If you are still thinking about which synology to buy, check this guide instead: Synology 2019 Buying Guide, but if you are the happy owner of a new Synology, here is a guide on how to configure your brand new Synology!!
Here is the list of upcoming posts:
- Part 1: Install DSM in your Synology (operating system) – This one
- Part 2: Configure your hard drives: Storage pool configuration
- Part 3: Upgrade your Synology RAM
- Part 4: Basic Security settings
- Part 5: Move/copy files between NASes
Prepare the synology
I just bought my third synlogy and I will take this opportunity to update my guide on how to get started.
The first things you need to do are to:
- Unpack it 😉
- Install the harddrives
- Connect to the internet with the LAN port
- Turn the synology ON
- Your computer needs to be in the same wifi or network
Find your Synology in the network
Now that you have everything connected, let’s find your synology.
Go to goole and type:
- “find synology”
- And click on the first hit: the Synology Web Assistant
If your computer and synology are on the same network, the Synology web assistant will find it:
- Click Connect and
- Accept the agreement
Now, you will be invited to set it up and an internal ip address has been assigned:
And now it will prompt us to install the DSM.
Installing manually means to download the software on your computer and browse to it. No need to that unless your connection is poor, so go ahead and click Install Now.
It will warn you that your disks will be formatted, clik OK.
And it will start installing DSM.
It will restart once it has finished and after that you can start using it.
Create Admin account
Now it is time to create your admin account:
- Give your server a name (ex. your company name)
- Pick a username for your admin account
- Pick a password
- and make sure it is strong enough.
Now it will ask you how you want to keep your DSM updated. Pick your settings and continue:
Set up QuickConnect
The next step is to set up QuickConnect.
If you dont know what QuickConnect is, it is basically a way to access your Synology without opening ports in your router. This is specially useful if you dont have access to your router (like in shared offices..).
To set it up, you do it by creating a new Synology account or by using an existing. I already have an account , so I will use existing.
To set up quickconnect for the first time just add the fields specified below and pick a name for your quickconnectID, like your company name.
Once you fill in all the details, you will get your new Quickconnect URL.
Use that URL to access your Synology from outside the network.
And finally you can start playing with your Synology!!
In the next post, Part 2: Configure your hard drives: Storage pool configuration ,I will show you how to set up your Disks.