Linksys WUSB600N v2 on a Hackintosh
I recently just put a cheap, but also great hackintosh system together while also dual-booting with Windows 7. It is my first hackintosh, however, not my first Mac.
This post will explain how to get the Linksys WUSB600N v2 to work with your Hackintosh build. There is just 1 minor problem that exists with this wireless usb device, and that you will have to replug it in each and everytime you either restart/boot or awake from sleep. Otherwise, I’ve had absolutely no other issues and no disconnects or slow speeds.
Real quick, here is my build specs for the hackintosh running Snow Leopard 10.6.6:
GIGABYTE GA-H55M-S2V Motherboard
Intel Core i3-550 Clarkdale 3.2GHz Processor
XFX nVidia GT240 1GB DDR5 Graphics Card
G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 Dual Channel Memory
Samsung Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB Hard Drive
Now you will first need to install the Mac drivers for an Ralink RT2870, which is what is inside of the Linksys WUSB600N v1 and v2 (version 2). You can grab those from downloading them at Ralink’s website.
Now as of this post, I am using driver version 188.8.131.52. These work great, I’ve heard of success with earlier drivers as well though I never tried those nor did I ever obtain links to them. If you are having any issues with later drivers after 184.108.40.206 then please contact me, I will be able to provide you with driver version 220.127.116.11 if you are unable to find them.
Once you have these installed, restart OS X.
Once you have restarted OS X, open Terminal. Follow and type the following commands correctly and then press the enter key after each line listed below.
chmod -R 755 RT2870USBWirelessDriver.kext
chown -R 0:0 RT2870USBWirelessDriver.kext
sudo nano info.plist
At this point, you will be asked your administrative password, type it in and continue the following:
Look for the following line below, you will find it faster by using the page down shortcut ctrl+v.
Linksys – RT2870 – 2
Then right under this key, find this line (integer)
Then change the value of 113 to 121.
That will be the only line you need to edit and touch in this. Now press the following keys to save what you just did.
ctrl + o
Make sure to use the exact same file name, info.plist, as it will already say. Then ctrl+x to exit out.
There are just 2 more fine steps and you will be able to use a wireless connection!
sudo touch /System/Library/Extensions
Now restart your computer, as I said earlier, you will more than likely have to unplug and plug back in the Linksys WUSB600N device as well as each time you restart/boot or awake from sleep.
You will use Ralink’s Wireless Utility to connect to your network. Save a profile so you do not have to constantly keep typing your security key as well. You may close Wireless Utility once you are connected, you do not need to leave it open.
Special Thanks go out to aldeem over at InsanelyMac for most of this guide, and then myself for the rest of it and additional information.