Synology: How to Set .local Hostname on DSM 7

Synology How to Set .local Hostname on DSM 7

Do you usually connect to your Synology NAS with DSM 7 using a local IP like 192.168.0.182:5000? Did you know you can actually connect to your NAS through your browser using yourNASname.local instead of a numeric local IP like 192.168.0.182:5000? What is hostname? A hostname is a Server Name label that is assigned to a Synology NAS connected to a computer network and that is used to identify the NAS itself. In this step by step guide I will teach you how to add .local at the end of your Synology NAS hostname.

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Go to Control Panel / Network / General / and on “Server name” name your NAS, then click Apply. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 3

As you can see in the screenshot above provided on STEP 2, I have set my Server name to Mariusdocker.
Now open your browser then type in http://mariusdocker.local:5000
As you can see in the image below, you will be able to see your DSM 7 login homepage.

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Note: In the browser address bar, instead of Mariusdocker, you have to type in the name you gave your NAS, as in http://yourNASname.local:5000

  • STEP 4

If you want to get rid of the :5000 at the end of .local and access your NAS just using http://yourNASname.local, you need to use Reverse proxy.

Go to Control Panel / Login Portal / Advanced tab / Reverse Proxy / click on Create.

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  • STEP 5

After you click Create on STEP 4 a new window will open. Add the following instructions:

Reverse Proxy Name: type in local or whatever you want.

Source:
Protocol: HTTP
Hostname: yourNASname.local
Port: 80

Destination:
Protocol: HTTP
Hostname: localhost
Port: 5000

After that, click Save.

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  • STEP 6

Now open your browser, then type in http://mariusdocker.local
As you can see in the image below, you will be able to see your DSM 7 login homepage.

Note: In the browser, instead of Mariusdocker, you have to type in the name you gave your NAS, as in http://yourNASname.local

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Note: The .local after the Server name is actually a special internal domain name such as .com or .org – However, the difference is that .local cannot be a top level domain name so you can access it exclusively in your Local Network Area.
Note: With this simple trick you will no longer have to remember a random sequence of numbers like 192.168.0.182, just yourNASname.local
Note: No more issues with setting static IP addresses which are susceptible to block should your network subnet change.
Note: Read How to Access synology.me Without port :5001 at the End

This post was updated on Monday / March 22nd, 2021 at 11:34 PM