Windows 10: Does VMware Bridged networking work? Solved

  1.    27 Feb 2015 #1

    Does VMware Bridged networking work?

    I'm just wondering if it works to connect to the internet in VMs, if yes I might aswell just try it out.
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       27 Feb 2015 #2

    I've connected to the internet from VMs using either bridged or NAT. The difference is that using NAT your VM shares the host's IP address while in bridged the VM gets it's own IP address. Either gets you a connection to the internet.
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  3.    27 Feb 2015 #3

    Kesto said: View Post
    I'm just wondering if it works to connect to the internet in VMs, if yes I might aswell just try it out.
    By default and via expressed setting, both host and guest os are connected.
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  4.    28 Feb 2015 #4

    Ok thanks.
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  5.    28 Feb 2015 #5

    Hi there

    To avoid confusion -- even if you use NAT your VM to the outside world has its own address and is seen as a complete separate computer.

    NAT is useful if say you want to run VM's on a Laptop say in a College Dorm where there might only be a restricted number of IP's available on a Wifi network. So your Host and VM will share the same Wifi IP address but to the outside the VM will still be seen as a separate machine.

    Bridged means the VM has both physically and internally a totally separate IP address (so a HOST and a VM will use 2 IP addresses on a Wifi network for example).

    While testing I tend to prefer using Bridged Networking but in places like college dorms etc where the number of IP addresses on a Wifi network might be limited then I'd go for NAT.

    Note also that NAT / Bridged Networking is supported by other VM systems - not just VMWARE.

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