Synology NAS Remote Access Using QuickConnect, EZ Internet or Port Forwarding

Synology NAS Remote Access Using QuickConnect, EZ Internet or Port Forwarding


Remotely accessing a Synology NAS doesn’t need to be difficult In this video I’m gonna show you three ways to set up remote access with eaze It’s TechWizTime Hey guys Jonathan here with TechWizTime, where I create technology tutorials and review videos If you haven’t subscribed them make sure you do and hit that bell icon too. Let’s face it, we’re always in the office or at home when we need access to our files With a Synology NAS though, you can always have access to your files as long as you have internet access In this video I’ll show you three different ways to set up your Synology NAS using QuickConnect, EZ Internet or manual port forwarding I’ll be pairing the Synology DS716+ II NAS And the Synology RT2600ac Router For the tutorial as this router is fully compatible with all three connection methods If you want to find out more about the Synology RT2600ac router then links are down in the description below This video is part of a series of Synology videos You can see more great Synology videos above or below down in the description Full disclosure, Synology sent out these products so I could create several tutorials, no money has exchanged hands though The first way to set up a Synology NAS for remote access is using the QuickConnect method QuickConnect is built into the disk station manager to allow you to connect to your Synology NAS Or without needing to know how to set up any complicated network settings Plus setting it up is relatively quick and simple Firstly log in to your Synology NAS Go to your disk station menu button and open control panel Here we need to choose Quick Connect Next we need to place a tick beside “Enable QuickConnect” Now in order for us to continue we need to log in or register a new Synology account Once you’ve either registered or logged in you will need to give your disk station an easy to remember name in the Quick Connect ID section You’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions by placing a tick in the box and click Apply By the way if the name has been taken you will see an alert down the bottom Once the QuickConnect ID is accepted you’ll be given a URL you can use to connect your Synology NAS via the internet Save this URL somewhere safe on your phone or another device and you’ll always have access to your files wherever you are When you use your Quick Connect ID either from your home or from another location it will automatically detect your current location and use the fastest route to your Synology NAS Now for a little bit more control go to the Advanced tab up top By default all these options are ticked but if you want to, say, disable mobile applications from having access then simply remove the tick from beside that option under permissions It’s that simple To quickly demonstrate simply type the URL in the address bar of the browser Once loaded you should see a login screen use your DiskStation username and the password here and once it’s logged in you will see your Synology nas from anywhere in the world Believe it or not that’s as hard as the QuickConnect option gets Definitely the quickest solution for remote accessing a Synology NAS If you happen to encounter an error like “You are not authorized to use this service” You may need to change the security setting Simply go back into the disk station menu and go to the control panel Find the security section on the right hand side and up the top should be an option that says “Enhanced browser compatibility by skipping IP” check, put a tick here and hit the apply button Now you should be able to log in without that error The second method you can use is called EZ Internet To use this service you will need to have a router that supports UPnP If EZ Internet fails you will have to use the last method discussed later in this video For now though we need to go to the disk station menu and choose EZ Internet This will start the wizard that will guide us through the entire process On the first screen we need to click next On the firewall setup screen we need to make sure there is a tick in the enable firewall to block incoming connections box If you just want access to the disk station manager then click Next otherwise scroll through the list and place a check beside the services you want to have access to Once you’re done, you will need to set up a hostname by typing it into the box Beside here, you can change the domain name associated with your hostname you choose Click on the drop-down box and choose the one that’s easiest to remember or leave it as the default Next you will need to make sure you are logged into your Synology account Lastly place a tick in the terms and conditions box and click next Check the settings written here are correct and click the apply button The firewall and D DNS settings will now be set up Once that’s done click the finish button and make sure you have written down the domain name so you can have access to your Synology NAS If for some reason the link is coming back with an error your router may not be compatible and the firewall settings may not have taken effect To check this go to the discussion menu and choose the control panel Select the external access icon and go to the router configuration tab up the top Here we need to click on the setup router button This will go through some tests before finishing and displaying a message if it says no UPnP router found then we will need to go through with the third method Port Forwarding is the final method of accessing a Synology NAS via the internet Before we start though we need to make sure that the Synology NAS has its gateway setup with the IP address of the router To check this we need to go to the disk station menu and choose control panel Here we need to choose network beside default gateway click on the edit button and make sure the IP address is your router If not you may need to manually configure DNS server on the network screen Please be aware if you don’t know what you’re doing here. You could lose access to your NAS, so this is at your own risk Next you will need to log into your router’s web interface to configure the ports that need to be open for access Every router is different so this will need to be something you check with your particular routers manual The link on the screen now or in the description below will give you a list of ports that allow access to different features of the Synology NAS Once you have set up your router with the correct ports we can set up D DNS hostname for access On the Synology NAS web interface go to the disk station menu and choose control panel Next we need to choose external access and then under D DNS tab we need to choose the add button You’ll see a huge drop down menu of different dynamic DNS providers You’ll need to have set up an account with a provider to use their service Here’s a few on the screen now that provide free dynamic DNS services choose one that suits your needs Sign up via the website first and then input all your details on the D DNS page Click on the test connection button to make sure everything is communicating correctly and once you’re done click the ok button Now you’ve manually set up port forwarding and have access to your Synology NAS using remote access over the Internet. How awesome is that? I’ve got a couple of great Synology videos coming soon like a secure off-site Backup to another Synology NAS and load balancing using a Synology router So make sure you subscribe to see those Is there a Synology NAS tutorial you would like to see then leave comment down below and let me know Consider subscribing to TechWizTime if you love all things technology Already a subscriber? Then click on the bell icon to get instant notifications of my new videos Like and share this video if you enjoyed it and as always Imagine, Learn, Create. I’ve got that really deep deep voice going on. I’m a little bit sick Duff Gardens

