Synology NAS Setup Guide 2022 – Setup, Users, Updates, Remote Access and Security Settings

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DSM 7 Installation Guide – Setting Your Synology NAS Up Right – FIRST TIME!

If you have purchased your new Synology NAS (or it is soon to be arriving and you want to be prepared to set it up), then congratulations! You are on your way to enjoying your very own private storage solution that can allow you to access your data in your home, business or remotely anywhere in the world. However, it is worth noting that although a lot of the setup of a Synology NAS is quite straightforward, there are a number of early choices during the initial installation that, if made incorrectly or in haste, cannot be reversed without restoring the system to factory settings. Therefore it is understandable that when setting up your Synology NAS for the first time, that you want to get it right the first time too! So today I want to start my 5 part series here on NASCompares where I will be guiding yoU through setting up your Synology as smoothly as possible. This guide has been made using a number of setup elements from Synology’s own resources, along with my own recommendations on your setup and links to more unique tutorials you may find helpful. In part 1, we will be going through setting the NAS up physically, initializing the DSM 7 software and services, creating a storage area, multiple users, customizing the security settings to your needs and establishing safe remote access to your Synology NAS. The following guide (part one at least) should take you a little under over 30 minutes to do EVERYTHING, with the remaining parts being a little more optional and centred around more user-specific applications and services. If you would prefer to follow the video guide on this, I have released a 9 Part video guide series for Synology NAS in 2022 available below. Otherwise, let’s get started on setting up your Synology NAS.

Here are the 9 Parts of the Synology Video Guide Series

Synology NAS Setup Guide 2021/2022 Part I – 2021/2022 – DSM 7 – RAID – VOLUMES – SHARES – MAPPED DRIVES

Synology NAS Setup Guide 2022 #2 – Snapshots, NAS to NAS/CLOUD/USB, SaaS Backups & Sync

Synology NAS Setup Guide 2022 #3 – Photography, Indexing, Sharing & Moving from Google

Synology NAS Setup Guide 2022 #4 – Music Audio, Indexing, Sharing and Streaming over DLNA

Synology NAS Setup Guide 2022 #5 – Video Station, Stream to Fire TV, DLNA and Indexing TV/Films

Synology NAS Setup Guide 2022 #6 – Setting Up Plex Media Server Right First Time

Synology NAS Setup Guide 2022 #7 – Setting Up Surveillance Station, Cameras, Control and Alert

Synology NAS Setup Guide 2022 #8 – Setting Up an iSCSI Target and a Storage LUN

What you will need when setting up your Synology NAS the first time.

  • A Synology NAS (duh!)
  • An active internet connection and Router/Modem (not essential, but will make initial setup and firmware 10x easier)
  • Access to a Router or Switch that is also accessible with a client computer/mobile device
  • An available mains power outlet

That is all you need for Part 1 of this guide. Let’s begin.

Physical Installation of a Synology NAS

Physical Installation of the hard drives or SSD into the Synology NAS is very, very easy and is completely toolless (for Hard drives, SSD require you to use 4 screws for each that are in the accessories box). Once you have unboxed all the accessories, you need to remove the trays (all of them, or as many as you need for your hard drives).

Then each tray has removable clips on either side. Once removed, you can slot the hard drive into the tray, with the connector facing out and the manufacturer label facing up.

Then put the clips back, ensuring the 4 plugs are inserted into the holes on the drive. Then just slide each tray+drive back into the NAS. Once this is done, connect the power brick into the rear of the NAS and then the mains power lead into the power brick and the wall socket.

Finally, you need to connect the network LAN cable into the network port on the rear of the NAS and connect the other end to your router, modem or switch (in simple speak, the box your internet service provider have you or the box the other internet things are connected to. You can now click the power button on the front of the NAS and you will hear a beep and the device will take around 2-3mins to initialise. If you are having difficulty with the physical installation of your Synology NAS, you can use the first part of the video below, where I will show you each step of the physical installation and then move on to the DSM 7 setup with the Synology Assistant and Web GUI via your browser.

The Synology NAS runs on its very own operating system, known as Diskstation Manager (DSM) and this is what separates it from most traditional USB direct-attached storage (DAS) and network drives that are just brainless storage. DSM allows users to run hundreds of applications, each with their own user interface (UI) on the NAS, that they can access on desktop computers, mobile devices and media devices. After you have installed hard drives and booted the device up, and found the device in your network (using the free Synology Assistant application for PC/Mac or DS Finder mobile app) you will be asked to proceed with the Synology DSM installation.

Install DSM 7 using a desktop Web Browser with the Web Assistant

Your Synology NAS comes with a built-in tool, Web Assistant, which helps you download the latest version of DSM from the Internet and install it on your Synology NAS. To use Web Assistant, follow the steps below:
1. Power on your Synology NAS.
2. Open a web browser on a computer within the same network where your Synology NAS is located, and go to “”. The status of your NAS should be Not installed.
3. Select your Synology NAS and click Connect on Web Assistant.
4. Click Install to start the installation process and follow the on-screen instructions

• Both your Synology NAS and computer must be on the same local network.
• We suggest using Chrome or Firefox as the browser for DSM installation.
• For more information on the setup of Synology NAS and DSM, please refer to the Hardware Installation Guide for your Synology NAS models available via Synology’s Download Center

Install DSM 7 with Your Mobile with the DS finder Application

You can also install DS finder (App Store/Google Play Store) on your mobile device to install DSM as demonstrated below:
1. Power on your Synology NAS.
2. Connect your mobile device to the local network where your Synology NAS is located, and launch DS finder.
3. Tap SET UP NEW NAS to start the setup process.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to establish the connection between your mobile device and Synology NAS, and tap SEARCH. DS finder will search for your Synology NAS. The status of your NAS should be Not installed.
5. Select your Synology NAS and tap INSTALL to start the installation process and follow the onscreen instructions.

• We take Android 10 as an example in this chapter. The actual steps may vary across OS versions and devices.
• Both your Synology NAS and mobile device must be on the same local network.
• DS finder can only run on Android and iOS devices.
• DS finder supports installing DSM on most Synology NAS models (except rack-mount models and desktop models of FS/XS series).

How to Configure storage space on your Synology NAS with the Storage Manager

This section guides you through the steps of storage pool creation using the built-in package, Storage Manager. When it’s your first time launching Storage Manager, Storage Creation Wizard will help you create and configure storage pools and volumes. A storage pool is a single storage unit consisting of multiple drives. A volume is a storage space created on a storage pool. You have to create at least one volume to store data on your Synology NAS.

How to Create a Storage pool and Volume

  1. Launch Storage Manager in the Main Menu. Storage Creation Wizard will pop up to lead you through the steps below
  2. Choose a RAID type to protect your storage. Some RAID types are available on certain models according to the number of drive bays. To know which RAID type is proper for your storage pool, you can refer to the Understand RAID types section or this article.
  3. Deploy drives to constitute the storage pool.
  4. Allocate the volume capacity.
  5. Select a file system. We recommend Btrfs for its data protection features. To learn more about the differences between Btrfs and ext4, you can refer to this article

Btrfs – Supports various data protection features, e.g., snapshot, replication, point-in-time recovery, and data integrity check.

ext4 – Features wide compatibility with Linux operating systems. It has fewer hardware requirements than Btrfs.

  1. Confirm the settings. The system will automatically run the storage creation and optimization process in the background.

How to Access and Navigate the Synology DSM 7 GUI

After installing DSM on your Synology NAS, you can sign in to DSM using the DSM user account you have just added during the first-time installation. Follow the steps below to sign in via a web browser:
1. Make sure your computer and Synology NAS are connected to the same local network.
2. Open a browser on your computer and enter one of the following in the address bar:

• Enter this URL only if your computer and Synology NAS are connected to the same local area network.
• IP address of your NAS:5000: If the IP address of your Synology NAS is “”, type “”. The IP address depends on the settings made during the initial setup

  1. Enter your username and click the rightward arrow.
  2. Enter your password and click the rightward arrow again to sign in.

