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We are working on a very old Windows machine that is connected to a secure private LAN network cable (sadly, it is not accessible through other common conventional methods) and we are unable to get access any other way except through the machine.

A colleague has suggested using VirtualBox, he suggests to make the VirtualBox listen to the network cable AND use our wifi but have a priority between the two, or at the very least have the ability to work on both networks.

Sadly, I know very little about VirtualBox, NAT or networks, according to some light reading I think he means bridging but I am not sure.


With bridged networking, VirtualBox uses a device driver on your host system that filters data from your physical network adapter. This driver is therefore called a "net filter" driver. This allows VirtualBox to intercept data from the physical network and inject data into it, effectively creating a new network interface in software. From: http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch06.html#network_bridged

I am wondering if someone can help; is it possible to prioritise network cable over wifi, or make it so that we can connect both the WIFI and network cable to VirtualBox?


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We will be connecting both WIFI and the network cable to the VirtualBox –  user273192 Nov 11 '13 at 14:26
"LAN network cable (sadly, it is not accessible through other common conventional methods)" That is a VERY conventional method. –  Ecnerwal Nov 12 '13 at 2:37

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