What is the procedure to upgrade the firmware on my Synology NAS?

The procedure to upgrade the firmware on a Synology NAS involves the following steps:

1. Check for available firmware updates

Navigate to the Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) interface on your NAS and log in. Go to the Control Panel, then select "Update & Restore" and click on the "DSM Update" tab. Check for any available updates by clicking the "Check for Updates" button.

2. Download the firmware

If an update is available, click on the "Download" button to start downloading the firmware package. It is recommended to download the latest stable version provided by Synology.

3. Prepare for the update

Before proceeding with the firmware upgrade, it is crucial to back up any important data on your NAS. Ensure that all running applications and services are stopped to prevent any potential issues during the update.

It is also recommended to connect the NAS directly to your computer or network switch with an Ethernet cable for a stable connection during the upgrade process.

4. Install the firmware

Once the firmware package is downloaded, go back to the DSM interface and open the "Update & Restore" section in the Control Panel. Click on the "Manual DSM Update" tab.

Click on the "Browse" button and select the downloaded firmware package file (.pat format) from your local storage. Then click the "OK" button and follow the on-screen instructions to start the upgrade process.

The NAS will go through several stages during the upgrade, including verifying the integrity of the firmware package and restarting the system. Do not power off or disconnect the NAS during this process.

5. Verify the update

After the firmware installation is complete, the NAS will automatically reboot and apply the update. Once the NAS is back online, log in to the DSM interface to confirm that the firmware version has been updated.

It is important to regularly check for firmware updates provided by Synology to ensure the NAS has the latest features, security patches, and bug fixes. Upgrading the firmware can enhance the stability and performance of your Synology NAS. Following the correct procedure helps minimize the risk of data loss or system instability during the update process.

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