Key Navigation Options Options, A Brief Overview

The DSM Browser-Based Desktop GUI

After signing in, you can see the DSM desktop, where your application and package windows are displayed. You can also create desktop shortcuts to frequently used applications. why are you copying me!

The DSM 7 Tasks, Activity & Notification Panel

The taskbar is located at the top of the screen and includes the following items:why are you copying me!

1. Show Desktop: Minimize all launched applications and packages windows.
2. Main Menu: Click the icon to view and open applications and add-on packages. You can also click and drag to create desktop shortcuts.
3. Open applications: Displays currently launched applications and packages. You can right-click and pin the applications or packages to the taskbar for faster access in the future.

4. Upload Queue: Appears when you start uploading files to your Synology NAS. Click the icon to see more details, such as progress and upload speed.why are you copying me!
5. External Devices: This appears when an external device (e.g., a USB flash drive) is attached to your Synology NAS.
6. Notifications: Displays notifications, such as errors, status updates, and package installation notifications.why are you copying me!
7. Options: Click the menu to shut down, restart, or sign out of your Synology NAS. You can also select Personal from the menu to modify personal account settings.
8. Widgets: Show or hide widgets. Widgets are located on the right side of DSM desktop by default, displaying various types of system information, such as storage, system health, etc.
9. Search: Quickly find specific applications, packages, or DSM Help articles.

The DSM Appliations & Services via the Main Menu

You can find a list of applications and packages installed on your Synology NAS here. To create a desktop shortcut, open Main Menu, and click and drag an application or package to the side.

How to Change Personal Settings in DSM 7

You can select the Personal option from the drop-down menu to manage your account settings, such as the password, display language, sign-in methods, and display preferences. The following gives you an overview of tabs under this option:

• Account: Edit account settings, enable advanced sign-in methods, and view recent login activities of your DSM account (refer to this article for more information).
• Display Preferences: Edit date and time formats as well as the appearance of your desktop (refer to this article for more information).
• Email Delivery: Add your email accounts at this tab. These email accounts are used in the following scenarios (refer to this article for more information):
• Deliver files stored in File Station as attachments.
• Send event invitation emails via Synology Calendar.
• Send notification emails when sharing files with others via Synology Drive.
• Quota: View your quota on all volumes set by the administrator’s account, as well as the amount of capacity you have used on each volume. On models with Btrfs support, you can also view the quota and capacity usage of each shared folder.
• Others: Customize other personal account options (refer to this article for more information)

How and Why to Create a shared folder to start sharing files in DSM 7

Through the setup of a shared folder, you can turn your Synology NAS into a convenient and secure file-sharing center. This section explains the role of shared folders on DSM and gives you instructions on file management using File Station and DS file. Understand shared folders A shared folder is a home directory where you can store and manage files and subfolders. You must have at least one shared folder to store files on your Synology NAS. Data stored in shared folders can be kept private or shared with specific users or groups based on custom permission settings. Some packages or services require a dedicated shared folder to ensure functionality (most will create a folder automatically). Removing any shared folder removes all the data and their snapshots within the folder. If you need the data, please back them up first before the removal.

How to Navigate, Manage and Access Files in the DSM 7 Web-Based GUI

File Station is a built-in file management tool on DSM. File Station provides a centralized interface where you can access and manage files and folders with web browsers and grant other users access to files based on the permissions you set. This section guides you through the steps of file management via File Station. Launch File Station and click Settings. You can perform the following actions here:

• Configure general settings.
• Mount shared folders, virtual drives, servers, and cloud service.
• Allow specific users to share file links or make a request for file access.
• Set speed limits for file transfer via File Station.
• Enable converting HTML files to plain text for security reasons.

Search for files or folders. File Station provides regular search and advanced search to meet different requirements:
• To perform a regular search, click the folder where the desired files or folders are located. Type a keyword in the Search field.
• To perform an advanced search, go to the folder where the desired files or folders are located. Click the magnifying glass icon next to the Search field to expand the advanced search menu, where you can set multiple search conditions for a refined search result.

How to Manage files and folders Easily in DSM 7

Select a file or folder and click Action or simply right-click it to perform the following actions:
• To send a file as email attachments: Right-click a file and select Send as email attachments. You can directly send and share files as email attachments in File Station once you have set up email delivery settings in the pop-up Personal window.
• To view or rotate pictures: Double-click a picture to open it in a viewer window, where you can view and rotate pictures.
• To edit the access permissions: Right-click a file or folder and select Properties. You can edit access permissions at the Permission tab.
• To generate file-sharing links: Right-click a file or folder and select Share. A shared link will be automatically generated. You can further specify validity periods or enable secure sharing.

How to Create local Users and Groups in DSM 7

You can grant family members or business associates access to Synology NAS by creating user accounts for them. For the ease of administration, you can create groups to categorize users and manage them together. This section guides you through how to create users and groups in Control Panel.

How to Create a User in DSM 7

  1. Go to Control Panel > User & Group > User.
  2. Click Create to launch User Creation Wizard.
  3. On the Enter user information page, enter the following user information:

• Name
• Description (Optional)
• Email (Optional): Enter the user’s email address. System notifications, such as password reset messages, will be sent to the address specified here.
• Password
• Confirm password

  1. On the same page, configure the following advanced settings that will be applied to the

• Send a notification mail to the newly created user: You have to enable email notifications in Control Panel > Notification > Email to allow the system to send emails. If you have not yet set up notification settings, a confirmation dialog box will pop up and lead you to the setup page when you tick this checkbox. For more information on the notification settings, please refer to the Manage notifications section.
• Display user password in notification mail
• Disallow the user to change account password
• Password is always valid: You will not see this option If Password Expiration at the Advanced tab is not enabled. This option makes this user’s password always valid and the rules of Password Expiration will not be applied to this user.
5. On the Join groups page, specify the groups to which the new user should belong. The default groups are administrators, http, and users. Please refer to the Create a group section to customize groups.
6. On the Assign shared folders permissions page, choose which shared folders the user can access. When the user permissions conflict with group permissions, the privilege priority is as follows: No access > Read/Write > Read only. The Preview column displays the access privileges that will take effect.
7. On the Assign user quota page, you can specify the maximum amount of space the user can use for each volume/shared folder. Enter a value and select the size unit in the User Quota

  1. On the Assign application permissions page, you can control which services the user can access. When the user permissions conflict with group permissions, the Deny permission always has priority over the Allow permission.
  2. On the Set user speed limit page, you can enable a speed limit for different services (e.g., File Station, FTP, rsync, etc.) to restrict the amount of bandwidth consumed by the user when transferring files. For each service, you can select one of the following:

• Apply group settings: If the user belongs to multiple groups, the group with a higher speed limit has priority over other ones.
• Set up speed cap: Specify upload and download speed limits in the fields to the right.
• Advanced settings: Two customized speed limits and the group limit can be applied to the user according to the schedule you set. You can modify the speed limit settings and set the schedule in the pop-up window.
10. On the Confirm settings page, check and confirm the setting summary.
11. Click Done to finish the settings.

How to Create a User Create a group

  1. Go to Control Panel > User & Group > Group.
  2. Click Create to launch Group Creation Wizard.
  3. On the Enter group information page, enter a group name.
  4. On the Select member’s page, add target users to the group.
  5. On the Assign shared folder permissions page, specify group members’ permissions to each shared folder.
  6. On the Assign group quota page, you can enable the usage quota for each service to control how much storage can be used by each group member.
  7. On the Assign application permissions page, you can control which services group members can access.
  8. On the Set group speed limit page, you can enable a speed limit for different services (e.g., File Station, FTP, Rsync, etc.) to restrict the amount of bandwidth consumed by each group member when transferring files. For each service, you can select one of the following:

• Set up speed cap: Specify upload and download speed limits in the fields to the right.
• Advanced settings: Two customized speed limits and no limits can be applied according to the schedule you set. You can modify the speed limit settings and set the schedule in the pop-up window.

