Released October 24, 2011 / 2.2, 2.4, or 2.5 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 Processor

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Wifi cables broken due to opening / closing

Hi there, my late 2011 MB pro's wi fi finally gave up last week so I took apart, ordered a new airport / Bluetooth card but still nothing. I investigated further and realised that two of the 3 cables running along the hinge on the screen had been worn away.

I'm trying to find a replacement part but can't seem to see these?

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Can the cables not just be spliced and heat shrink-tubed?


Probably, I have never tried it. I repair Macs for customers, so I don't think it is good to do it that way, it is better to just replace it. If you are doing it for yourself though, I imagine it is worth a shot if you don't care how it looks.


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Search on eBay "A1286 2011 wifi antenna" and it will show you results. Only replace this if you are not picking up WiFi unless close to a router, if these are cut it should still pick up signals. If it is saying no WiFi hardware installed, it will be a burnt ferrite bead on the logic board or an issue with the Airport to logic board cable.

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Thank you for your replies guys. I actually did try to solder these micro cables together and still nothing, yes Reece, i can pick up my WiFi if im within a metre of my router anything more then I'm off. I will check out eBay now and I have already seen a replacement antenna cables online for a 13" so i decided to ask apple today on chat if the 13" cables are the same size as my 15" unit. I am interested in this part due to it being local to me in the uk.. After a few minutes i was told I needed to ask a Mac tech, i don't suppose you guys would know if the length of the cable and the plastic section that comes with it would fit a 15"?


13" won't work in a 15", make sure you get a 2011 15" wifi antenna (2012 might be fine too, not 100% sure).


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