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NordLayer Review: Features, Pricing, and Setup Guide

NordLayer is an reliable VPN-based security software for all levels of business.

NordLayer, earlier known as NordVPN Teams, is a VPN service for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android. It is aimed at businesses, remote workers, and freelancers who need secure access to work resources.

NordLayer uses the same trusted NordVPN features as NordLynx, its proprietary alternative for OpenVPN and IPSec. It is the primary reason for NordLayer to perform seamlessly, unlike other VPN providers who have bottlenecks in server speed and bandwidth. NordLayer outperforms its competitors by a comfortable margin in terms of outright transfer speed. Also, NordLayer is meant to manage the network of a business, organization, and its staff in one private space.

Features of NordLayer

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Two Factor Authentication
NordLayer Artwork for Single Sign On
Single Sign-On
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Auto Connect
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Site-to-Site
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AES 256-bit encryption
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NordLynx (WireGuard)
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Dedicated IP / Fixed IP
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Smart Remote Access

Features & Pricing

PlanBasicAdvanced
Monthly$9$11
Annually$84$108
Tech Support
Under One Minute Support
2FA
Single Sign-On
Control Panel
Centralized Billing
Transfer License
Choose Server Location
Unlimited Users
Auto Connect
ThreatBlock
AES Encryption
Rooted Device Detection
100% cloud-native
No traffic restriction
Shared Server Access
OS Integration
Dedicated Account Management
Dedicated Server with 1Gbps bandwidth
IP Allowlisting
Custom DNS
Network Segmentation
Site-to-Site Dedicated Gateways
Smart Remote Access
Biometrics
24×7 Support

NordLayer Servers

NordLayer is meant for small and medium businesses. Although it is just in its infancy, it has already onboarded 4000+ organizations to use its solutions and currently serving around 40,000+ users.

NordLayer has 30+ global server locations to offer a seamless experience on the web. These servers have the infrastructure shared with the trusted and proven NordVPN. In other words, using NordLayer would seem just as if you are using any normal internet. As a result, they are providing a great user experience.

However, the best part about NordLayer servers is that they operate 100% diskless (RAM only) servers to pursue higher user privacy & security. It means that all the information is stored only on the RAM with encryption, thus making it highly impossible for anyone to access the information. Also, there is no footprint left behind on the servers. User data is anonymous in that way. Moreover, any hacking attempt, even if successful, would yield very less information.

How to Subscribe to NordLayer

#1. Visit the webpage.

#2. Click on the Sign-up button on the top right of the landing page.

Sign Up button highlighted on the top right corner of the landing page of NordLayer website.

#3. Enter the required details and click on the Next button.

Sign Up form with Name, Company Name, Work Email, and Employees count.

#4. Choose the preferred Plan.

#5. Finish the checkout by completing the payment.

Checkout page NordLayer, with payment methods on the left and customer billing details on the right.

How to Install NordLayer (Windows / macOS / Linux)

#1. Visit the webpage.

#2. On the top horizontal menu bar, look for the Download item on the menu.

#3. Choose the platform you wish to download the software on.

#4. Install the software and set the environment variables.

  • On Windows, run the executable.
  • On Mac, run the package installer.
  • On Linux, deflate the RPM file.

First Time Usage On Windows

When you open the Windows application for the first time, you will be greeted with a screen as shown below.

1 – Enter your organization ID.

Landing screen of NordLayer Windows application, with an input text field for Organization ID.

2 – Choose whether you want to log in with Microsoft Azure ID or Google Account.

Login screen with button labeled as 'Log in with Google', and Google artwork on the left.

Once login is successful, you will see a right sidebar with gateway lists. A single click on any gateway would show the status at the bottom of the right sidebar.

3 – Double-click on any gateway to connect to it.

Right sidebar with gateway. No status icons on right, indicate no gateway connected to client yet.

4 – All done! We are now connected to a dedicated gateway. Start browsing or using your desktop as usual, with the exception that you are now far more secure on the web.

Review

DocumentationInstallationSetupServerUIUXSupportOverall
Ratings5/55/54/54/54/55/55/532/35

Documentation

Documentation related to NordLayer VPN can be accessed through this link. The documentation is well organized into the following categories Getting Started Guide, General Information, Billing & Subscription related guide, Connectivity & troubleshooting, and Service Management Portal.

It had everything necessary to get the VPN working. We also felt the installation steps for macOS and Linux was really comprehensive, with all the command line syntax for NordLayer also provided.

Installation

The package for Windows was lightweight and just 19MB. The download was quick, and installation was a breeze, as the wizard did not prompt for any unnecessary details.

Setup

We just had to keep the Organization ID handy to log in to NordLayer, followed by signing in using our Google Account. We felt an OTP-based PhoneAuth could have been better and would have saved us some more time.

User Interface

We found the right sidebar to be the most welcome feature in NordLayer, as it saved a lot of space on the desktop. Also, the right sidebar was convenient to quickly change between gateways and also see if the gateway was connected or not.

User Experience

From the moment we downloaded the setup to get NordLayer working on our Windows 10 machine, the gap was sub 5 minutes.

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Our Verdict

NordLayer had the perfect documentation, straightforward installation, and was easy to set up. We felt that the login process could have been a bit smoother. An OTP-based PhoneAuth-based login could have worked wonders and saved us a lot of time. We felt that the UI could have been better, as it used the same dark UI from the usual NordVPN product. The user experience was amazing. The right sidebar layout had buttons and tools kept in the right places. We give NordLayer a 32/35, but we are not sure if it is at the top of the list yet.

Frequently Asked Questions – NordLayer

Is NordLayer free?

No. NordLayer is not free. It has excellent tools to manage teams. It would cost you 9$-12$ per month, which would vary based on the duration of the subscription.

Why am I getting NordLayer command not found on Linux?

Please make sure you have downloaded the correct repository on Linux. >>Then run the command, ‘sudo apt-get install ./nordlayer-latest_1.0.0_all.deb‘.
>>Run the update package list command – ‘sudo apt-get update‘.
>>Next, install the package using the command – ‘sudo apt-get install nordlayer‘.
>>Add the user to the application group using the command – ‘sudo usermod -a -G nordlayer $(whoami)‘.

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