Connect to a Windows device

Learn how to access a Windows computer over Meshnet remotely from any platform.

To log in to your Windows PC remotely over Meshnet, enable remote access on your PC and use a remote desktop app on the device you're connecting from.

Before you begin

Make sure that:

  • Both the Windows device you wish to access remotely (remote PC) and the device you're using to connect are linked over Meshnet.

  • Your remote PC is on.

  • Your remote PC runs a Pro edition of Windows 10 or 11.

To check your PC edition
  1. Go to System > About.

  2. Under Windows specifications, look for Edition.

Set up your remote PC for access

Before you can connect to your remote PC, you'll need to enable Remote Desktop on it.

  1. Go to System > Remote Desktop.

  2. Turn on the Remote Desktop toggle.

  3. Select Confirm when prompted.

Finding PC account credentials

When attempting a remote connection to your Windows PC, you will be prompted to enter authentication details. The credentials you must enter depend on the type of Windows account the PC is using.

  • If you're using a Microsoft account, you can use either:

  • If you're using a local Windows account, you need to use the account's username and password.

Tip

To view your Windows account's username, run the following command in PowerShell:

$env:username

Connect to your remote PC

For Windows-only connections, follow these steps on the device you're using to connect:

  1. In the NordVPN app, locate and copy the Nord name or Meshnet IP of the device you want to access.

  2. In the search box on the taskbar, type Remote Desktop Connection and click Remote Desktop Connection.

  3. In the dialog that opens, enter either the Nord name or Meshnet IP of the PC you want to access.

  4. Click Connect.

  5. Enter the following information, and then click OK:

    • Your remote PC account name

    • The password you use to log in to your remote PC

  6. You may receive a warning indicating that the identity of the remote computer cannot be verified. When connecting to a trusted computer, such as one on your Meshnet, click Yes to continue.

Tip

If you don't want to see this dialog in the future, select the Don't ask me again for connections to this computer checkbox.

You should now be able to securely access and control your PC remotely.

Alternative remote desktop tools

If you prefer, you can also use other remote access software like NoMachine or AnyDesk to establish a remote connection between your devices.

Using NoMachine

Connect from Windows, macOS, or Linux using NoMachine

On your local machine:

  1. In the NordVPN app, locate and copy the Nord name or Meshnet IP address of the device you want to access.

  2. Launch NoMachine and select the Add button to create a new connection.

  3. Under Machine address, in the Name field, provide a custom name for the connection.

  4. In the Host field, enter either the Nord name or Meshnet IP of the computer you want to access, and then select Add.

  5. Double-click the newly created connection to initiate the remote connection.

  6. If a warning appears indicating that the host's authenticity cannot be confirmed, select OK to proceed.

  7. Enter your remote desktop credentials and select OK.

    • Username: your remote PC account name

    • Password: the password you use to log in to your remote PC

You should now be able to securely access and control your PC remotely.

Connect from Android or iOS using NoMachine

On your mobile device, perform the following steps to add a remote PC connection:

  1. Open NoMachine and select the Add button in the upper-left corner to create a new connection.

  2. Ensure that NX is selected as the protocol and tap Continue.

  3. In the Host field, enter either the Nord name or Meshnet IP of the computer you want to access, and then select Continue.

  4. Keep the default options for Authentication and Proxy.

  5. Optionally, in the Name field, provide a custom name for the connection and tap Done.

To access your remote PC:

  1. On the NoMachine main screen, double-tap the newly created connection to initiate the remote connection.

  2. If a warning appears indicating that the host's authenticity cannot be confirmed, select OK to proceed.

  3. Enter your remote desktop credentials and select OK.

    • Username: your remote PC account name

    • Password: the password you use to log in to your remote PC

You should now be able to securely access and control your PC remotely.

With these steps completed, you should now be connected to your remote Mac using NoMachine over Meshnet.

Using AnyDesk

For this setup, you won't need remote PC account credentials. Instead, you can use either manual approval on the remote PC or set up a dedicated unattended access password.

Optional: Enable unattended access with AnyDesk

By default, AnyDesk needs manual approval for incoming connections. To bypass this, you can enable the app’s Unattended access feature:

  1. On the remote computer, launch AnyDesk you installed earlier.

  2. In the upper-right corner, click the Main Menu button and select Settings.

  3. From the menu on the left, under Security, select Access.

  4. Under Unattended access, select Set password.

  5. Enter and confirm a secure password that will be used for authentication, and then click Apply.

After applying the changes, connect to the device without manual approval by following the platform-specific instructions below.

Connect from Windows, macOS, or Linux using AnyDesk

On your local machine:

  1. In the NordVPN app, locate and copy the Nord name or Meshnet IP address of the device you want to access.

  2. Launch AnyDesk you installed earlier.

  3. In the remote address field at the top, enter either the Nord name or the Meshnet IP address of the remote PC and click Connect.

If you set up an unattended password on the remote PC:

  1. In the Authorization dialog that appears, enter the password you created for unattended access on the remote PC and click OK.

  2. Optionally, you can select the Log in automatically from now on checkbox to avoid entering the password again for subsequent connections.

If you haven't set up an unattended password, wait for the user at the remote device to accept the connection request manually.

Connect from iOS or Android using AnyDesk

On your mobile device:

  1. Open AnyDesk you installed earlier.

  2. In the remote address field, paste either the Nord name or the Meshnet IP address of the remote PC and tap the arrow button to connect.

If you set up an unattended password on the remote PC:

  1. Optionally, you can select the Log in automatically from now on checkbox to avoid entering the password again for subsequent connections.

If you haven't set up an unattended password, wait for the user at the remote device to accept the connection request manually.

With these steps completed, you should now be connected to your remote Mac using AnyDesk over Meshnet.

Checklist for a successful connection

If you encounter issues while attempting to connect, check that:

See also

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