Often, there is no way around the issue except for replacing the Wi-Fi module inside of your device. We would like to highlight a few options for replacing the wireless module inside of your computer.
Bear in mind that the installation process for these cards will be different depending on your laptop. There's also a chance that your laptop (if it's an older Lenovo ThinkPad, for example) might have a BIOS white-list that would prevent the computer from booting when you install the new card.
For Mini PCI-E cards, there are different choices available depending on what you are looking for.
This wireless card (which uses the Broadcom BCM4322 chip) will work with all recent versions of macOS out of the box, requiring no kext patches and any other modifications. Along with that, it is pretty cheap and easy to find. The downside to it is that it does not support the latest 802.11ac standard, and does not include Bluetooth, which means that you will not be able to use features like Handoff and Continuity with your iPhone.
Dell DW1550/AzureWave AW-CE123H
Both of these cards use Broadcom's BCM94352 chip. Compared to the DW1510, these cards will be more expensive and will require more setup – you will need to follow a setup guide such as this one by toleda, which would involve installing a kext to enable Bluetooth, and applying a patch to enable features such as Handoff and Continuity.
For NGFF M.2 cards, which are usually found in more modern laptops, you can also get a version of the Dell card using the BCM94352 chip, called Dell DW1560. But the best option available would be...
This card uses the BCM43602 chip. While this card is more expensive, it has very good macOS compatibility, and while still requiring some tweaks to enable features such as Handoff, is easier to install.
USB Wi-Fi modules
If you're just experimenting with Hackintosh, or do not want to disassemble your laptop, you can also just get a USB Wi-Fi module. As usual, there are a few options available:
TP-Link Archer T4U V2
This is the high-speed option. This adapter is quite big in size, but you will get screaming fast 802.11ac support, so if you are perhaps are not planning to move your laptop a lot, and speed is of higher importance to you than portability, this is the module to go with.
This is the portable option. This module is very small in size, just barely sticking out of the USB port. The downside is that it will not be as fast, with it only supporting 802.11a/b/g/n, and because of its size, the antennas will not be as strong.
What do you think? Did you have luck getting Wi-Fi to work in your Hackintosh laptop? Let us know in the comments below!
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