Routing traffic from macOS

Learn how to handle Meshnet's traffic routing feature on macOS.

Before you begin

To start using traffic routing, make sure that the device you want to route traffic through meets the following criteria:
  • The NordVPN app is running, and the Meshnet feature is enabled in the app.
  • The device is connected to your Meshnet.
  • The Traffic routing through your device permission is granted for your client device. To learn more, see Traffic routing permissions.
You can add devices to your Meshnet in two ways, depending on device ownership:

Start routing traffic

You can use the following two methods to start a traffic routing connection on macOS.

Method 1: From the Meshnet tab

To start routing traffic from the Meshnet tab, follow these steps:
  1. 1.
    Open NordVPN and select the Meshnet menu.
  2. 2.
    Find the device that you want to use as a host and click Route all traffic.
    Clicking the "Route all traffic" button.
Upon connecting, the Route all traffic label will change to Stop routing traffic.

Method 2: From the main screen

To initiate a routing connection from the main screen:
  1. 1.
    Open the NordVPN app.
  2. 2.
    In the connection menu, find the Devices in Meshnet section.
  3. 3.
    Select the More button next to Your devices or External devices, and click the device that you want to route traffic through.
    Starting traffic routing through a peer device.
Once connected, you will see the host device’s Nord name on the main application page.
Nord name of the traffic routing host

Stop routing traffic

To stop traffic routing, you can use any of the following methods:
  • Click the Disconnect button on the main application page.
    Disconnect button highlighted.
  • Click Stop routing traffic under the host device name on the Meshnet menu.
    Stop routing button highlighted next to a Meshnet peer device.
Connection pause is currently not available while routing traffic through a Meshnet peer device.
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