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How to connect a Mac to a Jellyfish without using a switch?

A step-by-step guide for using the Jellyfish Connect app to get yourself up and running with your Jellyfish

  • Follow the instructions in our setup guide in order to establish the physical connection between your Jellyfish and your Mac at www.lumaforge.com/setup

  • By now you should have downloaded and installed the Jellyfish Connect App for macOS but if you haven't, please go ahead and do so from here 

  • When you start the application, it will show up in the menu bar of your Mac. 
  • In a few seconds, after you have connected and started the app, you will be given the option to set up your Jellyfish. It should appear under Discovered on the Setup page. 



  • Click on the discovered Jellyfish and a new window will load to confirm the settings. Keep in mind that the Jellyfish Connect app is changing some network settings and other configurations on your Mac so you might be prompted to enter your Mac's admin password a few times. 


  • Once you have done this, Jellyfish Connect will send you to the Shares page where you can mount the Shares that you wish by turning the button next to them on. 
  • If you are mounting an SMB share, you will be asked for a username and password that have access to this share. By default, every SMB share has a default login username: smb and password: smb. You can change the password or create new users and assign them to read and write permissions using the Jellyfish Manager (a web interface, designed for easy administration of your Jellyfish). 

  • To choose whether SMB or NFS network protocol is best for your team, please take a look at this article. 
  • If you still aren't sure what's best, don't hesitate to ask our team. 

  • Once you mount, you can click the Auto button next to your share which will enable the share to mount automatically when you restart your Mac. 

  • Please make sure to change your Mac's energy settings as shown here to avoid disconnections when your Mac falls asleep. 

  • For more advanced setups, please check out the rest of our knowledge base or talk to our team.