How to Download, Install and Use ExpressVPN on Synology NAS

Synology’s NAS devices have the power to secure any file transfer. And yes, that happens by using a VPN service. With that said, let’s show you how to set up and use ExpressVPN on your Synology NAS device. 


Unfortunately, ExpressVPN doesn’t provide a list of supported Synology NAS devices. However, the following procedure should work on any Synology NAS that supports creating VPN profiles and OpenVPN connections. So, we recommend checking your device’s manual before you proceed. 

1. Start this procedure by signing up for ExpressVPN

2. Once you land on ExpressVPN’s site, click on any of the buttons labeled ‘Get ExpressVPN.’

3. Then, pick a subscription (long-term ones come with the biggest savings). 

4. Provide your email address and then finalize the sign-up procedure

5. Once done, you’ll receive a confirmation email from ExpressVPN’s team.

6. This is when you need to return to ExpressVPN’s site (go to its home page). 

7. Using the website’s main menu (top-right corner), select ‘My Account.’

8. Provide your email address and password, and then click on ‘Sign In.’

Signing In to ExpressVPN Website

9. You’ll be asked for a verification key as well. Copy it from your email inbox. 

10. Once you open your dashboard, click on ‘Set Up Other Devices.’

11. Another page will open, where you need to click on ‘Manual Configuration.’

12. Make sure to select ‘OpenVPN‘ on the right-hand side. 

13. Then, make a note of your OpenVPN username and password just below. 

OpenVPN OVPN Files Listed on ExpressVPN Website

14. Pick a server and then proceed to download its OVPN file to your computer. 

15. We recommend leaving that page open, so you’ll need it again soon enough. 

16. Now, feel free to access your Synology NAS device and open its ‘Control Panel.’

17. First, you’ll need to disable IPv6 traffic, preventing any VPN tunnel data leaks.

Network Group of Settings on Synology NAS

18. So, make sure to navigate to Control Panel > Network

19. Then, click on the ‘Network Interface‘ tab. Just below, select ‘LAN‘ and click ‘Edit.’

Editing Web Connections on Synology NAS

20. The ‘Edit‘ menu will now appear. You need to pick ‘IPv6‘ and then select ‘OFF.’

Disabling IPv6 on Synology NAS

21. Click ‘OK‘ to apply the changes. And then, make sure to restart your Synology.

22. Once your Synology restarts, go to Control Panel > Network > Network Interface.

23. Click ‘Create,’ and then pick ‘Create VPN Profile.’

Creating New VPN Profile on Synology NAS

24. A setup screen will now appear. Pick ‘OpenVPN (.ovpn file)‘ and then click ‘Next.’

First Installation Step of OpenVPN ExpressVPN on Synology

25. Next, you’ll see a ‘General Settings‘ screen. Then, check below for more info.

  • Profile Name: Use any name that’ll help you recognize your VPN connection. 
  • User Name: Copy your OpenVPN username from your ExpressVPN dashboard. 
  • Password: Copy your password from your ExpressVPN dashboard. 
  • Import OVPN File: Upload the file you downloaded earlier. 
  • CA Certificate: Feel free to leave this field blank. 
General VPN Settings Synology NAS

26. Recheck if you’re entered everything correctly, and click on ‘Next.’

27. An ‘Advanced Settings‘ screen will now appear. 

Advanced Settings VPN Setup on Synology NAS

28. Check the box next to ‘Use default gateway on remote network.’

29. To the same with the ‘Reconnect when the VPN connection is lost‘ box.

30. Then, click on the ‘Apply‘ button in the bottom-right corner.

31. To connect, make sure to go to Control Panel > Network > Network Interface

32. You should see your newly created VPN connection on the right-hand side. 

Steps to Connect to VPN on Synology NAS

33. Select your new VPN profile and then click on ‘Connect‘ (just above). 

34. Make sure to check for a ‘Connected‘ label below the VPN’s name. 

Status Showing Connected VPN on Synology NAS

35. To disconnect at any moment, click on the ‘Disconnect‘ button. That’s it!

Disconnect VPN Server on Synology NAS

That would be all on how to set up ExpressVPN on your Synology NAS device. If you have any questions for us, make sure to post your comment below. And lastly, thank you for reading!



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