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How to Setup PureVPN on Synology NAS

Feb 23, 2018
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Set up and connect PureVPN on Synology NAS using this simple guide. Unleash the ultimate home-based cloud experience which is fast, secure, and reliable with PureVPN

How to setup PPTP on Synology

To begin, please enter the Control Panel on your Synology and choose “Network” in the left sidebar:

1 Choose “Network Interface” in the top menu bar to create your VPN profile.

2 Select “PPTP” as your VPN connection method and select “Next

3 To create a VPN profile, you need to specify the general settings as explained below:

  • Profile name:You can name your profile anything you like – e.g. “PureVPN US”
  • Server address:Enter the server of the location you wish to connect to.
  • User name:Enter your PureVPN username
  • Password:Enter your PureVPN password

When you’re done, click “Next

4 You will now be redirected to Advanced settings where you will fill them out as follows:

  • Authentication:Choose “MS CHAP v2” from the drop-down menu
  • Encryption:Choose “Maximum MPPE (128 bit)” from the drop-down menu

Make sure you tick the following options only:

  • Use default gateway on remote network” and
  • Reconnect when the VPN connection is lost

When you’re done, click “Apply

5 Now you’ll see that your VPN profile has been created – to establish a VPN connection, click “Connect

6 The status of your profile will now change from “Disconnected” to “Connecting”

7 Once you have established a connection, the status of your VPN profile will change to “Connected” and you will be able to see the duration of your connection, your new IP address as well as bytes sent and received.

8 To disconnect, just click “Disconnect” 🙂

How to setup L2TP/IPSec on Synology
1 In your Synology’s Control Panel, click on “Network” and then the “Network Interface” tab. Below, click on “Create” > “Create VPN profile

2 In the new window, select “L2TP/IPSec

3 Now fill in the general settings of your VPN profile as follows:

Profile name: You can name this anything you like, e.g. the country / name of the server you’re connecting to.

Server address: Here enter any of the servers. You can find them here.

User name: Here you should enter your PureVPN username

Password: Your PureVPN password

Pre-shared key: Here, please type 12345678

4 The advanced settings of your VPN profile should be set as follows:

Authentication: Choose “MS CHAP v2” from the drop-down menu.

Please check (tick) the “Use default gateway on remote network” and “Reconnect when the VPN connection is lost” options

5 Now that you’ve created your VPN profile, you can click on “Connect” whenever you wish.

6 The status of your profile will now change to “Connecting“. Please note that this usually takes under a minute, but might take just a bit longer…

7 After waiting for your connection status to change to “Connected“, you can refresh your page if you wish.

How to setup OpenVPN on Synology
1 Log into your administration console (usually http://diskstation:5000)
Open Control Panel
Click on Network Interface tab
Click on Create > Create VPN profile

2 Select “OpenVPN (via importing a .ovpn file)” and click “Next

3 You can find the list of all available locations here for OpenVPN.

4 Click on “Linux” link, download and extract the zip file.
Enter the Profile name (name which you’ll see in the Network Interfaces list), your PureVPN username and password. Click on Browse button next to “Import .ovpn file:” and find the file we got from the previous step. Add the ca.crt file in CA Certificate provided with the ovpn file. Press “Next“.

5 Enable “Use default gateway on remote network” ***
If you want, enable “Reconnect when the VPN connection is lost
Press “Apply

6 On the Network Interfaces menu, right click on your freshly made VPN connection and press “Connect“, or press “Connect” button.

7 If the connection was successful, status below the name of connection will say “Connected

8 *** Connecting to your Synology from the “Outside” (WAN)
In case you check the “Use default gateway on remote network” you might have problems connecting to your NAS over the Internet.
If you want security, you need to have this checked.
If you want to access your NAS over the internet, you have to leave this unchecked, but the connection may fail.

The reason for it is that the default gateway redirects all requests that are not within the private network over the VPN connection. You would need to connect to the VPN gateway’s (external) IP, but since it is a shared IP address among everyone connected to it, it just drops the incoming connection, as the server doesn’t know to whom to relay the package

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5 Comments

  1. claudio says:

    On my synology can’t connect. on windows it’s ok. I’ll tryed tcp and udp but the connection not start. Any idea?

  2. Victor says:

    When I try to setup a VPN (I tried all three above, PPTP…) on my Synology it can’t connect. When I use the same server and credentials on my Windows machine (same network) I have no problem. I also tried both UDP and TCP options in the OpenVPN files. No success. Any clues where to look?

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  3. WIRTH says:

    Hello,
    my PPTP connection looks quite unstable and I am using a Synology DS411 with DSM 4.1. so I have no option to use an OpenVPN with config file (via importing a .ovpn file) as described above.
    I have tried to setup an OpenVPN without config file using only the certificate and one of the server from the PureVPN list but it doesn’t work.
    Would you have a tutorial / solution for my need?
    Thanks by advance, regards.