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Getting Started with Oracle VM VirtualBox by Pradyumna Dash

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Chapter 5. Virtual Networking

This chapter provides detailed information on the different networking options available in VirtualBox and how they work.

Virtual networking hardware

Up to eight virtual PCI Ethernet cards are supported in VirtualBox in each guest VM. Out of the eight virtual Ethernet cards, four of them can be configured in the Network section of the Settings dialog in the VirtualBox GUI.

VirtualBox can virtualize six types of networking hardware, listed as follows:

  • AMD PCNet FAST III (Am79C973, which is the default)
  • AMD PCNet PCI II (Am79C970A)
  • Intel PRO/1000 MT Server (82545EM)
  • Intel PRO/1000 T Server (82543GC)
  • Intel PRO/1000 MT Desktop (82540EM)
  • Paravirtualized network adapter (virtio-net)

AMD PCNet FAST III is the default hardware because ...

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