How to set up and connect to Synology VPN on Windows 10

by Elena Constantinescu.

VPN expert and data protection

  • If you have a Synology NAS device, you can turn it into a VPN server to allow other users to connect remotely and share files securely.
  • It’s a time-consuming process, but it won’t be difficult if you follow all of our step-by-step instructions carefully.
  • The biggest decision is to choose a VPN protocol for your Synology NAS server: PPTP, L2TP/IPsec or OpenVPN.
  • We’ll show you how to fine-tune your Synology VPN settings and get connected.

The NAS is a storage server that can be connected to your home or office network.

Allows you to store all the data you need in one place, including photos and videos, without having to store it in the cloud.

Anyone can access these files on the Internet using a web browser or mobile application: You, your family or your team members.

If you have a Synology NAS, this means you can make it a VPN server on your Windows 10 PC.

This allows users to remotely connect to the NAS device and securely perform file transfers from hackers.

See the full step-by-step guide below to learn how to easily set up and connect to Synology VPN on Windows 10.

Before take-off

When configuring Synology VPN Server you need to select the VPN protocol from PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, and OpenVPN.

Please note that VPN clients must apply identical configurations to their devices to establish a successful connection.

In addition, any changes to the VPN configuration must also be updated in the VPN clients.

This means taking into account the devices and operating systems used by VPN clients.

At the same time, you should equip your VPN with anti-hacking protection so as not to set the security barrier too low.

Which VPN protocol should I use?

Most platforms and operating systems have built-in support for PPTP, so it is very easy to implement without installing additional software.

However, PPTP has poor security and is therefore widely considered obsolete. In addition, some older routers block the GRE protocol (IP 47 protocol), which is required for VPN connections via PPTP.

L2TP/IPsec offers better security than PPTP and good compatibility with most devices, including Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile devices.

This requires DSM version 4.3 or higher. When you make changes to the L2TP/IPsec VPN server, they can easily be propagated to VPN clients.

OpenVPN offers the best security of the three, but it is not integrated with operating systems. This means that VPN users should install the OpenVPN client (free of charge).

In addition, you will need to export the OpenVPN configuration with each change and share it with VPN clients. In addition, OpenVPN’s server mode does not support bridge mode for site-to-site connections.

We recommend using OpenVPN for better security or L2TP/IPsec for good security and integrated integration.

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