.11n Airport Extreme Card


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Oh, it connects fine, just only to the secondary 802.11g network I already run. Trying to get it to connect to the 5 ghz network so I can get better speed when I need to grab a 1 gb file from work (located about 100m away, so I can run one wireless network for home and office). Although Apple currently supports 5 ghz in Japan but there seem to be slight differences (they support an extra channel other countries don't, or something).

So anyway, using your tool it seems the airport card might be the same for the 2009 MBP I own and the new 2010 one? If so I will try the swap (which I've done before) and see if it solves the issue.

(Usually I buy my computers in the U.S. to keep this from happening, but I forgot this time)


Okay, I swapped out the DVD-ROM drive for one of those MCE Optibay sleds that holds a hard drive, and looked around both computers. The new machine is a 2010 2.8 ghz, just purchased, and the old machine is a mid-2009 Macbook Pro, the first generation that has the un-removable battery. I looked at your online guide and did see one for the mid-2009 MBP (at MacBook Pro 15" Unibody 2.53 GHz Mid 2009 Bluetooth Board Replacement) but it says "anti-glare option" as if this is a totally different machine than the normal computer?

Anyway, if you will look at my computer (pic here you'll see that it's quite different, there is no airport card in the upper left hand corner of the machine, above the DVD drive.

My question is, exact part do I need to buy to replace the 2010 Airport/BT module since mine is a JP one that isn't connecting to my networks properly? Please tell me and you'll have a sale ^^


A little more information. There seems to be differences in what channels the 802.11n 5 ghz channels will connect to. When I buy Mac in Japan there's a 50% change they will refuse to connect with my US-bought base stations. Some are fine, others will only connect to 2.4 ghz. I think it's the channels, i.e. what channels are approved for use in Japan vs. the US. This is why I want to buy the Airport card for the 2010 Macbook Pro (15 inch), I've done it several times before actually.


Ah, got it, thanks. I used the Mac ID system, but it told me I had a 2009 Unibody Macbook Pro, I think because your database wasn't updated to reflect the 2.8 ghz option that was just released. Choosing 2.66 I was able to bring up the right page, 2010 Unibody 15 inch, which was this page

Which seems to be what I need. Any idea when the wireless card part is likely to come in stock?


Wow, I totally missed that Apple quietly updated the 15" and 17" MacBook Pros with a 2.8 GHz option. Totally my fault why our ID system is out of date. It will be updated shortly.

As for the card returning to stock, I personally am unsure but will refer those more informed on product availability to this thread.

Sorry about that!


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To answer your question specifically, you can use our Mac ID system to identify precisely which MacBook Pro you have in your possession. At the end of the system, it will give you a link to all the parts that fit your specific machine.

However, changing the AirPort card may not solve your connectivity problem. Your AirPort should be able to discern between 5GHz and 2.4GHz devices, depending on how the base station was configured. Have you tried downgrading your AirPort Base Station to 802.11g speeds and seeing if it connects?


Peter, I still don't know for sure which model of MBP Unibody you have. What is the model number of your MacBook Pro? Did you go through the Mac ID system to figure out exactly what machine you have?

I'd love to help you out, but I don't want to tell you "hey buy this card" and then find out you have a different machine. My current *guess* is that you have a Mid-2010 MBP 15" Unibody, which would correspond to this AirPort install guide and this AirPort card. But, I can't tell you for sure until I know either your machine's -- the one you want to put the card into -- model number.

MacBook Pro 15" and 17" Unibody (Mid 2010) Airport/Bluetooth Board afbeelding


MacBook Pro 15" and 17" Unibody (Mid 2010) Airport/Bluetooth Board


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Hi Peter and Miroslav,

Do you have a step-by-step guide to replace the airport card of a MBP 2010 ?

I've a MBP 17" core I7 mid 2010 and the airport card has just let me down.

I'd rather try replacing it myself rather than paying God knows how much to have it done by an Apple Repair Centre.

Which card should I buy.

Thanks Guys.


Did you end up doing that for the 17"? If so, how did it go?


Max, Take a look at the date of this thread 2010 & 2011. You should focus on your question and review the IFIXIT guides for your system.


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