Synology: How To Enable HTTPS on DSM 7

Synology How To Enable HTTPS on DSM 7

I have come to realize that a lot of new Synology NAS users don’t know how to activate the HTTPS protocol. Are you tired of seeing your connection to your Synology NAS in the Chrome, Firefox, Safari etc. address bar is not secure? In this step by step guide I will try to easily explain to you how to enable HTTPS on your Synology NAS so that, instead of connecting through your Synology NAS LAN IP, you will connect to the HTTPS address you choose. The first advantage of this method is that you can connect to your NAS from your office or from a different location and not just from your local network. This guide is intended for users who have installed the new DSM 7 operating system.

  • STEP 1

Please Support My work by Making a Donation.

  • STEP 2

Go to Control Panel / Network / Connectivity / Check Enable HTTP/2 then click Apply. Follow the instructions in the image below.

1 Synology How Do I Enable HTTPS SSL DDNS on DSM 7

  • STEP 3

Be sure to open the necessary ports through your router settings, both TCP/UDP. Most people forget to port forward their ports in their router settings. If the ports that point to your Synology NAS device are not opened, all the services you have activated on those specific ports will not work. This is a step overlooked by many but essential for the perfect functioning of HTTPS. All you need to do is give your Synology device permissions on ports 80, 443, 5001, both TCP and UDP. Follow the instructions in the image below and remember that each router has a different design than the one presented in this image below. Currently I’m using a Synology RT2600ac router.

Note
: Ports 80 and 443 are mandatory to validate the Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate, while port 5001 is used to connect to your NAS via the HTTPS protocol.
Note: If you want to change your standard DSM port 5001 on DSM 7, follow my step by step guide.

2 Synology How Do I Enable HTTPS SSL DDNS on DSM 7

  • STEP 4

Go to Control Panel / External Access / DDNS / Add. Follow the instructions in the image below.

3 Synology How Do I Enable HTTPS SSL DDNS on DSM 7

  • STEP 5

Once you click Add on STEP 4, the DDNS window will open. Select the following:
Service Provider: Synology
Hostname: YourPreferredName.synology.me (for the YourPreferredName you have to choose a name you like, a made-up name). In the image below I have chosen “mariusdocker”.
Email: Your Email (it would be helpful to use the same email you use for your Synology account).
External address(IPv4): Your current IP from your ISP (Internet Service Provider).
Check Get a certificate from Let’s Encrypt and set it as default.
Check Enable Heartbeat.
Click OK.

4 Synology How Do I Enable HTTPS SSL DDNS on DSM 7

Note: By enabling Heartbeat, your Synology Account will send notifications to you when the connection is down. For example, if you lose your Internet connection or if you shut down your router.
Note: Dynamic DNS keeps DNS records automatically up to date when an IP address changes. So if you have a Dynamic IP released by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and it changes, you don’t have to do anything because Synology will automatically take care of the issue and update your IPv4 IP automatically.

  • STEP 6

Once you click OK on STEP 5, you will see a message that informs you that: It will take a while to set up the DDNS. Please wait a moment. We will restart the web server. In my experience, you need to wait about 1 minute for the operation to be completed.

5 Synology How Do I Enable HTTPS SSL DDNS on DSM 7

6 Synology How Do I Enable HTTPS SSL DDNS on DSM 7

  • STEP 7

If everything went as it should, you should see “Normal” on the DDNS Status.

7 Synology How Do I Enable HTTPS SSL DDNS on DSM 7

  • STEP 8

If everything went as it should, you should see your Let’s encrypt certificate for your new synology.me domain name under Control Panel / Security / Certificate.

8 Synology How Do I Enable HTTPS SSL DDNS on DSM 7

  • STEP 9

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

  • STEP 10

Now type https://YourPreferredName.synology.me:5001 in your Browser and press Enter. You should now see your Synology NAS connecting to DSM using HTTPS. If you experience any issues, just delete your browser cache or try to use a different browser. If you still have problems, don’t hesitate to contact Marius!

9 Synology How Do I Enable HTTPS SSL DDNS on DSM 7

Note: Find out how to Access synology.me Without port :5001 at the end
Note
: Dynamic DNS keeps DNS records automatically up to date when an IP address changes. So if you have a Dynamic IP released by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and it changes, you don’t have to do anything because Synology will automatically take care of the issue and update your IPv4 IP automatically.
Note: You can only set one hostname for each DDNS provider. For example, only one synology.me DDNS, only one FreeDNS DDNS etc.
Note: Find out how to enable HTTPS on DSM 6.2.3

This post was updated on Friday / January 1st, 2021 at 1:16 PM