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Linking external Meshnet devices on macOS

Learn how to expand your Meshnet by linking other users' devices on macOS.
Linking a device of another Meshnet user allows for reciprocal access between your devices, which can be limited by setting specific permissions if needed.

Send an invitation from macOS

To add an external device to your Meshnet, invite its owner using their NordVPN account email:
  1. 1.
    In your NordVPN app, go to Meshnet
    > Overview.
  2. 2.
    At the bottom of the Overview page, click Link external device.
    Clicking "Link external device".
  3. 3.
    Enter the email address of the NordVPN user you're inviting to have access to your Meshnet.
    Email address entered in the designated field
  4. 4.
    Select permissions for the other user's device to set the access level you're comfortable with.
    • Allow receiving files: keep this permission selected to allow file sending from the invitee.
    • Allow traffic routing: this permission lets the external device route its internet traffic through your device, using it as a VPN server.
    • Allow local network access: this permission lets the external device access other devices on your local network, such as printers or smart home devices.
    • Allow remote access: keep this permission selected to stay accessible via Meshnet.
  5. 5.
    Select Send invitation.
Once the invitation is accepted, your peer's device will appear in the External devices list.

Optional: Withdraw an invitation

Invitations automatically expire after 72 hours if not canceled earlier.
To withdraw a pending invitation:
  1. 1.
    Go to Meshnet
    > Overview.
  2. 2.
    Select Invitations.
  3. 3.
    Next to the invitation you want to withdraw, select the X button.

Accept an invitation on macOS

To complete the device linking process, the recipient needs to accept the invitation in their NordVPN app.
Caution
Ensure that the invitation you accept is from a user you know and trust. For more information, see How to use Meshnet securely.
If you're on macOS, follow these steps to accept the invite:
  1. 1.
    Open the NordVPN app and go to Meshnet
    > Overview.
  2. 2.
    Select Invitations.
  3. 3.
    Next to the invitation you want to accept, select the checkmark button.
    Received invitation is displayed with the checkmark button highlighted
  4. 4.
    Select permissions for the inviter's device to set the access level you're comfortable with.
    • Allow receiving files: keep this permission selected to allow file sending from the invitee.
    • Allow traffic routing: this permission lets the external device route its internet traffic through your device, using it as a VPN server.
    • Allow local network access: this permission lets the external device access other devices on your local network, such as printers or smart home devices.
    • Allow remote access: keep this permission selected to stay accessible via Meshnet.
  5. 5.
    Select Accept invitation.
After accepting the invitation, your peer's device will appear in the External devices list.
List of external devices, with the newly connected device highlighted
Note
If you have Meshnet on multiple devices, you'll need to individually accept the invitation on each device to link them all.

Checklist for device linking

If the device is not showing up in your External devices list, refer to the following checklist to address common issues:
  • Verify the email address you entered when sending the invitation.
  • Confirm that the recipient has accepted the invitation.
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