Danny Hutson

60 thoughts on “Synology NAS Remote Access Using QuickConnect, EZ Internet or Port Forwarding

  1. Hello and thank you for this excellent video. I use the exact same configuration for my home office.

    For connecting to my Nas I use another method, simpler and more secure, I think.

    – On my Synology RT 2600ac router, I installed the "VPN Server" application (you can find it in the SRM Package Center). It's easy to configure

    – From my smartphone (android) or tablet (iPad), I use the Sinology VPN client to establish the connection to the router and then to my Synology Nas.

    It's easy to install
    It allows connections from everywhere.
    It's secure

    Hope it helps

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  3. Hey thanks for this video. I would really like to see a video on the best way to secure the synology NAS. Is it https, portforwarding, 2 step verification, and/or installing VPN Server app?

  4. Please excuse a naive question, but are any of these three connection methods mutually exclusive? I'm feeling my way to operating a home DS216se NAS without a lot of technical knowledge. I've already set up QuickConnect to access the server remotely, and now I want to create and host one or two websites on my NAS. According to the Synology Knowledge Base instructions for hosting a website on Synology NAS, I must "Set up EZ-Internet and configured port 80 – WWW service to the public" before I start. Could that EZ-Internet setup interfere with my QuickConnect settings, or are they independent?

  5. Nice tutorial. I've got two thoughts though, are any of these methods more or less secure than the others and why. Could you please post the links you mentioned in the tutorial outside of the YouTube video. Thanks.

  6. Hi, thank you for this wonderful tutorial. I would suggest you make an addition to this tutorial about "How to access files on Synology NAS with WebDAV". This last function is very useful.

  7. We have users who keep all files on the NAS nothing on the PC – but for laptop users who leave the office we are looking for a way to automate the upload of any changed or new files from the laptop to the designated folder on the Synology NAS

  8. Sorry, but this is crap. You need to go into WAAAAAY MORE details for something like this, you can't just click 2 buttons and call it a day.

  9. I've signed up but I can't write in a QuickConnect ID as I have a "Network error" & "Please check your DNS and network settings". Unfortunately that bit wasn't in the clip.

  10. this tutorial is fantansic this realy healp me out and and forwarded this link to a made with the same brand nas as mine and will recommend this video to others and will try upload this to my i.t facebook page for more likes and views and subscriptions, well explained mate, i can c you made a lot people happy with your tutorials. WELL DONE!!! 🙂 🙂

  11. Are there Synology Routers available that are physically smaller (and cheaper hopefully), but still fully compatible with all three methods?

  12. It would be nice to see a demo of what you can do once this is set up. Also, I'd love to know if it's possible to set up single sign on with multiple Synology units so you can use one account instead of managing many different ones (preferably without something like Active Directory)

  13. Hi, I have a Seagate business bay NAS and I was using tappin for remote access. As you are aware Tappin access is discontinued from 8th April 2018. Is it possible to change my Seagate NAS to Synology NAS? I mean by changing the basic software itself. If so how do i achive it? or is there any third party software available for remote access for my nas? please help ?

  14. I really want to set my NAS up so that my business partner can access my NAS from his computer, remotely by mapping a network drive, the same way I do on my PC. This is all really confusing and I'm not sure how to go about this.

