You’ll need a few tools to install the QCard in your MacBook Air.
- An anti static mat. You’ll want to pay attention to the anti-static part. An actual anti-static work mat is best, but not everyone has one. You don’t want a piece of metal or plastic, as the metal could cause a discharge from the computer (what we’re trying to avoid) and the plastic will build up static electricity, which will discharge on your metal computer. Foam will work, foamcore board as well. One thing you can do is get some liquid fabric softener like you use in the washing machine and put it in a spray bottle. Now spray it on the floor in the area you’re going to work. It also helps avoid
shocks in general (and will make your work area smell nice). Also, if there is a piece of metal, like a shelf next to where you’re working, touch it for a little to discharge yourself.
- A five (pentalobe) lobe Torx Screwdriver. (provided) There’s no way to get around this. Apple has all of its screws on the back of the MacBook Pro like this. It’s included in your order.
- A six lobe torx screwdriver. (provided) Yes, there are two different screwdrivers. You have one included in your order. Size T5.
- A spudger. Not absolutely necessary for this job, but handy. It’s basically a long tool about the size of a pencil, with a point on one end and the other end flat. You can get away with a plastic mechanical pencil or even a cap from a pen. A screw separation mat. This is to keep your screws organized as you take them out of your computer. Some coffee cups or small boxes will work too.
2 Remove all of the screws and take the bottom off.
3 Remove the back
4 Remove the wires from the card.
The first step is to remove the two wires at the bottom of your card. They are attached with snaps. To remove them, use your spudger to gently pry them free. One is longer and one is shorter. Pay attention to that, as it will make the difference as to where it goes later. If you don’t trust yourself, take a sharpie and put a black dot on the wire attached to the j1 port.
5 Next remove the 6 lobe torx screw from the card.
6 Remove the card
Now, for this step, make sure that you haven’t been moving around. If you have, make sure that you are discharged by touching something metal, like a shelf or something.
To remove the card itself- gently pull up the back like in the picture and pull it out.
Put the new Qcard2 in Installing the new card is simply the reverse of how you took it out.
8 What to expect
My Speed isn’t what I expected: Upgrading your AirPort card will only improve your speed if you have an access point that supports the 802.11 ac standard as well. If you need to upgrade, we recommend the AC Apple Base Station. Also, your internet speeds may be limited by your ISP. Satellite and wireless systems can be notoriously slow. To verify your speed, open your Network Utility and look at Link Speed.
Where are the drivers? No drivers are needed with the QCard. It uses the same exact chipset that Apple uses.dvanced settings