Countless users who own desktops need wifi on there system for various reasons. But when looking at the selection of vendors offering of Mac OS X compatible cards there is a lot to be desired. So what is the solution to this? Building your own wifi card.
As many users have seen you can purchase a PCIe adaptor for a wifi card. They do work however many of these adaptors look and feel cheap and when installing it into your system you may be worried about the build quality. Gigabyte has stepped into the market with there GC-WB300D Wifi card ver. 1.0. The card feels well made and of high quality. Total Cost with shipping $29.99.
This card comes with a preinstalled wifi card that has bluetooth 4.0 as well. However neither the wifi card or the bluetooth card is supported under Mac OS X. So we will need to change the wifi card and bluetooth to ones that are supported.
Atheros AR5B91 is the wifi card that I had purchased to replace the existing card. The total cost with shipping $2.79. Rocketfish Bluetooth Adapter BCM2046B1 is the bluetooth dongle that I had purchased to replace the existing card. Total Cost with shipping $4.99.
After removing the existing wifi card from the Gigabyte adaptor I laid out the parts. I then installed the wifi card and the bluetooth dongle into the card slot and the USB port respectively. I then was ready to install the card into my system.
I installed the card into a available PCIe slot and then connected the USB cable ,provided with the card, from the adaptor to a USB 2.0 header on the system motherboard. Last I attached the antennas to the back of the card.
After booting into Mac OS X both wifi and bluetooth was enabled. I then connected to my Wireless Network and Apple Track Pad. For cosmetic reasons I added the following edit in my DSDT were the PCIe lane is located which can be downloaded here:
This edit allowed for the card to show up under PCI Cards under System Report:
With the Gigabyte adaptor I was able to create a wifi card that supported both wifi and bluetooth while being fully in-closed in my system. Also the card feels well made and of high quality giving peace of mind in installing it into your system. If you need a wifi solution for Mac OS X this is what you should use.