Set Up a Synology NAS

Synology NAS

A Synology NAS (Network Attached Storage) provides a networked location to store data such as images, movies or other types of files. These instructions are intended as a guide for remote access to your Synology NAS. As a general rule, if your Synology NAS is hosting a service which is accessible via a LAN address and port, then Remote.It can be used for access from outside the LAN without port forwarding on a public IP address.

You will need:

  • A Remote.It account. Sign up here: https://app.remote.it
  • Access to your Synology NAS web interface or Synology client application

The following instructions are using DSM 7.1 version of the Synology web interface and client application. The screens be updated by Synology, if so please refer to their user documentation.

Configure your Synology NAS for SMB (file sharing/transfer)

In this section we will be configuring your Synology NAS to accept remote connections to support SMB for file sharing/transfers. If you already have this setup, you can skip to "Install and configure Remote.It"

  1. Connect to you Synology NAS web interface or use the Synology Assistant.
  2. Access the Synology Package Manager and install the SMB Service.
  3. Now click "Open" on the SMB service to run it.

Configure your Synology NAS for SSH/terminal console access (optional)

In this section we will be configuring your Synology NAS to accept remote connections to support SSH/terminal console access. If you already have this setup, you can skip to  "Install and configure Remote.It"

  1. Connect to you Synology NAS web interface or use the Synology Assistant.
  2. Navigate to "Control Panel" > "Connectivity" > "Terminal & SNMP".
  3. Select "Enable SSH service" checkbox and you may change the port or leave it as default. Take care to note the port since you will need it later when setting up Remote.It access.

Install and configure Remote.It

1. Download the below package

Synology
Device-Package
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Remote.It Download icon
Download
Remote.It Documentation icon
Documentation
Synology
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CPU
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Version
v4.15.2
Date
September 7, 2022
MD5
745aa527af19e397ab3d74be65e07a7c

2. Access the Synology NAS using the web interface or Synology client application. Open the Package Center and click on the "Manual Install" button

Synology Package ManagerSynology Manual Install

3. Select the downloaded file, then click "Next".

4. You will receive a warning about third-party developers which is normal when installing packages manually. Click "Agree". Then Accept the License Agreement. You will be prompted to enter your License Key from Remote.It.
5. Sign in to Remote.It https://app.remote.it and get your license key. Click on the avatar, then "Account" and then "Licensing". Copy your "License Key" (See image below)
Synology license key

6. Return to the Synology page and enter/paste your copied License Key and click "Next". On the following page click "Done" to complete the registration.
Synology license key

7. Confirm Remote.It is installed and registered.

The Synology "Installed Packages" screen in the Package Manager should now show Remote.it. You are now finished using the Synology interface and you can close it.

Synology registeration

The Remote.It web portal https://app.remote.it should also display your Synology NAS. (You may need to refresh the device list page)

8. Set up services
Add access to the Synology Web User Interface.Click on your Synology NAS Device to get to the Device detail page. Click "+" (Add Service)
Select "SMB/CISF". You may supply a name such as "Synology Drive". Click "Save".

If you would like to add access to the Synology Web UI, click "+" (Add Service)
Select "HTTPS". You may supply a name such as "Synology Web UI". Enter "5001" for the "Service Port". Click "Save".
If you would like to add access to SSH, click "+" (Add Service)
Select "SSH". You may supply a name such as "SSH". Enter the SSH port configured in the Synology Web UI in the "Service Port" field. Click "Save".

Synology add service

9. Connect
Select the service you would like to create a Remote.It connection to and click "Connect". You can now use this connection address in an application such as file share, terminal, VNC viewer or a browser (see image below). When you are done with the connection, click "Stop Connection".

If you see that the service is offline, you will need to restart the device once to enable the added services. (This is a known issue in older versions of the software. You can restart the device in the Web UI under the "Maintenance" menu selection.

Synology URL hostname port

Ready to do more?

Remote.It has a lot more to offer from allowing you to share your devices to friends and colleagues, advanced connection configurations, online/offline notifications, manufacturing support and more. Learn about them here.