How to Shut Down and Restart Your Synology NAS Manually and Automatically

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There are a severals methods to manually and mechanically shut down, restart, and remotely begin your Synology NAS. You will have to configure most of them prematurely to make sure they’re prepared once you want them.There’s a couple of strategy to shut down and restart your Synology NAS, together with bodily interplay with the NAS, the software program, scheduled occasions, and distant restart with Wake On LAN. Let’s take a look at all 4 strategies now.

Why Shut Down Your Synology NAS?
For probably the most half, individuals go away their Networked Connected Storage (NAS), Synology model or in any other case, working 24/7. Doing so minimizes spin-up/spin-down put on and tear in your drives—even with NAS-grade arduous drives, it’s good to maintain stress to a minimal. And a part of the attract of working a NAS is always-on backup, in addition to the flexibility to self-host helpful companies like a media server and extra.
In that means, your Synology NAS features extra like a chunk of community {hardware} (like your wi-fi router) and fewer like a pc you activate each morning and off on the finish of the day. However there are situations the place it’s possible you’ll want to flip off your NAS both manually, mechanically, or utilizing some mixture thereof.
As an illustration, in case you use your NAS strictly for scheduled automated backups from computer systems on your property community (and even one other NAS), it’s possible you’ll want to schedule the NAS to solely be on throughout these backup home windows.
Possibly you need to flip your NAS off prematurely of a storm to disconnect it fully from the wall and defend it from electrical harm. Or perhaps you’d prefer it to mechanically shut down when it’s related to a UPS battery backup and the ability goes out.
No matter your motivation for manually or mechanically shutting down and restarting your Synology NAS, nonetheless, you’ll discover you must do some poking round. In contrast to a desktop laptop or your laptop computer, strategies for shutting down or restarting your NAS aren’t entrance and middle because the system is designed to be run on a regular basis.
A fast notice earlier than we dig in. Whereas this information has been up to date to mirror modifications in DiskStation Supervisor (DSM) 7.X, the method is sort of similar to how issues are performed in DiskStation Supervisor 6.X. Whereas the screenshots are all for DSM 7.X, we’ve famous wherever that DSM 6.X customers will see a distinction.
Bodily Shut Down Your Synology NAS
The primary methodology is each probably the most intuitive and least intuitive methodology : the ability button. On the one hand, it’s intuitive as a result of, effectively, it’s an influence button. That’s what energy buttons do; they flip issues on and off.
Then again, in case you’re a veteran laptop person, you’ll probably cringe on the thought of turning off your NAS with the ability button. Within the PC world, urgent and holding the ability button is the bodily shortcut for a tough energy reset (and isn’t the best strategy to flip off your laptop).
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In your Synology NAS, nonetheless, urgent and holding the ability button on the system doesn’t set off a tough reset by reducing the ability. As a substitute, in case you press and maintain the button for roughly 4 seconds till the LED blinks and also you hear a beep sound, your NAS will gracefully shut down. (If in case you have beforehand turned off the beep notification in your Synology unit’s {Hardware} & Energy settings menu, you’ll not hear the beep however will nonetheless see the ability LED flash after just a few seconds.)
The working system will deal with the shutdown sequence as in case you’d initiated the command via the software program interface. To restart your NAS, merely press the ability button once more and anticipate it in addition up.
Shut Down and Restart Via DiskStation Supervisor
If you wish to shut down or restart your Synology NAS through the web-based interface, you’ll have to log in and look to the icons within the higher proper nook of the DiskStation Supervisor GUI. Click on the choices menu, indicated by the little head and shoulders bust icon.

You possibly can choose “Restart” or “Shut Down” from there to carry out the specified job. In the event you restart, you’ll want to attend a minute or two to regain entry to the net interface.
In the event you choose to shutdown, you’ll have to bodily go to the NAS and press the ability button to realize entry to the system once more (until you’ve gotten arrange among the different various restart strategies outlined later within the article, similar to scheduled startup or Wake on LAN).
Shut Down Your Synology NAS with the DS Finder App
Along with utilizing the bodily energy button or the DSM web-interface to close down your Synology NAS, you can even use the official Synology administration app, DS Finder (iOS/Android).
When you’ve put in the app, run it, and logged into your Synology NAS, it’s simple to make use of the app to show shutdown or restart your NAS. In actual fact, it’s one of the crucial distinguished options on the app interface. Simply faucet on the ability button emblem within the higher proper nook proper.

From there you may choose “Shutdown” or “Restart” from the pop up menu. Like shutting down your NAS utilizing the ability button or software program interface, you’ll have to manually begin the NAS again up in case you haven’t scheduled a restart time or configured Wake on LAN.
Schedule Shut Downs and Startups
If you wish to automate when your NAS shuts down and boots up, you are able to do so utilizing the ability scheduling function.
Earlier than we dive into find out how to schedule your shutdowns and startups, there’s one massive factor value noting. If there are any scheduled duties (similar to scheduled backups to a different NAS or an exterior arduous drive), or a important system operate (similar to disk repairs or working system updates), then the scheduled energy states are overridden.
To keep away from frustration and failed configurations, change present scheduled duties (if any) or plan your energy schedule round them. Or, maybe, rethink if you must shut down your NAS within the first place.
To entry the ability scheduler, you may both click on the menu button in DiskStation Supervisor’s web-based interface, after which choose the “Management Panel” choice. Or, you probably have the Management Panel shortcut in your DSM desktop, immediately on it.

