Airport Extreme For Mac Mini

admin 12/13/2021

The mid-2007 Mac mini (model A1176) was a very interesting update for the Mac mini, because it got upgraded to a Core 2 Duo processor. There is however one thing that should also have been upgraded, but wasn’t (for some strange reason – cost reduction ?) : the AirPort card ; that stayed a WiFi-B/G compatible one only… even though all other Macs had WiFi-B/G/N at that time…

The Airport Extreme Card and Bluetooth Upgrade Kit allows your Mac mini to communicate with local AirPort Extreme networks or other Wi-Fi certified 802.11b or 802.11g networks, including earlier versions of Apple's AirPort Base Station. AirPort Extreme-enabled computers that join an AirPort or other 802.11b wireless network can achieve data. The mid-2007 Mac mini (model A1176) was a very interesting update for the Mac mini, because it got upgraded to a Core 2 Duo processor. There is however one thing that should also have been upgraded, but wasn’t (for some strange reason – cost reduction?): the AirPort card; that stayed a WiFi-B/G compatible one only even though all other Macs had WiFi-B/G/N at that time. Explore the world of Mac. Check out MacBook Pro, iMac Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, and more. Visit the Apple site to learn, buy, and get support. Apple Computer Mac Mini G4 1.33/1.5 GHz Apple Order Number M9686LL/B, M9687LL/B Model Number A1103 Model Year Late 2005 Part Name Airport Extreme / Bluetooth Card Manufacture Part Number 825-6684-A, 631-0170 Compatible Apple Order Number M9843, M9844, M9845, MA063LL/A, MA064LL/A, M9969LL/A, M9970LL/A Compatible Model Number A1058, A1076, A1144.

Airport Extreme For Mac Mini

Luckily it is possible to upgrade the AirPort card to a WiFi-N compatible model.

I found one for a relatively good price on Amazon.de : the Atheros AR9280. Both MacOSX 10.6 Snow Leopard and MacOSX 10.7 Lion recognize it as a genuine AirPort-N card, so in 10.7 Lion the new AirDrop feature is also supported.

Airport Extreme For Mac Mini 64gb

I used the installing directions from iFixit.com :

Airport Extreme For Mac Mini Hard Drive

It works perfectly, even with only one antenna (FYI : normally a WiFi-N card should have 3 antennas, but the WiFi-B/G card that was originally installed came with just one…)