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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.

  1. Nintendo Wii U Wireless Module Replacement, Console Outer Case: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • 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

  2. Nintendo Wii U Wireless Module Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  4. Nintendo Wii U Wireless Module Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  6. Nintendo Wii U Wireless Module Replacement, Front Faceplate: step 6, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Wii U Wireless Module Replacement, Front Faceplate: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  7. Nintendo Wii U Wireless Module Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Rotate the device so that the front plate is on the right side and the ribbon cable is visible.

    • The ribbon cable is connected to the system by a latch which holds in the blue tab. Flip this latch up to unlock it.

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

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    • Remove the front faceplate.

  9. Nintendo Wii U Wireless Module Replacement, DVD Drive: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • On each side of the DVD drive, remove the two 4.6mm Phillips #0 mounting screws.

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    • 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.

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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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.

Conclusion

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

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14 Comments

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 -

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