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    Default Installing WiFi wires on Z87 Extreme 6/ac

    Just got all my equipment for a brand new build and began with the motherboard. I would post a page from the manual but I can't get it to download. There are 2 small wires that supposedly connect to the module on the mobo, but it doesn't look like they easily attach. Do I need some type of tool for this or should I just force them on? See step 2 on page 17 of the manual if possible to see what I mean. It reads "then attach the SMA wifi antennae cables to the wifi module."

    Thanks for any insight!

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    Default Re: Installing WiFi wires on Z87 Extreme 6/ac

    It looks like the connectors are sub miniature coaxial connectors that might be threaded or push on types.
    Check out SMA connector - Wikipedia and
    Antenna Cable Connector Types: Photo Gallery / Gender & Compatibility
    You can click on the small pictures in the 2nd link for more information and a larger picture.
    Is the attached picture similar to your wifi cables?
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    Default Re: Installing WiFi wires on Z87 Extreme 6/ac

    They are push on connectors, the instructions are decent IMO. Push on, friction fit connectors are very common.

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    Default Re: Installing WiFi wires on Z87 Extreme 6/ac

    The mobo was bending trying to push them on - before I went too far I wanted to make sure. It is a U.FL connector and I read that the female connector is "not designed with reconnection in mind".

    Hirose U.FL - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Re: Installing WiFi wires on Z87 Extreme 6/ac

    It looks like you will need to provide support directly below the connectors to prevent damaging your motherboard.
    It might be somewhat easier if you use a slight twisting motion while connecting the wifi wires.
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    Default Re: Installing WiFi wires on Z87 Extreme 6/ac

    Got them on/in. They are TINY connectors and it feels oafish to press them on with my fingers, but whats done is done!

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