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AirDrop in Hackintosh Desktop --> looks here

Works OOTB!

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I am really sorry as I should have been more careful before posting. I was away from my computer. Please accept my apologies if I wasted your valuable time.

Subsystem id of Apple for Atheros Card is 0x8F and I used the below DSDT code to change sub-system id of HP Atheros 9280, which was previously 0x1382. Below is the code I am using right now. * is a unicode character and the device id (2a) for this particular card.

Device (ARPT)
				{
					Name (_ADR, Zero)
					Method (_DSM, 4, NotSerialized)
					{
						Store (Package (0x06)
							{
								"device-id", 
								Unicode ("*"), 
								"subsystem-id", 
								Buffer (0x04)
								{
									0x8F, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00
								}, 
								"subsystem-vendor-id", 
								Buffer (0x04)
								{
									0x6B, 0x10, 0x00, 0x00
								}
							}, Local0)
						DTGP (Arg0, Arg1, Arg2, Arg3, RefOf (Local0))
						Return (Local0)
					}
				}
Previously
Card Type:	AirPort Extreme  (0x168C, 0x1382)
Now
AirPort Extreme  (0x168C, 0x8F)
Check out the screenshot, as you can see Apple is seen as the vendor.

Instead of adding device ids to the vanilla next or creating a legacy next I used the above code for the same purpose as in we use Apple's device ids to have native usb support.
Hope it helps,



Thanks fort the code Braddock. I'm thinking I'm using to use DSDT injection as well instead of rebranding the card. Its simpler...less chance of screwing up the card and does the same thing.

My question is that I'm getting a generic Broadcom BCM94322 card. I'm going to use a PCI-mini to PCI-e converter. On my DSDT do I add this at the same location? at

Device (ARPT)

or will it go under a different device section. Thanks for the help!

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Rebranding via DSDT works only for atheros, so when u want Broadcom get an Apple one.

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Macbidouille has some news via xl8yourmac about which cards are compatible.

With regard to the BCM94322MC, you need to make sure you have this ref: 487330-001.
With regard to the AR9280, you need to have this model AR5BXB92 AGN.

eBay is pot luck as to what you get. Bonne chance a tous.

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I got this one...487330-001....lets see if it works when it gets here.

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The two wifi cards I ordered from eBay as linked by MiniHack in post #23 arrived today and both exactly as depicted in the link. Placed one in my MacBook Pro (Santa Rosa 2.4GHz) and rebooted. Airdrop is active.

Two caveats. The AR9280 only has two aerial connectors as opposed to the three used on the existing card. I left the middle cable unattached. If your MBP was already struggling to get a connection, this might be an issue for you. I haven't changed any kexts or changed any settings, but the wifi takes a little while to connect to my default router (about 30 secs after boot up). Otherwise, all as it should be.

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I have the Atheros AR5BXB72 (full Size with there antenna connectors)
I get Airdrop after adding pci168c,24 to AirPortAtheros40.kext. This seems also possible for Atheros AR5B95 /pci168c,2b.


I have Atheros 2895 wirelles working flawlessly in OS Lion, but no airdrop.
Have tried to enter the pci168c,2b into the Airportatheros40kext, but no success.This id is entered also in the airportatheros.kext(from the patced version of the IO82111 networkin whick i have been using with SL all the time) , but not in the Airportatheros 21.kext - when I inserted it in the Airportatheros21.kext, its the same - No airdrop.
Pls post Your working IO82111networking kext.
Thanks

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Hi I built a DIY wireless card. Bought this BCM94322 card from ebay and rebranded it.

BCM Card:
http://cgi.ebay.com/...c#ht_500wt_1204

PCI-E card:
http://cgi.ebay.com/...#ht_2434wt_1187

Well, I got everything working, but it seems like the range of my wireless card is very limited. It only picks up my wireless network which is literally 4 feet away from the desktop and also one other surrounding network of a neighbor. It doesn't even see the free wireless network that my apt building offers. My macbook air at the same location picks up close to 11 networks and so does every other computer in my house including my cheap $10 tenda wireless stick.

Any reason for such limited wireless range for this setup? I have both antennas connected and installed on the back....The antenna plugs clicked onto the BCM94322 card...I tugged to make sure they were secure and they are.....Is this the result of just an crappy PCI-mini to PCI-E card or something else that I can fix?

Also I don't think this should make a difference but if it does I can change it. Instead of secure the BCM94322 card to the PCI-E card with screws (I didn't have any that fit) I just secured it down with plastic ties....I wouldn't think having screw there would make any difference, but if it does please let me know. thanks.

