How to Install VPN on Synology NAS – PPTP/OpenVPN Guide

The process of setting up a VPN on your Synology NAS using PPTP might be a bit daunting if one’s not quite sure about how to deal with things. If this sounds a bit challenging for you, then this tutorial should be able to guide you through everything that needs to get done. For this setup, however, we recommend turning off IPv6 as illustrated in the guide below. We divided the Synology VPN installation process into a number of steps:

How to Install VPN on Synology NAS

How to Install VPN on Synology NAS

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First Step – Sign Up with a VPN Service Provider

In order to setup VPN on Synology, you have to sign up with a VPN service first. While we do recommend using ExpressVPN, there are other alternatives, too. Here is a list of best VPNs for Synology.

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Second Step Look for Your VPN Account Credentials

Using ExpressVPN on Synology requires that you set up a new VPN profile. To do that, you’ll need a server address, your account credentials, and the IPSec pre-shared key. Here’s how to find all that information:

 

  1. Start by opening up the Welcome Email that you got when you signed up for ExpressVPN, & click the link in the email
    Sign into ExpressVPN

    Sign into ExpressVPN

  2. Having clicked the link in the welcome email, or even logged on into the website, click the Setup ExpressVPN on the Active Subscriptions page.
    Click on 'Setup ExpressVPN'

    Click on ‘Setup ExpressVPN’

  3. Thereafter, the Manual Config setting should allow you to select PPTP & L2TP-IPSec, and set up your username, password, as well as select from a list of server addresses from around the world.

Copy PPTP/L2TP Info

Copy PPTP/L2TP Info

Keep this information in mind as you’ll have to use it to set up your VPN profile.

Deactivate IPv6

  1. As you’ve read above, we highly recommend that you turn off IPv6 so as to prevent IPv6 traffic from leaking outside of the VPN tunnel. To do this, head to Control Panel > Network > Network Interface
    Go to Control Panel

    Go to Control Panel

  2. Go on and click the Network Interface tab, and expand it by clicking the LAN menu. Select Edit
    Click 'Edit'

    Click ‘Edit’

  3. Once in this menu, click the IPv6 tab. You should see a list of configurations, choose off, then finish off by clicking OK.  
    Turn IPv6 Off

    Turn IPv6 Off

 

Creating a New VPN Profile

Doing this would need you to return to the Network Interface settings by navigating through Control Panel > Network > Network Interface. Choose Create > Create VPN Profile

Create New VPN Profile

Create New VPN Profile

Setting Up Your VPN Profile

  1. Now, you’ll need your username, password, IPSec pre-shared key and server address like we said you would earlier. Select PPTP on the VPN Connection Method screen, then click Next
    Choose PPTP

    Choose PPTP

  2. You’ll see the General Settings screen, where you’ll need to type in a username, profile name, server address and password. Click Next when done. 
    Enter Your Details

    Enter Your Details

  3. Here you’ll see the Advanced Settings screen, where you’ll need to enter: Authentication: MS CHAP v2 & Encryption: Maximum MPPE (128 bit). Check both boxes to “Use default gateway on remote network”, and “Reconnect when the VPN connection is lost”. Click Apply when done.
    Configure Advanced Settings

    Configure Advanced Settings

Launch the Connection to the VPN Server on Synology

You’ll be able to see your new VPN profile in the Network Interface window. Click on it, and press Connect.

Launch the VPN Connection on Synology

Launch the VPN Connection on Synology

Disconnecting from the VPN server on Synology

For whatever reason, you might want to discontinue your connection to your VPN server. To do this, go through Control Panel > Network > Network Interface and click your VPN profile. Press Disconnect.

Disconnect VPN Connection on Synology

Disconnect VPN Connection on Synology

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How to Setup VPN on Synology NAS – Wrap Up

Hopefully the tutorial above provided you with clear instruction on how to install VPN on Synology. Just in case you have further inquiries or need help completing the setup process, feel free to leave a comment below.

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