Basically, I want to be able to connect to a wireless network from my laptop. Then, I want my virtual machine to acquire internet access via a bridged connection from ETH0 of the VM to the host’s primary wireless adapter.I have already successfully accomplished this much.

Now, I have eth1 configured as a DHCP server on the virtual machine (aka DEBIAN Router). Currently, I have this bridged to the physical 10/100 nic on my laptop (for now, Ill address the wifi part of this connection later). The NIC itself obtains IP from the VM, which is fine, i assume. I connected my netbook to the physical 10/100 port; it receives an IP address from ETH1 just fine, but fails to connect to the internet. I have ip forwarding enabled, but don't know how to route internet requests outside of the LAN the VM is hosting, to the WAN the laptops physical wifi nic is connected to.

I can access the virtual machines web server, but no resources outside of the virtual LAN. So this is where I am stuck. In the end, I want to configure a second wireless NIC on the Host machine as “virtual access point”, not ad-hoc. A client computer will see the virtual ap listed in wireless connections as a standard wireless router, connect to it, and be online. My ultimate goal is to set up traffic analyzing for any clients connected through the “virtual access point” by routing all wireless traffic connected to the second wifi nic, through the internet connection of the primary wireless connection on the host machine.

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Use the route command in your VM - eg, check out man route.


You need to set up ip masquerading.

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