Hackintosh Supported WiFi Cards for Desktops & Laptops

OS X is compatible with a select few wifi chips, so you will most likely have to buy a new wifi adapter or WiFi USB dongle. Most of them are fairly inexpensive though.

Desktops

Some motherboards include built-in wifi chips; however, for OS X | macOS compatibility you will need a PCI WiFi card.

Here we have listed the PCI Express WiFi Cards that works with #Hackintosh out of the box.

1 Rosewill RNX AC1900PCE

Rosewill RNX AC1900PCE

Features:

  • EEE 802.11AC – The Fastest Wi-Fi Standard, Backwards Compatible with IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 1300 + 600 Mbps Wireless Speed – Extreme Speeds to Satisfy All Your Internet Needs
  • Beamforming – Intelligently Strengthens Wireless Connectivity with Precise Directional Signal Amplification
  • Triple Antenna Design – Improves Wireless Coverage and Stability

2 TP-Link Archer T9E

TP-Link Archer T9E

Features:

  • Easy Installation – Upgrade your desktop system easily by plugging the Archer T9E Wi-Fi adapter into an available PCI-E slot.
  • Hi-Speed Wi-Fi – Up to 1900Mbps Wi-Fi speeds (1300Mbps on 5GHz band or 600Mpbs on 2.4GHz band)*
  • 802.11ac Dual Band – 3 times faster than the 802.11n standard, perfect for hi-intensity network usage*
  • Backward Compatibility – With support for 802.11 a/b/g/n standards
  • Beamforming Technology – Receives more directional Wi-Fi signals, improving speed and reliability
  • Ultimate Range – 3 external antennas ensure a greater range of Wi-Fi connection and stability

3 Rosewill N9003PCe

Rosewill N9003PCe

Features:

  • IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n – Most Common Wireless Standards
  • Ultimate Speed – Data Transfers up to 450 + 450 Mbps (2.4 GHz + 5.0GHz)
  • Dual Bands Connect All Your Devices – 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz to Support all Wi-Fi Devices
  • Three Detachable Antennas – Improves Wireless Coverage and Stability

4 TP-Link Archer T8E

TP-Link Archer T8E

Features:

  • Ultra-fast 1750 (1300+450)Mbps wireless speed with 802.11ac
  • Dual Band connections for lag-free HD video streaming and gaming
  • 3T3R MIMO technology provides robust high-bandwidth wireless transmission

5 Fenvi BCM94360

Fenvi BCM94360

Features:

  • The BCM94360 implements the 3-stream 802.11ac specification to enable speeds up to 1.3Gbps in access points, routers, DSL/cable gateways and PC products. 

  • The single-chip dual-band transceiver integrates all the major functional blocks needed to implement a complete 802.11ac wireless sub-system, including radio, baseband and MAC
  • This highly integrated solution provides the increased coverage and throughput performance required for high quality video and media applications in the home and enterprise

6 TP-LINK WDN4800

TP-LINK WDN4800

Features:

  • Achieves a maximum theoretical throughput of up to 450Mbps
  • Supports dual-band, 2.4GHz or 5GHz
  • Seamlessly compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n products
  • Experience smoother video streaming and online gaming by choosing the clearer 5GHz band for wireless connections


If you have Snow Leopard, you will most likely have to purchase a discontinued WiFi card. Check the OSX86 wiki for details.

It is also possible to build your own wireless adapter out of a real apple airport card; see this guide. Self-build adapters are often the most reliable and cost-effective.

Laptops

Nearly all laptops ship with wireless cards that must be replaced to get WiFi on OS X. Laptops use Mini-PCIe cards and Half Mini-PCIe cards. Make sure you know which type your laptop uses.

Mini-PCIe

Atheros AR5BXB112 AR9380 This is an actual Apple Airport Extreme card. It will work out of the box. I’m not sure how far back it is compatible, but it should at least go to 10.6. Atheros AR5B91 This card will work out of the box with OS X 10.6+ and onwards.

Half Mini-PCIe

Broadcom DW1510 This card has been tested working out of the box for 10.5-10.8 and should work with 10.9 as well. Atheros AR5B95 To enable this card, you will need to install this kext. The card has been tested on 10.8 and should work on 10.9 as well.

USB

Of course, if you don’t want to mess with PCI cards, you can always use a USB wireless adapter. They will generally be slower than PCI cards.

D-Link DWA-131 This card will work with Realtek’s drivers. You will have to start them at boot, so your wireless will load slightly more slowly. It works for 10.6-10.8 and should also work on 10.9. TP-LINK TL-WN727N The wn727n requires a patched kext which has been tested on 10.6-10.8 and it should also work on 10.9. The kext should load faster than Realtek’s driver; however, it is more likely to cause compatibility issues. TP-LINK TL-WN727N As with the D-Link, you will need a driver for this card. It is designed to work on 10.4-10.8 and should work on 10.9.

Sources:
MacBreaker 1 2
OSX Lattitude
OSX86 Project

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