Ticket #1112 (closed enhancement: fixed)

Opened 10 years ago

Last modified 9 years ago

Bridge Networking is too difficult to implement

Reported by: ToddAndMargo Owned by:
Priority: major Component: network
Version: VirtualBox 1.5.4 Keywords: Bridge
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: other


Hi All,

First off, I do not need help with bridge networking: I figured it out. It took me six months, but I figured it out.

Which brings me to the problem: “Bridge Networking” is too difficult to implement. The “Developers” need to come up with a method of implementing Bridge Networking that is no more difficult to implement than any of the other networking options.

VM Ware can do it. Buggy, miserable Parallels for Linux can do it. There is no reason why it can not be done in Virtual Box.

Other than that, Virtual Box is a fantastic piece of code!

Many thanks, -T

Change History

comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by markba

I second this. It didn't took me 6 month, but I also invested a considerable amount of time.

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by frank

  • Component changed from other to network

comment:3 Changed 10 years ago by lefnire

I agree. As a developer, I should take the time to master this kinda stuff. However, grinding my gears over the last few days & I just tossed in the towel. I'm going back to VMware, I'll check back on VirtualBox later.

comment:4 Changed 10 years ago by wasabi

Just wanted to add my implementation suggestions.

Right now it's hard because VirtualBox doesn't actually implement it. It relies on the kernel's support for tap devices, and the amazing stuff you an do with that: briding included.

The *real* problem, the one that should be fixed, is that it's hard to create a bridge interface on the Gnome and/or KDE desktop. This should be made easier. If it is, adding functionality to vbox becomes a non-issue.

Network-manager should be able to configure new tap and bridge devices in some fashion through PolicyKit. If you solve this, you remove any need for vbox to do anything.

comment:5 Changed 9 years ago by frank

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to fixed

VBox 2.1.0 changes the host networking completely. You can now directly attach to an host interface.

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