  15. after i did the 3. step everything worked like it should, but i lost internet connection to my dekstop pc which is connected via ethernet cable. wifi still works.. any idea what i could do different?

  16. Is this only to access the NAS from a computer? ie; one-way access remote-nas -> computer. Is it possible to backup one-way computer -> remote-NAS using any of these approaches?

  17. Synology is a CRAP. I will never buy another ever. DS916+ few times didn't loading system after restart, another 2 times stuck upgrading the operating system. Bought it to hold backups but it gave me so many troubles. DON'T EVER BUY SYNOLOGY ! Look the web for what others saying.

  18. I would love to see how we can connect the synology box to a dedicated IP so I can map it to a subdomain of a web address. Can that be done?

  19. Hey mate, cheers for the video. When I'm using the server remotely and open an existing file, it downloads. Wouldn't that create a duplicate file? So whenever I save that file again, I'll have to save over the existing file right? Is there any way to negate this, and just open the file, without downloading and saving as a separate file?

  20. Thanks for the great videos. I would like to see a video on how to use 2 Synology NAS s in different locations where the files are synced so when editing a file in the home office it changes at the Main office and visa a versa. If that is even possible.

  21. Amazing synology videos! can you please do one on having users create accounts and long in to public folders? its doing my head in not being able to work it out. Mainly for photostation with everyone (with a user account) having access to the public folders and then be able to create their own private folders too. I would really appreciate some help/a tutorial

  22. Hi, can you access the synology folders when traveling remote from the Macbook Pro Finder window? As I do when at home logged into the same wifi router?

  23. No, it wasn't "that simple" I couldn't do it, like the person below commented, I got :"Network error occurred. Check your DNS and network settings"

  24. Great video, thanks. You asked if I would like a specific tutorial, and yes, would like to set up my Synology NAS so that I can use it with Final Cut Pro, right now I get an error message saying "Unsupported volume type" and "Choose a local, SAN, or supported SMB location." I did set-up Synology to be a SMB location and connected via the finder to it, but I get the same message.

  25. I wish Synology made it easier to access files remotely. I have a netgear backup nas. They have a readycloud app – just download it and log in from a remote pc and you have drag/drop access to your shares via windows explorer. Very easy.

  26. You are awesome! It's like you knew every question I wanted to ask before I even realized I wanted to ask them! : ) Thanks!

  27. Hi for port forwarding, can the NAS drive have the same IP address as the router? I am new to networking and read that two devices can not share the same IP address.

    Dis you mean the NAS drive has to have a static address (one which is not part of the IP address pool)

    Look forward to your comment.

    Thanks for the video!

  28. What are the pros and cons for each method? i.e. when using DS Cam, if QuickConnect is working, is there any advantage to using EZ Internet or Port Forwarding. If EZ Internet works, is Port Forwarding better in any way?

  29. I do not understand why anyone would choose option 2 or 3 when option 1 was so much easier. On behalf of all the people before the Matrix, what are we missing for the reason to choose the harder option 2 or hardest option 3 over super duper easy option 1?

  30. This is interesting and useful. I already set up the QuickConnect when I set up the Synology NAS, but I was wondering, is there a way to map a shared folder (and subfolders) so I could use it as a virtual drive when traveling?
    I replaced my LaCie 2Big NAS with a Synology DS218+ and file access (uploads and downloads) are much quicker than with my LaCie. However, the LaCie had a nice app called SDrive that let me use my shared folders as a virtual drive while traveling–I could use SDrive to download files I forgot or suddenly needed, to upload things to my NAS, etc.
    The Synology equivalent of right clicking a folder in File Station, clicking Share and copying a URL is slow and clunky–I either get a single file or a get a whole directory, neither of which is precisely what I'd like to do. Am I missing something?

  31. So can i after port forwarding access my files from windowsexplorer? Ill connect a server using external ip.

  32. I wish to map the drive and the first method (quick conncect) does not allow for that. Also, my ATT Aries router is not listed in the synolgy choices. I'm a bit stuck. I do have access to the ATT router interface (the router is the BGW210) -help???

  33. I would like to see a vid about how to connect my synology nas directly to my mac computer and still being able to use the DSM cause i've been trying this for days and it doesn't work. I do find my server in the sidebar of my finder and can acces the different folders i made but cannot acces it with the features of DSM or the synology Assistant….

  34. I wish you covered how to access the nas using a mobile device. I can access it via quick connect but can't open a folder. It merely just brings up the folder's settings.

  35. It would be nice if we find a way to bypass NETDRIVE or WEBDRIVE payments with a free solution so we can access our NAS folders from windows explorer….

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