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MacBook 802.11n Airport Extreme Card

$89.95

Product code: IF185-038-1

Product Overview

The Internet's not only responsible for the rapid dissemination of information. It's also responsible for creating new kinds of jobs, from internet service providers to internet plumbing companies. Access that series of tubes today with our MacBook 802.11n Airport Extreme Card.

Upgrade your Core Duo MacBook or MacBook Pro to 802.11n to make your wireless up to five times faster. Replaces internal 802.11g Airport card with 802.11n, but retains backwards compatibility with 802.11g. An 802.11n base station is required to obtain improved wireless performance.

Requires Leopard (10.5) or later. If you have Tiger (10.4) you will need the disc that came with your airport base station to enable the card.

Compatibility

Identify your Mac

  • 1.83 or 2 GHz Core Duo MacBooks
  • 1.83, 2 or 2.16 GHz 15" (Model A1150) MacBook Pros
  • 2.16 GHz (Model A1151) 17" MacBook Pros

Product Details

  • Model #: BCM94321MC
  • Airport: 802.11n

  $89.95

 
 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

Warranty:

6 month warranty

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Replacement Guides

MacBook Core Duo

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

MacBook Core Duo
1.83 GHz (Core Duo)
2 GHz (Core Duo)
MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150
1.83 GHz (Core Duo)
2 GHz (Core Duo)
2.16 GHz (Core Duo)
MacBook Pro 17" Models A1151 A1212 A1229 and A1261
2.16 GHz (Core Duo)
 

Stories

My Problem

I've had my sturdy MacBook since 2006. The wireless card started to get weaker and weaker, and finally gave up the ghost after a marathon Netflix watching session. I guess that's how it goes.

My Fix

As with all the other repairs I've attempted on my Mac, the iFixit guide was absolutely excellent. It took about 15 minutes, and only that long because I accidentally skipped one of the steps and didn't remove a few screws that I needed to. Anybody who says that Macs aren't serviceable at home has not discovered iFixit!

My Advice

The video for this repair was pretty helpful, though I followed the guide after watching the video.

My Problem

I have this MacBook CoreDuo 1,83 that I've been having for a while. It still enable me to do what I want it to do : running basic song Recording and Film editing programs and surfing on the internet. It's getting slower with age but eh, don't we all?

Anyway, there was this loud noise coming from the fan, using the guide, I opened my laptop and cleaned it. But it wasn't enough, so I bought a new fan through you guys, and, eh, why not, a Airport Extreme card with 802.11n compatibility.

My Fix

I printed the guide and I taped the screws to the appropriate picture with masking tape to make it easier to rebuild the computer.

Everything was exactly as the guide told, it worked first try, no problem. Easy and effective.

Now, my fan is as silent as can be and my internet connection... well, as fast as my old computer allows it to be... which isn't so bad.

My Advice

Print and tape the screws to the appropriate picture. It's a little bit of waste (well, you could still try to use the tape for other purpose afterward but... eh) but it's worth it!

My Problem

My WiFi wouldn't work if i got more than 10ft from my router, and my computer would overheat and shut down.

I figured a new WiFi card would fix the distance issue and the fan could fix the overheating issue/

My Fix

following the guides made it so easy and it was very well documented

My Advice

can of compressed air! my MacBook is over 6 yrs old and was filled with dust

My Problem

My aging MacBook would not long onto my WiFi. I went to the Apple store and the MacBook could pick up their super signal, but with only one bar. The genius bar quickly determined that it was a hardware problem (Airport Extreme Card) and that my machine was "vintage" so they were not going to repair it. They recommend a couple of independent repair shops.

One was part of a chain and had an endless voice mail chain. No, thanks. The other was independent, very independent. They did not work weekends and were far out in the 'burbs. It would take at least four days and cost at least $125.

ifixit seemed to have what I needed. The You Tube video showed you needed one part and some tiny screwdriver and, more importantly, that the repair was nothing I could not handle.

My Fix

It went just as it should except that removing and lining up the tiny screws were harder for me than for the woman who did the You Tube demo. I needed about an hour and fifteen minutes, including the time to clear and light a work space, etc. Were I doing it again, I could do it in about 20 minutes excluding set-up.

My Advice

Make sure you have the right size screw drivers, very good light and a parts tray to keep the itty bitty screws separate.

My Problem

I have a first generation Macbook. About 2 years ago, the wireless card stopped working, so I purchased an external adapter that I had been using. But then, a few weeks ago, the fan broke, and I decided to try to replace it. Since I was delving into my Macbook anyway, I decided to take the opportunity to also replace the airport card.

My Fix

The repair took about an hour and went reasonably smoothly. Some of the tape that I was not supposed to rip disintegrated when I touched it, but I have not noticed any repercussions. The new fan and the new Airport card both work.

My Advice

I don't have too much advice, except that the pictures and the words don't match up for the last few steps of the fan replacement guide. Follow the pictures, not the words.

My Problem

To upgrade my 2006 vintage macbook pro intel duo to 802.11n wireless.

My Fix

Went very well. The photos on your website were fantastic and easy to follow. When finished, the wireless was finally up to speed with my current Airport configuration (802.11n). I would definitely recommend your site to others. Thanks.

My Advice

Follow the pictures on the website and make sure you have the right tools to get the Macbook open to access the Airport card.

My Problem

MacBook with original wireless card would only connect within a few feet of an access point. I used the fixit guide to open it and make sure the antenna was correctly connected, but that did not solve the problem. So I decided to replace the wifi card with the n model.

My Fix

When the part arrived, I used the fixit guide again to install the replacement. It took about an hour and worked perfectly.

My Advice

I used an ice cube tray as a screw sorter. There is another MacBook in the family with a bad optical drive. I might repair it if I find a low cost replacement drive.

My Problem

My 6 year old MacBook Pro needed a new wireless card; seeing that I couldn't even connect to the internet in my own home. It was definitely time to upgrade the card.

My Fix

The instructions were straightforward. Repair was quite simple. I was scared at first but Mac is very forgiving!

My Advice

I'm not sure if this has happened to others but the release button to open the laptop was a tad jammed. The Genius Bar fixed that problem. It couldve been the way I was handling the repair.

My Problem

After eight or so years I ran out of hard drive space (who thought 70GB was too small way back then?). And dealing with the ethernet cable running through the floor from the basement was getting old - what's the point of a laptop if you can't use it on your lap top?

My Fix

The repair was pretty boring. Printed out the instructions, taped the screws to the appropriate photos, followed the instructions to the end and then moved to the other side of the table and followed them backwards (not really). Hit the power button and everything booted up the same - only faster and from further away (no ethernet cable). I also now have a nice, "new", 70GB external hard drive to back up another old computer.

The only concern now is what the heck am I going to do with 500GB? (I know, I know...)

No problems, no issues, no story. Sorry...

My Advice

Don't worry, be happy - upgrade now.

(One piece of info unrelated to ifixit: the new OS Lion won't run on the older Intel Core Duo - you need at least the Core 2 Duo.)

My Problem

My airport has been weak for years. But I hesitated to spend the money at the GeniusBar.

My Fix

Perfect. Easy. I followed the photos and moved carefully and it went perfectly without a hitch.

My Advice

I used a plastic multi-compartment container for the different types of screws. The Spudger was essential. I used a magnifying glass to see the airport card antennae connectors carefully to be sure they were re-attached firmly after installing the new card.