How to make Synology NAS accessible over the Internet

Overview

When you're away from home or the office, you might wish to access your Synology NAS over the Internet. DSM includes options to easily set up remote access, allowing you to log in to DSM and other services by simply entering a custom domain name in a web browser.

This article provides steps to configure remote access using QuickConnect or EZ-Internet, so you can start accessing DSM or other services from anywhere, anytime.

Contents

  1. Before you start
  2. Enable QuickConnect to access Synology NAS over the Internet
  3. Use EZ-Internet to make Synology NAS accessible over the Internet
  4. Configure your router manually

1. Before you start

  • Make sure your Synology NAS is running DSM 5.0 or later.

2. Enable QuickConnect to access Synology NAS over the Internet

With QuickConnect, you can easily connect to your Synology NAS over the Internet without the hassle of setting up port forwarding rules or other complicated network settings. QuickConnect allows you to connect to DSM or some Synology packages using a customizable ID or address like quickconnect.to/example.

Below we'll provide instructions to access DSM using QuickConnect.

  1. Go to Control Panel > QuickConnect.
  2. Tick the Enable QuickConnect box.
  3. If you don't have a MyDS Center account, register one by clicking Register now. Then enter your email address, a password, and name. Then click OK.
  4. Enter your desired QuickConnect ID in the QuickConnect ID field. Then click Apply.
  5. If the specified QuickConnect ID is available, a section should appear displaying your QuickConnect ID and the address with which DSM can be accessed. In this example, the address for DSM is http://quickconnect.to/examplequickconnect.
  6. If you don't see the address for DSM, you can click Advanced and make sure DSM is enabled.
  7. With QuickConnect enabled, you can open a web browser and enter the QuickConnect address for accessing DSM. Hit Enter.
  8. You will be redirected to the DSM login screen. Now you can use the QuickConnect address to access DSM from anywhere, anytime!

3. Use EZ-Internet to make Synology NAS accessible over the Internet

EZ-Internet is a setup wizard that helps configure network settings and make your Synology NAS accessible over the Internet. EZ-Internet guides you through the process of setting up port forwarding, firewall, and DDNS service. This makes it possible to remotely access all services of your Synology NAS, such as DSM, file sharing services, and packages.

For easy router setup with EZ-Internet, make sure your router supports UPnP and appears on Synology's router support list. For other routers, manual port forwarding might be required.

  1. Open EZ-Internet.
  2. Click Next.
  3. Choose one of the following and click Next.
    • Through a router: Choose this option if your Synology NAS connects to the Internet via a router.
    • PPPoE or Direct Connection: Choose this option if your Synology NAS connects to the Internet via a DSL or cable modem or has been directly assigned a public IP address.
  4. Continue following the steps of the EZ-Internet wizard. You'll be guided through port forwarding, firewall, and DDNS settings.
Note: Setting up port forwarding with EZ-Internet will overwrite existing port forwarding rules on your router.

4. Configure your router manually

If the above method does not work, you will need to log into your router's management interface. To do so, please consult the instruction manual provided by your router's manufacturer.

Once you've found the router port forwarding configuration page, please refer to this article for a complete list of port numbers used by Synology products' applications and services.

Note: Make sure the default gateway of your Synology NAS is set to the IP address of the router. To check out the gateway of your Synology NAS, please go to Main Menu > Control Panel > Network.

Once finished, you can register for a free DDNS hostname by going to Control Panel > External Access > DDNS. You can also go to Control Panel > Security > Firewall to configure the firewall settings for security.