How do I connect a guest computer on VMWare to he Internet using a PPPoE connection through a host with a wireless connection?

Posted on 2008-10-30
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
The title pretty much explains it, but I'll go on with the details. I have VMWare Workstation installed on a Windows XP MCE SP3 machine. It was connected to the Internet through a bridged router, and DSL modem. Setting up the VM, a Windows XP Professional SP3, to connect via a PPPoE connection like the host machine, worked flawlessly. Now I have the host machine connected to the router via a wireless connection. The guest machine ceased to be able to connect to the Internet (or to the router either for that matter) using a PPPoE connection. I've tried setting the VM to use a NAT connection, but to no avail.
Is there a way to get the VM to connect (preferably via PPPoE) to the Internet or at least to the router as than, I'll have other options to deal with)? Or is there something I'm doing wrong?

Any help will be appreciated.
I've attached the vmx file.

Thank you,
Question by:Arjn143
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by:Luciano Patrão
ID: 22852793

I never tried to use PPPoE in a VM, or in the host. So i am just assuming...

I think you need to have the host connected to the internet(PPPoE), and then in the VM use the host as gateway. Using briged in the VMware configuration(vm network) i think will do the trick.

Just like a simple network configuration.

But if do not want to use this, or just dont work. Just configure the vm network with the host. And test ping etc., then access(run)  the PPPoE connection from the VM



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ID: 22869632
Hi BestWay,

Thanks for your reply.

I've tried a bridged connection, as well as a NAT connection, but it doesn't seem to do the trick.
I could just as easily set my router to connect to my modem via a PPPoE connection (as I had it a while ago) and have my host AND guest connect to the router (host through wireless, and guest somehow through ethernet - as it shows in my DHCP listings in the router's setup pages), but than lose the ability to have unique public IPs for my machines (virtual or not). This isn't exactly what I want, however. Yes, I would have access to the Internet through each of my systems (there are two physical computers connected to the router, one wireless, one ethernet, and the virtual machine running on the wirelessly connected computer). Unfortunately, it would give me private LAN IPs (eg. which isn't going to help in my situation.

I'm not sure if I clarified it, or made it more confusing, but I'm sure someone could figure something out. :P

Thanks again,
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by:Luciano Patrão
ID: 22869802

Like i said, i never tried with PPPoE, only LAN or Cable, ADSL

But do you want to have your PPPoE IP in the VM? When connecting to Internet?


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I'd simply like to connect to the Internet on my Virtual Machine while the host computer is connected wirelesslyto a bridged router using a PPPoE connection. I was hoping that once i start up my VM, I could just dial into the network using PPPoE like I normally did when the host machine was connected to the router via Ethernet.
This way, the VM gets it's own public IP (rather than the private one I'd get on the VM and host if I connect the router and modem through a PPPoE connection (unbridged)).. As of now, it's not even a priority to get the VM it's own public IP - just connecting to the Internet would be fine (without having to unbridge my router and modem).
On another note, I did manage to connect the VM to the private network and access my router's setup page (hence a working connection to the network) by turning on Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) on the host machine's wireless connection. Seemed to work that much, but that's it. Also, I tried doing the same thing for the actual PPPoE connection with hopes that the VM would pick it up, but to no unexpected avail.

Any other ideas?

Thanks a lot,

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Thanks anyway for your help!

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