Nas setup

Hi all have looked at byung Synology Nas but cannot understand how to setup static ip address. Looked on utube but it talks about altering settings in my router.
Have no info on router its a square thing that i think is a netgear product.
I think this is beyond my skillset
Are there any cheap network engineers in northants? Router was supplied by virgin media.

It’s hard to say exactly how to do this, as it will be slightly different on different devices, but if you log onto the router and trawl through the menu, it shouldn’t be too hard to find. Strictly speaking, you’re not using a static IP address, so much as reserving an IP address from within the range used by the DHCP server. Someone with a Virgin router can probably guide you through this if you can’t find the appropriate setting.

You don’t need a static IP address, the wireless hub/router will handle all that with its DHCP mngt software. DHCP is a system designed to make life easy for home users no matter how skilled - or not - they are in IT matters. In most cases once the DHCP system has set an IP address, they normally don’t change. I set my NAS, streamer & iPad IP numbers about 3 wireless hubs ago, at each new hub was changed the IP numbers stayed the same.

Unless you have some strong justifications to use static IP addresses, DHCP is more convenient (better), let the system handle your IP addresses automatically. Static IPs will cause you griefs later on.

Thats part of the problem i wouldnt know how to access the router. I didnit get any instructions with it

By default, all routers handle DHCP automatically.

If your router is Netgear, type or into your web browser’s address bar, you can also type or to get in the router.

You shouldn’t need to allocate a static IP Address to the NAS.

Your Virgin Media router will be running a DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) Server which means that when you connect a new device to the network, in the case of your NAS, using a wired Ethernet connection, it will receive a request from that new client device (your NAS) for an IP address, at which point your router (Virgin box) will allocate a unique IP address from the available pool of addresses.
The DHCP server will then lease that unique address for a defined period of time, usually 24hr, if the device is still active and needs to still use that address it will renew the lease and away it goes again, all of this in practical terms is transparent to the user.
Once a client device is allocated an address it will keep that address whether it is in use or not. Only when the DHCP server runs out of free unique addresses will it allocate a previously used one to a new client, in practical terms you probably won’t use all the addresses in the pool as you’ll have around 200 to share amongst everything on your Local Area Network (LAN)
By default almost all routers will use the same common address range of 192.168.1.x
Sometimes it can be 192.168.0.x and less commonly a range of 10.0.0.x

If you want to know what address range you are being allocated dynamically by your routers DHCP server you can see that from one of your other devices, a phone, tablet or PC for example.
If you look for and open your devices network settings it will show you the details of your IP settings including your device IP address, your Subnet Mask, your Router/Default Router address and also your DNS (Domain Name System) Server IP address
If you should ever need to open the Web Interface of your router you would type the IP address of your Router/Default Route as shown in the network settings of a connected device.
Where those settings are differs between devices, so if you want to find that and work it out, specify what type of device you have already connected (an iPhone for example) and we can help guide you to that information.
Conclusion here being the router should by default do all the work for you.

Hi @Heyman

When I bought my NAS, like you I was nervous about setting it up. I got my QNAP from a company in Oxfordshire which at the time specialised in NASs for hifi and which I rang up to discuss my requirements, leading to helpful conversation. When the NAS arrived it was semi-set up; all I had to do was follow some simple instructions (which did not involve going into my router) and I was up and running. The owner of the shop (more into hifi now but still selling a small range of QNAP and Synology NASs) assured me that if I encountered any difficulties I only had to phone him for help. In the end this was not necessary. Possibly, I may have paid a little over rock bottom prices but, to me, that was well worthwhile.


If it came from Virgin it’s surely one of their Home Hubs. They come with a manual telling you how to get into them.

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