  1. On the Confirm Settings page, check and confirm the setting summary.
  2. Click Done to finish the settings.

Creating a Synology Account for Remote Access & Managing Services

As an owner of Synology NAS, you should have a Synology Account to access Synology online services and manage your customer information. Different from DSM user accounts, which can be used to sign in to DSM, a Synology Account allows you to manage your billing information, registered Synology products, requests for technical support, and Synology online services (e.g., QuickConnect, DDNS, and Synology C2). For more information on the differences between Synology Accounts and DSM user accounts, please refer to this article.

Sign up for a Synology Account and bind your Synology NAS during DSM installation or by following the steps below:
1. Go to this website.
2. Complete the form and click Next. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to create a Synology Account

  1. Go to the email box you have entered, and click the email titled Synology Account – sign up (sent from “”) to get your verification code.
  2. Enter the verification code and click Next.
  3. Check the terms and privacy policy. Click Submit.
  4. Go to Control Panel > Synology Account, and click Sign in or sign up for a Synology Account.

  1. In the pop-up window, enter the credentials of your Synology Account and click Sign In.
  2. Now you have successfully registered for a Synology Account and bound your NAS to it

Creating and Editing Your QuickConnect ID

QuickConnect allows client applications to connect to your Synology NAS via the Internet without setting up port forwarding rules. It can work with Synology-developed packages, such as Audio Station, Video Station, Download Station, Surveillance Station, Synology Photos, File Station, Note Station, CMS, Synology Drive, and mobile applications. You can either specify your QuickConnect ID during DSM installation, or activate the service by following the steps below:
1. Go to Control Panel > External Access > QuickConnect.
2. Tick the Enable QuickConnect checkbox

  1. If you have not signed in to your Synology Account, a login window will pop up. Enter your existing Synology Account information or create a new account in the window.
  2. Specify a new QuickConnect ID.
  3. Click Apply.

• A customized QuickConnect ID can only include English letters, numbers, and dashes (-). It must start with a letter, and cannot end with a dash.

How to Configure & Increase Network Access Security

Once your Synology NAS is connected to the Internet, it is crucial to ensure system security. This section provides you four methods to strengthen the security of your DSM. Configuring a Firewall, utilizing the Security Advisor, Activating 2-Step Authentication and Enabling auto block, Account Protection, and DoS protection.

How to Activate the Firewall

  1. Go to Control Panel > Security > Firewall.
  2. Tick Enable firewall and click Apply. The default firewall profile will be applied to your DSM.

Utilizing the Security Advisor

Security Advisor is a built-in application that scans your Synology NAS, checks your DSM settings, and provides advice on how to address security weaknesses. Keep your Synology NAS secure by following the steps below:

Scan your Synology NAS immediately
1. Go to Security Advisor > Overview.
2. Click Scan.

  1. Fix the security weaknesses according to the scanning results.

Set up an automatic scan schedule
1. Go to Security Advisor > Advanced.
2. Tick Enable regular scan schedule under the Scan Schedule section. Select the time to run scanning from the drop-down menus.

  1. Click Apply to save the settings.

How to Activate 2-factor authentication

2-factor authentication provides additional security for your DSM account. Once this option is enabled, you will need to enter a one-time authentication code besides your password when signing in to DSM. The code can be obtained through authenticator apps (e.g., Synology Secure SignIn and Google Authenticator) installed on your mobile device.

To enable 2-factor authentication for your account, please follow the steps below:
• Go to Personal > Account and click 2-Factor Authentication to launch the setup wizard. Enter your password to continue.

• If Secure SignIn Service is already enabled in Control Panel > Security > Account, select from either Approve sign-in, hardware security key, or OTP for the second sign-in step.
• If Secure SignIn Service has not been enabled, OTP is the only available option for the second sign-in step.

How to Enable auto block, Account Protection, and DoS protection

You can safeguard DSM through these three mechanisms: autoblock, Account Protection, and DoS protection.

Autoblock unauthorized access

  1. Go to Control Panel > Security > Protection > Auto Block.
  2. Tick Enable autoblock.
  3. Enter a value in the Login attempts field and a value in the Within (minutes) field. An IP address shall be blocked when it exceeds the number of failed login attempts within the specified duration.
  4. Tick Enable block expiration and enter a value in the Unblock after (days) field to unlock a blocked IP address after the specified number of days.
  5. Click Apply to save the settings.

Enable Account Protection to prevent login attacks

  1. Go to Control Panel > Security > Account > Account Protection.
  2. Tick Enable Account Protection.
  3. Enter a value in the Login attempts field and a value in the Within (minutes) field. An untrusted client will be blocked if it exceeds the number of failed login attempts within the specified duration.
  4. For Untrusted clients, enter a value in the Cancel account protection (minutes later) field. The account protection will be cancelled after the specified duration.
  5. For Trusted clients, enter a value in the Unblock (minutes later) field. The account protection will be cancelled after the specified duration.
  6. Click Apply to save the settings

Setting up Defence against DoS attacks

A Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack is a malicious attempt to render network services unavailable by disrupting service functionality. To avoid this type of cyberattack, follow the steps below:
1. Go to Control Panel > Security > Protection > Denial of Service (DoS) Protection.
2. Tick Enable Dos Protection and click Apply

How to Ensure your Synology NAS & DSM 7 is Constantly updated

Synology releases DSM updates from time to time. Updates may include new features function improvements and performance enhancements. This section guides you through the configuration of DSM updates. Perform manual DSM update
1. Go to Synology’s Download Center.
2. Select your model from the two drop-down menus.
3. Go to the Operating System tab of search results and download an update file.
4. Go to DSM > Control Panel > Update & Restore > DSM Update.
5. Click Manual DSM Update.

  1. In the pop-up window, click Browse to upload the file

  1. Click OK and wait for the file to be uploaded.
  2. After reading through the update information and ticking the confirmation checkbox, click Update.
  3. Click Yes in the confirmation box. The installation can take 20 to 40 minutes. Please do not shut down the system during the update.
  4. The system will restart all services and packages when the update is complete.

How to Setup the NAS to Automatically Install DSM 7 Updates

  1. Go to DSM > Control Panel > Update & Restore > DSM Update.
  2. Click Update Settings.
  3. In the pop-up window, you can configure the following settings to check for DSM releases via Synology’s Download Center.

• Automatically install important updates that fixed critical security issues and bugs (Recommended): Allow the system to automatically install important DSM updates. To ensure that your system is always protected, we recommend enabling this option.
• Automatically install the latest update: Allow the system to automatically install new DSM updates when the system check finds new updates available.
• Notify me and let me decide whether to install the new update: Have the system notify you via desktop notifications when there is a new DSM update available. You can choose whether to download the update after receiving the notification.

• Check schedule: Decide when the system should check for available updates. Specify the check time from the drop-down menus.

• An automatic update only applies to minor updates and not to major updates. Generally, minor updates consist of bug fixes and security patches, major updates include brand-new features and performance enhancement in addition to bug fixes and security patches, and important updates contain fixes for critical security issues or bugs. For more information about important updates, please refer to this article.




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      341 thoughts on “Synology NAS Setup Guide 2022 – Setup, Users, Updates, Remote Access and Security Settings

      1. Thanks for your guide. I had recently changed NAS and at the same time the new one required 7.0 firmware so my Plex stopped working and I couldn’t figure out why. Hit the points you mentioned and now it works again! Thank you!!

      2. Hey – Thanks for your videos that are super clear – A question though 37:15 : What’s the advantage of creating a hot spare compared to have 4 disks under a Raid 5 ?

      3. Just getting ready to replace a Drobo FS with a Synology DS1522+. I had lots of questions regarding initial set up and configuration, and your video covered exactly what I needed to get rolling. Thank you very much for the effort you put into creating this tutorial and walkthrough.

      4. Really nice information but I have a question here.

        1. I recorded a videos on my iPhone and backed up using the Synology Photos app to my DS220J NAS. Now to stream and share do I have to copy these videos every time from my default NAS folder to the Video Station mounted folder. Because this doesn’t make any sense to create copies on my NAS.

        2. Is there any way I can use my all default backed-up photos/videos/audio files using the Synology Photos app to stream on my phone or browser and also share without copying in.

