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Apple Airport Extreme Card 802.11n for Apple Mac Pro Mb988z/A


Apple Airport Extreme Card 802.11n for Apple Mac Pro Mb988z/A


This is simply the latest and greatest wireless adapter available for the Mac Pro, and is 100% compatible with all generations of Mac Pros. OS X 10.5.6 or later is required.

This cutting edge wireless card uses the latest chipset technology to reach higher wireless speeds and use less power than previous models, including the MB363Z/A. My testing with an Apple Wireless Extreme Base Station confirms this.

Note for advanced users: This is also the perfect card if you are running the Macintosh OS on one of the popular netbooks such as the Dell mini 9, the Asus EEE PC, or the MSI Wind. This is the newest chipset available – it uses less power, it connects at the highest speeds, and since it’s an Apple branded card, it is and always will be totally supported by the latest Mac OS.

Technical Details:
802.11n 2.4ghz and 5ghz wi-fi adapter
Cutting-edge chipset
Higher speeds with lower energy consumption
AirDrop Supported with speed up to 450Mbps
Compatible with all Mac Pros
-Mac Pro 1st generation, 2006
-Mac Pro 2nd generation, 2007
-Mac Pro 3rd generation, 2008
-Mac Pro, 4th generation, 2009
Requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later
2 Installation screws included

  • 802.11n wi-fi adapter
  • Cutting-edge chipset
  • Higher speeds with lower energy consumption
  • Compatible with all Mac Pros
  • Requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later

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I’ve found sites that give me massive complicated lists organized by brands. Too much! I just want the specific name of an inexpensive, guaranteed-to-work wireless card for Ubuntu.

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Answer by johntrottier
This wireless card and chip set is supported by all GNU/Linux Distributions (including Unbuntu)
Linksys WUSB54G USB 2.0 802.11g/b 54Mbps (11 Mbps with b)

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What customers say about Apple Airport Extreme Card 802.11n for Apple Mac Pro Mb988z/A?

  1. 16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    OEM Card for the Mac Pro, November 6, 2010
    By 
    Outrider (Arlington, VA USA) –

    This review is from: Apple Airport Extreme Card 802.11n for Apple Mac Pro Mb988z/A (Electronics)

    Just installed a card on my closeout 2009 Mac Pro. (2009 models don’t come with Airport in the standard configuration for a single processor 266GHz)

    The card you get should not look like the stock photo that shows mostly metal shielding. The right part is not fully encased in metal.

    Installation is a bit tricky because of the antenna connectors, which are about the size of a pin head. Also, this is a sensitive electronics involved. Use proper grounding to reduce the risk of damage from static electricity, etc.

    Briefly… shut the computer down and disconnect all the wires from your computer. Pull off the side cover. Lay the computer on its side, with the bottom of the computer closest to you. Pull out the processor tray on the bottom. (Brilliant design feature!) There are three small, short wires near the airport card connector. These have a clear plastic cover over the (fragile) gold plated connector, which will have to be removed. There are two antenna connectors on the airport card, so one of the wires seems to be a spare. (FYI, I used #2 & #3 because I couldn’t get #1 to fit.) The connectors themselves are 90 degree, meaning the fitting is perpendicular to the length of the wire, so you will have to twist the wire to get the connectors to line up. This is the tricky part, because they are very thin metal.

    Apple tells you to get this card installed professionally, and, after having done this, I can see why. It’s not that it’s so hard, but things can go wrong.

    I installed the card, screwed it in with the provided phillips head screws and then installed the antenna wires. (It may seem easier to put the wires on first, but I had better luck when the Airport card was fixed in position. But YMMV.)

    I put everything back together, reinstalled the cables, and the fired up the Mac Pro. Airport card was recognized, the signal level was as strong as it should be, and I was up and running after selecting the network I wanted.

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  2. 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    My first Mac upgrade, October 22, 2011
    By 
    Tell It Like It Is “music lover” (good ole USA) –
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    This review is from: Apple Airport Extreme Card 802.11n for Apple Mac Pro Mb988z/A (Electronics)

    I bought a used Mac Pro that had no WiFi. I ordered this card and it arrived in a few days. I looked online for some videos or other instructions about how to install it. There were some on YouTube and elsewhere. Not much help on the Apple website. Apparently Apple does not consider this a DIY.

    I turned the computer off and unplugged it. Then I grounded myself to avoid static electricity. I opened the case, removed hard drives #1 and #2. Tremendous Apple engineering! I inserted the card in the intended slot (right above the blue tooth card slot which was already installed). There are 2 tiny Phillips head screws that hold the card in place. These were screwed in place without much problem. Now for the tricky part. There are 3 antenna connectors, neatly labelled 1, 2, and 3. Two of the 3 must be connected to the card. They have tiny press fit connectors that press onto tiny connectors on the Airsoft Extreme card. The problem is, there is so little room to work,and you are so deep inside the case that it is really difficult to get a good view of exactly what you’re doing. The connectors do not snap or anything like that when properly connected, they just press on. I was very careful so nothing would be bent or crushed. It took several tries and lots of patience, but eventually I attached both connectors. The second one was much easier than the first. Learning curve, I guess.

    The computer recognized the card and prompted me to configure it. I just followed the prompts. I connected to my wireless network, entered the passwaord, and was up and running. Way simpler than most items I have ever added to a PC.

    Overall, this was a moderate difficulty process, only because of the confined space issue and the tiny size of the connectors. If you are not comfortable inside a computer case, you might want to find an experienced friend or a pro to help you out. The card itself works great.

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  3. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Function, Tricky Install, November 29, 2011
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    M. A. Fine (Johnson, KS) –
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    Overall, this thing works very well. Instructions are not included. I used the other reviews to figure out installation.

    It was very frustrating. The terminals for the antennae are very small and give little feedback. The antenna wire has a memory and does not want to be attached to the card.

    The tricky nstallation makes this a 3/5 star product.

    Here’s a time-saving tip. Install the card by sliding it into its slot and securing with the two screws, then attach the wires. Use a pair of tweezers to grip the antenna wire just behind the head of the terminal. This allows you you position the head without having to fight the wire. Once the head is lined up, push it down firmly on to its base. I used an unsharpened pencil as my pusher. Fingers are just too big to be effective and too tender to take the pressure of the tiny terminal.

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