Traffic routing permissions
Learn the functionality of the traffic routing permission and how to manage it in the Meshnet permission menu.
This article covers Meshnet’s traffic routing permission, how the feature works, and its limitations. Additionally, the article describes how to configure the traffic routing permission for each individual peer device in your Meshnet.
The traffic routing feature allows you to route internet traffic through compatible devices on your Meshnet. Traffic routing is only possible through Meshnet devices running on:
When the traffic routing permission is enabled, your Meshnet peers are allowed to route all of their internet traffic through your device. In essence, your device can act as a VPN server for your fellow user.
Figure 1. Traffic routing flow
As illustrated in Figure 1, a mobile device routes traffic via a home computer and accesses the internet using the PC's public IP.
With the traffic routing permission disabled, the peer cannot route their internet traffic through your device. Additionally, your device does not appear in the list of available host devices for traffic routing, even if it is capable of acting as a host.
If you want to change the status of the traffic routing permission, you can do so for each device individually. The Meshnet permission view also indicates whether your peer has enabled or disabled the permission for your device:
Use traffic routing only with trusted devices to avoid potential misuse, as your browsing activity can be monitored on the device you are routing through.
To manage the traffic routing permission, proceed with the following instructions:
- 2.On the left-side menu, select the Meshnettab.
- 3.Click the device that you want to alter the permissions for.
- 4.Under Traffic routing permissions, turn on or off the Traffic routing through your device toggle.
- 2.On the left-side menu, select Meshnet.
- 3.Click the More button next to the device that you want to alter the permissions for.
- 4.Select the Don't allow traffic routing through your device or the Allow traffic routing through your device option.
If you're using the App Store version of the app, the traffic routing permission will not be visible because this version does not support traffic routing.
- 1.Open the terminal.
- 2.Run the following command to list all of your Meshnet peers:nordvpn meshnet peer list
- 3.Note the Nord name of the peer you want to alter permissions for.
- 4.To either allow or disable the permission, use one of the following commands, replacing
<NordName>with the peer’s Nord name or Meshnet IP:nordvpn meshnet peer routing allow <NordName>nordvpn meshnet peer routing deny <NordName>
If someone is routing their traffic via your device, you can see this information under their device name on the Meshnet page of your NordVPN application on Windows and macOS.
On Linux, currently, you can only check if traffic routing is allowed for any of the connected devices. To do this, run the following command:
nordvpn meshnet peer list