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AirPort Extreme
802.11n Wireless Mini-PCIe Card
for Intel Based Mac Desktop & Notebooks

New Condition | System Pull

These cards have been OWC tested.
Based on a new high-speed wireless technology called 802.11b/g/n, it enables you to achieve data rates nearly five times faster than the original AirPort. You can connect to the Internet or to other computers without wires, additional phone lines, or complicated networking hardware from almost anywhere in your home, classroom, or business.

Product Specifications:

Apple Part Number

  • 661-5048

What's Included?

  • Apple AirPort Card Part #661-5048
  • Instruction manual
Manufacturer provided specifications for Apple p/n 661-5048
This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Mid 2007)
(August, 2007)
Model ID: Macmini2,1
1.83GHz, 2.0GHz
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Late 2006)
(September, 2006)
Model ID: Macmini1,1
1.66GHz, 1.83GHz
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Early 2006)
(February, 2006)
Model ID: Macmini1,1
1.5GHz, 1.66GHz
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2008)
(February, 2008)
Model ID: MacBookPro4,1
2.5GHz, 2.6GHz
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (17-inch Mid/Late 2007)
(June, 2007)
Model ID: MacBookPro3,1
2.4GHz, 2.6GHz
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (17-inch Core 2 Duo)
(October, 2006)
Model ID: MacBookPro2,1
2.33GHz
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (17-inch)
(April, 2006)
Model ID: MacBookPro1,2
2.16GHz
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2008)
(February, 2008)
Model ID: MacBookPro4,1
2.4GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.6GHz
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid/Late 2007)
(June, 2007)
Model ID: MacBookPro3,1
2.2GHz, 2.4GHz, 2.6GHz
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (15-inch Core 2 Duo)
(October, 2006)
Model ID: MacBookPro2,2
2.16GHz, 2.33GHz
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (15-inch Glossy)
(May, 2006)
Model ID: MacBookPro1,1
2.0GHz, 2.16GHz
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (15-inch)
(January, 2006)
Model ID: MacBookPro1,1
1.83GHz, 2.0GHz, 2.16GHz
MacBook
MacBook (Early 2008)
(February, 2008)
Model ID: MacBook4,1
2.1GHz, 2.4GHz
MacBook
MacBook (Late 2007)
(November, 2007)
Model ID: MacBook3,1
2.0GHz, 2.2GHz
MacBook
MacBook (Mid 2007)
(May, 2007)
Model ID: MacBook2,1
2.0GHz, 2.16GHz
MacBook
MacBook (Late 2006)
(November, 2006)
Model ID: MacBook2,1
1.83GHz, 2.0GHz
MacBook
MacBook
(May, 2006)
Model ID: MacBook1,1
1.83GHz, 2.0GHz

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.9 / 5 10 out of 10 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: SamHoss48 Location: Richmond, VA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Super upgrade September 8, 2018 Used this Wi-Fi card to upgrade a late 2008 MacBook Pro 17 and it works great. Thanks to OWC for coming through again.

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Reviewer: Vickie Location: St Louis, MO Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wireless Mini-PCIe Card November 25, 2017 I put it in my computer and it works :) The end.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Upper Midwest Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great price on Airport Extreme card! February 25, 2016 I'm a happy camper! Product arrived in a timely manner and package even included the two tiny elusive screws that hold the card in place, neatly packaged in a plastic envelope. A completing the nightmarish job of attaching the two antenna wires from my Mac Pro to the terminals, I turned it on and it worked perfectly, as I knew it would. I installed the card in a Mac Pro I purchased used, and which apparently had never had an Airport card in it so now it's communicating with the other w-fi units in my home and doing so without a hitch. Quite a value, I'd say.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: DC Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Airport Extreme Card August 3, 2014 The card arrived in great shape along with good instructions. I installed the card and it worked perfectly and it continues to work perfectly.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Apple AirPort Extreme- 802.11n July 3, 2014 Works like brand new, not like new. I'm very happy with my purchase

