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Okay, so, I'm a newbie here and this website has been of great help to me in many regards, so thanks to all who have contributed. In addition I am also new to OS X, so maybe some of the obvious things in posts fly right over my head.

 

So, I've spent HOURS scouring these forums and getting OS X to boot VMware and Native. I've got both going now, with a few problems of course. I was able to resolve my graphics card driver issue with instructions I found on these forums (via the wiki), but despite all of my searching and experimenting I am unable to resolve my wireless NIC issue.

 

I have a Netgear WG311 with an Atheros Chipset on it. I'm positive I can get it to work because I've seen members on this forum who claim to have it work in OS X, but I can never find detailed instructions on getting it working. So, what I was wondering was if some of the people who have knowledge in this regard wouldn't find it to be too much trouble, could I be referred to links that will explain the process?

 

I read one member stating that he had to use the 10.4.3 kext to get it to work, but I have no clue what that means :D

 

Thanks in advance for any and all help!

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I have a Netgear WG311 with an Atheros Chipset on it.

Only v1 of the WD311 has an Atheros chipset. The v2 and v3 have other chipsets.

 

In OSX, go to System Profiler (in Utilities folder). Click on PCI cards on the left and find your WG311 on the right. Verify that the Vendor id = 0x168c and the Device id = 0x0013

 

if it is, then use the following Broadcom guide with some exceptions. The process for editing Atheros is the same as for editing Broadcom: http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=23684

 

Except:

 

Edit the Atheros file:

sudo nano /System/Library/Extensions/IO80211Family.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AirPortAtheros5424.kext/Contents/Info.plist

 

Add the following: <string>pci168c,13</string>

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Thanks guys, I'll give this a shot (starting with Rammjet's).

 

I know for sure I do have the v1 b/c I had to install Atheros before so I could use it in XP x64 (and I just installed the drivers again for XP yestarday and v1 worked).

 

Thanks a whole ton!!!

 

EDIT: D'oh! I was all over that link that Rammjet provided yestarday, and for some reason I thought it was referencing the WG311T

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In OSX, go to System Profiler (in Utilities folder). Click on PCI cards on the left and find your WG311 on the right. Verify that the Vendor id = 0x168c and the Device id = 0x0013

Okay...I'm at home now and I got home and checked the system profiler to verify this, however, it doesn't show this in my system profiler in 10.4.6 JaS.

 

I went ahead, however, and checked in WXP and it is correct (see screenshot below)

 

So, I refrained from going further in the process since I'm "assuming" that since the system profiler isn't recognizing the device something else is up. I had to clean install last time from messing with it a bunch, so I'm going to be a bit more cautious this time around...Is there something I need to do to make OS X "see" the card in system profiler before I do the modifications to the kext? clean installs are the last thing I need to be doing with the homework load I have this week, haah.

 

Any advice? Thanks!

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Okay, I'm making progress here.

 

Installed the 10.4.5 kext and now WG311 is recognized by OS X, however, I get an "AirPort Card error: There was an error communicating with your AirPort card. Please makre sure it is installed properly and try the AirPort Setup Assistant again."

 

I tried to edit NetworkInterfaces.plist and set en0 to en1 and it kept resetting to en0. Then I disabled onboard LAN hoping that would give my card en0, and that didnt work. Any help would be MUCH appreciated :angel:

 

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Okay, istumbler recognizes my AP, but I cannot connect...getting close still :angel:

 

Also, when I replace en0 = en1 and 0 = 1 in NetworkInterfaces.plist I lost my ability to see my network with istumbler, but am able to go one step further in AirPort Utility (although no AP is detected).

 

This is frustrating...last thing I need to get working.

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Just in case any newbies like myself are wondering, I finally got my Netgear WG311 (v1) working!!!

 

Here is how:

 

Download OS X Update 10.4.5

Extract /System/Library/Extensions/80211Family.kext from the download and put it into the exact came folder, from root of course.

 

Then, when that's done, Tools -> Utilities -> Disk Utility -> Repair Permissions

 

THEN (This is waht I was missing)

 

Terminal ->

 

sudo -s

 

chmod -R 755 io80211family.kext

chown -R root:wheel io80211family.kext

 

Then restart and use iStumbler and voila!

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