How to connect to Synology NAS

Connect to your Synology NAS with these simple steps.

Synology makes it easy to connect to its server enclosures. Whether you’re new to the world of NAS and need to set your first server up or are wanting to learn about setting up QuickConnect, this guide will run you through everything. It’ll work even for the best NAS from Synology.

How to set up Synology NAS

Synology DSM 7
Synology DSM 7 home screen. (Source: NAS Master)

Before you’re able to use your Synology NAS enclosure, you need to install DiskStation Manager and set everything up. Fear not as this takes but a few minutes.

  1. Turn on the Synology NAS.
  2. Wait for the unit to boot up (it will beep when ready).
  3. Go to your PC and enter or the IP of the enclosure. (There’s also the Synology Assistant you can download.)
  4. You should now be greeted by the DSM install wizard.
  5. Follow the steps to initialize the drives, install DSM, and set up your account.
  6. Enter the IP of the enclosure again on your PC.
  7. Enter your account credentials and hit Log in.

How to connect to Synology NAS

It’s easy to connect to your Synology NAS enclosure once it’s up and running. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to your PC and enter or the IP of the enclosure. (There’s also the Synology Assistant you can download.)
  2. Enter your account credentials and hit Log in.

How to set up Synology QuickConnect

Synology QuickConnect
Synology QuickConnect in DSM 7. (Source: NAS Master)
  1. Log into your Synology NAS.
  2. Open Control Panel and go to Services > Synology Account.
  3. Click on the link for Synology Account.
  4. 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).
  5. Go back to your Synology NAS DSM web interface and connect to the Synology Account.
  6. Go to External Access > QuickConnect.
  7. Check the Enable QuickConnect box.
  8. 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 permissions for apps and configure port forwarding rules.

How to troubleshoot connecting to your Synology NAS

If you’re unable to connect to your Synology NAS, there are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot any potential problems. Try the following:

  1. Make sure the NAS is turned on.
  2. Check to see if the LAN cable is connected properly between the NAS and your router/switch.
  3. See the LED indicators on the front of the NAS and check that everything is working okay.

If these steps don’t help you, Synology offers the Synology Assistant, which can connect to and manage various NAS models on the network. Here’s how to install it:

  1. Head to the Synology website.
  2. Choose your NAS model.
  3. Download Synology Assistant.
  4. Install the software.
  5. Run Synology Assistant.
  6. Allow the suite to search your network.
  7. Right-click your NAS and choose Connect.

By Richard Edmonds

Richard has been covering the technology industry for more than a decade. He has spent more time tinkering inside a PC chassis than anywhere else, for better or worse.

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