How to Install and setup Synology DS218j NAS Box

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We already have done the detailed review of the Synology DS318j NAS Box and in case you to know about that then you can refer to our article: Synology DiskStation DS218j NAS Box Review. However, if you just looking for a guide to set up and install the Synology NAS box drive and DSM operating system then here is the guide:

First of all, you need to set up the drive in the NAS box.

  1. Put the NAS front facing towards you.
  2. Hold the NAS from the left and right side to hand it between your palm.
  3. Push the right one backward and left one forward.
  4. The NAS housing will slide and divided into two part.
  5. The right side contains the drive bay while the left side is just for covering it. See in the below image:Synology DiskStation DS218j review setup
  6. A drive bay can hold two disk drives, on both side of it, and you will find the hole to insert the screws to firmly attach the drives.    Synology DiskStation DS218j setup 1
  7. Inside the bay, you will see two connectors to connect the 3.5′ SATA hard drives. However, you can also use the 2.5′ drives but for that, you need to buy a 2.5 inch to 3.5-inch bracket.Synology DiskStation DS218j setup 2

  8. The drive bay is divided into two sections- upper and lower. If you have two hard disks then attach the one in the lower bay and the other in the upper. Synology DiskStation DS218j setupSynology DiskStation DS218j setup 3
  9. To set up the drive, you just need to put the drive into the bay and slide towards the SATA port. When it is successfully attached; make it tight, using the screws that come along with the NAS.
  10. After inserting the drive, close the opened lid of the NAS box and insert the RJ45 cable at the back in the Ethernet port that comes along with the Synology DS218j box.Attach the LAN cable
  11. Now attach the other end of the LAN cable to your router.
  12. Give the power supply to the NAS using its AC power adapter.power adpater
  13. Switch on the Synology DS218j NAS box and you will get a beep after some time which indicates that the NAS is booted successfully and ready to use.
  14. Now open your browser and type: or diskstation:5000  to find the Synology NAS on your local network.
  15. After performing the above step, if you are still unable to find the Synology NAS then download the Synology Assistant using this link.
  16. After installing the Synology Assistant, it will automatically find the attached NAS box by Synology. It will also show the IP address bound with your NAS via the router. Synology assistant
  17.  Now Double click on the IP address given on the Synology Assistant or type it manually in the browser with port 5000. For example, in the above screenshot, our NAS IP is and when we type it in the browser it should be like this:
  18. Once the Web interface of the NAS opened its time to set up the Synology DS218j. Click on the setup button.Synology NAS DS218J setup PC
  19. Your newly bought NAS is without DSM OS and you need to download it. Click on the Synology’s Download center link given on the screen and download the DSM operating system file DS218j PAT.
  20. After downloading, click on the browse icon and select the downloaded DSM PAT file. Now click on the Install now button. Make sure that the attached drives to NAS are empty otherwise this process will remove all the files and folders stored within the drive. Install the SYnology OS
  21. The NAS starts installing the Diskstation Manager and approximately takes 10 minutes.NAS starts installing the Disk manger
  22. Once the installation of the DSM operating and setup of the disk is done, you will get a screen to create an administrator account for the NAS box. Type some name which you want to assign to your Synology NAS server including a password to protect it.create server adiminstrator account
  23. You can skip this step and can configure it later. However, you can do it right away, if you don’t want to perform port forwarding tasks in your router which is a bit techie process. So, better keep away from the port forwarding task as Synology offers a Quickconnect feature that allows you to remotely connect the NAS box that resides in your home or office connected to an Internet. Just create a Quickconnect ID with Synology account and click on the Next button. Synology Quickconnect ID accoutn setup
  24. Agree with terms and conditions; Click on the Next button. Just follow the guide screen and you will get to the main screen for NAS management.Package manager synology h2smedia


Rajkumar Maurya
Rajkumar Maurya is the H2S Media tech expert. He’s always been passionate about technology and has been writing on the subject since 2014. He has extensive knowledge of all kinds of technology, from consumer-tech to enterprise solutions. You can contact the author at--


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