Can I add a wifi adapter to a juniper olive or vMX vm so it thinks its a regular Ethernet adapter?

Edit: I would like to do this:

  • have a junos Olive/vMX VM running on an esxi host
  • connect a wifi adapter to the host and use pass through to the VM
  • is there some way for the junos VM to see the wifi adapter as a rotatable interface?

Olive runs on freebsd which would have the drivers for the adapter so at least the underlying OS would see it. Is there a way for the virtual router to see that wifi adapter as an interface?

  • This question doesn't make much sense as written. In what way does Juniper Olive think, or should think, it is any sort of ethernet adapter, real or otherwise? Wi-Fi is not ethernet; those are two different protocols. – Ron Maupin May 29 '16 at 0:12
  • This is actually an "ESXi" question rather than a network engineering question. It really doesn't matter whether you run Olive in the VM or Linux or Windows or anything else. The question should be "can I add a wireless network adapter to an ESXi host?" The answer is probably "no, because there are no wifi adapters on the HCL ( vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php )" - but you're better off asking on a different site. – RobinG Jul 28 '16 at 12:44
  • Unfortunately, questions about VM configurations are off-topic here. – Ron Maupin Aug 27 '16 at 15:55

Fooling a router OS to think that one sort of network is a different sort of network will lead to failure. A router needs to build the frame encapsulation for packets leaving through an interface. An ethernet frame is fundamentally different than a Wi-Fi frame. If you somehow manage to send an ethernet frame through a Wi-Fi adapter, none of the WAPs or Wi-Fi clients will understand it.

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