      5. This video is incredibly helpful. The only suggestion I have is to add chapters to help navigate 46 minutes of different backup procedures. Cheers!
        EDIT: Spoke too soon. Found time stamps in the description. 🙂

      6. I have all of my media on my Synology NAS … I have my Plex server on my Mac mini … I want my Plex server on my Mac mini to be able to access my media on my Synology NAS … could you help me out with this issue … could you walk me through the process to make that happen or maybe even do a video … thanks …

      7. Correction: RAID 2 does not offer 2 disk failure protection. RAID 2 only offers 1 disk failure. It’s purpose is Hamming code protection for data integrity at the block level. Not very common. Special use case when you need bit rot protection.

      8. Hi, I have a synology NAS DS1819+, have tried following all your steps but it still says “Not authorized… You do not have access to this server.” I have tried to search any kind of info in Plex but with no help so far. Do you or know anyone who has run into this kind of problem? Thanks.

      9. Thanks for taking the time to record this. While I’m familiar with RAID, etc., (setting up a Synology 1522+, to replace my old Drobo 5N), you answered my biggest question really quick: “Do I need the drive screws?”. I am thinking, since I’m in an RV, that I might should use them anyway, because vibration….but we’ll see. I have the NAS, but the drives are coming slower. 🙁 And I’ll be using RAID6 with 5x8TB Seagate Ironwolf. RAID6, because, again, in an RV!

      10. I have just bought a Synology NAS system and this is going to be very useful in getting me familiarized with how it woks. There is so much to learn here and it was well presented. I look forward to more of these videos. Thanks!

      11. Nice video ????
        Folks should be aware that an iSCSI target is not shareable to a second client PC initiator, in the sense that most ordinary users would expect. Indeed, getting a second PC to access the same target is an advanced topic involving clustering.
        Kindest regards, neighbours and friends.

      12. Great video ????
        9:15 — GPT vs. MBR . . . GPT is the right recommendation. The reason being is that GuidPT has more functionality and flexibility with drive partitioning schemes. As the (msft windows) world has largely moved on from MBR, only older vintage CPU, ROM and O/S combos are incompatible with GPT. But even today one may select MBR to initialise a drive, whether for storage or boot with a resultant 2TB maximum capacity.
        Kindest regards, neighbours and friends.

      13. Great video Robbie, Synology photos looks a great app, I’ll be setting mine up soon, do you know if there’s any way to stream to a smart TV other than Android or Apple TV. using the SynologyPhotos files? I’ve heard that you can’t access the directories that SynologyPhotos use to stream from. I don’t really ant to double up on everything so I can use the the SynologyPhotos app but also stream them to my Samsung TV

      14. Hey! excellent information! very useful. It’s unfortunate that Synology spends so much time having great tools but with such an ugly and simple interface. They should dedicate themselves to modernizing their image. Especially the apps for phones are extremely basic.

      15. Thank you so much! I had looked all over plex help, Reddit etc and couldn’t find out why my media library wasn’t showing. Youtube to the rescue, as usual. I hadn’t allowed Plex access via the System Internal User permission. As soon as I added this, I was able to create a new library in Plex and it was now seeing the sub folders inside my “video” shared folder. Currently scanning my library and everything is there again.

      16. When adding a drive to the remote desktop, is there a way to allow for certain users to only be allowed to Read the files only off of the drive?
        Is that going to be set up from the beginning of what the user is able to do??

      17. Thank you very much, i did all but my problem is that I can see my music files through Plex, but all these files are unclickable in light grey (whatever mp3 or Flac). Thanks for your help

      18. thank you, i have set up plex accounts before with new libraries but this video has saved me a longer headache than usual. I must remember SYSTEM INTERNAL USER… drop down thanks

      19. I have to admit that I’ve selected many of your videos to get a better understanding of my synology DS918+ and what it’s capabilities are. Although I feel that sometimes you’re talking a bit too fast to follow along, I can always replay certain portions on the video which I couldn’t fully understand. Now, you’ve made videos covering both Synology and QNAP NAS’s; so it would be more helpful if you could also include the differences between Windows and MAC OS when doing a how to video of this type.
        I can’t follow you when you’re selecting certain functions on your Windows PC which Mac doesn’t have.

      20. So there is no way to load pictures if you have them in a different folder on the NAS? You are forced to upload files through the app? that seems to be a huge time sink, for people with existing libraries folders already

      21. 08:15 at this point its over for me. (DS920+) When i start plex the one and only thing it does is telling me that i dont have permission for this server. It doesnt ask for any information like username/password/server or whatever, and dont give me any option to change or choose anything. Just a window that tells me that i dont have permission, nothing more nothing less. deleting and new installing doesnt help anything….

      22. Hello, during the initial setup, under “Explore other useful tools”, we have the options to check “Around the clock monitoring and protection” and “DSM configuration backup”. Is it a good idea to check both?

        I plan to use a Samsung SSD not in the compatibility list. I am concerned that if I enable these options, DSM will report the hardware log to Synology so that later on when I need support, they may refuse to help and void the warranty.

      23. At fist this seems like a very useful video but as I dig into the backup topic myself I see that two essential topics are missing: a) backup encryption (in case of (backup-) data theft) and b) recovery. Both topics have their own bells and whistles and can be quite challenging. Your help on these topics are very much appreciated.

      24. Super helpful. Quick question, you suggest a few options such as Synology account and Drive etc – do these have any security implications in terms of getting hacked?

      25. Is there a way to customize the metadata storage location so I can push it to one of my SSD’s instead of my main volume where my media is stored and the app is installed?

      26. Good video but you really should use a zoomed in field of view in your screen capture. I cannot watch this video on an iPhone because the images are unnecessarily small. We don’t need to see a lot of blank screen real estate. Thanks.

      27. Thank you for the E-mail pointing me here, For some reason when I mailed you Windows was failing to connect, even with chaps disabled, but 2 weeks later I came back, did another reset of my DNS 1550-04 and I’m IN !!!!! Thank You Thank You !!

      28. Someone below noted that Video Station will not play videos with DTS audio. It will also not play videos with EAC3 audio, which includes the majority of my videos. So Video Station is useless to me for its lack of support for common audio formats. I would like to find a good NAS hosted video player that keeps track of my watched/unwatched status across all of my client playback devices on my network and supports common audio formats.

      29. I was wondering why adding other video data sources was a pain and nearly non-existent
        Sounds like something has changed in Video Station’s history, and people aren’t happy with it.

        Setting up anime info was too much of a pain I just don’t care anymore and let it be.

      30. I really want to use Synology Photos, it between them removing the scene / object AI recognition (so I can just search for “dog”) and Apple adding the ability to search based on text in photos, I just can’t get over losing those capabilities.

      31. New to NAS and thank goodness for your videos!… I am just a home user and wanting to place the contents from my several PC’s to the NAS so I can access from my Dad’s house. I also have a woodshop with CNC and Laser at my Dad’s and currently transporting my design files via USB. Needless to say I get a bit confused at times at which files (designs) are the latest. I am in the midst of moving the contents of my PC to my NAS. Based on what I have been listening to, I think that Synology Drive and Synology Assistant is going to work best for me (at least thus far). Here is my question. When I sync the files from my NAS and then view them via Synology Assistan, I see them listed with the “cloud”. If I “Pin” a copy permanently on my local drive. Where is that files then saved, and can I then access it through my PC’s file explorer?

        Thanks! Steve

      32. Hi, I have not used my synology in two years and I have a plex server setup and all. but since I don’t remember how to set it up again I decided to check on your channel again and see if there is anything new, at 5:44 I don’t see the user at all so what could be the reason for that? I have a DS420+ and the DSM is 6.2.3. I know it has been a year since this video so if anyone watching that can help me with this I appreciate that.

      33. Very helpful thank you. I have an older NAS and was waiting to save up enough to upgrade and I finally have. I am excited to put what you are showing to practice. Thanks for the confidence boost.

