Can I connect Synology Diskstation NAS directly to a PC or Mac

Can I connect Synology Diskstation NAS directly to a PC or Mac?


Can I connect Synology Diskstation NAS directly to a Mac?



Hardware Used in today’s Tests
  •                    Ethernet crossover cable  – Check Amazon
  •                   USB to LAN adapter  – Check Amazon
  •              NUC PC i7 – Check Amazon
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  •                  Synology DS720+ dual LAN  – Check Amazon


TIP: For this job, you may need an Ethernet crossover cable (but most modern systems come with auto-detection and this may not be required)  UK  USA     

If you are planning to connect your Synology NAS to your PC over USB, then no, you can not. NAS means network attached storage and is being connected to a network. Once added as a network drive, the new drive will appear in your drive list on your PC or Mac.

If you want to connect your NAS directly, you can do it. Set up manual IP  on your PC and NAS with a one in the same IP range. Than use Synology finder app or type IP in the address bar and it’s done. Maximum speed for regular network cable is 1Gb/s which is around 115MB/s in real life.

For example Your NAS IP could be and computer 

You should use the same range as your computer IP. How to find your local IP ? Type “Ethernet” in the search box and open Ethernet settings. Then click on your adapter connection icon and scroll down to IP address.

Then head to Synology

  • Login to your NAS
  • Open Control Panel
  • Open Network
  • Select Network Interface from the tabs above
  • Select LAN, click on Edit
  • and choose manual configuration
  • you can provide your NDS server (router IP, which you found next to IP settings earlier)

You should be able to already connect via browser to your NAS under new IP. Or you can use “Synology Assistant” app on desktop. Or search

You can then map it to your computer under this IP. If you want this drive to be accessed via Windows OS rather then browser:

  1. My computer
  2. This PC
  3. Computer Tab
  4. Map network drive


Nevertheless, there is actually a way to connect NAS using USB or Thunderbolt port. It is only possible with Qnap NAS x73, x53B or x51A series. These are unique NAS models with DAS and NAS functionality.

x72,      UK   USA

x53B     UK   USA

x51A     UK   USA



On windows you need to open network settings : Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections

And set manual IP address (You can skip this step and keep your IP automatic, it should work as long it is in the same range)


Connecting via 1GbE directly will be faster then WiFi, but using a switch or router would simplify all this process. But if you want faster connection like 5GbE or 10GbE and you do not have switch which can handle this speed then you might use an adapter.



QNA-T310G1T  – UK  USA





Connect Qnap directly to a PC over LAN

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