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5 Best VPNs for Synology

Synology is a Taiwanese firm that specialises in Network Area Storage or NAS for short. While it’s not the cheapest and it’s possible to create your own NAS at home using DD-WRT or Tomato, it is definitely at the top of it’s game and offers a lot that you’d have a hard time achieving otherwise (everything from simple NAS to nearly everything web related). If you read any review on the web you’ll find that this companies success lies in the depth of advanced features and simple plug and play management system to get you going with even the most complex of tasks.

Amongst these tasks/plugins you’ll also find the ability to use your Synology as either a VPN Client or VPN server. While running a VPN Server on it can be a very useful process we shall consider the use of the VPN Client as this is what is relevant to you – our valued reader! Running a VPN client on Synology has two benefits:

  • It will provide you with a secure connection to protect your privacy and personal data
  • It will allow you to run any geo-location related plugins that you wish to use

Of course running a VPN Client will restrict your connection speeds to some extent but we believe this to be a fair trade off for privacy and with a great provider this can be less than 10%.

We have looked high and low and while, in theory at least, it is possible to use a number of providers with Synology we have selected the 5 best that provide set-up instructions for it as this will maximize the possibility of getting help in case something isn’t working. So with the introduction out of the way, find the summary below, followed by brief descriptions of each Synology VPN provider.

Summary

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1

VyprVPN Logo $14.99/mo

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2

TorGuard Logo $9.99/mo

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3

ibVPN Logo $7.95/mo

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4

HMA Logo $11.52/mo

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5

Astrill Logo $9.98/mo

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Winner

VyprVPN

4,9/5

  • PROS
  • Fast speeds
  • Well establishd
  • Great support
  • Excellent design and usability
  • CONS
  • Based in the US (but registered in Switzerland)

Part of the ‘Golden Frog’ internet freedom consortium, VyprVPN is well established in the business and this gives them plenty of leverage. Due to their amazing, privately owned network their speeds are one of best in the market and they follow this up with plenty of amazing things. Their security is great, the software is innovative and their support is fantastic.

While their Basic package is highly advised against as it only supports PPTP their other packages are great, though slightly on the more expensive end of the spectrum. They also keep a lot of connection logs (for 30 days) but these are in Switzerland so shouldn’t be too big a problem. With their 3 day absolutely free trial, there is no reason to give them a go today!

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2nd place

TorGuard

4,85/5

TorGuard

  • PROS
  • P2P friendly
  • Fast
  • Great encryption
  • Based in Panama
  • No logs
  • CONS
  • Asks for too much registration info and keeps that information for marketing purposes
  • Some connection problems

TorGuard has been undergoing a number of changes recently – all in the positive direction. They now support a lot more devices and of course this involved Synology too! They have also added a number of new servers, which still run at great speeds and security as well as plenty of packages and services to choose from.

TorGuard did manage to annoy us for a few reasons. For instance, there are some sketchy connection issues. Then, too, is the aforementioned registration questions and the statement that it may use this information for self-promotion purposes. Nonetheless, the core service of this Panama based VPN provider is solid. They keep no logs and accept anonymous payment through Bitcoin. They feature US based servers and produce extremely good speed test results. Thus, overall, we are happy to recommend them.

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3rd place

ibVPN

4,8/5

ibVPN Logo

  • PROS
  • Cheap
  • Lots of packages
  • Software
  • Accepts BitCoin
  • Based in Romania
  • Allows P2P
  • CONS
  • Some troubles with speed
  • No logs policy not 100% true

ibVPN is a fairly popular name in the business, mainly due to it’s low prices and substantially large range of packages on offer. Despite this they still provide a good value service. Overall they provide a well rounded services, though as outlined below we did experience some problems.

We occasionally had some issues with temperamental speeds and their no logs policy is not 100% true. On the upside there is a 15 day free trial on offer so you can fully test and experience their service for yourself, so you can make a sound judgement.

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4th place

HideMyAss

4,7/5

HMA Logo

  • PROS
  • 30 day money back guarantee
  • Great software
  • Lots of servers
  • Good customer service
  • CONS
  • UK based
  • History of government co-operation

HideMyAss is the biggest UK provider in the business and has been for a number of years. They have great speeds, a superb 30 day money back guarantee , servers in a whopping 53 countries and very good support.

While they have a lot of pluses they are, as mentioned, based in the UK and have co-operated with authorities in the past – so if you are looking for a very secure choice, this is not for you! Otherwise a good provider on the whole.

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5th place

Astrill

4,7/5

Astrill Logo

  • PROS
  • No usage logs
  • Fast
  • 7 day free trial
  • Seychelles registered
  • CONS
  • Only 1 simultaneous connection

Seychelles registered Astrill is fairly impressive. They have a true ‘no logs’ policy, great speeds, P2P friendly attitude and comprehensive support. All of this alongside a 7 day free trial.

The big issue we have with Astrill is that only 1 simultaneous devices is allowed to be connected. This means that if you have your Synology NAS connected, you won’t be able to use VPN on any other device.

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Setting it up

Setting up VPN on Synology is a task very similar to a manual set-up on DD-WRT or your computer. All the providers we have featured provide detailed set-up instructions to help you (as well as support), but you can also visit the Synology website for general set-up instructions here.

Conclusion

We have discussed the positives and negatives of using a VPN with Synology and we have guided you in the direction of the Synology set-up site, and all the providers we have recommended have their own set-up guides too – to help you out. In case you need a reminder of the best Synology VPNs, see the summary below.

Summary

Best VPNs for Synology Summary

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1

Best VPNs for Synology

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$14.99/mo Visit Site >

2

TorGuard Logo

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$9.99/mo Visit Site >

3

IbVPN Logo

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$7.95/mo Visit Site >

4

Hide My Ass Logo

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$11.52/mo Visit Site >

5

Astrill Logo

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$9.98/mo Visit Site >

Peter Selmeczy I am an engineer by trade and tech geek by night, who's passionate about sharing his knowledge with the people. Find me on Google+.

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4 responses to “5 Best VPNs for Synology

  1. I’m new to the world of constantly using VPNs on my devices. I recently decided to invest in NordVPN, another VPN that supports Synology that you did not mention. I’ve successfully been able to connect it to the VPN, but the only thing I don’t understand is whether or not people on the VPN will be able to access my services. If I open up ports for SSH, WebDAV, SMB, etc, will these be open to attack for whoever is also using the VPN? Just want to be able to securely access it on my local network!

    1. Hi Brian,

      Using a VPN does not make you vulnerable to attacks from other users of the VPN (you each have a separate end-to-end encrypted connection to the VPN server). You may share an IP address, but this does not make you vulnerable to attack. Opening any ports, however, always makes you vulnerable to attack via those ports (VPN or not – using a VPN will not increase your vulnerability).

  2. Vypr gave my home IP for use by the DMCA. I was using their Austin server to connect to a torrent. Pretty disappointed in this company now. Only private unless someone asks it seems to me.

    1. Hi Darren
      Can you provide more information for us about this? We’d be interested to hear more – though Vypr does say they will respond to DMCA.
      Peter

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