host only adapter vs. bridged adapter

This page :

covers the virtualbox networking quite well.

NAT – Your host will act as a router (firewall) and your hosts will be on a private subnet. Use this if you are not running servers on the guests.

Bridged – Your guests will get a ip address on the same subnet as your host. Use this if you are running servers on the guest and wish to connect from other computers on the LAN.

Host Only – Sort of a hybrid. As the name implies, with this option you can connect to the guest servers from the host only. Use this for “private” (host only) servers. I use this if I am running a test web server.

To make a long story short, assuming you have a router, I would use bridged networking

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