Broadcom BCM94360CD - Bluetooth Works, but Wi-Fi Doesn't

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  1. AutumnStarlight

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    Aug 31, 2017 at 11:11 AM #11
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    Yes, I've always kept my wifi card installed there. I've tried other slots before, and they don't work, either. I even tried removing and reattaching the wifi card from its adapter a couple times in case the seating was loose or misaligned, and still no dice.
     
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    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:18 AM #12
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    If it's worth anything, here is the readout from when I ran the Continuity Activation Tool's System Diagnostics.
    Code (Text):
    --- Initiating system compatiblity check ---

    --- Hardware/OS checks ---
    Verifying Continuity status...          OK. OS X reports Continuity as inactive
    Verifying Mac model reference...        OK. Known compatible Mac Model detected: iMac14,2
    Verifying Mac board-id...               OK. Long board id detected: Mac-27ADBB7B4CEE8E61
    Verifying OS X version...               Warning: This tool wasn't tested with OS X versions higher than 10.10. Detected OS version: 10.12.6
    Verifying Wi-Fi hardware...             NOT OK. No active AirPort card was detected. Continuity will not work.
    Verifying AWDL status...                NOT OK. Your Wi-Fi card doesn't support AWDL, and therefore doesn't work with Continuity.
    Verifying Bluetooth hardware...         OK. The internal Bluetooth card is active
    Verifying Bluetooth version...          OK. Bluetooth 4.0 detected
    Verifying Bluetooth features...         OK. Bluetooth features are Continuity compliant
    Verifying Bluetooth firmware...         OK. Bluetooth firmware version: v137 c9262
    Verifying Login Item...                 OK. Login item for Auto Continuity Check is not set.

    --- Modifications check ---
    Verifying OS kext protection...         OK. Kext developer mode is not active. This tool can fix this.
    Verifying SIP...                        NOT OK. System Integrity Protection is still enabled
    Verifying ContinuitySupport...          Print: Entry, ":Mac-27ADBB7B4CEE8E61:ContinuitySupport", Does Not Exist
    NOT OK. Unknown state. Your Mac might not be compatible.
    Verifying kexts readability...          OK. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth kexts were found and could be read
    Verifying Wi-Fi whitelist status...     OK. Your board-id is not yet whitelisted. This tool can fix this.
    Verifying BT4 dongles compatibility...  OK. Compatibility with BT4 USB dongles is not enabled, this tool can fix this if a dongle is plugged in
    Verifying old Wi-Fi kext presence...    OK. Legacy Brcm4331 Wi-Fi driver is present. This tool can fix this.
    Verifying legacy Wi-Fi card patch...    OK. The legacy Wi-Fi patch is not present. This tool can fix this.
    --- Modifications check ---
    Here's also when I tried running the Continuity Activation Tool itself.
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    --- OS X Continuity Activation Tool 2.3 ---
                    by sysfloat                  
              original by dokterdok              

    --- Initiating system compatibility check ---
    Verifying SIP...                        NOT OK.
    Verifying Mac model reference...        OK
    Verifying Mac board-id...               OK
    Verifying OS X version...               Warning: This tool wasn't tested on OS X versions higher than 10.10. Detected OS version: 10.12.6
    Are you sure you want to continue?
    1) Yes
    2) No
    #? 1
    Verifying Wi-Fi hardware...             NOT OK. No active AirPort card was detected. Continuity will not work. Aborting.
     
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    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:37 AM #13
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    Did you try clean install mine is work after clean install?
     
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    Sep 1, 2017 at 3:39 AM #14
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    Are we talking about reinstalling software for the Wi-Fi card, or a clean install of the whole operating system? If the former, I thought the BCM94360CD was supposed to work out of the box. As for the latter, I must've installed macOS at least half a dozen times throughout the past year, and sadly, at no point did Wi-Fi ever work with this card, regardless of which operating system was running (macOS Sierra or Windows 10.)

    I posted earlier about testing my Wi-Fi card in another computer I've got lying around, and that test failed right out of the gate. My secondary PC's motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7-B3. While macOS was able to run on it flawlessly from my old SSD, the Wi-Fi card wouldn't even physically fit into PCI-e slot 1 because there's a heat sink blocking it. The Wi-Fi adapter is just the slightest bit too long. I would test the wifi card on a third PC I have, but I most likely bricked the motherboard trying to update the BIOS. It's an Alienware X51; I hear it can be Hackintoshed, but that's another story for another day.
     
