Bluetooth LE Adapters Do Enable OS X Yosemite’s ‘Handoff’ on Older Macs

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Bluetooth LE Adapters Don’t Enable OS X Yosemite’s ‘Handoff’ on Older Macs

My 2008 MacPro (so old) has a wifi card from some new imacs/mbp installed with adapter to mini-pcie slot. It gives me 802.11ac AND bluetooth 4.0, no need to remove old bt card, as new one is preferred over old one.

Continuity is supported:

P.S. got this nice things from MacVidCards.


  1. Martin
    June 19th, 2014 | 9:14 am

    Hey this is cool, would you mind sharing the specific type of the card? Or even better, a link to it? Thanks!

  2. Jeff
    June 19th, 2014 | 10:48 am

    I think the card is this model: However, it looks like it requires some sort of adapter card (the card underneath) that I can’t make out.

  3. MacRumorUser
    June 19th, 2014 | 11:55 am

    Thanks Netkas, this offers a lifeline to those clinging to our very capable still 2008 mac pro’s. As Martin says any chance yourself or McVidCards could provide a link so that we may purchase something like this. Much appreciated.

  4. Adnako
    June 19th, 2014 | 2:00 pm


  5. netkas
    June 19th, 2014 | 3:58 pm

    Jeff, right, it requires adapter to be able to work off mini-pcie port. I has no link for it tho.

  6. Rule
    June 19th, 2014 | 4:20 pm

    Would this adapter necessary in mid 2011 iMacs?

  7. Hagg Spart
    June 19th, 2014 | 7:28 pm

    Are the Wifi/BT4.0 cards from the newer Macs NGFF (aka M.2)? If so, it is easily converted to mini PCIe

  8. airdamien
    June 19th, 2014 | 9:21 pm

    Yes, please, where can we order that adapter? I’ve ordered today both the airport card, and the chinese taobao pci-e adapter for it. Now I see this, and it looks like a beautiful solution.

  9. airdamien
    June 20th, 2014 | 12:34 am

    Any way we can convince you to pull it out and post better pics of it? Perhaps we can find a source for them. I’ve been scouring the internet myself, but it’s a fairly tough filter job when you don’t know what it’s called or who made it.

  10. Rominator
    June 20th, 2014 | 1:17 am

    OK, before the stampede, lets get the caveats out there.

    The reason I never saw this before Netkas found it is that i was told Mac MiniPCIE didn’t wire through to USB. So when i made the first one I didn’t solder the USB pins. The 2008 is my lab machine and I installed the soldered board in, so as predicted, no USB.

    I then got some pre-made boards and put in 2009. I think we what have discovered is that 2009-12 MP don’t have the Mini-PCIE to USB while older ones do.

    Likely that 2006 would work.

    Oddly, I had to remove the bit-in module to make mine work. Both showed up but it preferred the built in until I removed it.

  11. Airdamien
    June 20th, 2014 | 7:24 am

    How about altering the design to come out to a usb mini-a port and we can simply run a cable from there out the back to a usb port? I think there’d be enough market to be worth a run. Disabling the 2012 bt is easy.

  12. UnclSchnitty
    June 20th, 2014 | 3:45 pm

    is that adapter used just a half mpcie to full pcie adapter? That looks pretty close but different manufacturer

  13. airdamien
    June 21st, 2014 | 2:00 am

    nevermind, I see that the taobao card I ordered comes with that exact adapter. It sounded like you built it Rominator.

  14. June 21st, 2014 | 6:01 pm

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  15. Marco
    June 21st, 2014 | 9:35 pm

    Please! Let me know some details about the pcie adapter! I have a late 2008 MacBook Pro with Yosemite installed and I need absolutely to get Handoff working! Please!!!

  16. Stephan
    June 22nd, 2014 | 5:53 pm

    Hi Guys!

    Thanks for the info, I also have Mac Pro early 2008, is there any info on the adapter and would it really work? I wonder what happens to the Bluetooth that is on the board is it possible to remove it after upgrade??

  17. June 23rd, 2014 | 12:01 pm

    Veri nice, if this way the “old” macbook pro can also handoff,

  18. Stephan
    June 30th, 2014 | 7:36 am

    Hi again, any new information on the adapter 🙂

    could this work???


  19. Stephan
    July 3rd, 2014 | 4:15 pm

    Please netkas help us MP 2008 users to upgrade, where can we buy the adapter???

    Thanks for the help

  20. toben
    July 10th, 2014 | 11:13 pm

    Further research shows that this is a “non-standard” mini pci-e connector

    airdamien said: “nevermind, I see that the taobao card I ordered comes with that exact adapter.”

    What card did you order? (link?)

  21. Nandor690
    July 11th, 2014 | 5:55 am

    Ok well I jumped out there and ordered the linked airport card and the linked adapter card that are in the comments. I have a kid 2007 20″ iMac core 2 extreme. I will let you guys know if it works!

  22. nandor690
    July 11th, 2014 | 9:43 am

    I just bought both items that are linked in the comments. I have a mid ’07 iMac 20″ core 2 extreme. I’ll let you guys know if it works

  23. Stephan
    July 15th, 2014 | 4:06 pm

    Hi nandor690, did you order m2-ngff??

  24. Omega
    July 25th, 2014 | 9:38 pm

    DO NOT BUY from the first link here ( that card is not right card. it’s not a genuine apple imac 2013 card. It is a BCM94360CD but god knows what machine it came from. It uses a BCM20702A0 bluetooth controller with following info
    Vendor ID: 0x0a5c (2652)–<–Broadcom
    Product ID: 0x22be (8894)

    Which is NOT supported by handoff or even OS X at all

    A genuine imac 2013 card should have

      Vendor ID:    0x05AC (1452)–<–Apple
      Product ID:    0x828D (33421)

    I'm still trying to return mine, I am ordering from a different seller now to ensure it is an apple tested and verified card that supports handoff. You can get the BCM20702A0 to work with hacking but working and supporting 10.10 handoff are two different things. Which is what this is about.

  25. toben
    August 4th, 2014 | 12:35 am

    Has anyone found a supplier for just the adapter? (Mac Pro mini pci-e to BCM20702B0)

  26. Stephan
    August 27th, 2014 | 7:40 am

    Hi again any news on m-2 adapter dose it work??

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