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1. Option

Options are:
-net nic -net tap,ifname=my-tap
Use ifname to set a name of Tap.
my-tap is the name of my TAP-Win32 Adapter.

2. Network card

NE2000 PCI, RTL8139, PCNET and NE2000 ISA cards are available for the network card.
-net nic,model is used to set the model. See here.

-net nic -net tap,ifname=my-tap
-net nic,model=rtl8139 -net tap,ifname=my-tap
-net nic,model=pcnet -net tap,ifname=my-tap
-M isapc -net nic -net tap,ifname=my-tap

3. Installing a Tap adapter

Please use a OpenVPN ver.2.0 from OpenVPN. It supports on Windows 2000/XP. Windows 98/Me are not supported. name is a name of connection of TAP-Win32 Adapter V8 in Network and Dial-up connections in control panel. Please rename it if it is Local Area Connection 2 or 3.
You can also see it like this.

[Dos Prompt] openvpn --show-adapters
Available TAP-WIN32 adapters [name, GUID]:
'my-tap' {xxx-yyy-zzz}

Then set IP address from property of my-tap.

Don't use the same network address as a physical network!
For example, if the physical network is 192.168.0.x, use different IP address 192.168.200.y for TAP-Win32 Adapter.

4. Connection between a host OS and a guest OS

Then use :

[Dos Prompt] qemu.exe -L .\pc-bios -hda .\linux.img -net nic -net tap,ifname=my-tap

You can see a icon in task bar like this but it will disapear when you use a tap device.

At this time, you can see a network configuration of your host OS (Windows 2000/XP) by ipconfig /all.

When you use a linux guest, type:

guest OS# modprobe ne2k-pci
guest OS# ifconfig eth0
guest OS# route add default gw eth0

guest OS$ ping

You can use ping from the host OS.

host OS$ ping

You can enable/disable the Tap Adapter. Right-click on the Tap icon and select enable/disable. It isn't necessary to reboot your PC. Please enable before you start the program.

5. Connection to the Internet when a host OS is Windows 2000

If you use Windows 2000 as a host OS, it is difficult a little to see the Internet. It is easier on Windows XP. Use Internet Connection Sharing(ICS).

When you use ICS, an IP address of Tap is forced to If you use a router in a real network and use as the router's address, you can not use the network. Please set the router to use and 192.168.1.x as a network.

Then right-click on a real network adapter and select property. Select sharing and check to use ICS. Then push OK. The IP address of Tap adapter is set to

Set an IP address of the guest OS to You can ping to guest OS and host OS. Then set DNS server's address in the guest OS, you can browse the Internet.

6. Using Tap with VLAN

Use one Tap for Win32 Adapter and two guest OSes.

     Redhat1  NE2000 ----------- Host TAP --------- Host NIC -------- Router------ Internet       |
                          |      (fixed)                            (DNS server)
               Redhat2 NE2000
It is necessary to set ICS to browse the Internet. See above. IP address of Tap for Win32 is fixed to

Command line options are:
term1$ qemu -L ./pc-bios -hda redhat1.img -net nic -net tap,ifname=my-tap
                  -net socket,listen=localhost:1234
term2$ qemu -L ./pc-bios -hda redhat2.img -net nic,macaddr=52:54:00:12:34:01
                  -net socket,connect=localhost:1234
It is necessary to set macaddr for the second OS.

Setting on guest OSes:
Linux guest
Redhat1 guest> ifconfig eth0
Redhat1 guest> route add default gw eth0

Redaht2 guest> ifconfig eth0
Redhat3 guest> route add default gw eth0
And set DNS servers to /etc/resolv.conf for each guest OS.
Windows 98 guest
Go to Control Panel -> Network
TCP/IP->Realtek RTL8029(AS) PCI Ethernet NIC -> Property
IP Address -> &
Gateway -> -> Add
DNS -> Use DNS -> Host name -> DNS server) -> Add

ping, ssh, telnet works fine.
lynx also works fine.

7. Notes

When I use ZoneAlarm, ping doesn't work. A firewall software may block network packets.
Don't use the same network address as the physical network!
For example, if the physical network is 192.168.0.x, use different network 192.168.10.y.