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Physical machine: Mac Mini running OSX 10.7.5
Virtual machine: Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon 64-bit
Using VirtualBox.

I am trying to make the linux connect to the internet. For some reason I can access the host computer with Its set up to show me a web-page that says "It works". This I can see from the linux. But I cannot reach anything on the internet. Either FireFox says "Unable to connect" or when I run nslookup I get connection timed out; no servers could be reached.

My setting on VirtualBox under the Network tab are:

  • Bridge Adapter
  • vnic0
  • promiscouos Mode:Allow All`.
  • If it makes a difference, the host has a WiFi connection to the home router.

What have I missed?

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If you just want to connect to the Internet from within the VM, just use NAT rather than a bridge.

For more VirtualBox networking info, see

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Thanks, for those with the same problem: NAT works, and also Bridge with WiFi (Airport). The second one works probably because the real connection is through a WiFi connection. – Kahil Oct 30 '13 at 7:45

Or just open the virtual machine, go to Devices → Network, then click Connect network adapter.

If it seems already connected, click again to re-enable.

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