You can use the advanced virtual network adapter settings to limit the bandwidth, specify the acceptable packet loss percentage, and create network latency for incoming and outgoing data transfers for a virtual machine.

The advanced virtual network adapter settings allow you to simulate a network environment that differs from your own.

To configure advanced virtual network adapter settings for a selected virtual machine, select Virtual Machine > Virtual Machine Settings, click the Hardware tab, select the virtual network adapter, and click Advanced.

Table 1. Virtual Network Adapter Advanced Settings

Setting

Description

Bandwidth and Kbps

To limit incoming or outgoing data transfers to the data transfer rate for a specific network connection type, select the network connection type from the Bandwidth drop-down menu. The value in the Kbps text box changes to the data transfer rate, in kilobits per second, of the network connection type that you select. For example, if you select Leased Line T1 (1.544 Mbps), the value in the Kbps text box changes to 1544.

To limit incoming or outgoing data transfers to a specific data transfer rate, select Custom and type the data transfer rate in kilobits per second in the Kbps text box.

The default bandwidth setting for both incoming and outgoing data transfers is Unlimited.

Packet Loss (%)

The acceptable packet loss percentage for incoming or outgoing data transfers. The default setting is 0.0%.

Latency (ms)

To simulate network latency for incoming and outgoing data transfers, set the number of milliseconds (ms) of latency. The latency range is 0 to 2,000 ms.

Note:

Expect actual network latency to be up to 10 ms above the number you set. For example, if you set latency at 200 ms, expect the actual latency to be between 200 to 210 ms.

MAC Address

To assign a new MAC address to the network adapter, either type a new address in this text box or click Generate to have Workstation Player generate a new address.