Bluetooth replacement for Handoff, Continuity, etc. on Mac Pro 5,1

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  1. Nick Batzdorf

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    I know you can spend $150 for a replacement card that works, and it's not worth anywhere near that much to me.

    But is there a reason a card like this would work on a hackintosh but not a MacIntosh? EFI/BIOS and other letter salad? It has the requisite chipset.

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  2. It lists in there that it does support macOS though...

     
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    Yeah, that punctuation makes it look like it work, doesn't it.

    But why does Bt "not work well on 10.12,thank you?" Bt is the whole point.

    I dunno. The seller is in China, and I don't want to get stuck with a $50 throwaway.
     
  4. I am not sure why it does not work very well on Sierra, but I am on High Sierra and it works absolutely fine :)

    If it is the BCM94360, then it is the official card that is supported by Apple in their machines

    I bought the kit that provides the extender cable and adaptor, which replaces the current Mac Pro 5,1 setup exactly
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-Mac-...h=item3639a7cf21:g:n2IAAOSwqBJXXolZ:rk:2:pf:0

    And I can vouch for that fact that that ^ kit is fully supported
     
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    Your card looks great... except for the price.

    I wonder whether there's more to it than the chipset.

    By the way, I have a cable like that going to an external Wi-Fi antenna for Bluetooth (via a jack I mounted on a PCI slot cover). It solves the problem of the case blocking the signal.
     
  6. That is interesting :)

    Could you show how and where you have it?
    Would be interested to see this, though I know the official one is not inside the case, but behind a plastic area below the PCI slots. Just like the Wi-Fi Antenna is on the bottom behind a plastic cover
     
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    If you are just looking to replace the bluetooth one, I'd recommend taking a look to this little dongle $13, no drivers required, plug & play:


    It has worked flawlessly on my Mac Pro 5,1 and fully compatible with newer devices. :)
     
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    Thanks Garlu, but I actually have Bluetooth in my 5,1 working fine.

    The issue is that you need a specific, more modern Bluetooth chipset to use Handoff, Continuity, and AirDrop - features Apple added to later macOS versions. That lets you do things like insert photos from your iPhone into an email you're writing on your Mac - which would be nice, just not worth $150.

    And as far as I know, there are no cheap Bt dongles that will work.
     

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