Wireless network inside VMWare virtual machine?

David Vincent dvincent at sleepdeprived.ca
Thu Mar 6 17:36:48 UTC 2008

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Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
> 	I'm about to embark on a mission... I have a WinXP Guest in a VMware 
> Virtual machine. I'm hoping to find a way to have the Guest use the 
> host's wireless network card, with Bridged networking. Or at least 
> create a wireless network between the Guest & Host, via NAT.
> 	This machine will also be dual-booting between WinXP & 7.10...
> 	The purpose is so I can help emulate/troubleshoot wireless connectivity 
> issues...
> 	Aside from the obvious Google searching, anybody have pointers? Or 
> would a different VM software be in order?

Do you want the WinXP guest to actually see the network as a wireless
network or is this just to get it sending its traffic over the wireless

I've had issues in Ubuntu using bridged networking with a wireless nic
as the bridged nic - I think the problem is NetworkManager doesn't have
the network "ready" when the system boots and this causes issues with

Creating a new bridged network is easily done with the
/usr/bin/vmware-config.pl script.

Then again you could always use a USB wireless adapter and share it via
the host with the guest OS, which should then see it as a wireless card
and let you use XP's networking tools to connect to the wireless network.

I've not done this but IMHO it should be easy.

Report back!  I'd be interested to hear of your progress.

- -d

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