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Instant Getting Started with VMware Fusion by Michael Roy

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Network adapters – what's the difference? (Simple)

One of Fusion's core components to make Windows worth using on a Mac is to provide it with some network connectivity. Considering there's only one wireless card on most Macs, with newer Macs having the option of a USB or Thunderbolt adapter for Ethernet, and with older ones that have built-in Ethernet, that network device needs to be shared with Windows, Fusion can't just take it away from the Mac like a USB device.

So, to solve the problem of absolutely needing the network adapter to only be connected to the Mac, the brilliant minds at VMware developed a virtual network adapter. This adapter is treated in Windows the same way as an NIC or network port on a desktop PC.

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