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Linking external Meshnet devices on Windows

Learn how to expand your Meshnet by linking other users' devices on Windows.
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 Windows

To add an external device to your Meshnet, invite its owner using their NordVPN account email:
  1. 1.
    Go to Meshnet
    and click Link devices.
    "Link devices" card highlighted
  2. 2.
    In the menu that opens, click Link external device.
    Clicking the "Link external device" button
  3. 3.
    Enter the email address of the NordVPN user you're inviting to access your Meshent device.
    Email address input shown 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.
    On the Meshnet
    tab, navigate to Link Devices > Sent Invitations.
  2. 2.
    Next to the invitation you want to withdraw, select Cancel.

Accept an invitation on Windows

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 Windows, follow these steps to accept the invite:
  1. 1.
    Open the NordVPN app and go to Meshnet
    .
  2. 2.
    Navigate to Link devices > Received invitations.
  3. 3.
    Next to the invitation you want to accept, select Respond.
    Showing the Respond 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 and link device.
    Showing the Accept and link device button highlighted
After accepting the invitation, your peer's device will appear in the External devices list.
Newly linked device displayed in the External devices list
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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