MacBook Pro Unibody (Early 2011 through Mid 2012) Airport/Bluetooth Board

$39.95

Product code: IF161-083
Apple Part #: 661-5867, 661-6510

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MacBook Pro Unibody (Early 2011 through Mid 2012) Airport/Bluetooth Board

$39.95

Product code: IF161-083
Apple Part #: 661-5867, 661-6510

Product Overview

Got a faulty bluetooth board? Fix it with a new one!

Compatibility

Identify your Mac

  • All Early 2011 13" Unibody MacBook Pros
  • All Early 2011 15" Unibody MacBook Pros
  • All Early 2011 17" Unibody MacBook Pros
  • All Late 2011 13" Unibody MacBook Pros
  • All Late 2011 15" Unibody MacBook Pros
  • All Mid 2012 13" Unibody MacBook Pros
  • All Mid 2012 15" Unibody MacBook Pros

Product Details

  • Airport: 802.11n

$39.95 Bluetooth 2.1

 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

Notes:

APN: 661-5867

Broadcom: BCM94331PCIEBT4AX

$69.95 Bluetooth 4.0

 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

Notes:

APN: 661-6510

Broadcom: BCM94331PCIEBT4CAX

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Replacement Guides

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Early 2011

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Early 2011
2.3 GHz (Early 2011)
2.7 GHz (Early 2011)
MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011
2.4 GHz (Late 2011)
2.8 GHz (Late 2011)
MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012
2.5 GHz (Mid 2012)
2.9 GHz (Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011
2 GHz (Early 2011)
2.2 GHz (Early 2011)
2.3 GHz (Early 2011)
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011
2.2 GHz (Late 2011)
2.4 GHz (Late 2011)
2.5 GHz (Late 2011)
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012
2.3 GHz (Mid 2012)
2.6 GHz (Mid 2012)
2.7 GHz (Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Early 2011
2.2 GHz (Early 2011)
2.3 GHz (Early 2011)
 

Stories

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My Problem

One day the wifi on my Macbook Pro went out. I was bummed! I tried a few software tricks like re-installing the OS, resetting the SMC and NVRAM, but nothing worked! Still "no hardware installed" for the wifi card. I had to think about how I was going to access the internet on my laptop all the time, it had basically become a glorified desktop. Can I physically connect to the network? Did I bring my ethernet cable? It was a total drag.

My Fix

Repair was extremely easy! I took apart the computer, carefully followed instructions and replaced the part. I ordered another part just in case that didn't end up being the issue, but it was just a simple cable replacement.

My Advice

Don't be lazy and put off the repair! Order the part, make it happen, don't live in misery. You use your computer every day, when it's not up to spec you're limiting yourself.

My Problem

Rendering 3D robotics simulations, simulating advanced circuits electronics and switch between Windows and Mac OS X for various purposes, ended up in frying the airport card with overheat. I obviously wasn't buy a new laptop just because of this, and the repair on the apple store was just so inexplicably expensive. In the end im just glad iFixIt exists.

My Fix

The repair was easy and smooth, however i shouldn't have done a clean installation after the problem showed up. The OS didn't recognise the WiFi part of the airport because of the damage, Now i have to make another clean installation of the OS so the BIOS assigns a network port, usually WiFi port is the en0, my en0 port is assigned to Ethernet.

My Advice

If the problem shows up, order the part right away, and do it with iFixIt, there are other airport cards on eBay and similar, but only iFixIt guarantees you that is the exact same model as you need.

And please if you can fix it do it, keep your product's value and life span.

My Problem

My airport/bluetooth card blew in my MacBook Pro, and I needed a replacement ASAP. Mac doesn't sell their parts without the install and I have IT that does it here, so I just needed the parts.

My Fix

Perfectly.

My Advice

Don't buy Apple ;-p

My Problem

I was having sporadic problems with my WIFI connection. I switched to a hard wired ethernet connection and it worked fine, between that and Google research I figured it was the board. Google & YouTube led me to iFixit.

My Fix

iFixit has EXCELLENT step-by-step instructions with photos. This was the first time I've opened this computer, but judging from the instructions, it was something I could handle.

It was!

I slipped up when I forgot to plug in one cable during the reassembly, but seeing an extra part on my work space, I realized and corrected that quickly.

My Advice

Once you've completed the disassemble, carefully work back with install instructions, maybe checking each step off. I didn't at first and that's why I forgot to plug in one cable.

My Problem

Late 2011 MacBook Pro would not turn on - after water splashed on the keyboard.

My Fix

First, I was able to take off the back cover of the computer and get it "jump-started". When it started up, confirming that the machine still worked but the keyboard was dead, I continued with the disassembly to get to the keyboard. Unfortunately, one of the antennae was overly attached to the Airport/Bluetooth board causing the female end to pop off the board. ERG! Then, once I removed the backlight panel, I found a billion little, bitty, tiny screws holding the keyboard in place. I didn't have a screwdriver that fit (#P000).