      34. Thanks so much, Rob. So very helpful. @9:31, what is the difference between home > Photos folder and the photo folder listed just below your music folder? I was under the impression that setting up Synology photos created this standalone photo folder that is shown below your music folder. Thanks for the clarification!

      35. I would assume that installing a NAS is to watch on your movies on the TV thru Plex, not thru computer Plex app. However, it seems not possible to share Synology NAS files thru TV Plex app, does it ?

      36. It is great, if you only want 2 cameras. Outside of that, you’d be many hundreds of times better off financially to use a program like Blue Iris at under $100 for a 64 camera license running on a computer that will cost you under $400.
        All the things shown in this video are available on virtually all platforms and honestly there are cheaper, and easier to use, options for the general user by the time you add the cost of the NAS (ridiculously expensive for what you get) and license fees as even the most basic system will end up with more than 2 cameras.
        The other thing to remember with Synology is you don’t get human, vehicle or any other smart detection unless you buy cameras that have those features where as several other solutions, that are cheaper, do actually have these features built into the software.
        I really would not recommend Surveillance Station for the average home user.

      37. I’m just getting the error “No soup for you” when I try to open plex from the package center

        Can’t seem to find a fix anywhere, also when installing plex it didn’t create a plex folder

      38. I tried this tutorial so many times now but no matter what I firstly cannot make Synology Assistant to find my NAS no matter WHAT i tried Second when i install the plex It simply wont let me claim the Plex server again tried reinstalling everything from scratch 3 times now..since i cant claim the server i cant acces my files from my tv.

      39. I’m trying to do this with a PC that is in a physically different location. Is that even possible? I’ve created a LUN and accompanying iSCSI within DSM but keep getting ‘Connection Failed’ in the Windows initiator. I’ve tried using both my Synology’s external IP address and DDNS link.

        Thanks for a helpful video, and in advance for any support here.

      40. My 2 cents on the video and people’s comments:
        1: If running DSM 7.xx I suggest downloading from Synology and using that file. Three attempts with the doing from the Package Installation were a failure. It never made the “Plex xxx xxx xx” shared folder
        2: To remove a PLEX installation, it is not complicated, right click on it and select “uninstall” (not sure exactly what it says but you get the point I am not doing a tutorial……and I figured it out myself
        3: I would love it to see a video from start to finish with the exact system that I have. But that really is not practical for many people that post things to help us out. If you trying to set up a NAS, you should have at least enough knowledge to handle simple troubleshooting. If you need to be handheld, I do not think a NAS for PLEX is for you.
        4: The OP’s vids are very good. I really enjoy them. But I do not rely on them for 100 percent of any solution. When I got my NAS and PLEX setup, I used several references to help me with it.
        5: I do wish that NASCompares would respond to the questions asked. I think it is fair that you give answers back to the most common questions asked. I do understand that more complicated or “one offs” would be best dealt with offline
        6: Comments like “I’m so tired of people putting setup tutorial videos together where they are working with an already existing environment and their directions don’t line up with someone who is starting out fresh.” sort of bug me.

        I get the frustration..I really do. But a weekend of working through a problem makes you smarter. I followed this video and I had problems. But I researched and figured them out. Also, Everyones’ environment is different!

        Negatives: I do feel that NASCompares does not really care about answering the most common basic questions. I think you guys make money from it (cool, lots of work you have to do) but you do leave people hanging. You are more of a TV show than a social media platform where ideas are shared and solutions found…which means you are part of those solutions. Shame on NASCompares for not offering help on the questions that pertain to the video that you posted that you make a profit off of.

        You started the video, at least support your followers.

      41. I’m so tired of people putting setup tutorial videos together where they are working with an already existing environment and their directions don’t line up with someone who is starting out fresh.

      42. Your videos have been really helpful.. been watching for a bit and it makes sense. question I am will be setting up the rs1221 next week and I have questions.. are you available for networking consulting?

      43. Thanks for sharing this detailed information! I would add a suggestion to warn folks doing this to ensure their VPN is off, I struggled for an hour trying to get Plex server set up because my VPN was active.

      44. Thank you. This was a great video that helped to clear up many of the mysteries of LUN / ISCSI for me. Did have a couple of questions though. 1. Is there an easy way for me to make these visible in a non PC situation. Such as for instance from my Nvidia Shield unit? 2. If I added 3 LUN’s. Would it be possible to use them to create a RAID 5 or similar array? Thanks again for the great informative video. I think this is going to help several of my clients for accounting programs like Quickbooks / Sage 50 etc… where the program insists on the data being installed on a local PC etc… for sharing to other PC’s on the network.

      45. Please help

        I just changed my password like the email from plex said to do and I had it to log out all shared users

        Now I am getting an error message saying that my server is unavailable and I don’t know how to fix it. I logged out and logged back in. I Uninstalled the program and reinstalled a newer version and still it will not allow me access to my server

        Please help

      46. Great video. I set up videos station with my friends’ drums covers. However, I went through and marked my favorites. is there a way to tell it to just show/play them? TY

      47. eventhough I installed the plex beta on my NAS I am not getting the plex folder under Shared folder. I all ready gave admin and my account permission, etc. Don’t know what Im missing.

      48. Was going through the steps, and in my package center for some reason Advanced Media Extensions does not come up as an option to install. I have a 1621XS+ and it looks like that one is compatible. Any reason why it might not be available to me? I have video station and media server installed already. Also… When you go into settings you have a tab at the top called “video info plugin” … I have the other 6 tabs, but not that one. It seems the app is up to date. No option to update it. Not sure why I don’t have all those features. Thanks!

      49. Question, please: Is it ok to run BOTH iTunes server AND Media Server at the same time? Or do I need to disable parts of one (e.g. music) to use the other – or anything like that? Thank you, as the others have said, for these great videos, which have been incredibly useful in helping me set up my first big boy NAS!

      50. Surveillance Station can’t find cameras on my network, they used to work fine for over 2 years. Now can’t find the cameras even though the cameras are on the network, please help?

      51. What’s the point really of having a Plex server in your NAS? It makes the NAS cost more and it takes up CPU.
        Wouldn’t it be better to just have the Plex server be a separate dedicated cheap, or old computer on the network.

      52. DO NOT install the beta. Just do download the Synology (DSM 7) file from Synology and manually install the package… then continue follow the instructions to add permissions to the folder etc… If you want to keep Plex updated, just download a new DSM 7 package from Plex, then manual install again and it will upgrade for you (there is no upgrade option in Synology Package Center but a manual install again will perform an upgrade – I tested and confirm this). You can also delete and keep settings option, and re-install a previous version if you every have a situation where a Plex update breaks something. Also HW acceleration works fine on my DS1520+ and no need to do any edits or docker workarounds… I think Plex has fixed a lot of the issues since these videos came out.

      53. Apart from Plex being a “one stop shop” is there any fundamental reason why you’d say use Plex Media server for music instead of say the built in iTunes Server software?

      54. Thanks for the video. A similar question to the one I posted in Part 3’s comments. Whilst this shows how to share files once on the NAS, I’m unsure how to move the files across? Is it a case of exporting from say iTunes, coping over the the NAS and then indexing? I’m unsure how to preserve any “play lists” etc. already created in iTunes?

      55. Thanks for the video. Whilst this shows how to share files once on the NAS, I’m unsure how to move the files across? Is it a case of exporting from say iPhoto, coping over the the NAS and then indexing? I’m unsure how to preserve any “smart albums” etc. already created in iPhoto? I suspect I’ll have the same question about iTunes and Audio.

      56. 2nd question. The various backup and sync applications appear to be for data on the NAS. Am I correct in thinking Synology Drive is the best way to backup the data on a given PC, or Mac or … to the NAS in the first place (just “share” C:”)?

      57. If it was only as easy as you say in the video 7:12 “just install it” except that piece of Synology crap doesn’t work. You get an error message saying This package requires you to install “pgsql-adapter.service” which of course the instructions found over on the Synology forums don’t work. How about a video that bypasses anything Synology DSM7.

