How to set up Synology NAS to wake on LAN (WOL)

Wake on LAN (WOL) is a feature that allows hardware to automatically turn on when activity is detected on the network port(s). When a WOL application is used to execute a command with the IP and MAC addresses of a Synology NAS, it’s possible to turn on the enclosure remotely.

Which Synology NAS support WOL?

Wake on LAN (WOL) is available on the best NAS models from Synology, excluding the following:

  • FS-series: FS3017
  • SA-series: SA3200D
  • 16-series: DS216se
  • 15-series: DS115j
  • 14-series: DS214se
  • 12-series: RS812, RS212, DS212j, DS112j
  • 11-series: DS411slim, DS411j, DS211+, DS211, DS211j
  • 10-series: DS410j, DS210j, DS110j
  • 08-series: DS508

How to activate WOL on Synology NAS

To activate WOL on your Synology NAS, simply follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Control Panel shortcut.
  2. Click on Hardware & Power.
Wake on LAN Synology NAS
Wake on LAN Synology NAS (Source: NAS Master)
  1. On the General tab, check the box for Enable WOL on LAN. (You can have multiple options here for the different ports.)
  2. Shut down the Synology NAS.

The enclosure will now be able to be low-powered (essentially standby mode) and await a wake command through one of its network ports.

Wake up a Synology NAS with DS Finder and WOL

With WOL configured on your best Synology NAS, it’s time to test that it actually works. To do so, you’ll need to use an app that can pass the correct command. Synology provides DS Finder for iOS and Android that can do just that. It’s also a pretty good NAS management app.

  1. Download DS Finder for iOS or Android.
  2. Follow the on-screen wizard to add your NAS.
  3. Tap the three dots menu icon next to the NAS on the Select Device screen.
  4. Tap Wake on LAN.
  5. Select Yes.
  6. Tap OK.

The Synology NAS should now power up.

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By Richard Edmonds

I've been covering the tech industry for more than a decade and have tinkered with NAS for just as long. Follow my ramblings and more right here on NAS Master!

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