Download Station in DSM 7

How to (legally) download torrents on Synology NAS

BitTorrent is a file distribution system you’ve probably read as simply torrents. It allows data to be transferred between systems in parts, allowing the transfer to be paused, resumed, and distributed to other systems. The BitTorrent system was created to ease loads on central servers by allowing those with the downloaded files to act as proxies for parts of the original file to be sourced.

It’s possible to download torrent files on almost any device, including smartphones and a Synology NAS. In this guide, I will show you how to configure the Synology NAS and DiskStation Manager to handle torrents.

How to download torrents on Synology NAS

I’ll use Synology’s Download Station for torrent files and magnet links. Other options are available but may require additional setup steps.

  1. Log into your Synology NAS.
  2. Open Package Center.
  1. Search for Download Station.
  2. Click Install.
  3. Click Open, once the installation finishes.
  1. Click Okay.
  2. Choose a download folder to store downloaded files.
  3. Click Select.
  4. Click Create download task via file upload for downloaded .torrents or Create download task via URL for magnet links.

The download task will be created in Download Station, moving the downloaded data to the specified folder in Step 7. It’s possible to change the download folder within Download Station settings.

Protect yourself with a VPN

A virtual private network (VPN) is a great way to stop anyone snooping on what you’re doing online. I would also recommend one for security purposes. A VPN can also be configured on your Synology NAS. OpenVPN is recommended for adding a VPN to Synology DSM, though some providers may offer configuration files.

Torrents are a great way to transfer data without requiring one location as a source. While they can be used to download illegal files, NAS Master does not condone this on a Synology NAS using this guide.

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