Create & connect Synology L2TP IPSEC VPN for Mac

In this tutorial, IT Block assists you in setting up an L2TP over IPSec VPN access to your Synology NAS server and connect with your Mac.

Create & connect Synology L2TP IPSEC VPN for Mac
Create & connect Synology L2TP IPSEC VPN for Mac

L2TP over IPSec is a much more secure connection method, especially in comparison to PPTP.


Please note the prerequisites:


You require a static IP address for this to work. If you do not, a great workaround would be to set an account at no-ip.com. It is thus allowing you to more affordably point your L2TP over IPSec connection request to a hosted domain name that can follow the changes to your non-static IP, preserving the integrity of your remote connections. In all honesty, it is much less troublesome to get a static IP, but the much lower cost of using no-ip.com is also a significant factor to consider. It can also be helpful to have a router that is no-ip.com compatible.

Create & connect Synology L2TP IPSEC VPN for Mac
Create & connect Synology L2TP IPSEC VPN for Mac

Step 1: Launch VPN server application in Synology DSM

Create & connect Synology L2TP IPSEC VPN for Mac


Run "Package Center" and search the 'VPN server' and install it. Once the installation is complete, run 'VPN server', and click on 'Overview' on the left-hand tab. In Overview, you see all of the VPN server options available, now let's focus on setting up your L2TP IPSEC VPN server..


Step 2: Set up and launch L2TP over IPSec VPN server in Synology DSM

Create & connect Synology L2TP IPSEC VPN for Mac