How do I configure a Synology NAS for remote access?

How to configure a Synology NAS for remote access

Step 1: Set up your Synology NAS

1. Connect your Synology NAS to your local network and power it on.

2. Use the web browser on your computer to access the Synology NAS web interface by entering the NAS's local IP address in the browser's address bar.

3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the initial setup process, including setting an administrator account and configuring network settings.

Step 2: Enable remote access on your Synology NAS

1. In the Synology NAS web interface, go to the Control Panel.

2. Select "Remote Access" from the options.

3. Choose the desired method for remote access, either QuickConnect or setting up a custom DDNS (Dynamic Domain Name System) address.

4. Follow the instructions provided for your chosen method to enable remote access and configure any necessary settings.

Step 3: Configure router port forwarding

1. Access your router's settings by entering its IP address in your web browser.

2. Locate the port forwarding settings (these may vary depending on your router's brand and model).

3. Create a new port forwarding rule for the Synology NAS. Set the external port range to the desired port number (e.g. 5000), and set the internal port to the default port number of the NAS (e.g. 5000).

4. Enter the local IP address of the Synology NAS as the destination IP for the port forward rule.

Step 4: Configure firewall settings

1. If you have a firewall enabled on your Synology NAS, ensure that it allows incoming connections on the desired port(s) for remote access.

2. If your network has a separate firewall device, configure it to allow incoming connections on the same port(s) as configured in the previous step.

Step 5: Test remote access

1. Use a device outside of your local network (e.g. a smartphone or computer from a different location) to access your Synology NAS remotely.

2. Enter the remote access address (QuickConnect ID or custom DDNS address) followed by the port number in the browser's address bar.

3. You should be prompted to enter your Synology NAS credentials. Once logged in, you should have access to the NAS's files and services.

Following these steps should allow you to successfully configure your Synology NAS for remote access. Remember to prioritize security when enabling remote access by using secure passwords and regularly updating your NAS's firmware.

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