How to Access Your Linux Devices From Anywhere With NordVPN Meshnet

When you want to securely access multiple devices from a remote location, NordVPN Meshnet is your best bet.


Ever wondered how to easily access your Local Area Network (LAN) devices from anywhere securely?


Meshnet is a NordVPN service that allows you to connect to your devices from anywhere. It creates a secure private network so that your devices can communicate as long as you have an internet connection. All the devices in your private network get a unique IP address and hostname.

Here’s how to get started.


Why Use Meshnet?

  • Remote access: Be able to access your Meshnet devices from anywhere even though they are within your LAN
  • Collaboration: Easily share files and documents between your devices or with friends. You can send Meshnet invites to specific people to collaborate easily. Or better still, create a Samba file-sharing server that you can access from anywhere.
  • Private cloud: Host HTTP services such as Nextcloud, ownCloud, or Portainer for managing your Docker images on the go. You can even create a gaming server if you want.
  • Security: Route traffic through a designated device within your network for better security and privacy on the internet.

Setting up Meshnet is pretty simple, so let’s go.

Step 1: Log In to NordVPN

You need to have a NordVPN account to continue. If you don’t have one, you can create a free 30-day trial account by going over to nordaccount.com/signup.

Also, make sure that you have NordVPN installed on your machine. Here’s how to install it on Ubuntu.

With all things in place, you can now log in to your NordVPN account using the following command:

nordvpn login 

The system will prompt you to provide your email address and password.

Step 2: Enable Meshnet

Once logged in, you can enable Meshnet on your device by running:

nordvpn set meshnet on
enabling meshnet on ubuntu

That’s it. Your device is now added to a Meshnet.

To list the devices on your private network, run the command:

nordvpn meshnet peer list

You can then access the PCs in your Meshnet via SSH by using the name or the IP address assigned to your device.

You can add all sorts of devices to your Meshnet, for example, your smartphone, a Raspberry Pi, Windows PC, or Macbook.

Managing 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 refresh your Meshnet, whenever you have trouble contacting a peer, run:

nordvpn meshnet peer refresh

To invite other people to join your network, send an invitation using the following command:

nordvpn meshnet invite send email@post.com

Remember to replace the email address in the preceding command with the correct one.

Use VPNs for Private and Secure Browsing

NordVPN is a great VPN that allows you to access internet services from different regions of the world. In addition, you can use it for better privacy and secure browsing on the internet.

With NordVPN, you get access to a myriad of servers spread around the globe. With so many choices available, it is important to know how to choose the best server location for your needs.

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