Viewing connected IP cameras on Surveillance Station

How to build a DIY home security system with a Synology NAS and Surveillance Station

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Surveillance Station is Synology’s security package for managing IP cameras and recording saved footage. Using this app on your Synology network-attached storage (NAS), you can create a custom network video recorder (NVR) without dedicated hardware. This guide will run you through all the steps required to get up and running with Surveillance Station.

What is Surveillance Station?

Surveillance Station is Synology’s security application for managing and extracting footage from connected IP cameras. A Synology NAS typically comes with two IP camera licenses, which can be used to connect two devices to the NAS and use Surveillance Station to save footage to the installed drives.

With the package installed, you can add IP cameras to the NAS, control how they record and save footage to the drives, and view all recordings from anywhere the NAS allows. Many IP camera brands such as Reolink offer their own software for these tasks, but having all cameras connected to the NAS lets you keep everything in one place.

How to install Surveillance Station

Running Surveillance Station on a Synology NAS is an easy process. The app may not be installed by default on setting up an enclosure, but it’s easy to install and takes a few moments. Surveillance Station can be downloaded and installed through Package Center.

  1. Log onto your Synology NAS.
  2. Open Package Center.
  1. Search for “Surveillance Station.”
  2. Click Install.
  3. Click Next.
  1. Click Next.
  1. Click OK.

Surveillance Station will now be installed and running in the background. You can connect to it using the IP and port/URL as configured during the installation of the package. I would recommend using HTTPS, if possible.

How to set up Surveillance Station

Before we set up the Synology NAS to run Surveillance Station with some cameras attached to the enclosure over the LAN, we need some cameras. Synology has a list of supported IP cameras on the company’s website and there are hundreds of models available for indoor or outdoor usage.

I’d recommend picking up a camera with a good resolution and the features you’ll require. Also, consider installation as some are powered through an outlet while others may draw power through the network. Some are wireless and others require an ethernet connection.

Reolink RLC-811A

Reolink RLC-811A
Reolink RLC-811A. (Source: Reolink)

Any compatible IP camera will do and depending on which type of camera you require, there are many options available. I’m a big fan of Reolink’s hardware and software and the RLC-811A is great for keeping watch outside your home or office.

Getting into and setting up Surveillance Station with a camera is a breeze. Synology made the app run separately from DSM so you’ll need to connect to Surveillance Station as a standalone package.

Tip

I recommend setting up your camera with the official app before adding it to Synology’s Surveillance Station. This will allow you to configure the camera with a wireless connection, update the firmware and make sure it works.

  1. Access Surveillance Station. (You can launch the app through DSM or by loading the URL.)
  2. Click IP Camera.
  3. Click Add.
  1. Choose quick setup or complete setup, depending on whether you wish to configure everything about the camera. (Quick setup will take you to step 6.)
  2. Follow the wizard through and configure your camera accordingly.
  1. Click Done.

The camera will now be listed on Surveillance Station. You can activate it, manage it, view the feed, and load recorded footage from here. Additional cameras can be added to the Synology NAS using the same method.

I recommend adding Surveillance Station as a bookmark on your browser for more convenient access.

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