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Using WiFi in a Virtual Machine

Parallels Desktop provides you with an opportunity to connect your virtual machine to a wireless network.

Using the Bridged Ethernet mode, you can set up a WiFi connection and access the Internet wirelessly. When operating in this mode, your virtual machine appears on the network as a stand-alone computer with its own IP address and network name.

To configure your virtual machine to access the Internet through WiFi:

  1. Choose Configure from the Virtual Machine menu to open the Virtual Machine Configuration dialog.
  2. Select Network Adapter in the Hardware list.
  3. In the Network Adapter pane, make sure that the Enabled, Connected and Bridged Ethernet options are selected.
  4. In the Bridged Ethernet drop-down list, choose AirPort.
  5. Click OK.

After you perform these steps, your virtual machine will be able to connect to the Internet through the AirPort adapter of your Mac.

Note: If the WiFi bridging does not work in your virtual machine, try to enable the Send the host's MAC address to DHCP server option in the Network Adapter pane to ensure that the virtual machine gets a valid IP address from the WiFi access point for accessing the Internet.

If you cannot configure your virtual machine to function in the Bridged Ethernet mode, you can consider using another networking mode: Shared Networking or Host-Only Networking.

For the information about troubleshooting networking problems, refer to the Parallels knowledge base available at the Parallels website.

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