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I'm currently playing with VMware Fusion on Mac OS X 10.6 with an Ubuntu Server 9.10 as guest OS. VMware is configured for bridged networking (automatic detection). But there is no internet access and I cannot find the bridged adapter in my wifi.

Does anyone know how to set up a bridged network?

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When your you click Virtual Machine > Network Adapter do you see check marks next to: "Network Adapter: Connected" and "Bridged"? When you say you can't find the bridged adapter in your wifi do you mean on your mac? – Dave Holland Jan 6 '10 at 3:55
Yes it is "Connected" and "Bridged". I didn't find the network adapter in the OS and in the wifi itself. Must the adapter be installed in Mac OS X? – Bernd Jan 6 '10 at 11:48

You'll need to use NAT on a WiFi adapter, you can't used a bridged interface unless your WiFi access point is configured for open access (i.e. not WEP, WPA, WPA2, etc.).

Remember that in WiFi the adapter goes through different phases to negotiate authentication, association, and encryption between the access point and the client. The MAC address of the client is an integral part of that process so simply adding a new MAC address to the client through bridging doesn't automatically start that process again with the additional MAC.

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Bridged networking on wifi works in Parallels. – Tim Coker Feb 26 '13 at 18:52

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