      58. @7:50
        This timestamp is interesting. DLNA doesn’t allow permissions. So basically everyone in the network has full access to the data which may be not desired. So may question now is. If I want to use DLNA only for my TV (which is also connected to the home network via wlan), can I connect the TV via LAN2 directly to the NAS and by this only give the TV access via DLNA whereas all other users/devices of the home network still have no access to the data?

      59. Hey there, I followed your directions to a T. However, no matter how many times I uninstall to start over, I never ever get the window that says “How Plex Works”. So, everytime I go into Plex to add media, it takes me to a screen that says, “Install Plex Media Server. I have the Synology 920+.

      60. Is it possible for me to include my own Video info without scrapping the internet with third party providers? For example if i have videos from conferences that I will like to associate with certain pictures.


        Please help me. What I need to do? I just followed all you steps from very beginning. but still the same.

      62. Really helpful series though I do have a question with respect to Snapshot Replication. I’m not sure what info is contained in the “Web” and “Web_packages” folders that were created by the system — so, should I schedule these folders to have snapshots taken (as I’m doing with the folders that contain my photos, music, data files)?

      63. Hi. Very interesting and useful tutorial. I have 2 external cameras on my home and until a few weeks ago i was utilising the camera software for detections and alerts which was working well. My detections were under IVS for an entry and exit zone. However, I have recently changed my ISP and for some reason I now cannot get email alerts via the camera software so have resorted to using surveillance station (DSM 7) through which alerts do work. But I have found the experience to be completely frustrating. IVS does not work with surveillance station and the function is greyed-out, so I have to resort to using a detection area and setting the sensitivity and threshold controls. But I have found this to be pretty much useless and it will trigger an alert every time the sun goes behind a cloud but won’t detect someone walking down my driveway. I really would like this to work and I record 24/7 to my Synology DS118 which is used solely for this purpose, but the whole experience is one of utter frustration as it seems unable to deliver what I need it to, and to what I was getting previously. Do you have any suggestions?

      64. In the creation of libraries on the Video Station I have noticed that the “home” folder is just not there. Is it possible to have it look in subfolders within the home folder?

      65. I got the “No soup for you!” when I open plex ????

        I feel that the path for the Plex app might be wrong.
        I wrote: “/volume2/plex_amp”

        I followed all the permissions + system internal user permissions

        volume1 is for time machine
        volume2 is for my apps
        volume3 is for all data like music & videos

      66. @NASCompares – is there a way to explore or browse the ISCSI target on the Synology itself? I’ve got a DS1621+ and can copy and move files from Windows to the ISCSI target, no problem, but I want to do some testing internal to the NAS and can’t find any info on that whatsoever… I assume you must be able to, but am very new to ISCSI, so may be completely wrong. Thanks for the great videos!

      67. When I open Plex Media Server for the first time, it doesn’t take me to the screen “How Plex Works” Instead it takes me to “No Soup for You. You do not have accesss to this server.” Can anyone help?

      68. it’s not a coincidence I was just trying to understand this last week,
        is there some easy answer to, if I should use NFS or iSCSI, accessed from MacOS ?
        I ruled out SMB because of slow performance over LAN, testing NFS with very good results nowadays (only inconvenience being lack of recycle bin)

      69. Hi, i habe Problems, when i don’t wart Tobise the predefined Folders and libraries. Even i connect msg Folders, no Video is found. It Sems the top Level Folders in the nas is different from Folders Bülow,

      70. Didn’t see where the guide mentioned that if creating a backup destination to another Synology NAS that you must first install Hyper Backup Vault on that destination NAS. Otherwise, you cannot log into that designation NAS from the source NAS backup setup screen.

      71. How do I see how many photos I have on the NAS? Apple photos gives a nice summary of the number of photos and videos. For some reason I don’t see that info on Synology NAS. TY!

      72. H265 cameras must use the desktop client, as the web browser can’t view the footage. I only use the Desktop Client now with my 8MP cameras. I have a 12TB volume in my Synology for Surveillance Station recording and it’s used 10.5TB for 24/7-30 days of recording footage. I don’t trust motion detection recording. I’d rather have the entire day, and the ability to track a suspicion vehicle or persons activities throughout the day without dropped recording between the motion events it’s decided are important. 12TB isn’t a small amount, but I don’t want to have issues with a prosecutor or jury accepting my security footage because it has blank spots on the timeline for reasonable doubt.

      73. I added a Foscam camera to my DS415+ back in December 2014, and everything worked just fine. Then after a few app updates my camera stopped working, e.g. it was recognised but would not caputre moving footage anymore. No idea why that is.

      74. I have reinstalled Plex 3 times now and each time it fails to auto create the “Plex” folder which does not allow me to then grant permission to it described at 5:15 What am I doing wrong?

      75. I really enjoy your videos, but a lot of times you end up loosing me about a 3rd of the way in. This has happened on some of your SSD PS5 comparison videos and so far on these Synology NAS tutorials. Extremely detailed, but way too long IMO. Might be a good idea to split them up when you have a bunch of stuff to go over. Regardless, keep up the great work.

      76. Thank you so much. I’ve been looking for a longer time for a video that explains installing Plex fresh on DSM 7. All the other tutorials I found seemed to be about upgrading an older installation.

      77. Hi i followed all of this but all I ever get when I click on the plex media server button is that Unable to connect

        Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at… what do I do here? I gave plex the permissions?

      78. Is there any reason to not place media files in a sub-directory under the Plex directory? Then there would not be a need to go back and grant access to the media directory since security rights would have already been granted at the Plex directory level, I would like to know the answer to this before I set up my new DS920+ arriving tomorrow. Thank you!

      79. Hi! Amazing tutorial, followed all the steps. However, at the Map Network Drive step, Enter network credentials, after I enter them, it gives me User or password incorrect…which they aren’t.. can anyone help?

      80. Ya this video is confusing. You created a new shared folder called “Plex” in the beginning of the video. But then said a new folder will automatically be created also called “Plex” later in the video. Very confused on all of this. Nothing is working for me at all

      81. when I start plex it jumps into plex and I can not make a server. when I’m in and go to the media it asks me to make a server. I do everything again but get the same result. what could be wrong?

      82. Getting an API for TMDB is not as straight forward. You must apply for one to which they question your use for it. I simply said for my Synology NAS. If approved, they will email you the code. I successfully applied and their scrapping is very fast and accurate. The only catch is you MUST name your media files in a correct format. Ex: My videoName (year) If you don’t name your file correctly TMDB cannot find it. This also applies to TV shows such as season and episode no. Ex: Sopranos S03E04

      83. A little late to watch. I simply cannot watch you as fast as you make em. On my dsm7, the package center doesn’t have Beta packages. Where is the source? Under synology will plex be able to play DTS content? Thank You with warm regards.

      84. Does Synology or any HDD mfg releasing any notes on high capacity storage compatibility list yet. A friend had encountered issue with WD 18tb ultra 550 drive which is not working with error health info not available though it shows the available space to be initialized. Based on forum Intel based DS series seems be working with 18tb from both brands of Seagate and WD but none claim on non intel realtek chipset. Even support neither saying incompatible but keep insisting to check the drive by connecting to pc for health info.

      85. I’m having an issue after I install any of these additional apps that I can no longer map out drives when I do I’m getting an error about not able to map the drive due to multiple users. Do I need to map out said drives before adding additional things like Synology photo?

      86. Very good video!! A have a question..just got the same NAS as yours, and 2x brand new 6 tb ( for NAS) from MDD Max Digital Data,
        That says format before using… I’m going to use it on Mac ( Catalina) I watched your video and did not see you mentioning anything about formatting… so should I format it before using Disk Utility or just do the process you did with your… Thank you so much!!!

      87. I’ve recently purchased my first Nas precisely to use Plex, so appreciate this video. Can you follow up with a ‘how to’ import and iTunes library into Plex please ????????

      88. Nas how long until you have your temp tested PNY XLR8? Iam looking forward to that video see the results, don’t get me wrong iam well happy with the Sabrent but that PNY looks good and I can’t help myself if it looks good and works really good I gotta have it, anyway looking forward to that video ????????

