Written by Hans

How do I set up my Synology NAS?

In order to install a Synology NAS, you don't need to know anything about networks or NAS systems. All you'll need is the roadmap below.

What do you need?

  • A Synology NAS
  • One or more hard drives
  • One network cable (included by default)
  • A router that's connected to the Internet
  • A computer that's connected to the same network
  • The Synology Assistant software for your computer
  • The Synology Find website
  • Optional: labels to number your hard drives

Step 1: place the hard drives

There are 2 ways to install the hard drives into your Synology NAS. You can find the way this is done in your NAS in the quick start guide under the heading 'Hardware installation'.

Tip: stick labels on the hard drives with the order of placement on them. If you have a NAS with two drive slots, stick the numbers one and two on the drives from left to right.

Option 1: a Synology NAS with removable drive holders

  1. (Optionally) remove the cover plate from the drive slots on the front panel.
  2. Unlock the drive holder by pressing the pressing mechanism, this may be secured on some models by an included key.
  3. Remove the drive holder from the NAS.
  4. Remove the mounting panels on the sides of the drive holder.
  5. Place a 3.5-inch hard drive in the drive holder. Click the mounting panels back into their places to secure the drive in place.
  6. For 2.5-inch drives, you won't need the mounting panels, put them away and screw the drive into place at the indicated points.
  7. Repeat steps 2 through 6 for any other hard drives.
  8. (Optionally) put the cover plate back in in front of the drive slots.

Option 2: an NAS with fixed drive holders

  1. Push the upper part of the casing to the front of the device.
  2. Place the hard drive in the drive holder and push it in completely, so the drive connects well to the SATA input.
  3. Screw the drive into place at the indicated points.
  4. For 2.5-inch drives, you'll need a holder to attach the drive to. You can find these holders on the Synology site.
  5. Place the upper part of the casing back onto the NAS and push it back to lock the NAS.

Step 2: Install the operating system

  1. Connect the included power cord to the power port on the NAS and plug the connector into the socket.
  2. Connect the NAS to your router via a network cable.
  3. Turn on the NAS.
  4. Wait until you hear a beep. The Synology is now ready for use.
  5. Go to the Synology website and download the Synology Assistant software. Choose your NAS from the menu first.
  6. Follow the installation steps on your screen.
  7. Optional: Instead of the Synology Assistant software, you can also use the Synology Find site. Open http://find.synology.com in an internet browser, such as Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. Use a computer that's connected to the same network.
  8. Follow the steps in your browser to install the operating system. This operating system is called DiskStation Manager (DSM).

After these steps, you can start using your NAS via your computer, or via any available applications.

Article by:
Hans NAS Expert.

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