I have just learned about bridged mode networking in VMWare and I wonder how is it different from the "bridge" used in physical world networking? According to what I've found myself so far, I guess they are two completely different things.
A network bridge is a layer 2 device that uses the MAC addresses of devices on the network for allowing them to communicate with each other, without the need for defining networks and assigning ip addresses. While the bridged mode networking in hypervisors like VMWare, uses ip addresses and lets the virtual guests stand out as independent nodes on the network as if they are separate physical devices. So I think there's not much similarity between these two, however, I'm still learning and would be happy to know if I'm wrong. The similarity in their namings made me hesitate so I'm asking. Thanks in advance.