How to set up NordLayer SWG manually


Intro

NordLayer SWG (Secure Web Gateway) service enables access to resources (mostly SaaS platforms) exclusively via an Internet browser. The secure connection is established by setting up a browser plug-in (extension) or the browser’s settings and is kept within the browser limits - all other Internet traffic goes through the default device network configuration. Once SWG is set up with your gateway, the connection acts the same way as if you were connected via the NordLayer application.

 

Use cases

  • Device operating system does not support the NordLayer application
  • Multiple NordLayer SWG instances can be set up for different dedicated gateways and used at the same time by utilizing different browsers
  • Encrypted traffic, masked destination and location in a lightweight package
  • Split tunneling effectiveness - SWG traffic on the browser is encrypted, but other resource access the Internet via the device’s default network adapter configuration

 

 

Gathering Secure Web Gateway credentials

 

Windows

Open the NordLayer application and head to Settings. Navigate to the Secure Web Gateway tab and choose a location (gateway) that you want to use your SWG setup with. Once location is selected, you will now see Proxy server credentials fields. You will need to copy the Hostname, Username and Password to set up a manual SWG.

macOS

Open the NordLayer application and head to Preferences. Navigate to the Secure Web Gateway tab and choose a location (gateway) that you want to use your SWG setup with. Once location is selected, you will now see Proxy server credentials fields. You will need to copy the Hostname, Username and Password to set up a manual SWG.

Linux

For detailed explanation on the SWG configuration and credentials, use the following Terminal command:

nordlayer help settings swg

 

In order to gather all the required information to set up SWG enter the following command into the Terminal:

nordlayer settings swg

 

If SWG is not enabled on your dedicated server(s), you will receive an error message. In case only one dedicated server is available and SWG is enabled on it - you will immediately see your credentials. You will need to copy the Hostname, Username and Password in order to set up a manual SWG.

iOS

Open the NordLayer application and head to Settings. Navigate to the Secure Web Gateway tab and choose a location (gateway) that you want to use your SWG setup with. Once location is selected, you will now see Proxy server credentials fields. You will need to copy the Hostname, Username and Password to set up a manual SWG.

Android

Open the NordLayer application and head to Settings. Navigate to the Secure Web Gateway tab and choose a location (gateway) that you want to use your SWG setup with. Once location is selected, you will now see Proxy server credentials fields. You will need to copy the Hostname, Username and Password to set up a manual SWG.

 

Configuration

Once you choose a tool that you want to set up the NordLayer SWG on, here are the settings that you will need to configure:

Name: you can choose any naming scheme that you wish

Protocol: HTTPS

Port: 89 or 90 (for ThreatBlock)

Host/hostname: the value you have copied from the NordLayer application

Username: the value you have copied from the NordLayer application

Password: the value you have copied from the NordLayer application

 

Note: In case you have any questions or are experiencing any issues, please feel free to contact our 24/7 customer support team.


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