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

Note: There is one 802.11ac chipset that currently functions in OS X.


Some motherboards include wifi chips; however, for OS X compatibility you will need a PCI wifi card.

TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 This is pretty much the standard OS X desktop wifi solution. It works out of the box with 10.7+

TP-LINK TL-WN951N This is a much cheaper card; however, it has only been certified to work with 10.9. You will also need to install this patched kext.

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.


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.

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.


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 that 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’ll need a driver for this card. It is designed to work on 10.4-10.8 and should work on 10.9.






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  • Of course if you don’t want to mess with PCI credit cards, you can always use a USB wireless adaptor. They will generally be more slowly that PCI credit cards.


  • This “patched kext” only broke my WN951N, i had to restore old one. I can’t find any solution for cpus=1 anywhere.

    • Have you performed any other IOFamily edits on your machine? Also how is ‘cpus=1′ affecting the issue?

      • Computer just freezes awhile after boot if i won’t put cpus=1 flag. Had this issue forever, it just affects multicore processors from i-core family but it’s related to WN951N card being weird about it. I tried many things and nothing worked yet. I haven’t performed any IO kext edits right now, only installed that one provided above through Kext Utility.

        • Hmmm, that’s very odd. What are the specs on your machine and what version of OS X are you running? Also can you boot -v and send me a picture of the output when the machine freezes at boot?

          • Intel Core i5 Clarkdale 650
            GeForce GTX 650Ti 2GB
            8GB RAM Kingston DDR3
            GA-H55M-UD2H Mobo (with DSDT)
            It freezes AFTER boot, i can login and browse computer for few seconds. Then everything stops working, nothing moves and reacts, after that only way to shut down computer is to turn off the power switch.

          • Okay, judging by your specs I’m assuming that you’re probably running 10.6, and that kext is only supposed to work with 10.9.

          • I’m running newest Mavericks

  • Is Broadcom BCM4321 working in 10.9.x?

  • I got the WN951N and I installed the kext and now I can’t boot into OS X. Ugh I wish you’d reply back to your supporters who have issues.

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