What is Meshnet?
To fully understand Meshnet traffic routing, we first need to understand what Meshnet is and how it works.
NordVPN’s Meshnet allows you to pair up with another consenting NordVPN user and form an encrypted network. When paired and connected, the Meshnet devices will treat each other like members of a shared private network (much like all of the devices on your home WiFi network, for example). The difference is that these devices can make this connection even if they’re thousands of miles apart!
These encrypted remote private networks open up all sorts of interesting possibilities, and one of them is traffic routing.
What is Meshnet traffic routing?
Once you’re connected to a Meshnet network, you can also choose to route your traffic through any of the devices on that network as though it was a NordVPN server. Your connection is encrypted just like it is when connecting to a NordVPN server, but you access the internet from the other NordVPN user’s device under their IP address.
What can Meshnet traffic routing be used for?
Meshnet traffic routing can be used for all sorts of interesting use cases based on the user’s needs and technical knowledge:
- Content access: If you or your friend use any service that provides access based on your IP address, you can share traffic routing capabilities to access each other’s services.
- Private servers: With your own remote server as a Meshnet device, you unlock lots of interesting uses with and without traffic routing:
- Your own VPN: With a private server, you can control both endpoints of your own VPN connection. The advantage would be total control over your traffic and the ability to use a dedicated IP address that belongs to you. The drawback is that you would no longer be using NordVPN servers, which are configured and maintained by cybersecurity professionals to ensure the utmost security. A dedicated IP address would also make it difficult to maintain privacy online.
- Private monitoring: NordVPN’s servers have a guaranteed no-logs policy, but private server owners are free to implement such capabilities on their own private servers. We are against invasions of privacy, but some other applications might include videogame footage collection, traffic statistics monitoring, and other more technical applications.
How to use Meshnet traffic routing
Right now, NordVPN’s Meshnet traffic routing only works on Windows and Linux, but we’re working on expanding this functionality to other platforms.
Here’s how to turn traffic routing on:
- Log in to your NordVPN app and select the Meshnet feature.
- Link devices to Meshnet by enabling Meshnet on your other devices or by sending invitations to other NordVPN users (for more specific instructions, check out our Meshnet setup instructions for various platforms. We also have a separate post on using Meshnet on Linux).
- Connect to Meshnet devices by selecting them from the connection panel the way you’d select any other NordVPN server.
If you’re having trouble connecting, contact our expert customer support team and they’ll hello you out.
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