This is the tutorial to connect a QNAP NAS to NordVPN. Please select your QTS version below:
The tutorial was made on QNAP TS-112P, firmware: v4.3.3
1. Access your QNAP and select QVPN Service -> VPN Client -> Add -> OpenVPN.
2. Import one of our ovpn files which you can download from https://nordvpn.com/api/files/zip and configure the following:
3. Afterwards press Apply and you should see the new connection visible.
4. Press connect and you should be connected to our service after a few moments.
- 1. Using notepad or any other text editor, create a new text file on your computer. Before editing further, change the file extension from .txt to .ovpn (you may have to enable the showing of file extensions in your operating system).
We will be connecting to US #119 server using UDP protocol and thus we call it "us119udp.ovpn". The contents of the file are as follows:
If you want to connect to a different server, please change the line
You can find the IP addresses as well as CA and TLS keys of the server you want to connect in the .ovpn configuration files that can be downloaded from https://nordvpn.com/ovpn/
(note: the .ovpn file you download from the website cannot be used instead of the file we created, as they have slightly different content)
- 2. Create a second text file with your username and password. We named the file "nordpass.txt". Enter your username in the first line and password in the second line of the file:
- 3. Access your QNAP user interface. Open the File Station on your QNAP, navigate to the /Download/ directory and create a new folder named "VPN" by clicking the "+" sign at the top of the window. You should now move the created .ovpn file (in our case, us119udp.ovpn) and nordpass.txt file you have created to this directory.
- 4. You also need to create another text file called "ca.crt" that has to contain the CA certificate of the server. You can copy the same certificate as used in the .ovpn configuration file. In our case, since we are connecting to US #119 server, our ca.crt file contains this information content:
- 5. Access your QNAP user interface again and go to Control Panel -> Applications -> VPN Client.
- 6. In the VPN Client menu from the "Add" Drop down menu select "OpenVPN".
- 7. Fill out the OpenVPN client settings:
7.1 Enter "US119UDP" as a Profile Name. You can name the profile however you like, however it is most helpful to name it for the server and settings used;
7.2 Type in the IP address of the server. You need to enter the same IP address as used in the "remote" line in step #1;
7.3 Enter your NordVPN credentials;
7.4 Change the Encryption to "Highest (AES 256 bit)";
7.5 Upload the ca.crt file you have created earlier;
7.6 Enable "Allow other network devices in the same subnet to connect to the VPN through the NAS".
- 8. You will now need to connect to your QNAP disk station using SSH tunnel. For that you can use Putty, WinSCP (Windows) or Terminal (Mac OS X, Linux). In our cases we will be using Putty client for Windows (You can download Putty here ).
In the "Host Name (or IP address)" field enter the local IP address of your QNAP (in our case, 192.168.1.60) and click "Open".
- 9. Enter the username and password of your QNAP administrator account.
- 10. Use this command to open the "vpn_openvpn_client.sh" file.
Important!! Copying the text to the vi editor tends to leave out some of the first characters of the copy-pasted text. You may need to manually type in the missing part of the copied text.
Now you need to change the beginning of this file from
Also, restarting your QNAP disk station will reset all changes made to this file. Therefore, you will need to repeat this step after each QNAP restart to connect to VPN.
- 11. You can now connect to the VPN using this command:
- 12. Executing the command will not generate any message in the Putty window. Therefore, you need to open the openvpn.log file in the /Download/VPN directory to confirm that you got connected to the VPN. The last line of the log file should be "Initialization Sequence Completed"
- 1. Please go to this website and copy the location of the magnet link. Do not close this page just yet.
2. Now open Download Station on your QNAP user interface and add a URL to your downloads list.
- 3. In the new window, paste the Magnet link you have copied a few at the beginning of step #13 and click Next. In the next Window hit Apply without making any changes.
- 4. Now you can go back to the website you have copied your magnet link from and see what IP address your QNAP is using. Of course, it should show the IP address of the server you are connected to.