Can't get a LAN cable from your router to your NAS? No problem. Synology has made it so you can use a Wi-Fi dongle on your DS218+. Here's how you can quickly hook up a dongle to the NAS and connect to your wireless network within the DSM OS.

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How to connect your NAS to Wi-Fi

  1. Firstly, check your dongle is supported.
  2. Plug your Wi-Fi dongle into an available USB port. Synology recommends you use a USB 2.0 port.

  3. If using a supported dongle, head to Control Panel > Wireless > Network Map Configuration.
  4. Choose Join Wireless Network.
  5. Follow the on-screen wizard, filling in your LAN password.

You should now be connected to your wireless network. With certain dongles, it's even possible to configure the Synology DS218+ into an access point and have other devices connect to it directly.

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The DS218+ from Synology is a capable NAS that can do many things and one cool feature is the ability to connect to a wireless network. When you have your NAS placed in the home or office that happens to be out of reach for cables, it's good to have a backup plan where all you need is a compatible Wi-Fi dongle.

Our Pick

Synology DS218+

The best NAS

Synology has a great NAS in the DS218+, packing in some killer features for the affordable price.

TP-Link is a reputable brand when it comes to wireless hardware and the TL-WN722N is an excellent solution for a Synology NAS. Synology has a list of supported dongles that work fine with the company's range of NAS models and DSM OS, and this adapter happens to be on that list.

This setup will work just fine in transferring files between devices — just don't expect to go all out and stream to multiple devices simultaneously. That said, it's plug 'n' play.

Our Pick

TP-Link TL-WN722N

Reliable Wi-Fi

This TP-Link dongle offers sate transfer speeds of up to 150 mbps, which isn't too bad considering the price.

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