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Connect your Mac to Jellyfish without 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

  • If you haven't downloaded and installed Jellyfish Connect for macOS yet, 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, your Jellyfish 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 may 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 of username: smb and password: smb. You can change the password, create new users, and assign them to read and write permissions using 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 is best, please don't hesitate to ask our team

  • Once you mount, you can click the Auto button next to your share. This 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