How do I create shared folders on my Synology NAS?

Creating shared folders on Synology NAS

Step 1: Accessing the DSM interface

1. Connect to your Synology NAS using your web browser.
2. Enter the IP address or hostname of your NAS in the address bar. (e.g.,
3. Log in with your admin username and password.

Step 2: Opening the Control Panel

1. Once logged in, you will be on the DSM desktop.
2. Click on the "Main Menu" button in the upper-left corner.
3. From the dropdown menu, select "Control Panel" (you may need to enter your admin password again).

Step 3: Creating a shared folder

1. In the Control Panel, click on "Shared Folder".
2. Click on the "Create" button.
3. Provide a name for the shared folder in the "Name" field.
4. Choose the desired volume for the shared folder from the "Location" dropdown menu.
5. Specify the access permissions for the shared folder by selecting the appropriate checkboxes.
- "Read/Write" - Allows users to read from and write to the folder.
- "Read only" - Allows users to only read files from the folder.
- "No access" - Denies access to the folder.
6. Optionally, you can enable advanced settings like enabling folder compression and setting quota limits.
7. Click on "Next".

Step 4: Configuring advanced settings

1. In this step, you can configure advanced settings for the shared folder.
2. Configure settings such as user/group privileges, enabling advanced folder permissions, enabling file self-healing, etc.
3. Click on "Next".

Step 5: Reviewing the summary

1. Review the summary of the shared folder settings.
2. If everything looks correct, click on "Apply" to create the shared folder.

Step 6: Accessing the shared folder

1. Once the shared folder is created, you can access it from your computer or other devices.
2. Open File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
3. In the address bar, enter the IP address or hostname of your NAS followed by the name of the shared folder.
- For example, if your NAS IP is and the shared folder name is "Documents," enter: \\\\Documents
4. Hit Enter or click Go to access the shared folder.

Note: The process of creating shared folders may vary slightly depending on the version of DSM installed on your Synology NAS.

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