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Cards that work with OS X and don't

 

Do work:

Broadcom 4322 or 4321 wi-fi cards work natively with OS X

 

Don't work:

Atheros 5007 (From Macbook Pro 2007)

 

Awaiting an order of Dell Latitude D830 refurbished computers. The company is providing me an option to select 1 of 2 WiFi cards, either the Intel® PRO/Wireless 4965 WiFi® 802.11a/g/Draft n; or the Dell Wireless 1490 802.11a/g. Although my instinct was to request the Intel PRO/Wireless card with Draft N capability, I am considering opting for the Dell Wireless 1490 based upon some threads read at insanely.

 

Would this be the correct decision? If so, will the WiFi card work out of the box, or will I need to add one or more kexts?

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well if you need are going to multi boot or run osx extensively might as well get the compatible option which is the broad com card (dell 1490).. the 1490 gets mixed reviews. i have one and i do not need a kext but other users do. why i don't know maybe it has to do with the revision of the cards? and mine has not been rebranded it shows as Third-Party Wireless Card.

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The 1395 that 'typically' comes with d430's works fine with the following update.

 

 

open utilities\terminal

do cd/System

then cd each individual directory (case sensitive)

 

You need to edit this file to add device id for your DW 1395:-

/System/Library/Extensions/IO80211Family.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AppleAirPortBrcm4311.kext/Contents/Info.plist

 

sudo vi info.plist (to start vi editor)

 

i to start insert. esc stops insert

:w to write

:q to quit

 

 

This is what you need to add because it is not listed in original kext:-

<string>pci14e4,4315</string>

 

sudo kextcache -system-caches

WAIT till done....

 

when you reboot all works just as if it were a rebranded airport card -- without the rebranding hassles.

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The 1395 that 'typically' comes with d430's works fine with the following update.

 

 

open utilities\terminal

do cd/System

then cd each individual directory (case sensitive)

 

You need to edit this file to add device id for your DW 1395:-

/System/Library/Extensions/IO80211Family.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AppleAirPortBrcm4311.kext/Contents/Info.plist

 

sudo vi info.plist (to start vi editor)

 

i to start insert. esc stops insert

:w to write

:q to quit

 

 

This is what you need to add because it is not listed in original kext:-

<string>pci14e4,4315</string>

 

sudo kextcache -system-caches

WAIT till done....

 

when you reboot all works just as if it were a rebranded airport card -- without the rebranding hassles.

I did this but still no luck (bellow is a portion of my Info.plist, it's there already a couple of weeks ago):

 

<dict>

<key>CFBundleIdentifier</key>

<string>com.apple.driver.AirPortBrcm43xx</string>

<key>IOClass</key>

<string>AirPort_Brcm43xx</string>

<key>IOMatchCategory</key>

<string>IODefaultMatchCategory</string>

<key>IONameMatch</key>

<array>

<string>pci106b,4e</string>

<string>pci14e4,4315</string>

<string>pci14e4,4311</string>

<string>pci14e4,4312</string>

<string>pci14e4,4313</string>

<string>pci14e4,4318</string>

<string>pci14e4,4319</string>

<string>pci14e4,431a</string>

<string>pci14e4,4320</string>

<string>pci14e4,4324</string>

<string>pci14e4,4325</string>

<string>pci14e4,4328</string>

<string>pci14e4,432b</string>

...

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