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 DSM 7
    Setting up Wake on LAN in Synology DSM 7. (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.

    Synology DiskStation DS20+
    Synology DiskStation DS20+. (Source: NAS Master)

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    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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