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How to access a Synology NAS remotely

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Connecting to your Synology NAS through the LAN is known as local access, whereas accessing data on your smart storage when not physically near it is external access. This process usually involves passing through a router and being directed to the NAS. Here’s how you can set it up on a Synology NAS and why you may want to.

What is remote or external access?

Remote access is precisely as the name suggests. It’s the accessing of a NAS remotely, away from the premises. If you have a NAS set up at home, this would be when you’re not connected to your home network. Network-attached storage can be configured to allow external connections or limit access to those on the LAN.

When external access is either not configured or allowed, you won’t be able to take advantage of the NAS and the services running on the server when not physically located nearby. For example, if you’re using the NAS to run Plex Media Server, having external access would allow you to enjoy media streaming wherever you may be.

How to remotely access a Synology NAS

There are a few ways to open up your Synology NAS to the outside world, the easiest being setting up a Synology Account and QuickConnect. This essentially allows Synology to communicate with DiskStation Manager running on the NAS to update its records whenever your ISP may change your dynamic IP address.

I’ve written an extensive guide on how to remotely access a Synology NAS using QuickConnect, but here are the important steps:

  1. Log into your Synology NAS.
  2. Open Control Panel
  3. Go to Services > Synology Account.
  1. Click on the link for Synology Account.
  2. In the newly opened tab, create a new Synology Account or sign in. (You’ll have one if you created it during the initial NAS setup)
  3. Go back to your Synology NAS DSM web interface and connect to the Synology Account.
  4. Go to External Access > QuickConnect.
  1. Check the Enable QuickConnect box.
  2. Create a QuickConnect ID in the box below. This is to identify and connect to your NAS.

Once this is active, Advanced Settings will allow you to manage app permissions and configure port forwarding rules.

Synology DiskStation DS223j

Synology DiskStation DS223j
Synology DiskStation DS223j. (Source: Synology)

If you need a NAS suggestion from Team Synology, I recommend the DiskStation DS223j. It’s a two-bay enclosure with an ARM processor and enough RAM for running a few services. It’s perfect for a home or small office.

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