Introduction

The wireless module is a component in the Wii U's wireless connectivity with the gamepad. This guide will show you how to replace this important component of the Wii U.

Image 1/1: Three 5.1mm Phillips #000 screws
  • With the bottom of the console facing up, remove the following 6 screws hidden underneath the white square stickers:

    • Three 5.1mm Phillips #000 screws

    • Two 6.1mm Tri-wing Y0 screws

    • One 13.2mm Tri-wing Y1 screw

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Image 1/1: Remove the two 7.1mm Phillips #00 screws.
  • Rotate the console 180 degrees so that the exhaust vents are facing you.

  • Remove the two 7.1mm Phillips #00 screws.

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  • On the side opposite of the exhaust vents, slide the cover faceplate towards the back of the console and pull upwards to release it.

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  • On the bottom of the console beneath the previously removed faceplate, remove the three 13.2mm Tri-wing Y1 screws.

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  • On the back of the console, lift up and release the main top cover.

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Image 1/2: On each side of the console, remove the 3.5mm Phillips #0 screw connecting the DVD drive to the faceplate. Image 2/2: On each side of the console, remove the 3.5mm Phillips #0 screw connecting the DVD drive to the faceplate.
  • Rotate the device so that the front plate is facing you.

  • On each side of the console, remove the 3.5mm Phillips #0 screw connecting the DVD drive to the faceplate.

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Image 1/1: Lift up on the blue tab to release the ribbon cable.
  • Rotate the device so that the front plate is on the right side and the ribbon cable is visible.

  • Lift up on the blue tab to release the ribbon cable.

There is a step to do before to "lift up on the blue tab in order to release the ribbon cable". We must lift up the connector who maintain the ribbon cable. By default, his position his locked and in order to unlock it, must put it in his top position.

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  • Remove the front faceplate.

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  • On each side of the DVD drive, remove the two 4.6mm Phillips #0 mounting screws.

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Image 1/2: A ribbon cable is attached to the bottom right side of the DVD drive. The ribbon cable can rip if it isn't removed properly. Image 2/2: Lift the DVD drive out of the mount and turn over to the right so it lies like a book.
  • Rotate the device so that the DVD slot is visible.

  • A ribbon cable is attached to the bottom right side of the DVD drive. The ribbon cable can rip if it isn't removed properly.

  • Lift the DVD drive out of the mount and turn over to the right so it lies like a book.

  • Use a spudger to release the ribbon cable.

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  • Remove the CD drive.

The Disc Drive Logic Board can but must not work with the Console, because there are different Drives. If you're lucky it'll work but sometimes it doesnt it happend to me often when i tried to change drives from 2013 and 2014 produced Consoles

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Image 1/3: You will have to carefully adjust the antenna cables out of the way in order to proceed comfortably. Image 2/3: You will have to carefully adjust the antenna cables out of the way in order to proceed comfortably. Image 3/3: You will have to carefully adjust the antenna cables out of the way in order to proceed comfortably.
  • Remove the black plastic shielding by unscrewing connecting screws with a Phillip's Head screwdriver.

  • You will have to carefully adjust the antenna cables out of the way in order to proceed comfortably.

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Image 1/3: Unscrew all the screws that outline the perimeter of the board using a Phillips Head (PH1) screwdriver. Image 2/3: Remove the silver shielding plate once all screws are removed. Be careful when pulling it under the affixed antenna cables. Image 3/3: Remove the silver shielding plate once all screws are removed. Be careful when pulling it under the affixed antenna cables.
  • The metal cap does not require unscrewing and should lift up with ease.

  • Unscrew all the screws that outline the perimeter of the board using a Phillips Head (PH1) screwdriver.

  • Remove the silver shielding plate once all screws are removed. Be careful when pulling it under the affixed antenna cables.

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  • At this point, the motherboard should easily separate from the lower tray.

