What is the process for firmware updates on Synology NAS?

Process for firmware updates on Synology NAS


The firmware update process for Synology NAS involves several steps to ensure a smooth and successful update. This guide will walk you through the process, highlighting key details and providing useful tips.

Step 1: Check for updates

1. Log in to the Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) interface using your administrator credentials.
2. Go to the "Control Panel" and click on "Update & Restore" to access the update settings.
3. Click on the "Check for Updates" button to initiate a search for the latest firmware version available for your NAS model.

Step 2: Review release notes

1. After the DSM completes the search, a list of available updates will be displayed.
2. Click on the "Release Notes" link to review the details of each update.
3. It is essential to carefully read the release notes to understand any changes, bug fixes, or new features introduced in the firmware update.

Step 3: Backup data

1. Before proceeding with the firmware update, ensure that you have a backup of all critical data stored on the NAS.
2. Use the built-in backup utilities or third-party software to create an external backup or synchronize important files to another storage device.

Step 4: Perform the update

1. Once you have reviewed the release notes and backed up your data, click on the "Download" button to begin the firmware update process.
2. Wait for the download to complete. The time taken depends on the size of the update and the speed of your internet connection.
3. After the download finishes, click on the "Install Now" button to initiate the installation process. This will typically require a system reboot.

Step 5: Monitor the update progress

1. During the installation process, the DSM interface will show the progress of the update.
2. It is normal for the NAS to restart multiple times during the update. Avoid interrupting the process to prevent potential data corruption.

Step 6: Verify successful update

1. After the update process completes, log back into the DSM interface.
2. Go to the "Control Panel" and click on "Update & Restore" to confirm that the firmware is up to date.
3. Optionally, review the Synology support website or community forums to ensure there are no reported issues or compatibility problems with the new firmware version.


Following these steps will help you successfully update the firmware on your Synology NAS. Remember to review release notes, backup your data, and monitor the update progress to ensure a smooth and trouble-free update process.

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