How to find your Synology NAS on your network by name and IP address.
See the status of every NAS on your network, including the DiskStation Manager (DSM) version.
The instructions in this how-to tutorial are based on using the Synology Assistant tool that you have to install on your network. There is also a web-based version, Synology Web Assistant, available at http://find.synology.com, which has the advantage that you do not have to install any software. However, the software tool is more reliable, and therefore I prefer it over the web tool.
Your Synology NAS may have a fixed IP address. If you like to change this after finding the NAS, please refer to How To Configure A Fixed IP Address.
There are three steps in this procedure.
1. Install Synology Assistant
Go to the Synology Download Center. Enter NAS as product type, and select your Synology product in the second drop-down list. In the search results, look for the Desktop Utilities tab.
In the list of Desktop Utilities, look for Synology Assistant. Hint: it is at the top of the list. Click on the download button, choose your computer platform and click the Download button.
After the download, install the Synology Assistant.
2. Open Synology Assistant
When you open Synology Assistant, it automatically searches the network for Synology NAS devices.
Review the devices, the name, IP address, status, and version.
3. Connect to NAS from Synology Assistant (optional)
If you intend to connect to a NAS on your network, you can do this directly from the Synology Assistant. Select the NAS you like to connect to and click on Connect in the icon bar at the top of the tool.
Congrats, you achieved both the primary and secondary objectives.
Thanks for reading
Paul Steunebrink / Storage Alchemist