Using an Atheros AR9271 USB Adapter on a Hackintosh (Advanced, No Guarantees)

Here's a step-by-step guide on attempting to use your Atheros AR9271 USB adapter within a Hackintosh environment. I'll emphasize the inherent risks and complexities of this process.

Title: Using an Atheros AR9271 USB Adapter on a Hackintosh (Advanced, No Guarantees)


  • This guide is intended for experienced users with a strong technical background. Proceed at your own risk.
  • Building a Hackintosh may violate Apple's Terms of Service.
  • There is no guarantee the Atheros adapter will work flawlessly, even if you follow these steps.


  • Compatible Hardware: Meticulously research Hackintosh compatibility for your MacBook Air model or very similar hardware.
  • macOS Installer: A macOS Big Sur (or your desired version) installer image.
  • Hackintosh Guides & Tools: Reliable Hackintosh installation guides, disk utilities, bootloader (e.g., OpenCore), kext installers.
  • Patience and Troubleshooting Skills: Be prepared for a potentially lengthy and challenging process.


  1. Hardware Compatibility Verification:

    • Thoroughly investigate Hackintosh forums (e.g.,, for successful builds similar to your MacBook Air.
    • Pay attention to motherboard chipsets, graphics processors, etc. Ideal if someone has reported success with the Atheros AR9271.
  2. Backup Your Mac:

    • Create a complete Time Machine backup or clone of your MacBook Air's drive to safeguard your data.
  3. Hackintosh Installation:

    • Follow a well-maintained Hackintosh installation guide meticulously. OpenCore is often recommended.
    • Partition your disk, prepare a bootable USB installer, and carefully configure the bootloader for your specific hardware.
  4. Atheros AR9271 Driver Search:

    • Scour Hackintosh communities for any Atheros AR9271-related kexts (kernel extensions) that might be compatible with your macOS version.
    • Be prepared to potentially modify or experiment with different kexts.
  5. Kext Installation:

    • Utilize Hackintosh kext installation tools to add the located Atheros driver(s).
  6. Testing and Troubleshooting:

    • Reboot your Hackintosh and attempt to connect the Atheros AR9271 USB adapter.
    • Check System Information in macOS to see if the adapter is recognized.
    • If issues arise, engage in extensive troubleshooting within Hackintosh communities, adjusting drivers, configurations, etc.

Important Notes:

  • Hackintoshes can require ongoing maintenance and updates to stay functional.
  • Even with success, monitor mode capabilities might be limited compared to a Linux environment.
  • Consider simpler alternatives like a Linux VM or a macOS-compatible USB Wi-Fi adapter if stability and ease of use are paramount.

Let me know if you want help finding Hackintosh resources or would like to explore the alternative solutions!

How would I get support for an Atheros AR9271 USB adapter in a real Mac?

I have an Atheros AR9271 Monitor Mode USB Wifi adapter. Was wondering if I could get it working in macOS Big Sur 11.7.10? Running on a MacBook Air 6 2

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