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: South Africa Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 brilliant ! February 6, 2014 I purchased the AirPort card as my computer, a 2008 penryn macbook 4.1, had been dropping the wifi connection intermittently and showing a very week signal from the wifi modem. I had tried a signal booster but no improvement. When the parcel with the card arrived from OWC I immediately started the install. This took me 45 minutes, not because it was difficult but because a few screws were awkward to remove. The instructions from OWC made location and identifying the correct screws to remove very easy. When the computer was restarted the wifi connected immediately and opened up my home web page. I then checked the signal strength and the new card was showing 42 dbm strength and 97 dbm noise where as the old showed 58 and 92 and in the worst reception place the new showed 58 and 97 and the old 78 and 88. The card also is faster and runs cooler. I'm very happy, definitely a good buy for anyone with an older mac book with erratic wifi connection and I will recommend the new card to every one.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Newton, MA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Works great, instructions are missing an important detail March 27, 2013 Installed in an early 2006 13" white MacBook Pro. Works flawlessly on my network, which is now 802.11n-only. This laptop only has two antenna wires and the card has three antenna connection points (the original card had two). The antenna wires connect to the two outer connectors, and the middle connector is left empty. This is NOT in the instructions included with the card! Wanting to confirm this before closing up the laptop, I found the answer in another comment here, and in an FAQ in the support section: http://eshop.macsales.com/Search/displayFAQDetails.cfm?ID=618 I don't know why this could not have been included in the instructions - a slip of paper with an addendum could be dropped into the packaging. I should not have to searching for this answer with the computer already dismantled. This omission is the only reason I gave it 4 starts instead of 5. The instructions were excellent for getting the laptop opened up to accept the card. The only tricky part is detaching the keyboard cable as it's hard to tell where to apply pressure.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Brooklyn, NY Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Perfect! December 22, 2012 My 17 ' Early 2008 Macbook Pro works better than ever. Had the case off in about 3 minutes and the card swapped out in under 2 minutes. If I spent 10 mins total to change the wifi card, it was a lot.

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Reviewer: pudaman56 Location: Portland Oregon Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Fantastic! March 22, 2012 The card arrived in just 4 days and I installed it very quickly on my daughter's old 1.1 macbook. I fired it up and lo and behold, the internet was at my beck and call.Excellent product and excellent service. thanks again! Brad

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Falmouth, Cornwall, UNITED KINGDOM Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Airport Extreme upgrade for MacBook Pro 17" (early 2006) June 7, 2011 I have been aware for some time that the growth in the use of wireless routers where I live has made Internet access problematic throughout the day. My MacBook Pro 1,2 was originally purchased with the Airport Mini-PCIe Card (802.11 b/g) installed and whilst it gave near faultless service in the early days, the competing use of the 2.4GHz band meant frequent interruptions to service. I often had to resort to using a cabled connection to the router which worked perfectly but was inconvenient due to the trailing cable. However, i was fortunate enough to stumble upon an excellent wireless workaround and I purchased the Quickertek Express Card 802.11 N which plugs into the lefthand side of my MacBook Pro. This card made using a cable redundant. However, using it has one drawback, it protrudes about 30mm from the MacBook Pro's casing and that makes it vulnerable to damage. I have been therefore been seeking an alternative solution in which I could swap the existing internal Airport Card for an Airport Extreme Card which has been until now both rare and expensive to obtain. I was therefore fortunate enough to notice OWC had a stock of secondhand Airport Extreme Cards and I did not hesitate to buy one at a discounted price. I received this item in just over a week and I planned to perform the upgrade one evening when I did not need my MacBook Pro. The Airport Extreme Card came with 2 small screws and an installation instruction guide for a family of MacBook Pros. The guide was easy to follow and I had my MacBook Pro's internals exposed within 20 minutes. Swapping the cards over needed a very delicate touch and sharp eyesight because the components & connectors involved are very small. It took me almost an hour to perform the swap which needed persistence, thought and great care not to damage anything. I had previously purchased the tools from OWC needed to perform the transplant which made the task much easier. Assembly was the reverse of disassembly and the MacBook Pro was back in one piece within 15 minutes. To my great relief upon powering my MacBook Pro I noticed the Airport icon (top right) was active and I was being asked which wireless network I would like to join. I knew my upgrade had been faultless. However, I encountered one slight problem, the wireless security features of my router is enabled and I had to replace the MAC address of my Airport Card with the MAC address of the Airport Extreme Card otherwise my Internet access would be denied. Once this replacement was performed my Internet access was immediate and I have not suffered any further interruptions. The wireless performance of the Airport Extreme Card is easily comparable to the Quickertek solution but much cheaper and there are no protrusions to have to worry about. Installation problems? There were a few. The installation guide depicted the existing Airport Card as having 3 antenna connections when in fact there are only 2. The Airport Extreme Card has 3 antenna connections but the upgrade only requires the outer two to be used, the middle connector is left open. Tackling this upgrade without the proper tools is not recommended. Above all, a systematic approach and a delicate touch and good vision are essential if the upgrade is to be performed flawlessly. With subsequent testing the whole upgrade took me just under 3 hours and I am very happy with the results. I never did find a use for the 2 small screws.

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Apple AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wireless Mini-PCIe Card for Intel Based Mac Desktop & Notebooks Mfr P/N: 661-5048 OWC SKU: APL6615048K Includes Instructions for installing in any MacBook, MacBook Pro, or Mac mini. Factory original. 1 Year Warranty Ships: Same Day Only $99.00OWC Price $18.75
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