I have 2 vmware guest images (redhat, centos) running on a windows 7 host. Both guests are set up for bridged. I initially noticed intermitted issues with the network where sometimes http requests would fail when issued from the hosts browser to the guest OSs apache. Then I did some tests with ping and in a batch of four ping requests, on average 2 would succeed and 2 would time out.
I'm wondering what the most likely source of these issues is. The bridged networking is conncted through my cable modem. Do the ping requests from the host to the guest go through the cable company's network even though both OSs reside on the same physical machine?