iMac Intel 27". EMC 2309 (Late 2009, Core 2 Duo 3.06 or 3.33 GHz), EMC 2374 (Late 2009, Core i5 2.66 GHz or Core i7 2.8 GHz)

338 Questions View all

Wifi card to update older mac to BLE 4.0 / Continuity.

Can I get a link to purchase the right card for the job?

Is this the right one?

I've got a late 2009 iMac 27" running Yosemite with an Atheros version Airport card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...

Update (09/21/2016)

At this point it looks like the official answer is: buy a new Mac. Sad day.

If you forgot, this post addresses adding the Bluetooth 4.0 and continuity features to a late 2009 iMac that has the Atheros version. There are no good options or kits for upgrades.

Answered! View the answer I have this problem too

Is this a good question?

Score 2

Comments:

just bought the a bluetooth 4.0 dongle..dang..seems i wasted my money

by

Add a comment

5 Answers

Chosen Solution

OSxWiFi has such a kit using the BCM94360CD card, and yes it DOES require power. They have a special cable made using USB to do that trick. However its a little expensive at 109usd.

Update (05/06/2016)

It seems that in the iterations I've seen of these upgrades, folks splice into the Bluetooth cable to get power, D+ and D- signals. There's a post that shows the mini PCI-e mini card adapter having wires soldered to the pins to capture power D+ and D-.

There's also a new adapter which has an internal USB cable, with power pins, and the needed connection for the card to input D+ and D-. With a pin connector at one end, raw wire at the other, which will plug into the adapter card you place the 94630 card into. Pretty slick! It makes the fix just like the OS-X WiFi product. I'll report that after I've done it and have it all working.

I'm also working on a mini PCI-e doubler so you can do the WiFi fix on one output and use the other end to have a SATA interface for another drive. I need to talk to an electrical engineer friend and find out it the data rate of the mini PCI-e in the late 2009 iMac will support SATA III for full speed transfers or only SATA II.

Was this answer helpful?

Score 4

Comments:

Thanks Dan. However, please update your post to clarify trying the USB dongle only with iMacs that have the Broadcom. 2009 iMacs with Atheros will not run with Bluetooth USB. Waste of time and money. The CAT was incorrect last time I looked at it. Thanks for updating.

by

Add a comment

First review this: Continuity Activation Tool. As to the hardware we've used a Bluetooth dongle on '11 models which works!

Update (09/21/2016)

For those who want the internal hardware method here's the needed kit: Apple WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card to Combo MiniPCIe Adapter for 2009, 2010 & 2011 iMac's.

I would strongly recommend first trying the USB dongle as for most it will work (a lot cheaper and less work).

Was this answer helpful?

Score 3

Comments:

The compatibility list chart on that site is erroneous. It lists the Mid 2007 iMac as the only model with the Atheros wifi chip and the Late 2009 model among those with Broadcom chip. That is incorrect. I have a Late 2009 model and it has the Atheros chip.

by

Will this chip work on a broadcom 24" imac 9,1 a1225 2.66 early 2009, can't quite find definite reference to correct chip. Thanks all

by

@svx - Sven can you explain what you're looking for here Bluetooth or WiFi?

by

Sorry Dan, Bluetooth Le continuity

by

All you need is a USB Bluetooth dongle

by

Show 3 more comments

Add a comment

Yes I've looked at that. But if you'll review the graphic on the CAT page and read my equipment list, Bluetooth dongles won't work on iMacs with Atheros Airport cards. Only replacing the Airport card will enable BLE and Continuity.

Was this answer helpful?

Score 1

Comments:

Sorry haven't tried converting the iMac's internally (we have '10 & '11 models). I don't think the adapter in your Question will work and you still need the BCM94360CD combo card and you still need to find a way to move the Bluetooth antenna cable over to the card.

by

Well the iFixit article is for replacing the card, so I didn't know if there was a parts list or anywhere to purchase the right equipment for the job.

Thanks

by

Is this the right part then? Plus the suggested adapter?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L35X...

by

I would strongly wait until someone creates a kit to upgrade these systems. While the needed AirPort board is easy enough to get the needed adapter to mount it and the added coax cable to lengthen the Bluetooth cable to move it over are still not easy to find. This is also not a simple plug 'n' play setup.

by

Gotcha.

Thanks for the clarifications!

Is this the right adapter?

http://www.amazon.com/Adapter-Converter-...

by

Show 1 more comment

Add a comment

Regarding upgrading a 2011 27' iMac for Handoff:

I have used the BCM94360CD combo card to successfully upgrade my 2009 Mac Pro. Handoff works well.

I have a spare one of these combo cards and mini pcie adapter. I have also ordered a BTooth antenna extension cable . What I do not know is if the combo card needs to get USB power from the old BTooth slot (after I removed the old card) via a separate connector cable. Anyone know this small but important fact. I did not want to pull the machine apart (again) until I knew if I need to source a mini pcie with USB power connectors and the cable to supply the power.

Was this answer helpful?

Score 0
Add a comment

Does anyone have updated information for this? I'm looking to add Bluetooth 4 to my 2009 27" iMac.

I'm not interested blazing a new trail here. I'm looking for a kit or parts list along with instructions and confirmation this will work on my iMac.

Was this answer helpful?

Score 0

Comments:

Nothing has changed it is what it is. No one is offering any kits. The best source of info is the link above.

by

The compatibility list chart on that site is erroneous, and the status updates vague and inconclusive.

by

How so? The table is clear. Of the systems we have its on the mark. We don't have any 2009 iMac's so I can't offer you anything on them. I haven't heard of any problems with the information offered.

by

I am attempting the same upgrade to Bluetooth 4.0 in my late 2009 27 inch iMac. I need to reach osxwifi.com and can't find any phone number for them. I have emailed them multiple times, with no response. Can anyone help?

by

Add a comment

Add your answer

jdc866 will be eternally grateful.
View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 0

Past 7 Days: 8

Past 30 Days: 44

All Time: 2,185