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Ever wondered how to securely access your Local Area Network (LAN) devices from anywhere?
Meshnet is a NordVPN service that lets you connect to your devices from anywhere. It creates a secure private network so your devices can communicate as long as you have an internet connection. All devices on your private network are given a unique IP address and hostname.
Here’s how to get started.
Why use Meshnet?
- remote access: Access your meshnet devices from anywhere as if they were on your LAN
- Cooperation: Easily share files and documents between your devices or with friends. You can send meshnet invitations to specific people for easy collaboration. Or better yet, create a Samba file sharing server that you can access from anywhere.
- Private cloud: Host HTTP services like Nextcloud, ownCloud or Portainer to manage your Docker images on the go. You can even create a gaming server if you want.
- Security: Route traffic through a specific device on your network to improve security and privacy online.
Setting up Meshnet is pretty easy, so let’s get started.
Step 1: Sign up for NordVPN
You need a NordVPN account to continue. If you don’t already have one, you can create a 30-day free trial account by going to nordaccount.com/signup.
Also, make sure you have NordVPN installed on your computer. How to install it on Ubuntu.
With everything in place, you can now log into your NordVPN account with the following command:
nordvpn login --legacy
The system will ask you to enter your email address and password.
Step 2: Activate Meshnet
Once logged in, you can enable Meshnet on your device by running:
nordvpn set meshnet on
That’s it. Your device is now added to a meshnet.
Run the following command to list the devices on your private network:
nordvpn meshnet peer list
You can then access the PCs on your meshnet via SSH using the name or IP address assigned to your device.
You can add all kinds of devices to your meshnet, for example your smartphone, a Raspberry Pi, a Windows PC or a Macbook.
Manage your meshnet on Linux
You can easily manage your meshnet from the command line. Here are some of the most important commands:
To remove a device from the meshnet, run:
nordvpn meshnet peer remove peer_hostname
To update your meshnet when you’re having trouble contacting a peer, run:
nordvpn meshnet peer refresh
To invite other people to join your network, send an invitation with the following command:
nordvpn meshnet invite send email.com
Remember to replace the email address in the previous command with the correct one.
Use VPNs for private and safe browsing
NordVPN is a great VPN that gives you access to internet services from different regions of the world. In addition, you can use it for better privacy and safer web browsing.
With NordVPN, you get access to a variety of servers spread around the world. With so many choices available, it’s important to know how to choose the best server location for your needs.
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