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How to Configure NordVPN on QNAP

Written by Shummas Humayun
Last updated May 16, 2024

You can set up NordVPN on QNAP by creating an OpenVPN connection manually. That means you can pick any of NordVPN's 6,300+ servers in 111 countries and set up your NAS to encrypt your data without geographical limitations. In other words, all your incoming and outgoing traffic will be encrypted.

We'll also add that NordVPN doesn't provide a list of supported QNAP devices, but it mentions versions 4.2.1 and 4.4.2. However, the only requirement here is support for OpenVPN. So, as long as your QNAP supports that protocol, you won't have an issue setting up or running NordVPN.

How to Configure NordVPN on QNAP

To configure NordVPN on QNAP, you need to subscribe and pick a VPN server. Then, you'll get its OVPN (OpenVPN) file, using which you'll set up a QNAP VPN connection. In this guide, we'll cover the QNAP 4.2.1 and 4.4.2 versions.

Configure NordVPN on QNAP 4.2.1

You need to set up NordVPN on QNAP 4.2.1 using the Qfinder app, which is how you'll upload the required OpenVPN certificates to your NAS device. Follow these steps:

1. Sign up for NordVPN using your computer and a Web browser.

2. Access the control panel of your NAS using the Qfinder app that comes with the QNAP NAS system.

3. Run Qfinder first and let it detect your QNAP device connected to your local network.

4. Once you see your QNAP device listed, double-click on it to open its control panel in your browser.

5. Log into your QNAP control page with administrative privileges.

6. Go to NordVPN's server tool and pick a server.

7. Click on the 'Download config' button next to OpenVPN (UDP or TCP) to download .ovpn file.

NordVPN Server configuration

8. Open your NordVPN account dashboard and click on 'NordVPN.'

9. Click on 'Set up NordVPN manually.'

10. Enter the verification code from your NordVPN-associated email.

11. Copy the Service Username and Password under the box 'Service credentials (manual setup).'

NordVPN Service Credentials

12. Create a new text file, 'nordvpnpass.txt,' comprising your NordVPN service username and password.

13. Next, access your QNAP UI and open File Station.

14. Navigate to /Download/directory and click the '+' button to create a new folder named VPN.

15. Now move the .ovpn and nordvpnpass.txt files to this directory within the VPN folder.

16. Create another text file named ca.crt, which needs to contain the CA certificate of your chosen server.

ca.crt NordVPN

17. Access your QNAP user interface and move to 'Control Panel' > 'Applications' > 'VPN Client.'

18. From the VPN client menu, choose Add and select OpenVPN from the drop-down.

19. Next, fill in the OpenVPN client settings as mentioned below:

Use NordVPN on QNAP 4.2.1

15. Hit the Create button next.

16. Connect QNAP disk station via SSH with Putty/WinSCP for Windows and Terminal for MacOS/Linux.

17. After opening the app, enter the local IP address of your QNAP in Host Name (or IP address).

18. Click on 'Open' and enter the admin username and password to access your QNAP account.

19. Next, use the below command to open the vpn_openvpn_client.sh file.

vi /etc/init.d/vpn_openvpn_client.sh

20. Once done, press 'A.'

21. After that, change the beginning of this .sh file as mentioned below:

change this script from 




22. When done, press 'Esc' and enter the command ':wq' to save the changes that you've made.


Restarting your QNAP disk station will remove all the changes you've made to this file. Hence, you need to repeat the steps from 26 each time you restart QNAP NAS device. 

23. Once done, connect to NordVPN using the below command:

openvpn --config /share/Download/VPN/us936.nordvpn.com.udp.ovpn

Configure NordVPN on QNAP 4.4.2

You can configure NordVPN on QNAP 4.4.2 using QVPN. Before that, you need to pick a server and obtain its OpenVPN files. Go through the following steps:

1. Subscribe to NordVPN using a computer and your preferred Web browser.

2. Now, you've to access your QNAP and choose QVPN Service.

3. Move on to the 'VPN Client option' next and pick 'VPN Connection Profiles.'

VPN Connection Profiles

4. Click the 'Add' button after that, and choose 'OpenVPN' from the dropdown list.

5. Open NordVPN's server tool, pick a server and click 'Download config' next to OpenVPN.

NordVPN Server configuration

6. Once downloaded, import those files to the control page of your device.

7. Open your NordVPN account dashboard and click 'NordVPN' > 'Set up NordVPN manually.'

8. Enter the verification code from your NordVPN-associated email.

9. Copy the Service Username and Password under the box 'Service credentials (manual setup).'

NordVPN Service Credentials

10. Now, paste these NordVPN service credentials in the OpenVPN section on the QNAP page.

NordVPN service credentials on QNAP

11. Once you enter the details, click on 'Apply'.

12. From the VPN connection profiles, select 'NordVPN profile' > 'Use VPN as NS Default Gateway'.

VPN Connection Profiles QNAP use VPN as NAS

13. Toggle the switch next to Enable VPN Gateway to establish a NordVPN connection.

Enable VPN Gateway

Final Thoughts

So, you've created a new default gateway for your QNAP NAS device. With NordVPN in place, you now have complete protection for your data by ensuring that your QNAP traffic is encrypted at all times. But you can do even more with NordVPN!

Your subscription to NordVPN gives you up to 10 simultaneous connections. So, why not protect your other devices as well, going beyond your QNAP? Our central guide on how to set up NordVPN will help you do that just.

That's all on how to configure NordVPN on QNAP. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments section below. Finally, thanks for reading!

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