Can I connect my host OS to LAN and guest OS to 3G dongle

Posted on 2011-03-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-11

i am wondering whether can i connect my host OS which is window 7 on LAN and then i have the ubuntu as a guest OS on virtual box to my 3G dongle? if yes, how.

thank you
Question by:gagajanice
  • 3
  • 3
LVL 12

Expert Comment

ID: 35187818
If it is some sort of VMware just plug it in the box when you have booted up the OS you want and then it should pick it up as a USB device. Let me know how it turns out

Expert Comment

ID: 35188654
Yes you can. With VirtualBox/Hyper-V/Virtual PC/VMWare you can specify which USB devices are seen by the host, and which by the guest

So your internal NIC will be seen by the host automatically, and you simply select to move the USB 3G dongle over to your guest

Author Comment

ID: 35205333
hi FireW0lf,

how to specify which USB devices are seen by the host and which by the guest?
i am using oracle VM VirtualBox and my guest os is ubuntu 10.04

Networking for the Cloud Era

Join Microsoft and Riverbed for a discussion and demonstration of enhancements to SteelConnect:
-One-click orchestration and cloud connectivity in Azure environments
-Tight integration of SD-WAN and WAN optimization capabilities
-Scalability and resiliency equal to a data center


Author Comment

ID: 35205338
i would appreciate if you can provide me the steps. thank you

Expert Comment

ID: 35205356
Install the Guest Additions in the VM, and enable USB support in the main menu on the host.

Also, make sure the drivers for your 3G dongle are installed on the host, since it needs them to recognise it and pass it through to the VM. Then of course you need to install the drivers on your VM too

Author Comment

ID: 35205388
may i know what do you mean by enable usb support in the main menu on the host?
my host is window 7.
i already install the guest addition.

Accepted Solution

FireW0lf earned 500 total points
ID: 35205488
Go to the VirtualBox main menu, Settings - you have USB Support and Extended USB Support - enable them

Featured Post

Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Error installing Windows Installer 3.1 10 1,717
How to replace corrupted spoolersv 7 95
enable S.M.A.R.T. on Lenovo IdeaPad 5 107
Utilities to reset local Win 7 passwords 21 151
My purpose is to describe the basic concepts of virtual memory as implemented in a modern Windows-based operating system. I will also describe the problems inherent in older systems and how virtual memory solves them. The dark ages - before virtu…
Introduction: I have always been a big fan of Windows but my liking towards it is slowly being eroded by the variety of other Applications that I encounter, when I browse the Web. Most of the software available is free and maybe Open Source too. …
Windows 8 comes with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from the new interface is a Start button and Start Menu. Many users do not like it, much preferring the interface of earlier versions — Windows 7, Windows X…
With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing a Get Windows 10 icon into the notification area (system tray) of qualifying computers. There are many reasons for wanting to remove this icon. This two-part Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial s…

820 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question