Can we use PCI wifi within a VirtualBox guest

A common question for most new comers to Kali Linux is “Can we use the laptop’s internal Wifi card while running Kali Linux inside a Virtual Box”

The answer is No. 

The internal Wifi Adapter of the laptop is a PCI device. By design, VirtualBox will virtualise every PCI device attached to the VM. Kali inside a VM would not see the internal Wifi Card as a Wife Adapter, rather it would see it as an ethernet adapter. Though it would have full internet access, it would not be possible to place the wifi into monitor mode or perform packet injection.


Solution – 

  1. Perform a dual boot with Kali running natively on your bare metal
  2. Provide a physical interface – an external USB Wifi adapter. 

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