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    Sep 1, 2017 at 3:27 PM #15
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    I'll try to give my Wi-Fi card one last shot by testing it in a friend's system; grab some info on it to see if it's Hackintosh-compatible, or maybe even see if an old PC of mine that once ran Windows Vista could run Hackintosh and test Wi-Fi on it, but that's a long shot, at best.
     
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    I managed to test my wifi card on my friend's system, which is running an ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming motherboard. Once I loaded my hard drives into his case and booted up macOS, I found that all my theories are pretty much confirmed. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Continuity/Handoff, and even Auto Unlock are all fully functional on my friend's system. My Wi-Fi card is genuine and works completely fine, except when it's set up in my motherboard.
     
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    Sep 9, 2017 at 9:28 AM #17
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    In the time since I tested my wifi card in my friend's computer, Bluetooth stopped working, but only in my own setup. Now I can get neither wifi nor Bluetooth running on my system. It's especially strange, considering that Bluetooth gave out in my computer *before* I tested it in my friend's ASUS motherboard; as I mentioned in previous posts, Wifi, Bluetooth, Handoff, Continuity, Auto-Unlock, all of it was fully functional on his system even after Bluetooth gave out on my own, so I know the wifi card still works. I can get at least some modicum of Bluetooth whilst I'm booted into Windows on my system, but I can't connect to my iPhone nor my iPad via Bluetooth. Furthermore, the USB hotspot connection will only work as it should in Windows as well. It'll connect in macOS, but I still can't get online without a working Ethernet modem or using my MacBook Pro as a buffer/router by tethering my iPhone or iPad to my laptop and sharing its iPhone USB connection to Ethernet.

    At this point, I see two options left standing before me. They'll both take their toll in their own way, but either one should work, assuming all goes well.

    A: I can replace my networking card, but spend a lot of time and trial and error finding the right one that meets all my needs,
    -OR-
    B: I can switch motherboards with my friend since I know my Wi-Fi card works in his system, but since our motherboards have different CPU sockets and RAM form factors, we would end up swapping those, too. The only thing that makes this option really expensive would be replenishing the RAM I would lose in the process. (My friend's motherboard only has 8 GB of DDR4 ram with a 64GB capacity compared to my fully loaded 32 GB DDR3 RAM.)
     
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    Hey guys, I'm wandering if you can help me. I've got the same card as you with a pcie adapter. I only seem to be able to get bluetooth to work.

    I've tried a fresh install, tried all pcie slots, I don't have a pciex1 slot, my mobo is a Gigabyte Z97M-D3H.

    The guy I bought the card of is adamant that is was tested and worked before being shipped. So I am little confused what to do right?

    Willing to try anyones suggestions,

    James
     
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    I was in the same boat as you for a while, wondering whether my card was defective, or even counterfeit. Aside from contacting the seller to ask if they tested the same card on your type of motherboard, another way to verify whether your wifi card works is to do what I did and borrow a friend's computer, particularly if they have a different motherboard that's also Hackintosh-compatible and has a PCIEx1 slot.

    All you'd need to do is install your Wifi card and macOS drive into their PC, make the necessary changes in their motherboard's BIOS/UEFI settings to be able to boot into macOS on your drive, then test your wifi card on their system once you log in. On my motherboard, only Bluetooth worked (not even that works on my motherboard anymore for some reason,) but when I Hackintoshed my friend's PC and tested it there, the same wifi card was fully functional. I got Wifi, Bluetooth, Handoff, Continuity, and even Auto-Unlock for Apple Watch on his system, but not mine.

    In your case, I'd say that the crux of the issue may be your motherboard's lack of a PCIEx1 slot. I've seen threads on this site and others say that our Broadcom card doesn't play well with faster PCIE slots, leaving PCIEx1 the best (and possibly only) slot to use. If your wifi card's PCIE adapter came with a low-profile bracket, I found a conversion adapter you can pick up at Newegg that should work, which I linked below. The one I linked converts a standard PCI slot (of which I've seen your motherboard has two) into a PCIEx1 slot, so if you have a shorter bracket, it just might work. If you don't have a low-profile bracket, one with four antenna sockets shouldn't be too hard to find, or even make, if you have the tools for it.

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16815158190
     
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    Hey!

    Thanks so much for the info! Sorry about the late reply. I’ve tried all your ideas and didn’t work, so I’ve returned both bits. Thanks so much for the help.

    Think I’m going to wait until I do a new build in a year or so and try this method again. Will definitely choose a board with pciex1 so there’s no issue.

    Best wishes,
    James
     

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