On Windows, I open Run with Win+R and enter \\

Windows Run dialog

The trouble is, every time the NAS reboots, that IP address may change.


So that's why I'd prefer to access the NAS' data folder by name, for example http://mynas, instead.

What do I need to do to make that work?



  • Hardware: Synology DS212j
  • Software: Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0

Just enter \\diskstation in the Run dialog.

Windows Run dialog

It works by default because Windows File Service is enabled on the Synology NAS.

Synology DiskStation Manager File Services menu

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The easiest way is to configure a Quick Connect Id. Go to your Synology configuration panel, then select the icon Control Panel and then Quick Connect, and finally tick Enable QuickConnect

You will be able to access your DSM through the URL http://QuickConnect.to/<Your ID>.

This URL maps to the Synology IP on the LAN, so it means that you may use for example DHCP on your Synology. It means that if you change home router or router network configurations, as long as your preserve DHCP enabled, reconnection of Synology should run smoothly.

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Within your router, you can reserve an IP address on your LAN for your NAS. Ensuring that it is a same IP address each time is preferable over relying on DNS hostname to resolve to a dynamic IP address.

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  • How does one do that specifically? You should provide specific details on you reserve an ip address for the NAS. – Ramhound Jun 24 '16 at 17:53

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