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If you wanted the genuine article at a better price, you should just have searched outside of eBay for one of these and any wifi pcie adapter from eBay.
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Hey Splonk,

Could I ask you if this card plugs straight into a PCI slot on my mobo? If not is it a case of getting the adaptor and building it on to that? Or do you know of a card that plugs straight into the PCI or PCI e slots? Sorry if the question is a bit on the silly side, I do already have wifi working with a Buffalo PCI card without the use of any extra drivers but its seen as a third party card and I think the chipset is too old to support Airdrop, my Macbook Pro is from 2010 and I would like to be able to share files between my Hackintosh and the laptop this way. Any help or advice would be gladly appreciated, cheers mate, Plucka ;)

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Plucka, that card you linked to is a mini-PCIe card and therefore designed for notebooks. You would need an adapter to put it into a desktop PCIe (not PCI) slot.
Apple does not produce any 802.11n PCI wireless cards, so any third market card will not support Airdrop. I have a DLink PCI card in a Dell, which has an Atheros chip and runs as native with no hacking but no Airdrop. Most PCI cards will probably have a Ralink chip inside.

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i installed an AR9280 in my older mac book pro, as you did. i have the same experience--it takes about 30 seconds after bootup or awakening from sleep for the card to discover my network. also, it never automatically connects to the network. i have to do it manually. this is ok when booting, but it's a pain to do every time it wakes from sleep.

i don't think its a matter of 2 antennae rather than 3. after it connects i have a strong signal.

i think it has something to do with the kext. i have added the device ID of the AR9280 to the plist in the Atheros40.kext but that doesn't help.

ironically, i have the same card in a hack and it works perfectly. same OS, same version of the kext. i didn't modify the kext with the device id--the card "just worked" when i plugged it in (using a mini pic-e adapter, of course).

sure would like to figure this out, so i don't need to drop $50 on an apple-branded broadcom card.

ken



quote name='splonk' date='Aug 16 2011, 08:17 AM' post='1735527']
The two wifi cards I ordered from eBay as linked by MiniHack in post #23 arrived today and both exactly as depicted in the link. Placed one in my MacBook Pro (Santa Rosa 2.4GHz) and rebooted. Airdrop is active.

Two caveats. The AR9280 only has two aerial connectors as opposed to the three used on the existing card. I left the middle cable unattached. If your MBP was already struggling to get a connection, this might be an issue for you. I haven't changed any kexts or changed any settings, but the wifi takes a little while to connect to my default router (about 30 secs after boot up). Otherwise, all as it should be.
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i installed an AR9280 in my older mac book pro, as you did. i have the same experience--it takes about 30 seconds after bootup or awakening from sleep for the card to discover my network. also, it never automatically connects to the network. i have to do it manually. this is ok when booting, but it's a pain to do every time it wakes from sleep.


This only happens, or rather, happened on my Santa Rosa MBP. I also put the other AR9280 in a Macbook 2,1 with zero problems. I think it is a Lion issue. I also run Snow Leopard on my MBP and that connects automatically straight away. Updating to 10.7.1 seems to have cleared it as I don't get the delays any more and it autoconnects without any prompting from me.

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i was hoping that the update to 10.7.1 would have fixed it for me, but to no avail.

just for grins, i'll download the 10.7.1 update and run it again--the first time i just took the update offered by system updates.

what's that line about doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results?!?!?

thanks

ken

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Hi Users,

ich habe mir diesen WLAN-Adapter und diese Atheros AR5009 AR5BXB92 Wireless Mini Pci-e gekauft. Soweit läuft alles gut aber wenn ich den Sleep auslöse und dann wieder beende findet die Atheros AR5009 AR5BXB92 Wireless Mini Pci-e keine Netzwerke mehr. Gibt es da eine Lösung für?

I have this wireless adapter and bought as appropriate to Atheros AR5009 Wireless Mini Pci-e AR5BXB92. So far everything is going well but when I trigger the sleep and then finish the Atheros AR5009 Wireless Mini is AR5BXB92 Pci-e no longer networks. Is there a solution?

Mein System:

OS: Lion 10.7.1 (Build 11B26)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4
CPU: Intel Q6600 @ 2.44GHz
CPU Lüfter: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2
Bluetooh: Belkin Mini Bluetooth-Adapter
GPU: ATI Radeon™ HD 5770 Graphics
Sound on Board: Realtek ALC889A
Lan on Board: RTL 8111B
Wlan: Atheros AR5009 AR5BXB92 Wireless Mini Pci-e AGN 300mbps
Arbeitsspeicher: 4x 2GB DDR2 800MHz
SATA: 3x500GB(HDD), 1x1TB(HDD), 1x60GB(SSD)
DVD-Brenner: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH22NS40
Keyboard: Apple Keyboard (MB110D/A)
Mouse: Mighty Mouse (Wireless) (MA272ZM/A)
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This is my card:
New Apple Atheros AR9280 AR5BXB92 Mini Pci-e AGN 300Mbp
This is the adaptor:
mini PCI-E to PCI-E x1 wireless adapter with w antenna

My system running Lion 10.7.1
Not runnig at all with IO80211Family.kext 4.0 / 4.1
Need IO80211Family.kext 3.2 to work ! But No Airdrop !!!

