USB Wireless Adapter that works with El Capitan?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by brock434, Dec 20, 2015.

  1. brock434 macrumors newbie

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    Anyone know a USB Wireless Adapter that will work with El Capitan?

    I'm running a Macbook Pro built in late 2011. So it doesn't have a USB 3.0 port, only USB 2.0. Also, the built in wireless isn't working, hence my desire to try an external adapter.

    I tried an ASUS N13 adaptor, which has drivers that go up to 10.7, but I wasn't able to get it working for El Capitan.

    Any advice?
     
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  3. saudor macrumors 6502

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    have you tried/considered replacing the airport card? might be more convenient unless you dont really use the usb ports too much
     
  4. brock434 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the tip. I checked the selection. Not a single one that supports 10.11.

    Anyone found something that works?

    thanks...


     
  5. brock434 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I hadn't considered it up until now, because I thought it would be pretty easy to get a third party dongle. And I'm ok to give up one of the USB ports for a dongle. But surprisingly, to me, it's not turning out to be very easy at all....

    To replace the airport card, it seems like I would have to buy a used airport card (from someplace like iFixit, replace the card and then do a clean install of El Capitan.

    Is that what you are suggesting?

    Thanks for your advice...

     
  6. simonsi macrumors 601

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    I'm not sure why replacing the Airport card would then require an OS reinstall?
     
  7. BubbaJones macrumors regular

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    I just got the AmazonBasics USB 2.0 Ethernet adapter for my 2015 MBA. Works fine.

    Oops... You're looking for wireless. Never mind. ☺️
     
  8. cerberusss macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm that's weird. I just filled in a form, asking their customer service about this.. Will update.
     
  9. cerberusss macrumors 6502a

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    OK, according to Trisha S. from OWC customer support, the following adapter works with El Capitan:
    Edimax EW-7811Un Wi-Fi USB 802.11n Wireless Adapter

    [​IMG]
     
  10. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

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    Why not replace the Airport card? I did that on my 2011 MBP and ran CAT. Loving every second of it.
     
  11. imorton macrumors 6502

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    I too am interested in finding an external USB Wifi card (one that has a RP-SMA connector) that I can replace the stock (5dB) omni-directional antenna for a high-power directional WiFi antenna.

    I have yet to find a compatible or installable USB Wifi Adapter that works under El Capitan.... :(

    Anyone know of one?
     
  12. brock434 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I note that the Edimax Driver page has separate links for every OSX version from 10.4 through 10.10. No link for 10.11, though, which is why I originally disqualified it. However, based on your info, I'm going to give it a try.

     
  13. brock434 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm open to it. The used card I was going to buy has been sold, so I'm waiting to see if another turns up.

     
  14. cerberusss macrumors 6502a

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    Now I'm starting to doubt... I asked for El Capitan support but they didn't explicitly acknowledge that; I got back the following reply:
    > the oldest OS it will support is 10.4.11 to later meaning newest OS. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know by replying to this email.

    El Cap is of course the newest OS, but she might as well be quoting from some old info. You could of course ask them yourself; http://eshop.macsales.com/Service/
     
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    If you're referring to my post, the card is for BT AND WiFi. Read the description. I've always had use CAT to get both WiFi and BT to work with it.
     
  18. brock434 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This adapter does not work with El Capitan. I was dubious but I thought I'd try it anyway. Didn't work. I called Edimax support directly to confirm. They confirmed what the webpage said - there is no driver for 10.11. They've been waiting for the company that makes the chip set, RealTech, to release a driver, which they have not done yet. Originally it was scheduled for mid Nov, then end of Dec, now mid January, unless it gets pushed again.


     
  19. cerberusss macrumors 6502a

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    And we went through the trouble of contacting OWC support to explicitly ask this :(
    Disappointing, both of them and of Edimax. Why not explicitly mention it doesn't work with the latest release?
     
  20. imorton macrumors 6502

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    I would presume the driver from Yosemite would work, I guess your problem is SIP related (the new security feature in El Capitan).
     
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  22. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Has anyone tried:
    1. Turning OFF "System Integrity Protection", then
    2. Installing the latest driver (even if it's for 10.10), then
    3. ... Turning SIP back on?
     
  23. brock434 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the heads up - looks like the driver was just released a couple of days ago. I've ordered the adaptor and will report back - hopefully with a success story! - once it arrives and I install it.

     
  24. bridgetom macrumors newbie

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    Hi. Was wondering if this adapter does work on EL Captain with the updated driver?
     
  25. brock434 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's supposed to arrive tomorrow. I'll test it and let you know how it worked for me.

     

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