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I am using Vmware fusion, I have installed ESXi as Virtual machine.
I ran the command : Esxcfg-nics -l
It shows that I have Network Adapter 1000Mbps.
I wonder where the network adapter is physically located . Actually I do not see any Network Adapter port (RJ45) on my MacBook, unless if it is a wireless adapter that I cannot see .
Any  explanation will be very much appreciated.

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If yours is a newer MacBook Pro, it will not have an ethernet port as such. Instead, it will have a Thunderbolt port and you will need to buy a Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet Adapter:

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD463ZM/A/thunderbolt-to-gigabit-ethernet-adapter?fnode=5b3abcc454654c56a0e1d775d3d6376db8041083c9ce7e2898d21e1eb184a3ad08b295a0f90c525399dc4295859b551fedf4e344b215f60796dcecee09fa49a6
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the interface you are detecting in the virtual machine is virtual which is mapped to a physical port on your mac.
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The thunderbolt port is a small almost square port with a lightning icon
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forgot the snapshot:
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yes, that's a virtual adapter in the VM!

"mapped to a physical port on the physical hardware"

check the VM settings, for your virtual network to physical hardware mapping!
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JSKFan, as I understand it you do not see a physical RJ45 port on the MacBook. If it is a recent MacBookPro or MacBook Air, there will be NO physical RJ45 port. VM will be mapping ethernet to the Thunderbolt port and if you want to use ethernet you will need to get the adapter I described in my first post.

This has nothing to do with VMWare. You would need the same adapter to connect to thereat directly from the Mac OS.
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Can you tell us exactly what model Mac you have? You can get this information while running the Mac OS by pulling down the Apple menu to About this Mac and hitting More Info. Post a screen shot of the More Info window.
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Here are the ports on recent Macs:

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2494
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If you're getting a connection, you're VM's port is mapped to the Wireless ethernet.  The VM doesn't really care what your external port actually looks like, since the it is all virtual.
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That would help, if I can figure out how to check the specs of my MAC wireless adapter…so that if I find that it is 1000Mbps capacity then that would answer my question
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Your wireless is definitely not 1000 Mbps. That is gigabit Ethernet. What VMware is seeing us the thunderbolt port.
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Your wireless is not 1GBps!

The virtual network adaptor is 1GBps.

It's like in ESXi, the VMXNET3 network adaptor is 10GBps, but you may not have any physical network interfaces which are 10GBps!

It's virtual!

Check the VM settings of the VM.
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It's virtual!

You have no network connection on your thunderbolt port unless you have a network device there.

It will report a 1 Gbps port, but will be restricted to whatever network speeds the real physical adapter can pass.  If you were somehow still using 802.11b, your maximum throughput would be 11 Mbps through that virtual Gig port.  If you have 300 Mbps wireless, that would be your maximum throughput.

You can have a USB2 Gigabit ethernet adapter that will be recognized as 1 Gbps, but will never go above 480 Mbps.
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Thank you Guys
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