# PCIe

By far the most popular option for desktop users has been to buy an old Apple Aiport Wireless card and place it into a PCIe riser card. The benefits of this is that as long as the hardware works natively on a real mac it will work on without any kexts/framework modifications. With PCIe you have a couple of options:

  • Apple Airport Card adapted to a full sized PCIe adapter (Recommended)
  • Apple Airport Card adapted to M.2 B+M Key (same as what NVMe SSDs run off)
  • Apple Airport Card adapted to M.2 A+E Key (same as what Intel wireless cards run off)
  • Full sized PCIe Wireless card

Currently supported chipsets:

  • BCM943602CDP
  • BCM943602CD
  • BCM94360CD
  • BCM94331CD (may need to force the kext to load for Catalina)
  • BCM94360CS2
  • BCM943602CS
  • BCM94360CSAX
  • BCM94360CS
  • BCM94352Z
  • BCM94350ZAE

# Supported (Full sized PCIe Wireless card)

  • BCM94360CD (ABGN+AC):

    • Fenvi FV T919 (Bluetooth 4.0)
    • Fenvi AC1900 (No Bluetooth, EOL)
    • TP-LINK Archer T9E AC1900 (No Bluetooth, EOL)
    • TP-LINK Archer T8E (No Bluetooth)
    • RNX-AC1900PCE (No Bluetooth)
    • ASUS PCE-AC66 (No Bluetooth)
    • ASUS PCE-AC68 (No Bluetooth)
  • BCM94360CS2 (ABGN+AC):

    • Fenvi FV-HB1200 (Bluetooth 4.0)
    • AWD Wireless LAN Card (No Bluetooth)
  • BCM94352 (ABGN+AC):

    • TP-LINK Archer T6 (No Bluetooth)
    • Rosewill RNX-AC1300PCE (No Bluetooth)
    • ASUS PCE-AC56 (No Bluetooth)

All cards presented here besides the Apple Airport and Fenvi cards require the following:

  • AirportBrcmFixup
  • BrcmPatchRAM
    • 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

# Older Models(Unsupported in Mojave)

With these models, you'll need to reinject the old plugin your wireless card used in High Sierra to work in Mojave. There are a couple of different kexts to do this but generally, we recommend avoiding this card unless absolutely necessary.

Note: Injecting the kext into macOS Catalina is even more unstable, highly encouraged to upgrade

  • Atheros 9380:
    • TP-Link TL-WDN4800
    • Rosewill N900
    • Atheros AR5BDT92
  • Atheros 9280:
    • Dell DW 1525
    • Gemtek WPEA-113N
  • Atheros AR9287:
    • Nexxt Solutions Saros 300 (APLDT300N1)
    • TP-LINK TL-WN881ND
  • Atheros AR9285:
    • AzureWave AW-NE106
    • Rosewill RNX-N150PCe v1
    • SMC SMCWPCIeS-N
    • TP-LINK TL-WN781ND v1
    • ZyXEL NWD3105
Last Updated: 7/17/2020, 3:46:09 AM