As soon as the DSM Management Panel is open, DSM 7.X customers will see the whole lot they want instantly as there isn’t a Easy/Superior mode. In the event you’re on DSM 6.X, it’s possible you’ll have to click on “Superior Mode” within the higher right-hand nook to entry extra menu choices.
Choose “{Hardware} & Energy” from the “System” part of your Management Panel.

Inside the {Hardware} & Energy menu, choose the “Energy Schedule” tab, after which click on the “Create” button to create your first energy administration rule.

The scheduling system is straightforward and easy. Every rule is both a “Startup” or “Shutdown” rule with a day and time indicator.

Let’s say, for the sake of instance, that we solely need to have our NAS lively for just a few hours within the early morning on Sundays and Wednesdays (when all of our theoretical computer systems are scheduled to again as much as it).
To create such a rule, we’d first create a “Startup” rule to point once we need the NAS to energy on. Click on the “Date” choice drop-down menu and examine off the times you need the startup even to happen on after which choose the time of day utilizing the “Time” menu. The time menu makes use of 24-hour time.
Repeat this course of for the “Shutdown” instances, choosing a date and time equivalent to your wants. If you’ve created the foundations, you’ll see them on the “Energy Schedule” tab, as seen beneath.
Within the screenshot beneath you may see our check bench NAS is configured to begin up at 1:00AM on Sunday and Wednesday and shut down at 6:00AM on the identical days. If you’re pleased with the foundations, click on the “Apply” button within the decrease nook. (DSM 6.X customers will click on “Save” within the higher navigation bar.)

At any time, you may return to the Energy Schedule menu and disable (by unchecking) or fully delete (through the “Delete” button) the ability administration guidelines you’ve created.
In the event you do both, be sure you disable or delete the companion rule, so that you don’t find yourself in a scenario the place there’s a shutdown rule with no companion startup rule.
Routinely Shut Down with a UPS Battery Backup
We’re enormous followers of utilizing Uninterruptible Energy Provide (UPS) backup batteries to guard our electronics together with our computer systems, our web modem and router, and, in fact, our NAS too.
In actual fact, given the aim of a NAS and the significance of information integrity, we advocate everybody pair their NAS with a UPS unit (even in case you suppose you don’t want one as a result of the ability not often goes out).
To allow a sleek shutdown, you must do two issues. First, you must bodily hyperlink your UPS unit to your Synology NAS with a USB tether. You possibly can, technically, use a network-based connection through Easy Community Administration Protocol (SNMP) to handle your Synology NAS’s UPS unit, however we favor the simplicity of a USB-based connection in order that the UPS and the NAS can talk immediately with one another no matter native community circumstances or different variables at play.
As soon as the UPS unit is linked to your Synology NAS utilizing any of the obtainable USP ports, it’s merely a matter of turning on UPS assist in DiskStation Supervisor.
To take action, navigate to the identical Management Panel > {Hardware} & Energy menu we used within the earlier sections, after which choose the “UPS” tab.

Inside that tab, examine “Allow UPS assist” then choose “USB UPS” for the UPS sort.  You’ll have two choices: shut down the Synology NAS when the battery is low or after a sure period of time has elapsed.
Until you’ve gotten a urgent cause to make use of a time-based worth, we advocate letting the NAS and the UPS dynamically handle the shutdown based mostly on the remaining battery life. In any case, if the aim is uptime you would possibly as effectively let the NAS run for so long as doable with the hope that the ability comes on and no shutdown is critical.
Remotely Begin Your Synology NAS with Wake on LAN
Lastly, let’s discuss a helpful strategy to flip in your Synology NAS on demand with out having to set a schedule or trudge right down to the basement to push the ability button and manually boot it up: waking it up with a Wake on LAN (WOL) “magic packet.”
You’ll have to allow WOL by navigating to Management Panel > {Hardware} & Energy > Normal. Within the normal tab, examine “Allow WOL on LAN1” and “Allow WOL on LAN2” to allow WOL on each LAN ports (in case your NAS has a dual-port community interface card).
When you’ve enabled WOL in your Synology NAS, you merely want an app to ship the magic packet and set off the wake-up routine.
If this isn’t one thing you routinely do exterior of waking up your Synology NAS, the best software to make use of is the WOL operate constructed into the DS Finder (iOS/Android) app we talked about earlier within the article.
The one unfavourable factor we now have to say about utilizing the DS Finder WOL operate is that, in comparison with the overall energy operate we highlighted above, it’s buried deep within the app.
First, you should click on “Extra” on the overall navigation bar on the backside of the DS Finder app.

Inside the Extra menu, choose the login for the linked account/NAS you would like get up.

Then, inside that sub-menu, faucet on the three dots subsequent to the IP handle/username for the NAS. (We weren’t kidding once we mentioned it was buried.)

Within the ensuing pop-up menu, you may choose “Wake on LAN (WOL).” You’ll obtain a immediate to substantiate sending the packet, together with a reminder that the WOL operate solely works if the DS Finder app and the Synology NAS are on the identical LAN.
To begin your Synology NAS if you end up away from house, you’ve gotten a number of choices. You possibly can remotely hook up with your property community, similar to with a domestically hosted VPN, to securely work together together with your NAS (all the time a smart thought, particularly if you’re the one person). You can even arrange port forwarding for UDP port 7 and (the WOL ports) to your NAS. Whichever methodology you employ, be sure you arrange DDNS to make it simple to telephone house.
Now that you’ve got the whole lot squared away with the shutdown and restart course of, now’s a good time to tweak another issues whilst you’re logged into your Synology NAS, like rising the safety and securing it towards ransomware.