Using a Wireless NIC from a Backtrack VMWare Guest

Posted by : Rob Stevens | Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | Published in

To use a wireless adapter from within a BackTrack (or indeed any other) virtual machine using VMware Workstation, get a USB wireless adapter and once inserted go to VM > Removable devices > USB > Your USB Wireless Device. Bingo. Guest machine drivers permitting, you now have a wireless card in your virtual machine. I'm pretty sure this solution would work with the vast majority of the virtualization platforms out there.

Whilst the above solution seems to be immediately obvious, it's not. Once the idea clicked I was kicking myself for not thinking of it sooner, but I had previously spent about an hour and a half Googling for a solution with little success. Clearly I'm not going to be the first person to have come up with this, but I failed to find it documented anywhere and I hope this post saves someone the same head scratching ;)

Now to play with all those wireless pen-testing toys :)