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How to use PhotoSync with a Synology NAS (running DSM 6.0 or higher)?

How to use PhotoSync with a Synology NAS (running DSM 6.0 or higher)?

How to use PhotoSync with a Synology NAS (running DSM 6.0 or higher)?


This instruction applies for all Synology NAS devices that run DSM 6.0 or higher. For other DSM versions the screens may be different.

Connect to your Synology device with a web browser and log in to the DSM operating system. If you don't know the IP address of your Synology device yet (which you should to connect via web browser) you can see it in the System Health monitor widget.

Figure 1. System Health Widget
System Health Widget

 

Open the Control Panel go to the Shared Folder settings and make sure that you have a least one folder share that points to a folder on your Synology NAS where PhotoSync or other apps should be able to store photos or other files. Create a share if necessary.

Figure 2. Synology DSM 5.0 Shared Folder settings
Synology DSM 5.0 Shared Folder settings

 

Open the User settings and make sure that you have at least one user defined that is able to access your Synology NAS.

Figure 3. Synology DSM 5.0 User settings
Synology DSM 5.0 User settings

 

Double click on the user you want to configure to open the detail settings for this user. Go to the Permissions tab and check the Read/Write setting for each share that should be accessible from PhotoSync for this user. PhotoSync needs write permission to store the photos/videos on your device and read permission to get the contents of the folder shares.

Figure 4. Synology DSM 5.0 User Permissions
Synology DSM 5.0 User Permissions

 

WebDAV access

To use PhotoSync with WebDAV, you need to configure the NAS for WebDAV access.

Open the Package Manager, go to the Utilities section and check if the WebDAV server package is installed. If it isn't, please install it by clicking on the Install button of the package. When it is installed, click the Open button to open the WebDAV Server settings.

Figure 5. Synology DSM 6.0 Package Manager
Synology DSM 6.0 Package Manager

 

You can enable HTTP and secure HTTPS connections. By default WebDAV runs on port 5005 and secure WebDAV on port 5006.

Figure 6. Synology DSM 6.0 WebDAV server settings
Synology DSM 6.0 WebDAV server settings

 

Open the Control Panel, go to User, edit your user that should have access to WebDAV, open the Applications tab and allow the access to the WebDAV server, otherwise you will not be able to build a connection with that user.

Figure 7. Synology DSM 6.0 Applications settings for users
Synology DSM 6.0 Applications settings for users

 

To connect to your Synology NAS with PhotoSync using WebDAV, open the PhotoSync settings, choose Configure > WebDAV and create a WebDAV connection with the following configuration values:

 

Server: IP address of your Synology NAS, in this example 192.168.100.10
Port: Port number of your WebDAV service, in this example 5005
Login: Username of your Synology user, e.g. photosync
Password: Password of your Synology user
Directory: leave empty, can be selected later in the target folder settings
Use SSL: Off for WebDAV, on for secure WebDAV. For secure WebDAV use WebDAV port 5006

 

Tap on Done to initiate the connection. Use the WebDAV target you created to transfer photos to your Synology NAS or to browse and retrieve photos from your Synology NAS.

Figure 8. Synology NAS WebDAV settings in PhotoSync
Synology NAS WebDAV settings in PhotoSync

 

FTP access

To use PhotoSync with FTP, you need to configure the NAS for FTP access.

Open the Control Panel, go to the File Services section into the FTP tab. Enable the FTP service, additionally you may enable the encrypted FTP SSL/TLS (FTPS) service.

Figure 9. Synology DSM 6.0 FTP settings
Synology DSM 6.0 FTP settings

 

It is also possible to enable the SFTP service (FTP over SSH) which you can even run with a public/private key pair in PhotoSync.

Figure 10. Synology DSM 6.0 FTP settings
Synology DSM 6.0 FTP settings

 

Open the Control Panel, go to User, edit your user that should have access to FTP, open the Applications tab and allow the access to FTP, otherwise you will not be able to build a connection with that user.

Figure 11. Synology DSM 6.0 Applications settings for users
Synology DSM 6.0 Applications settings for users

 

To connect to your Synology NAS with PhotoSync using FTP, open the PhotoSync settings, choose Configure > FTP and create an FTP connection with the following configuration values:

 

Server: IP address of your Synology NAS, in this example 192.168.100.10
Port: Port number of your FTP service, in this example 21
Login: Username of your Synology user, e.g. photosync
Password: Password of your Synology user
Directory: leave empty, can be selected later in the target folder settings
FTP Mode: Automatic

 

Tap on Done to initiate the connection. Use the WebDAV target you created to transfer photos to your Synology NAS or to browse and retrieve photos from your Synology NAS.

Figure 12. Synology NAS FTP settings in PhotoSync
Synology NAS FTP settings in PhotoSync

 

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