      89. Hey, new sub here as I’m in the market for my first NAS and pretty much decided on the Qnap 453 (thanks to your videos) but when I put it into my cart Amazon “suggested” I look at the 473. This product is about $300 more but with that money you get the Ryzen and the max memory is substantially more, so I’m wondering why in all of your comparison videos you don’t compare these two? You typically only compare models that are the same price. But you’re missing out on a key part of your audience who (like me) don’t mind spending a little more as long as you explain the benefit of it; so many people choose a budget that tops out at $1k so maybe you could explain the advantages of spending just a little more money to step up to the much more expandable 473?

      90. So glad you did this video, I am struggling with setup. Have plex server on my shield and want to use nas as a backup. I am going to start over following your video. Thank you for all you do????

      91. Please also make a video for Kodi integration. For now, I don’t want to pay for Plex. BTW, I’m having problems with Video Station not automatically scraping info. I had to manually go to each video file and edit/correct the info. When I tried to refresh, it did refresh the list of files/folders but didn’t scrape the info, meaning I lost a lot of the effort I did with manual scraping. Does the Video Station need a certain folder structure for the files?

        Also, am I able to exclude certain sub-folders? For example, Featurettes, Extras, etc?

      92. Given 4 drives present, I would use SHR2 or raid 6 over SHR or raid 5 and leaving the 4th drive idle as a hot spare… Using the hot spare and 1 drive redundancy leaves you open to data loss if failure occurs before the spare comes live. It can take a long time to rebuild an array. Having a second drive failure protection in place with SHR2 is a huge comfort and reduces the pucker factor while waiting for an array to rebuild. When your drives are a few years old, you will lose one and be hoping that the remaining old drives don’t crap out during the rebuild!

      93. About Synology Video Station: You need to know that if your movie has DTS sound, it will be played without any sound on your samsung device. This doesn’t happen with plex, emby… Samsung TVs seem to be affected by this. I don’t know about the other brands.

      94. does this series stop at 4? the play list is confusing me; looks like 1,2,3,4,4,3,2? Id assume placeholders but that seems odd to me that a placeholder is needed and you cant just keep adding.

        Sidebar and pardon if i just havent gotten there yet;; when do you discuss PLEX? or HomeAssistant? How do i keep my system safe for doing something like remote access (plex, home assistant, etc) and mapping network drives (local PC access) but also keeping things secure like with 2FA? Do i need completely separate volumes and just host the stuff i care less about (plex / remote access to basic files, ie homework or whatever) on its own volume and then everything i want extra secure (taxes?) in a different volume that cant be network mapped etc? If those are the two options, how do people host home automation servers and have remote access but keep them secure to themselves but also isolated to the rest of the network (particularly the drives of tax info or whatever)..

        Long winded question, sorry, im not sure how to ask but basically want to do plex and have some stuff available, have other things super secure, then also want home automation (home assistant) setup hopefully with remote access, and also possibly a security camera system (sort of crosses over with home automation).

      95. Great videos, Question I have the DS920+ with one 8TB hard drive I set it up with SHR hoping to add a second 8TB in a month or two. will I be able to add the new drive to the same raid pool for a Mirrored setup or will I have to start from the beginning? I was hoping to start putting data on it but don’t want to lose it if I need to start setting it up all over again. thanks for any info you can provide!

      96. Great Video, I followed it twice and after I created my shared folders and go to Synology Assistant to map my drives it come up with ERROR cannot obtain a list of shared folders? Please help!!!

      97. Thank you very much for your useful video. I have a problem and I hope you could give me instructions and advice.
        I have Synology Drive on my computer, which uses a 480GB SSD. There is a SynologyDrive in the Local disk D. The data I store in the SynologyDrive is synced to my DS220J Synology NAS. Unfortunately, the total capacity of Local disk D is just 175GB, which is quite limited compared to the amount of data I need to store in my NAS. I do “free up space” some folders in the SynologyDrive on my computer but I still don’t have enough memory for my data.
        What should I do to upload 1TB of my data to my NAS without facing the limited amount of memory (175GB) of the SynologyDrive on my local disk D?
        Thank you very much for your help.

      98. Many thanks for all your content. Quick introduction: just got the 1621+ with the E10M20-T1 CARD – on which I have attached 2 X NVMe M2 ( 2228 ) of 1 TB each ( PCIe Gen 3 ). I stiil have the front NVMe slots available.

        Question: I’m planning to order another 2 NVMe cards of 1 TB each – this time the 4th PCIe Generation – is it worth it and will make it a difference to the overall performance of the NAS unit ?

        Additional information: running 32 GB RAM on it with 2 x 12 TB HDD and another 4 x 3 TB HDD – planning to configure it as a RAID 10.
        Mostly video editing / video content creation & photography to perform & storage on it.

        Much appreciated! Thank you.

      99. I’m so confused with all this networking stuff right now and NAS lol. ( do video editing and render farms)
        So Ive been told that a mechanical drive is too slow and would bottleneck on a 10gbs network. I mentioned isnt that what the RAM, CPU and SSD caching is for? To bring the speed up over 200-300 mb transfer? Supposedly a usb2.0 on SSD would be be fast enough, but based on my editing experience I would disagree as it always lagged and files are unscrubbable with a 4k 60fps footage. If a 10gbs is required for NAS video editing workflow, then doesnt that mean the data we’re transfering should be equally or close to being that high as well? Is there more to it than the actual transfer speed that I am not understanding? How much data are we transfering or required to transfer when editing sometthing like a 4k60fps? Do you have a deep explanation for these?

      100. While i absolutely love my Synology NAS, i cannot believe how stupid the head honchos at Synology are.
        They had a great feature for their Moments app in DSM 6 which found duplicate and similar photos enabling you to delete them.
        Surely plenty of photographers, pro and amateur,found this feature useful, i know i did, and thought it was awesome.
        Fast forward to DSM 7, and someone, who can only be described as an out of touch fool, decided NOT to add that same feature to the new Synology Photos app. It’s not like it was a feature that needed to be developed, that work was already done, so why would said fool not add it to the new version of a photos app.
        This is what really gets up my nose about any new update OS be it Windows, Mac Synology etc, some moron gets to decide what i want and don’t want without asking me.

      101. Great video thank you!! One thing that would’ve been helpful would’ve been some steps on setting a static IP, this video seemed to cover it well, but I’d be curious if you agree with his order of operations

      102. Hi Robbie, I am trying to setup Synology Photos an is you said it created the Photos directory in my Home drive. I am trying to sync this to my MacBook – using Synology Drive, but that only let me sync to ‘Drive/Photos’ that Photos cannot read – is there a way around this?  

        I also tried the shared option, but that collects all my photos on a photos share and not give me an option to select the sub directory that I want Photos to read. again is there a way or do i have to move split my shares so I can hide originals for example?

        I have also found out that deleting photos from Synology Photos also delete them from my NAS – all recovered hough

        Thank you very much for these videos – i find them really helpful

      103. “This is truly a great set-up video”. I have just set up my DS920+ step by step and it is spot on. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Even today 27Dec 2021 this info is up to date. Thank you

      104. Great video thank you! Do you have any videos about how to save a back-up of your Plex data (not the media but all the associated metadata and database etc) installed on Qnap Nas? Cheers!

      105. Hi Robbie and thank you for the video. I’m considering either a QNAP or Synology and I’ve been going though many of your videos lately to make that decision, its been very helpful! It’s mainly just for home use, a lot of it is around keeping our photos safe… also plex and would like to play around with some VM’s just for the fun of it. While I’m happy to see this guide on photos I’m a bit confused to understand how photo setup would work for multiple users – how would this look from their point of view and how to set this up properly? How to make auto-uploads from phones for each user, etc.?

        I would like to have my personal account and an account for my wife to share the vast majority of our photos between us pretty much automagically if possible (our kids may need similar accounts as well in a not so distant future). On the contrary, I have a friend who has shown interest in using my “future” NAS for his own back ups to a limited capacity… would I be able to grant him a completely isolated space (around 1TB) so that he can also use photos for himself? Would I need to explain to him how to set up a photos folder in his space?

