How to Install Unifi Controller 7 on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Unifi Controller 7 on Your Synology NAS

The UniFi Controller or Network Application is a wireless network management software solution from Ubiquiti Networks. It allows you to manage multiple wireless networks using a web browser. Do you want to install the latest Unifi Network Application 7 via Docker without a terminal? Are you tired of complicated guides? Do you want something quick and easy? Well today I will teach you how to install the latest Unifi Network Application 7.3.76 on your Synology NAS in less than 30 seconds directly through Task Scheduler.

Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Unifi Network Application 7.3.83 release.

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Install Docker via Synology “Package Center”.

Synology NAS Install Docker DSM 7.2

  • STEP 3

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

Unifi Controller 7 Synology NAS Set up 1

  • STEP 4

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

Unifi Controller 7 Synology NAS Set up 2

  • STEP 5

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 Unifi Controller 7“. 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=unifi-controller-7 \
-p 3478:3478/udp \
-p 10001:10001/udp \
-p 5514:5514/udp \
-p 8080:8080 \
-p 8443:8443 \
-e PUID=1026 \
-e PGID=100 \
-e TZ=Europe/Bucharest \
-v /volume1/docker/unifi:/config \
--restart always \
ghcr.io/linuxserver/unifi-controller

Note: After you paste the code in the User-defined script area, change the value numbers for PUID and PGID with your own values. (Follow my step by step guide on how to do this.)
Note: Before you paste the code above in the Run command area below, change the value for TZ. (Select your current Time Zone from this list.)

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Note: If you have your docker folder in a different volume, then, in the code above, change /volume1/docker/unifi according to your own settings. For example: /volume2/docker/unifi or /volume3/docker/unifi etc.

  • STEP 6

After you click OK on STEP 5 a new warning pop up window will open. Click OK.

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  • STEP 7

After you click OK on STEP 6, select your “Install Unifi Controller 7” Task then click the “Run” tab. You will be asked to run Unifi Controller 7– click Yes. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Unifi Controller 7 Synology NAS Set up 5

  • STEP 8

Go back to STEP 1 or you will deal with karma 🙂

  • STEP 9

The installation process can take up to a few minutes. It will depend on your Internet speed connection. Now open your browser and type in http://Synology-ip-address:8080/ Select a name for the controller, then check you agree with the user license and terms of service. Click Next to start the installation wizard. Follow the instructions in the image below. Note: If you get page 404 not found, wait a little bit then refresh the page. This mean the installation process is not finished yet.

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Enjoy Unifi Controller 7!

Troubleshooting

Fix: Make sure RULE 6 on your Synology Firewall is correctly set up.
Fix: Once you have installed Unifi Controller 7, go to Settings / System and scroll all the way to the bottom and enable “override inform host“, using the IP address of the NAS as the value.
Fix: If you get an error message like “Cannot configure Network application. Invalid username or password, please try again.” at STEP 9, open your browser and type in http://Synology-ip-address:8443 instead of http://Synology-ip-address:8080

Unifi Adoption Failed Fix

  • STEP 1

Adoption progress is endless. Therefore it must be interrupted for repair. One of the simplest and fastest ways to do this is to physically disconnect the AP from the network. After you disconnect, refresh the page on the browser and the AP status will switch to offline. Fix and screenshots provided by @Árpád.

  • STEP 2

Click on the Adoption Failed device then click Settings / Forget. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Unifi Network Application 1

  • STEP 3

After you click Forget at STEP 2 a new pop up window will open. Click Confirm. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Unifi Network Application 2

  • STEP 4

On the left sidebar click SETTINGS. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Unifi Network Application 3

  • STEP 5

After you click SETTINGS at STEP 4 click System on the left sidebar. Under Advanced click Show More. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Unifi Network Application 4

  • STEP 6

After you click Show More at STEP 5 a new window will open. Select Legacy. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Unifi Network Application 5

  • STEP 7

After you select Legacy at STEP 6 a new pop up window will open. Click Deactivate. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Unifi Network Application 6

  • STEP 8

Go to the Main Menu. Click SETTINGS on the left sidebar. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Unifi Network Application 7

  • STEP 9

After you click settings at STEP 8 click Network application. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Unifi Network Application 8

  • STEP 10

On the Network application Hostname/IP field type in your own Local NAS IP. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Unifi Network Application 9

  • STEP 11

Check the option “Override inform host with the Network application hostname/IP.” A new pop up window will open. Click Confirm. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Unifi Network Application 10

  • STEP 12

After you click Confirm at STEP 11, scroll down the page until you find APPLY CHANGES. Click APLLY CHANGES. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Unifi Network Application 11

  • STEP 13

From the left sidebar select User Interface then Turn ON the option “New User Interface“. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Unifi Network Application 12 new

  • STEP 14

Scroll down the page until you find APPLY CHANGES. Click APLLY CHANGES. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Unifi Network Application 13

  • STEP 15

From the Main Menu click UNIFI DEVICES. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Unifi Network Application 14

  • STEP 16

The device should show up soon. If it doesn’t, refresh the page. Once the device shows up, click “Click to Adopt“. A new window will open on the right. Click Adopt Device. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Unifi Network Application 15

  • STEP 17

The adopt device process will take a few minutes after which you will see the status turn Online.

Synology Unifi Network Application 16

Note: If you want to run the Unifi Controller 7 container over HTTPS, check out my guide on How to Run Docker Containers Over HTTPS.

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This post was updated on Wednesday / February 1st, 2023 at 5:56 AM