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Using bridged networking with a wireless NIC (760)

Details

  • Your virtual machine cannot access the network using bridged networking.
  • You are using a wireless network interface card.

Solution

Bridged networking with a wireless Ethernet adapter is supported in VMware Workstation 4 and later, VMware Player 3, VMware Server, and GSX Server 3 on Windows hosts. If you are using older versions of these VMware products, you may want to upgrade to the latest version of Workstation to gain this capability.

If your host has a wireless network adapter, you cannot use bridged networking on Linux hosts in VMware Workstation 5 or lower, VMware Server 1.x, any version of GSX Server, any hosts in VMware Workstation 3 or lower, or in VMware GSX Server 2 or lower. Under these products, if you want to run virtual machines on a host that uses wireless Ethernet adapters, you must configure your virtual machines to use NAT or host-only networking.

Note: Support for bridged networking does not guarantee that the virtual machine can successfully receive an IP address. IP addressing depends on the DHCP server. For more information about the networking types, see Understanding networking types in hosted products (1006480).

This table provides more information about reconfiguring network settings for your virtual machine:

VMware Software VersionBridged with Wireless
Supported
Use NAT InsteadLink to Documentation
Workstation Player 12.x
(Windows and Linux hosts)
XBridged networking
Workstation Pro 12.x
(Windows and Linux hosts)
X
Player 7.x and Player 7.x Pro
(Windows and Linux hosts)
XBridged networking
Workstation 11.x
(Windows and Linux hosts)
X
Player 6.x
(Windows and Linux hosts)
XBridged networking
Workstation 10.x
(Windows and Linux hosts)
X
Player 5.x
(Windows and Linux hosts)
XBridged networking
Workstation 9.x
(Windows and Linux hosts)
X
Player 4.x
(Windows and Linux hosts)
XBridged networking
Workstation 8.x
(Windows and Linux hosts)
X
Player 3.x
(Windows and Linux hosts)
XBridged networking
Workstation 7.x
(Windows and Linux hosts)
X
Workstation 6.x
(Windows and Linux hosts)
XBridged networking
Workstation 5.x
(Windows hosts)
XAdding and Modifying Virtual Network Adapters
Configuring Bridged Networking Options on a Windows Host
Workstation 5.x
(Linux hosts)
XAdding and Modifying Virtual Network Adapters
Workstation 4.5
(Windows hosts)
XChanging the Network Configuration
Common Networking Configurations
Workstation 4.5
(Linux hosts)
X
Workstation 4.0
(Windows hosts)
XChanging the Network Configuration
Common Networking Configurations
Workstation 4.0
(Linux hosts)
X
Workstation 3.x
(Windows and Linux hosts)
XAbout NAT
Changing the Networking Configuration
Server 2.x
(Windows and Linux hosts)
XBridged Networking
Server 1.x
(Windows hosts)
XBridged Networking
Server 1.x
(Linux hosts)
X
GSX Server 3.x
(Windows hosts)
XGSX Server Documentation
GSX Server 3.x
(Linux hosts)
X
GSX Server 2.5.x
(Windows and Linux hosts)
X



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Tags

accessing-network  connect-network  network-adapter-not-visible  network-connection  network-connection-fails  network-connectivity-issues  network-hardware  network-issues  network-problem  no-access-to-external-network  no-network-connectivity  no-network  physical-network-adapter  reconfigure-networking  linux-guest-networking

Update History

03/22/2011 - Added note regarding networking types and IP addressing, and information about Player. 05/20/2011 - Added information about VMware Server. 07/18/2011 - Removed product versions 09/19/2011 - Added WS 8 / Player 4 information 08/15/2012 - Fixed broken link, table width, spelling 09/06/2013 - Added updates for version 10. 02/12/2014 - Updated for Workstation 11.x 02/12/2014 - Updated for Player 7.x

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