How to Install ThingsBoard on Your Synology NAS

How to Install ThingsBoard on Your Synology NAS

ThingsBoard is an open-source IoT platform for data collection, processing, visualization, and device management. It supports cloud and on-premises deployments, and it combines scalability, fault-tolerance and performances to nullify the chances of getting your IoT data lost. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install ThingsBoard on your Synology NAS using Docker.

Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest ThingsBoard v3.4.1 release.

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Install Docker via Synology “Package Center”.

Install Docker Synology DSM 7

  • STEP 3

Go to File Station and open the docker folder. Inside the docker folder, create one new folder and name it thingsboard. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

1 ThingsBoard Synology NAS Set up

  • STEP 4

Now create two new folders inside the thingsboard folder that you created at STEP 3 name one “data” and the other “logs“. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

2 ThingsBoard Synology NAS Set up

  • STEP 5

Right click on the thingsboard folder that you have previously created at STEP 3 then click Properties. Follow the instructions in the image below.

3 ThingsBoard Synology NAS Set up

  • STEP 6

Go to the Permission tab then click Create. Follow the instructions in the image below.

4 ThingsBoard Synology NAS Set up

  • STEP 7

On the User or group dropdown menu choose SYSTEM then check all Read and Write Permissions. Click Done. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 8

After you click Done on STEP 7, check “Apply to this folder, sub-folders and files“. Click Save. Follow the instructions in the image below.

6 ThingsBoard Synology NAS Set up

  • STEP 9

Go to Control Panel / Task Scheduler / Create / Scheduled Task / User-defined script. Follow the instructions in the image below.

7 ThingsBoard Synology NAS Set up

  • STEP 10

Once you click on User-defined script, a new window will open. Follow the instructions below:

  1. General: In the Task field type in Install ThingsBoard. Uncheck the “Enabled” option. Select root User.
  2. Schedule: Select Run on the following date then select “Do not repeat“.
  3. Task Settings: Check “Send run details by email“, add your email then copy paste the code below in the Run command area. After that, click OK.
docker run -d --name=ThingsBoard \
-p 9090:9090 \
-p 1883:1883 \
-p 7070:7070 \
-p 5683-5688:5683-5688/udp \
-e TB_QUEUE_TYPE=in-memory \
-v /volume1/docker/thingsboard/data:/data \
-v /volume1/docker/thingsboard/logs:/var/log/thingsboard \
--restart always \
thingsboard/tb-postgres

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  • STEP 11

After you click OK on STEP 10 a new warning pop up window will open. Click OK.

9 ThingsBoard Synology NAS Set up

  • STEP 12

After you click OK on STEP 11, select your “Install ThingsBoard” Task then click the “Run” tab. You will be asked to run Install ThingsBoard – click Yes. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 13

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  • STEP 14

The installation process can take up to a few seconds/minutes. It will depend on your Internet speed connection. Now open your browser and type in http://Synology-ip-address:9090 Type in the default username and password, then click Login. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Warning: the default username is sysadmin@thingsboard.org and the default password is sysadmin

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  • STEP 15

Enjoy ThingsBoard! At the top right of the page click the 3 dots. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 16

After you click the 3 dots, you will have two options: Profile to change the default email with your own email, and Security to change the default password with your own password. Follow the instructions in the image below.

13 ThingsBoard Synology NAS Set up

Note: If you want to run the ThingsBoard container over HTTPS, check my guide on How to Run Docker Containers Over HTTPS.

Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
Note: Find out how to update the ThingsBoard container with the latest image.
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Note: How to Schedule Start & Stop For Docker Containers.
Note: How to Activate Email Notifications.
Note: How to Add Access Control Profile on Your NAS.
Note: How to Change Docker Containers Restart Policy.
Note: How to Use Docker Containers With VPN.
Note: Convert Docker Run Into Docker Compose.
Note: How to Clean Docker.
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Note: Some Docker Containers Need WebSocket.

This post was updated on Tuesday / September 20th, 2022 at 12:02 AM