# When and what kexts to use

# Broadcom

# AirportBrcmFixup

This is needed to fix wifi on many Broadcom cards, while not all of them need them it's generally required when using non-apple manufactured wireless cards. This also has the added functionality of injecting old Broadcom kexts into newer versions of macOS.

Note:

  • Apple Airport and Fenvi cards do not need this kext

# BrcmPatchRAM

Required for all non-apple manufactured wireless cards due to how Firmware is handled. This is actually a bundle of multiple kexts:

  • BrcmBluetoothInjector
  • BrcmFirmwareData
  • BrcmPatchRAM fix:
    • BrcmPatchRAM3 for 10.14+ (must be paired with BrcmBluetoothInjector)
    • BrcmPatchRAM2 for 10.11-10.14
    • BrcmPatchRAM for 10.10 or older

Note:

  • Apple Airport and Fenvi cards do not need these kexts
  • OpenCore order is alphabetical: Injector -> Data -> RAM

# Intel

# itlwm

Currently does connect and even support Apple's own IO80211 framework(via AirportItlwm), unfortunately doesn't support Airdrop, see here for features and limitations: OpenIntelWireless

# IntelBluetoothFirmware

Adds Bluetooth support to macOS when paired with an Intel wireless card

# Atheros

# AirPortAtheros40

This kext is required for all Atheros chipsets that had support dropped in Mojave, these include:

  • AR9285
  • AR9287
  • AR9280
  • AR9380

To install the AirPortAtheros40, you have 2 methods:

  • Kext injection via bootloader
  • Installation into macOS(Library/Extensions)

The first method is recommended, the second should be avoided but may work better for some users. Test injection first

For macOS installation:

You'll need to copy it to Library/Extensions(NOT System/Library/Extensions) and then run the following command:

sudo chown -R root:wheel /L*/E*; sudo chmod -R 755 /L*/E*; sudo kextcache -i /

Catalina users note: These methods no longer works without backporting the entire IO80211 framework, this is not ideal for stability reasons

# ATH9KFixup

To be paired with AirPortAtheros40 to fix support for many Atheros cards, similar idea to AirportBrcmFixup

# AthBluetoothFirmware

Required to ensure Bluetooth firmware is loaded correctly in macOS

Last Updated: 10/9/2020, 3:23:58 PM