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hackintosh wireless N hardware advice needed

I have a hackintosh as an HTPC with a ASUS P5N7A-VM motherboard.

Enclosed in a small media center case which means I only have half height options for an internal wireless card.

running OSX 10.5.6 (soon to be 10.5.8 once i get that crossed off my list as I am not sure that upgrade will not cause any problems).

So if anyone has a suggestion for a 1X or standard PCI half height wireless card that would be "good & easy" please make a suggestion.

Please don't misunderstand, i have combed the forums and google. I thought I would ask here since a strait forward answer isn't forthcoming with the plethora of debate and contradiction about this topic.

An internal option is not really needed just whatever works best, if some type of USB option is what would work best, anything of that type would be fine with me. Wireless G too for that matter since it will be temporary.

lastly, my gigabit ethernet port works just fine, and I would prefer to use it and I will. I just will not be doing that anytime soon so here I am.

thank you in advance. cheers.

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I will be finding out shortly how well the trendnet option works when it arrives, and will post the result. The upgrading of the OS to 10.5.8 is another story and I have not found a clear answer on if that is a wise thing to do or not......which is kind of a pain since some software I have won't work without this upgrade/update......


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If you can't find a compatible PCI card that'll work nice, then I'd suggest you get a USB wireless card, you can add an extra port inside and leave it in the tower, that way you won't always have something sticking out.

If you're want a nice cheap one I'd suggest this, but if you want a more expensive one from a larger company with better support I'd suggest this one.

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+ Do you know if there is a kext for these to allow them to be used in a hackintosh? If so could you please post a link.


rj713, it says "OS Compatibility: Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 2000 or MAC OS 10.4 / 10.5 / 10.6" It should work just fine if you plug it in


Great--let us know how it comes out please. Included the + I forgot last time.


The Airlink USB option is what i ordered, not the trendnet as i indicated in my comment above a week ago. The website for the airlink product has a downloadable program/utility/driver for Mac OS (and for several mac OS versions, tiger, leopard etc), It arrived today, installed easily and i now have wireless on my HTPC. Of course there is an airlink program controlling it which is fine with me, i suppose if i was to try and find .kext file or something the native mac os wireless utility would work maybe?.......since it is an HTPC and does not go anywhere I find the airlink USB along with it's program to control it work just fine for my needs so i have not bothered to look elsewhere. Thank you for the help, the airlink USB wireless N option is working just fine for me, al thou it have only installed it 30min ago i don't see it giving me any problems. It works with WPA2 if anyone needs to know that.


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