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Image 1/3: This module is affixed with strong adhesive, so in order to remove it you will need to wiggle the module with slight force for a couple of minutes. Image 2/3: This module is affixed with strong adhesive, so in order to remove it you will need to wiggle the module with slight force for a couple of minutes. Image 3/3: This module is affixed with strong adhesive, so in order to remove it you will need to wiggle the module with slight force for a couple of minutes.
  • Flip the motherboard over to view the underside where the Wii U's wireless modules are located. The Bluetooth module is circled in red.

  • This module is affixed with strong adhesive, so in order to remove it you will need to wiggle the module with slight force for a couple of minutes.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Where would be able to buy this replacement part? Anyone know?

Salvador Mora - Reply

I found on aliexpress

Rodrigo Mafort -

I actually just bought a secondary Wii U just to be sure I don't get a cheap part, it was like $65 with a credit on eBay

Salvador Mora -

Which one of these is for the module for control pad?:

Broadcom BCM43237KMLG Wireless LAN module

Broadcom BCM43362KUB6 802.11n Wireless Module—the same one used in the Roku 2 XS

Broadcom BCM20702 Bluetooth 4.0

Dan - Reply

bcm43362kub6

Rodrigo Mafort -

Ok guys, I have a solution, after taking it to Nintendo (and them rejecting it just for having the Homebrew channel on the Wii emulator of my Wii U) and UbreakIfix (whom failed at fixing the Wii U even after I thought they should of been able to), I decided to take matters into my own hands, so I decided to repair it myself. I was not sure of the part and no one really states how they fixed it but I just want to share to all of you how I actually managed to fix it and what part it was because I was in those shoes beforehand. So before I started the repair I was about 95% sure the issue was the wireless 5ghz module because this site clearly stated on the replacement page for the 5ghz module that it was a component for wireless connectivity with the gamepad (Nintendo Wii U Wireless Module Replacement), so once I took it to the UbreakIfix store they told me they could not repair it.

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Salvador Mora - Reply

I thought they had not fixed this card because they just told me that they switched out the "Bluetooth" card and no other info, that lead me to believe that all they did was change out the 2.4ghz or Bluetooth module like the guide on this site (Nintendo Wii U Wireless and Bluetooth Module Replacement). Since my console connected to normal controllers I was almost sure that was not the issue, so I was lost, nobody else could fix it, and all hope was gone, until I decided to repair it myself because, again, I almost knew it was the 5ghz card. So just because the parts are so hard to find and since I didn't want a cheap part, I just bought just a console alone off of ebay with a coupon I had (which was only $65 which is really cheap for a fully functional console) because my gamepad was fine.

Salvador Mora - Reply

so after getting the console the first thing I did was strip the part I needed the 5ghz card, but also grabbed the 2ghz module (the one with the Red and Grey wires connected to it) and took it out also just to keep it for later, so once the 5ghz was replaced, I noticed the console got the same error after pressing sync twice, I had nearly given up then. Just fooling around I tried the 2ghz card, and to my surprise, the issue was fixed! I couldn't believe it, the card that I never expected to be the issue, was the issue, not sure if many confuse the 2 for what purpose the serve in the console but I do know that it worked for me and will post it everywhere possible so everyone will know how to fix it. I'll even try to take pics but I hope this helps some of you!

Salvador Mora - Reply

Whoops wrong place, was trying to answer the guys question! lol

Salvador Mora - Reply

GamePad module is model: MIC-B2 (5GHz) (BCM43237KMLG).

WiFi module is model: WIN-A2 (2.4GHz) (BCM43362KUBG).

Bluetooth module is model: WIN-B2 (BCM20702).

phacox.cll - Reply

WiFi module is model: MIC-B2 (2.4GHz) (BCM43237KMLG).

GamePad module is model: WIN-A2 (5GHz) (BCM43362KUBG).

Bluetooth module is model: WIN-B2 (BCM20702).

Bob Tournigand -

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