Routing traffic from Windows

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

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 Windows.

Method 1: From the Dashboard tab

To start routing traffic from the Dashboard tab, follow these steps:

  1. Under VPN, expand the More connection options menu.

  2. Locate the Devices in Meshnet section.

  3. Click the device that you want to route traffic through.


If you see "No permission" under the desired device, ensure that the peer device has granted your device the traffic routing permissions.


When routing traffic for the first time, you will receive a prompt detailing the caveats of traffic routing. Read this information and click Continue to proceed with the connection.

Upon establishing the connection, a green indicator will appear on the left of the host device's icon.

Method 2: From the device management screen

To initiate a routing connection from the device management screen:

  1. Next to the device that you want to route traffic through, click the three-dot menu and select Manage device.

  2. Under Traffic routing permissions, click Route all traffic.


If the Route all traffic button is greyed out, ensure that the peer device is active and has granted your device the traffic routing permissions.

Check connection details


An example of how to use the custom DNS functionality is available in the How to set up your network protection with Pi-hole article.

Stop routing traffic

To stop traffic routing, you can use the following methods:

  • Click the Stop routing button on the device management screen.


Connection pause is currently not available while routing traffic through a Meshnet peer device.

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