Countless users who own desktops need wifi on there system for various reasons. But when looking at the selection of vendors offering of Mac OS X compatible cards there is a lot to be desired. So what is the solution to this? Building your own wifi card. Now that AC WiFi cards have been released in larger volumes they have become more affordable for the average users. Azurewave AW-CE123H is the first AC Wifi card that supports both WiFi and Bluetooth on the same card.
As many users have seen you can purchase a PCIe adaptor for a wifi card. They do work however many of these adaptors look and feel cheap and when installing it into your system you may be worried about the build quality. Gigabyte has stepped into the market with there GC-WB300D Wifi card ver. 1.0. The card feels well made and of high quality. Total Cost with shipping $29.99.
This card comes with a preinstalled wifi card that has bluetooth 4.0 as well. However neither the wifi card or the bluetooth card is supported under Mac OS X. So we will need to change the wifi card and bluetooth to ones that are supported. Azurewave AW-CE123H AC Wifi Card is the wifi card that I had purchased to replace the existing card. The total cost with shipping $51. I purchased the card here. It is also available here.
After removing the existing wifi card from the Gigabyte adaptor I laid out the parts. I then installed the wifi card into the card slot. I then was ready to install the card into my system.
After booting into Mac OS X Wifi and Bluetooth did not work. To enable Wifi I had to change the Device ID using a DSDT/SSDT edit. This can also be done by editing the kext however if the edit the kext for Wifi the kext would need to be patch after every system update. By using the DSDT/SSDT edit there will not be a need to patch the kext. The code for the DSDT/SSDT edit can be downloaded here.
Next was to enable Bluetooth on the AC WiFi card. To do this I had to patch and use a Firmware uploader found here. After rebooting the end result was that Wifi and Bluetooth were both working.
There are some issue with this Wifi card however. There is no 5 GHz network support under Mac OS X on Hackintoshes. This is a issue that I will be working on over the next few weeks. Last when you try to boot into Mac OS X using Clover Bootloader the system will hang on the USB for the onboard Bluetooth of the WiFi card. This issue is apparently caused my Clovers Auto Patching that happens even when you have disabled Auto Patching in your Config file. This issue will have to be addressed by the Clover development team.