I ordered the referbished Airport/Bluetooth board and 54 Bit Driver Kit (had to get a keyboard from another vendor...sorry). They both were great! The Bit Driver Kit fits EVERYTHING and the Board was perfect! What took me about 2 hours to take apart (with the help of the video and step-by-step pictures from the iFixit site) took less than an hour to put together with the right tools.

BAM! It works great!

My Advice

I recommend using both the video and the step-by-step instructions. Either one by themselves skips some minor details that the other illustrate. The pictures are a wonderful help too.

Also, don't be shy about getting the 54 Bit Driver Set. It gets great reviews and has lived up to them. Using the right tools makes the job fun rather than frustrating.

My Problem

Two years of worsening Apple Magic Mouse Problems, Bad Apple Support Community advice. Finally WiFi died, "No Hardware Installed". Solving the WiFi problem first solved the BlueTooth Mouse problem.

My Fix

First steps were wasted. Bad support info, new mouse with a dongle. When WiFi died, I replaced the card. Worked for a couple of hours. Because it is also BlueTooth I tried the Magic Mouse, it's worked 100% for two weeks. If I opened the back, fiddled with the WiFi connections and did a restart WiFi would work until I moved the computer. Next replaced the WiFi cable. So far (1 week) all is good.

My Advice

Chronic Magic Mouse problem? Open the back, undo and redo all the WiFi card connectors. Next replace the WiFi Cable, then replace the WiFi card. This is all very easy to do, very simple repairs.The WiFi cable is flat. I think (maybe) the bulge in the cable length gets squashed by the back computer panel which either works it out of it's plugpoints or the cable gets damaged internally (I've looked at it 80x microscope no signs of damage). Everything I found on this issue at Apple Support Community was basically nonsense. Wrong size AA batteries. Really? software rituals.

My Problem

My bluetooth keyboard and trackpad were not talking nicely with my laptop. The sales guy at the computer store said it sounded like it was time to replace my laptop but I wasn't ready to spend 1500 bucks to do that. The computer worked fine, it just would communicate with the bluetooth keyboard and trackpad at my desk. After doing some research, I learned that the antenna in the laptop could need replacing. I ordered the parts and received them after a couple days.

My Fix

The repair went very well. I followed the instructions online step by step. They were very detailed and very good. I have never taken the back of a computer before much less started unscrewing and unplugging things. I followed the steps, then reversed them for putting things back and all went perfect.

My Advice

If you are sure you have the right tools, buy the ones suggested in the instructions. I had to stop the repair and run to the hardware store to purchase a precision screwdriver set.

My Problem

I must have used my Macbook Pro late 2011 as a coaster for a hot cup of coffee because somehow the luminous apple on the outside got warped and there was a screen dropout zone directly underlying, right in the middle of the led/lcd/(whatever) screen, like some macular degeneration equivalent. Fortunately I found someone on eBay who had gone the whole way and poured her cup of coffee right down through the keyboard, thereby killing her much loved Macbook Pro 2011, but left a fully functioning screen, which I oportunistically purchased. But now, how to do the switcheroo? An online search found iFixit, and with a few screwdrivers and a leap of faith, I was inside the computer and ... Voilà, new screen working brilliantly. (To be honest, I had been inside the computer before, inserting an SSD, but this was definitely another magnitude of space exploration). I celebrated my success by popping in a massive 16GB RAM. Who says I need a newer computer? Apple would like me to buy one, but they already have plenty of money and probably pay less tax than me. And now I've got the fastest, quiestest computer ever.

My Fix

But NO! My computer had redundancy! I discovered it was only bluetooth 3 capable and bluetooth 4 had become the state of the art. To keep my 5 year old apple laptop current I needed to upgrade the bluetooth board. Again, iFixit to the rescue. I purchased and promptly received a compatible Bluetooth 4 replacement card. Then, back inside the computer (by now familiar territory) and by following the iFixit instructions ... Voilà, bluetooth 4 up and running. I know because Systems Information/Hardware/Bluetooth tells me LMP Version: 0x6. Not sure what I'm going to do with it but at least my temporary perception of cyberinadequacy has been resolved.

My Advice

Get under the bonnet, it's lots of fun. And there's no need to scream either.

My Problem

Apple diagnostics told me that my wifi card did not pass their specs and wanted $310 to fix it.

My Fix

The installation went fine. Instructions were great. But i ran a speed test before and after and i was getting significantly slower speeds with the new airport card. I put the old one back in and got faster speeds. Put the new one back in, got slower speeds. Put the old one back in, got faster speeds and left it.

My Advice

Card didn't seem to help this issue at all. Not sure if it was me doing something wrong but I doubt it.

My Problem

Wi-fi and Blutooth errors on my MacBook Pro.

My Fix

Great, fast and easy.

My Advice

No