How to connect wireless network adapter to VMWare workstation?

Change your network adapter to a bridged connection, this will directly connect to your computers physical network.

  1. Add a local loop network in your normal PC (search google how to)
  2. Click start -> type "ncpa.cpl" hit enter to open network connections.
  3. While pressing Ctrl key, select both your wireless and recently created local loop network. right click on it and create the bridge.
  4. Now in virtual network editor in vmware, select the network with type "Bridged" and change Bridged to option to the recently created bridge.

You will then have access to network via wifi card.

Workstation doesn't have a wireless NIC type, so direct wireless hardware access is out. If you just want to access through the extant host wireless connection, bridging is your answer.

I think the only way to get a wireless NIC dedicated to the VM would be using a USB wireless NIC as a USB-passthrough device on the VM. When you have Workstation running and a USB device plugged in, it should give you an option to change whether that device is connected to the host or to the VM.