        I would highly appreciate a multi user setup video if you have the time for one. The required “photos” folder location is a bit confusing for Synology so I’m leaning towards QNAP at this point.


      106. Thanks brother! You are helping me set up my Christmas NAS a DS220+. I’ve watched allot of your videos, you even helped me select my new Christmas NAS. How about a video on backing up/restoring your iPhone and Android phones to the NAS?

      107. Happy Holidays and Thank you once again for all your brilliant support and timely suggestions…… I would have not added the 920+ to my system without your informative videos…. Cheers!

      108. Is this possible to make the HDD of the NAS active only when you need them ? (Like when you use a Black HDD from WD) To extend the lifetime of the HDD of the NAS ? A sort of sleep state.

      109. I want to backup Synology volume data to a USB drive such that the files are accessible by plugging that backup drive into my Windows PC. What app should I use, USB Copy or Hyper Backup?

      110. Just bought an SYNOLOGY DS1520+ (Diskless and new) at a fantastic discount from Amazon @$399/- and with $32.92 tax it is $431.92 still a bargain!! Thanks to your video the purchase decision was super-fast and easy. ????

      111. I bought my first Synology 920+ and your videos help allot!
        I think i am starting to understand tings.
        I am going to set up a 3 disk system with SHR.
        But i would like a small part outside SHR/Raid for moveclips that i want easy streamaccess too and don’t need to have copies of. If they “die” it’s okej.
        Do i create a sepparate volume only?
        All info i can find in a channels is focused on raid only (for natural reasons).
        Good work!

      112. Great tutorial vidéo. More like a full professional training session. I’ve had worst payed training sessions irl lol. You guys should get paid by Synology as their expert traîners! ????

      113. Hi, thanks for your recent help via email. I’m up and running now and enjoyed the help in this video. However, when I was looking for the other parts, the playlist says ’11 unavailable videos are hidden’ as far as I can see. Is that what you intended?

      114. Thanks for all of the information an analysis. It is great. I just pulled the trigger on a DS920+ (largely based on your in-depth evaluations and knowledge). I missed the Black Friday sales because I was too slow doing my reasearch, but I still think it will be a great value. Thank you!

      115. Thank you for the walk through, I was looking to upgrade from a WD Cloud I bought in 2015 and landed on the Synology DS1520+ thanks to your very informative videos. I was wondering when the next video for the DSM 7 will drop? Excited to learn more about this platform, keep up the great work.

      116. I am thanking of getting this DiskStation DS1520+ for plex and am tryin to figure out how many streams it can do and what is best raid for expandability of the raid ans nsa in the future. Here is a vid idea do a vid on haw to expand a nas and the raid

      117. Thank you for all of the information you’ve provided on your channel regarding all things NAS. It’s been invaluable in pointing me towards the correct NAS to use. P.S. I love the seagull sounds in the background, they are very pleasant to hear in your videos.

      118. Awesome, easy to follow guide with everything I needed to know. Noise from your NAS was no problem, but you might want to have a word with the seagulls near you—more than whirrs and clicks coming from them!

      119. I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for all your information and help with everything NAS. I’m currently setting up my first, and any queries I had, after a quick search I found the answers on your website. Fantastic! ????

      120. Unfortunately this is supposed to be for beginners how to setup a Synology DSM 7 now but your missing important features if you don’t have checksum enabled on the share you can’t enabled it afterwards (it disables auto repair) also for beginners SHR should be used due to its flexibility (you can’t change between SHR and raid5) disks at 8tb or higher recommended to use SHR2 and a 5 or higher Bay nas (so you still have 3 disks worth of space)

        Recycle bin enabled

        Snapshot Replication should be (amazes me you have to actually install it) and set it up 30 days retention (or more if needed) and set monthly smart extended scan and monthly data scrub schedules set

        If you’re thinking about using a hot spare with SHR or Raid 5 don’t, you should pick shr-2 first or RAID6 before you even consider using hotspare (as your constantly protected protected from 1 or 2 disk failure, with SHR1 once you lose a disk you lose redundancy the hot spare doesn’t protect you until it has finished rebuilding, or you might actually automate your pool death when)

      121. Hi, I really appreciated the pace. I’m hoping you can post a video to expand on drive mappings. It would be helpful to address the issues one can come across when the NAS is in a VLAN with specific ACLs, Although I’m in the same domain, I can’t map a drive and I suspect it has to do with network security and the fact that I’m in a separate VLAN. I also “loaned” out two of my drive bays on the NAS to a hospital and they are not even in the same domain, but I want them to map a drive through Windows Explorer as well. Thank you!

      122. Thank you for this video. Love your content!
        I have a question – How do you backup files from external hard drives onto the NAS automatically on a schedule? I work on a mac and do audio production work. I want to back up my files on my DS218+. Is there a seem-less way to get my files backed up at the end of the day onto the NAS without me actually dragging and dropping files on to a local shared folder?

      123. Great tutorials…your skills of teaching us are amazing. Thank you. Synology Assistant desktop Windows is not finding the DS720+. I managed to map the network drive but the Assistant is not working or showing anything under Management => Search. I am connected on the same network.

      124. Great video, love your YouTube channel, just purchased this unit for media content / Synology Photos and running a Plex Server also iTunes server. It would be great to get a video on some security settings for this 920+ for a novice users.
        Best settings to use for this single home network environment. ????????

      125. Just bought a 5 bay nas and 2 drives, I will add to it as time goes on. Do my drives need to be in the “1 and 2” slot, or can I place them anywhere? My thinking is that placing them further away from each other will mean less heat

      126. Read and write is not improved in RAID 1. It’s too bad you keep saying this in so many of your video’s. Explenation: a 1GB file needs to be written to a RAID 1 setup. The 1GB of data will be written to both drives at the same time, turning it from a 1GB data transfer to a 2GB transfer on that final stretch of the pipeline. The data is there 2 times now. The read and write performance is therefore theoretically limited to the slowest disk speed of the two.

      127. This is great, thanks! I’ve had a DS412+ for many years, but have never delved into DSM too deeply. This is a great refresher as I begin to set up my new DS1520+. I may have questions ????

      128. You can also remap your essential folders such as my documents and my music by clicking on the icon and select properties. Use the tab for location and in the data string, move your on system files to the NAS Drive. Just remember to recreate the disk structure/path naming formalities, if you care about such things. For instance I use \[Synology drive name]pathfolderMy Documents.
        Because I have several computers that I use, I find it easier for me to have my folders on my Nas, than to have individual folders on each pc
        For me, this works. It means that I can access all my files even on my laptop, in another country.
        Downside is that if I lost my laptop, they can access my stuff too but that is another issue

      129. Thanks a lot for this video! Just installed my first NAS, a very helpfull video for beginners such as myself! Well explained, keep it up and I’m waiting for your next one! 🙂

      130. Hoping to get a simple answer, without someone asking “why do you want to do this”, I have my reasons. Would a 10GB NAS with single volume drives (not raided) be faster the 1GB NAS with single volume drive (not raided). Current NAS is Western Digital 4 Bay PR4100 with WD Red Drives Set up Jbod (4 Volumes). Thinking about getting Synology or QNAP 10GB not sure which one yet with Iron Wolf Pro drives, but do not want to RAID, want single Volumes like I currently have. I know this is not normal, but does anyone know if the 10GB NAS will be significantly faster in this situation? Many thanks in advance.

      131. I did it differently and added two drives for 12TB of storage, as separate individual volumes. Backup is to external USB 5TB drives using DiskBoss Ultimate, which mirrors the NAS drives to the USB ones and error checks them. The USB drives to cover the 12TB worked out half the price too.

      132. Thank you for the Video, I am a beginner. When I installed Synology on a DS1520+ It installed version is 6.2-25376 Is Great because I didn’t want DSM 7 just yet! The reason is I want to run PLEX. Thank you for this Video

      133. Nice video. Question i have the ds218+ dsm 7 is not showing in my updates/downloads as yet, should i wait until it is offered to me before i update? 2nd Q, will my current backup be compatible or do i need to do a fresh install of all data