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

Elena Constantinescu
by Elena Constantinescu

VPN Expert & Privacy Advocate

  • 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’s not difficult if you accurately follow our complete step-by-step guide.
  • The biggest decision is choosing the VPN protocol for the Synology NAS server: PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, or OpenVPN.
  • We’re showing you exactly how to configure Synology VPN settings and how to connect.

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

A NAS is a data storage server that you can connect to your home or office network.

You can use it to save all essential data in a single place, including photos and videos, without having to rely on cloud storage.

Anyone can access these files through the Internet using a web browser or mobile app: you, your family, or your team members.

If you have a Synology NAS, it means that you can turn it into a VPN server on your Windows 10 PC.

This way, users can remotely connect to the NAS device and perform file transfers, safe from hacker interceptions.

Check out our complete step-by-step guide below to find out how to easily set up and connect to Synology VPN on Windows 10.

Before getting started

When setting up the Synology VPN server, you have to choose a VPN protocol from PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, and OpenVPN.

Keep in mind that the VPN clients must apply identical configurations to their devices in order to establish a successful connection.

Furthermore, any modifications made to the VPN configuration must be also updated in the VPN clients.

That means you should take into account the devices and operating systems used by the VPN clients.

At the same time, you need to ensure anti-hacker VPN protection, so you can’t set the bar low for security.

Which VPN protocol should I use?

Most platforms and operating systems have native support for PPTP, so it’s really easy to set it up without installing additional software.

However, PPTP has weak security and is mostly considered obsolete because of this. Also, some old routers block the GRE protocol (IP protocol 47), which is required for VPN connections over PPTP.

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

It requires DSM 4.3 or newer. If you make any changes to the L2TP/IPsec VPN server, this can be easily applied at the VPN clients, too.

OpenVPN offers the best security among the three, but it’s not built into operating systems. That means that VPN users must install an OpenVPN client (free to use).

On top of that, you need to export the OpenVPN configuration every time you make changes and share it with the VPN clients. Plus, OpenVPN server mode doesn’t support bridge mode for site-to-site connections.

We suggest using OpenVPN for best security or L2TP/IPsec for good security and native integration.

This post was written by Elena Constantinescu and was first posted to WindowsReport

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