Wifi dongle for sierra?

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  1. paulclaude macrumors newbie

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    Anyone know of a USB wi-fi adapter that's compatible (or has drivers compatible with) OS Sierra without problems?
     
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    Can I ask why you need one? Does the factory adapter not work anymore?
     
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    Hi stridemat. I've a MacBook Pro early 2008 and installing Sierra works flawlessly except that there is no driver for the Airport WIFI card. I need Sierra because I work with Pages and I need the new version 6 (and also the future updates). Apparently there is no way to use the Kext from El Capitan, so I would need an external WIFI adapter.
     
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    I have a TP Link TL-WN725N in my desk draw. That seemed to work ok once I installed the bata 10.12 package from their website.
     
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    That's what I need, thank you (I suppose you have Sierra installed...)!
    But I can't find the beta 10.12 in their website. The only beta is the "old" TL-WN725N_V2_160128 of 28/jan/16 and the compatibility is 10.11...
     
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    Hi stridemat, where is the beta...?
     
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    Can you not change the internal card to a supported card?

    I dont know how hard it is to get to your card of course.
    I changed the card in my 2007 macbook pro after it failed.

    Try the netis WF2120 usb as says mac 10.4 to 10.10
    Will try on my sierra machine for you later today.
    I have installed and worked well on a 10.6.8 macbook air after a failed airport card
     
  8. paulclaude thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you, elf69. It seems that some airport card doesn't have the drivers in Sierra. And, similarly, there are many USB WIFI adapters without driver for 10.12.
     
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    Sadly the netis did not work in my sierra.

    Yes when i upgrade my imac at home the wifi will stop as it has a BCM94321MC card which is not supported
     
  10. paulclaude thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's my same problem... I hope there is a WIFI adapter compatible with Sierra
     
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    There are cards for my imac that will work in sierra im going to replace it when I do the ssd upgrade.

    there must be one for your macbook, ar5bxb92 is one for my imac so maybe find one for macbook?
     
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    I don't know if there are cards for my MacBook Pro early 2008 that are also compatible with Sierra. I think a WIFI adapter is an easier choice...
     
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    probably yes as no need open up machine that way
     
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    If you're not comfortable taking your MacBookPro apart, then a USB adapter is your best choice. You won't get the unlocking with apple watch working with a USB adapter though.
    I have the 17" MBP and the mCard 2 from QuickerTek works great in mine: http://www.quickertek.com/products/mCard.html
    Another user tried the mCard 3 (3 antennae), but it's a little thicker, so produced a bit of a bulge in the top case.
     
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    I can open my MacBook, I've already changed the hard disk with a SSD. Do you know if your mCard 2 is compatible with a MacBook Pro early 2008 mounting an Airport Extreme bcm4321?
     
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    The bx5 is as that is what is going in my imac.

    I will try relocate the article for you to be sure.
     
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    Ok, thank you very much, elf69. I will buy it now (it's a 2006 item I hope it is not worse than my current card...)
     
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    from lowendmac.com:

    "There has been an issue with some of the Apple AirPort hardware in older Macs, but other than that, it’s pretty much clear sailing. The AirPort support depends on which WiFi module your Mac uses. If it is not the Broadcaom BCM4321, you’re set.

    Other issues include the trackpad in the 2009 MacBooks and loss of volume control on the Early 2008 iMac. Details below."

    this seems to be only card not supported
     
  23. paulclaude thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, but it seems that they check compatibility from Early-2008 (or newer) Mac Pro, iMac, or MacBook Pro forward, because older machines are not compatible at all with Sierra. That airport card is an item of 2006, so...
     
  24. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    yes but the card I linked to has been seen working in other macs, still looking for the article.

    the BX5 series are supported by sierra the BCM4321 are known not working.

    The card I linked to was fitted to some a1260 models of which yours is.

    I do think it the same card as found in my macbook i'm using now to write this running sierra.

    This is my card:

    en1:
    Card Type: AirPort Extreme (0x14E4, 0x93)
    Firmware Version: Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (5.106.98.100.24)

    this is my card in sierra supported machine:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/APPLE-MAC...307765?hash=item2a721075b5:g:Is4AAOSwExJXohKF

    here is a card of same chipset, although half height.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-DW15...467862?hash=item33c2056e16:g:lhMAAOSwA3dYFaa~

    With full height adapter should work in your mac.
     
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