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Connect to Synology from Mac (Finder) using SMB

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Synology is a powerful home NAS with terabytes of storage available. This tutorial will show you how to connect your Mac directly to your NAS, which allows you to access this additional storage directly from Finder. This process is simple and can work over either a wired ethernet connection or even wifi, though you will get better performance over a wired connection.

There are three different ways to connect your Mac to your Synology NAS: SMB, AFS, and NFS. Between these three options I would recommend SMB, as AFP is depreciated, and NFS is slow and more difficult to setup. SMB is also available on Mac, PC, and Linux and therefore the most compatible for whatever your networking environment looks like.

Requirements:

Before you try to connect to your Synology NAS from Finder, make sure:

  • You are connected to the same network as your NAS
    • To access your Synology remotely (over the internet) setup a VPN Server
  • You have Shared Folder on your Synology
  • You are a user with permissions to the account

Once you have all of these set up, you can go ahead and get started.

How to:

Enable SMB

The first step is to enable SMB on your Synology NAS. To do this, login to DSM and open up Control Panel. Select File Services as shown below:

Location of File Share from Control Panel
File Services from Control Panel

From within File Services, select Enable SMB Service and hit Apply. This will allow your Synology NAS to accept SMB connections.

While you are on this page, you can also add Hostname (under Mac (Finder)). The hostname is an easy-to-remember name that you can use in place of an IP Address or web address anywhere on your home network. If you do not have a Static IP Address assigned to your Synology, I would recommend using a hostname.

Enable SMB from menus
Enable SMB service and Note the Hostname

You have now enabled SMB connections on your Synology NAS.

Connect from Finder

After allowing SMB Connections from within Synology, the next step is to connect your Mac to your Synology using Finder. Simply open Finder and type the shortcut Command + K. This will bring up the Connect to Server menu from Finder. Type either:

For Hostname

smb://hostname.local
Connect Menu Hostname

For IP Address

smb://<IP Address>
Connect to Server IP

Then simply click Connect. From there, you will be asked for your login information. Select Login as Registered User and enter your Synology username and password.

Then simply select the shared folder you would like to connect to from the menu. The folder should appear on your Desktop as shown below:

Server Connected on Desktop
Shared Folder Connected on Desktop

If you do not see the shared folder on your desktop, select Finder -> Preferences from the the top menu bar, and under General make sure Connected Servers is checked under “show these items on desktop”.

Ejecting

To disconnect from the Synology NAS, simply right click the shared folder and select Eject.

Reconnecting

To reconnect, simply type Command + K from Finder and go through the menu again.

Conclusion

Connecting Finder to your Synology NAS allows you to have all of the storage available on your NAS, right at your finger tips!

Feel free to leave any comments or questions down below!

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4 Comments

    • Will Yarborough

      From all of my NFS testing I have gotten consistently slower performance when compared with SMBv3 (article used SMBv2), for sequential performance, on the order to 2-3x for 10GbE transfers.

      But that aside NFS just does not integrate well into home systems as setting up the proper permissions becomes a huge pain even if you are in a Mac / linux environment. SMB on the other hand “just works” with simple account permissions on Mac / windows / linux.

      For linux environments where you might be making database transactions and have IT admins to setup permissions with Kerberos then NFS is going to be faster. But if you are just a home user SMB is really the way to go, not only is it ultra simple to setup and authenticate, it also has perforce tuned for large file transfers, which is what most users are going to experience.

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