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Sharing a VPN connection through an Ethernet cable

Before you start

 Your Windows PC needs to be connected to your network either using Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable. 

If you are connecting your PC to the network via an Ethernet cable, you will need a second Ethernet port to connect the device you want to share your VPN connection with.For desktop PCs, you can buy an internet connection card to add a second port. Laptops should be connected to the network via Wi-Fi, reserving their Ethernet port for the device without a VPN connection.

Note: When you start, make sure you are not connected to NordVPN. This tutorial will specify when you can connect. 

How to share a VPN connection over Ethernet

  1.  Open the “Network and sharing center” by right-clicking the network icon in the system tray and selecting “Open network and sharing center.”

    Opening the system tray and clicking the network icon lets you access network and internet settings
  2. In the “Network and sharing center,” click “Change adapter options.”

    The highlighted “Change adapter options” menu will let you see network adapters and change settings
  3. You will see all the network interfaces that you have. There should be at least three interfaces:

    * Your internet connection
    * The interface you will use to connect the device without a VPN connection
    * The TAP adapter used by the NordVPN app to establish a VPN connection

    Right-click the TAP-NordVPN Windows adapter and select “Properties.”

    Please note: After adjusting the adapter, you will need to switch to the matching protocol within the NordVPN app. In this case, you will need to switch either to the TCP or the UDP protocol. 

    The TAP-NordVPN Windows adapter is highlighted in this picture for your convenience
  4. Open the “Sharing” tab, enable “Allow other network users to connect through this computer's internet connection,” and select the name of the network interface that you will share the connection with. Click “OK.”

     The option to allow other network users to connect through the device’s connection is highlighted
  5. Now connect the desired device to your PC using an Ethernet cable. Once you see the Ethernet interface trying to identify the connection, you can connect to NordVPN using the NordVPN app.
  6. Congratulations! Your VPN connectionhas been shared with the device.  
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