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How can I use my Wireless connection for Backtrack 5 using VMware??

By cyberghost_1 ·
My Q is this: I have Backtrack 5 and I want to be able to connect wirelessly using VMware. If I boot directly to my Backtrack USB my wireless works fine... but not if I use Backtrack 5 thru VMware... I heard that only Wireless USB adapters work with VMware...is that the only way?? Is that accurate?? I would really appreciate any and all help so I can use my wireless in Backtrack thru VMware... BTW my WiFi adapter is a Broadcom 802.11 b/g 43xx... my Compaq Netbook Mini is running Windows 7 Ultimate SP1... 2 GB DDR2-800... Intel ATOM N270 @ 1.60 GHz 1.60 GHz... VMware v7.1.4... and Backtrack v5 ISO... Thanks and pls help me ASAP...

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try this

by markp24 In reply to How can I use my Wireless ...

Have you tried this command in a terminal as root?
/etc/init.d/wicd start

or
/etc/init.d/networking start


if not check this post out

http://www.backtrack-linux.org/forums/backtrack-howtos/209-how-start-networking-backtrack.html
and this video
http://revision3.com/hak5/thereisapoint

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by markp24 In reply to try this

did you get this working? if so did any of our suggestions help?

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by cyberghost_1 In reply to try this

Sorry nothing helped... since I'm trying to use my integrated Wireless Adapter... thx though...

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Depends on what you want to do

by Spitfire_Sysop In reply to How can I use my Wireless ...

I think it would be more trouble than it is worth. Plus BT is a live CD so why on earth would you run it virtualized? There are certain features that need special drivers for direct hardware access. This will be unreasonable to accomodate through an extra virtualized hardware abstraction layer.

I'm not saying it's impossible but it may not be possible without writing your own drivers.

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by M.A.S. Matrix In reply to Depends on what you want ...

There are several reasons to run BT using virtualization. One is pen testing multiple platforms. It's much easier to accomplish without having to have several different physical systems.

As to your question about wireless....VMWare only picks up my USB wireless and if you are running the same set up, you can airmon-ng to see your wireless USB. My setting is bridged. Now, for your built in wireless, BT and VMware can use it but it shows up as a wired network. You have to set your settings for network in VMware to NAT and once in BT run 'start networking' from the cli. After that, you can verify that your "wired" network is up and running by typing 'ifconfig' and look for eth0. This will be your wireless networking showing up as a wired network.

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by cyberghost_1 In reply to Depends on what you want ...

So what ur saying is that Backtrack in VMware shows my WLAN as "wired" i.e. Eth0... and thats in NAT mode right??? So how do I get it to work with Airmon-ng and the rest of the suite??? So I can scan wireless networks???

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by seanferd In reply to Depends on what you want ...

M.A.S. Matrix just told you how. Did you try it?

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