Versiones de software:
CoreWLAN: 2.0 (200.46)
CoreWLANKit: 1.0 (100.43)
Menú Extra: 7.0 (700.42)
Módulo configd: 7.0 (700.57)
Perfil de Sistema: 7.0 (700.3)
Familia IO80211: 3.2 (320.1)
Diagnóstico de Wi-Fi: 1.0 (100.26)
Utilidad AirPort: 5.5.3 (553.20)
Interfaces:
en0:
Tipo de tarjeta: AirPort Extreme (0x168C, 0x8F)
Versión del firmware: Atheros 9280: 2.1.14.6
Dirección MAC: d8:30:62:xx:xx:xx
Configuración regional: FCC
Código del país: ES
Modos PHY compatibles: 802.11 a/b/g/n
Canales admitidos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140
Wake on Wireless: Compatible
Estado: Servicio de red inactivo
Attached File  IMG_1481.JPG   128.6KB   41 downloads

Could you see any differences with the working one?
P2P firmware needed for Airdrop? It´s possible to upgrade firmware?
Any help would be great...
Thanks

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Macbidouille has some news via xl8yourmac about which cards are compatible.

With regard to the BCM94322MC, you need to make sure you have this ref: 487330-001.
With regard to the AR9280, you need to have this model AR5BXB92 AGN.

eBay is pot luck as to what you get. Bonne chance a tous.


Hi,


this worked for me OOTB for the BCM94322MC card. Recognized by Lion as "Third-Party Wireless".

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This is my card:
New Apple Atheros AR9280 AR5BXB92 Mini Pci-e AGN 300Mbp
This is the adaptor:
mini PCI-E to PCI-E x1 wireless adapter with w antenna

My system running Lion 10.7.1
Not runnig at all with IO80211Family.kext 4.0 / 4.1
Need IO80211Family.kext 3.2 to work ! But No Airdrop !!!

Versiones de software:
CoreWLAN: 2.0 (200.46)
CoreWLANKit: 1.0 (100.43)
Menú Extra: 7.0 (700.42)
Módulo configd: 7.0 (700.57)
Perfil de Sistema: 7.0 (700.3)
Familia IO80211: 3.2 (320.1)
Diagnóstico de Wi-Fi: 1.0 (100.26)
Utilidad AirPort: 5.5.3 (553.20)
Interfaces:
en0:
Tipo de tarjeta: AirPort Extreme (0x168C, 0x8F)
Versión del firmware: Atheros 9280: 2.1.14.6
Dirección MAC: d8:30:62:xx:xx:xx
Configuración regional: FCC
Código del país: ES
Modos PHY compatibles: 802.11 a/b/g/n
Canales admitidos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140
Wake on Wireless: Compatible
Estado: Servicio de red inactivo
Attached File  IMG_1481.JPG   128.6KB   41 downloads

Could you see any differences with the working one?
P2P firmware needed for Airdrop? It´s possible to upgrade firmware?
Any help would be great...
Thanks

Not sure if it would make any difference but here is the firmware version on iMac11,1. (This might later have been updated.)
Card Type: AirPort Extreme (0x168C, 0x8F)
Firmware Version: Atheros 9280: 2.1.8.11

The one I am using (HP Atheros 9280):

AirPort Extreme (0x168C, 0x8F)
Firmware Version: Atheros 9280: 4.0.55.4-P2P

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I got AirDrop in Finder, see Post #19 for DSDT added ARPT device.
This card should be 2.4 GHz only, thus further testing is required for full functionality, as soon as I pair it with another AirDrop capable rig.
Credits go to JBraddock.

D-Link DWA-547 Rev. 1a
Interface: PCI
Device Information: 168c:0023
Subsystem ID: 1186:3a6b


Was seen as:
Card Type: AirPort Extreme (0x168C, 0x3A6B)
Firmware Version: Atheros 5416: 2.1.14.9

Now seen as:
Card Type: AirPort Extreme (0x168C, 0x8F)
Firmware Version: Atheros 5416: 4.0.55.4-P2P

There is also another trick: AirDrop with unsupported Wireless or Ethernet!

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I got a DWA 547, too.

but i can't apply the DSDT fix, because i use cartri's mod Bios.

would it be possible to modify Atherosfix.kext to get Airdrop working ?

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I found a quick fix, I'm not sure if it's the most ideal though: http://www.macworld....op_any_mac.html





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