Guide to Connecting Infuse to Synology Using WebDAV (HTTPS)

I was recently struggling to find a complete list of instructions to follow to share my Synology NAS to Infuse via WebDAV. The reasons you’d want to do this is to access your media files when you’re away from home.

After searching through Infuse forums and Reddit, I have mashed together various instructions into a process that worked for me. Some of these steps might not be needed (and I’m no expert), but hopefully they work for you.

  1. Log into your Synology NAS, and install WebDAV Server from the Package Centre
  2. Open WebDAV Server and turn on Enable HTTPS (in my case it already had portal 5006 in the HTTPS port box). I also selected ‘no speed limit’. All other options on this page were left off.
  3. Click Apply and exit the WebDAV Server
  4. Open Control Panel and open External Access (under Connectivity)
  5. Under the DDNS tab, click Add
  6. For Service Provider, I used Synology (which gives you a synology.me DDNS). Select a hostname, and fill out your Synology NAS username and password
  7. Click Add
  8. Open Control Panel and open User
  9. Click on your user and click Edit
  10. Under Applications, ensure WebDAV Server is ticked with Allow (I am also assuming your user has appropriate read/write access to the shared folders you have set up)
  11. If you have a firewall turned on, I also added the WebDAV (5006) application to the server by going to Control Panel–>Security, select Firewall, Edit Rules for Firewall Profile, and adding a new firewall rule for ‘select from a list of built-in applications’ and selected WebDAV Server on portal 5006
  12. The final step was to forward port 5006 on my Router. Some times you can use EZ Connect to do this automatically, but in my case I had to go to my router, and add a new port forward rule for Port 5006 to the IP address of my Synology NAS. I forwarded both TCP and UDP and also added the same rule for IPv4 and IPv6. Unfortunately a lot of routers are different so you might have to Google how to forward ports on your specific model.
  13. In Infuse, under Settings, select Add Files, then select via Network Share
  14. Name the share (can be anything), change the Protocol to WebDAV (HTTPS), add your DDNS address that you created above (i.e. johndoe.synology.me), add your username and password of your Synology NAS. Click Advanced, and add the WebDAV portal from step 2 (in my case, 5006). Click Save, and if everything is correct is should connect remotely to your Synology NAS and show a list of folders.

And that’s it. It seems convoluted, but you only have to do this once and you should be right. The only caveat is that the synology.me DDNS service expires if you don’t use it once every 60 days.

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Run a VPN server. More likely more secure.

If you’re wanting to watch your movie collection remotely, PLEX would also be a good choice

Punching holes through your firewall to your NAS is often problematic

Fair point. I run Plex on a different NAS for movies/tv. These WebDav instructions might help people specifically looking to access media via WebDav.

I use WebDav on my Synology NAS since I have found it offers the fastest performance and obtains full gigabit speed. For home, I connect to it using LAN IP address, not DDNS; not that DDNS won’t work but it makes more sense on a LAN to use the LAN IP address. For my iPhone and now MacOS, of course, I use a domain name for remote streaming.

I have my AppleTVs on an IoT VLAN which is completely blocked from accessing the secured LAN. To allow access to WebDAV for Infuse, I have a firewall rule configured to allow each of the AppleTVs via static IP address and MAC address. The device must meet both IP and MAC criteria to obtain access. They are the only devices that can cross over. Also, I changed the default WebDav port for added security.

thanks for this, it worked!!