Different network card modes in VMWare Workstation
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Different network card modes in VMWare Workstation

Different network card modes in VMWare Workstation


If you have used VMware workstation software, you know that in this virtual machine, the network card can be created in different modes. In today’s article on , we are going to explain the different modes of network card in VM-Ware Workstation. So join us…



 What is VMware workstation ? 

VMWare Workstation software is a professional and powerful virtual machine used to install multiple operating systems on one piece of hardware. Suppose you have Windows 10 installed and you want to have Windows Server 7 with it. VMware workstation allows you to host other operating systems. In fact, three operating systems are installed on your computer system and hardware resources are shared between these three operating systems.

Using a virtual machine reduces hardware costs and tests software resources easily.


Well, when VMware workstation is installed, there are several options for having a network card.


 Different network card modes in VM-Ware Workstation


Here’s how each one works:


Different network card modes in VM-Ware Workstation


 Network card in  Host Only mode

Well, as the name implies, this mode is used to connect your hosts (ie the main hardware and operating system) and the virtual machine. In this case, a two-way communication is created between the host and the virtual machine. That way your main system sees virtual machines and vice versa. Virtual machines see you in return. This way you can create a virtual network for your tests and experiments.

Network card in  Bridge mode

Bridge means bridge !!! When the network card is set to Bridge mode , your main system and the virtual machine will be side by side. And each can operate independently in the network. Suppose we connect a cable virtual machine from the main system that is connected to the switch, the virtual machine also uses the network card and connects to the same switch.

In fact, in this case, the virtual machine can communicate independently in the network without the need for hosts. As a result, both other systems on the network can see the virtual machine and the virtual machine can see others.

Network card in  NAT mode

NAT stands for Network Address Translation. If you are familiar with network concepts, you know that this protocol converts invalid ip addresses to valid ip addresses so that systems can access the Internet.

Now if we set the network card to NAT mode, the virtual machine uses the main MAC address and IP address of the host. In fact, with the real address of your host, it communicates with other systems in the network. This way, other systems do not recognize the virtual machine. Because they only see your operating system and think that your system is active in the network.

One application of this mode is networks where only one IP address is assigned to each computer. As a result, you cannot assign an address to the virtual machine. But with this feature, you can easily connect to the network.

Security is another benefit of NAT. Because you see others but others do not have access to you.

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