How to set up VPN on Synology NAS

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Want to secure remote access to your Synology NAS? This is easily done with a VPN profile. Virtual Private Networks are a great way to ensure your network connection to the outside world is private, as it should be. We've looked at the best VPN services for phones and PCs, but you can also use them on a Synology NAS.

What is a VPN?

A VPN works by using encryption and other security mechanisms, allowing home or business owners to ensure traffic to and from a NAS will be encrypted. Synology NAS, like competitor enclosures, is able to act as a VPN client and connect to servers. It can also allow for the creation of multiple profile connections or even be used as a VPN server on its own.

While HTTPS and other measures can help protect yourself online, it's still possible for middlemen (for instance, your internet service provider) to snoop in on what you're doing. This isn't great when you're carrying out legitimate tasks and wish to do so privately. This is where a VPN comes into play, scrambling up your connection to make it more difficult for third parties to snoop.

How to set up a VPN

  1. Log in to your Synology NAS.
  2. Go to Control Panel > Network > Network Interface.

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  1. Click Create.

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  1. Click Create VPN profile.

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  1. Follow the on-screen wizard to import and connect to your chosen VPN service.

The easiest method is usually OpenVPN, importing a configuration file provided by your VPN service. Once the VPN connection has been established, the Synology NAS will then route all traffic through it, as if it were its own network connection. If the VPN connection drops, it'll show as disconnected.

We test and review VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:

1. Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service).

2. Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroad.

We do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.