How do I configure network settings on my Synology NAS?

Configuring Network Settings on Synology NAS


Configuring network settings on your Synology NAS is important to ensure proper connectivity and accessibility. By correctly setting up the network settings, you can easily connect your NAS to your local network, assign IP addresses, set up DNS servers, configure network interfaces, and establish port forwarding.

Step 1: Connecting the NAS to your local network

To configure network settings on your Synology NAS, start by connecting it to your local network. Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the NAS and the other end to the router or switch. Ensure that all connections are secure.

Step 2: Accessing the Synology DSM

After physically connecting the NAS to your network, you'll need to access the Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) to configure the network settings. Open a web browser and enter the default IP address of your Synology NAS (e.g., in the address bar. Press Enter.

Step 3: Logging in to the DSM

On the DSM login page, enter your username and password. If you haven't set up credentials yet, use the default ones. Once logged in, you can proceed to configure the network settings.

Step 4: Network Configuration

4.1 Assigning IP Address

To assign an IP address to your Synology NAS, go to "Control Panel" and click on "Network." Select the "Network Interface" tab and choose the network interface you want to configure. Click on the "Edit" button and select "Manually configure IP address." Enter the desired IP address, subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS server. Click "OK" to save the settings.

4.2 Network Interfaces

Under the "Network Interface" tab, you can manage and configure network adapters on your Synology NAS. You can set up link aggregation, VLAN, or bond multiple network interfaces to enhance performance and redundancy.

4.3 DNS Server

To configure DNS server settings, go to "Control Panel," click on "Network," and select the "General" tab. Enter the primary DNS server IP address provided by your internet service provider (ISP) or any custom DNS server you prefer. You can also configure secondary DNS servers for redundancy.

Step 5: Port Forwarding

If you need to access your Synology NAS remotely, you can set up port forwarding on your router. This allows external access to specific services running on the NAS. To configure port forwarding, log in to your router administration panel and locate the port forwarding settings. Create a new rule specifying the NAS's internal IP address and the relevant service port (e.g., 5000 for DSM).


Configuring network settings on your Synology NAS is a straightforward process that involves connecting to your local network, accessing the DSM, and configuring various options such as IP addresses, network interfaces, DNS servers, and port forwarding. By correctly setting up the network, you ensure smooth communication and accessibility to your NAS.

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