Can a Synology NAS be connected to a Wi-Fi network?
Yes, it is possible to connect a Synology NAS to a Wi-Fi network.
Synology NAS devices are primarily designed to be connected to a network through an Ethernet cable for optimal performance. However, certain models of Synology NAS units do have built-in wireless capabilities, allowing them to be connected to a Wi-Fi network. These models typically have a built-in Wi-Fi adapter or support an external Wi-Fi dongle.
Here are some key details about connecting a Synology NAS to a Wi-Fi network:
1. Compatible NAS Models:
Synology NAS models that support Wi-Fi connectivity include the DS118, DS218, DS218play, DS218+, DS418play, and DS918+.
2. Network Configuration:
To connect a Synology NAS to a Wi-Fi network, you need to configure the network settings in the NAS operating system (DiskStation Manager or DSM). The NAS needs to be within the range of the Wi-Fi network and have the necessary security credentials (such as the Wi-Fi network name and password) to connect.
3. Wi-Fi Dongles:
If the NAS model you have does not have built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, you can use an external Wi-Fi dongle that supports the NAS's network interface, such as USB or PCIe. Make sure to check compatibility with your specific NAS model before purchasing a Wi-Fi dongle.
4. Performance Considerations:
It is important to note that connecting a Synology NAS to a Wi-Fi network may result in slower network speeds compared to a wired Ethernet connection. The actual performance will depend on factors such as the Wi-Fi signal strength, network congestion, and the capabilities of the Wi-Fi adapter or dongle.
Overall, while it is possible to connect a Synology NAS to a Wi-Fi network, it is recommended to use a wired Ethernet connection for optimal performance and reliability.