Setting up DVR storage on a Synology NAS

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This page will describe how to install the HDHomeRun DVR storage software on a Synology NAS

Before you continue, make sure you have the following:

If you have a Windows PC, you can use our HDHomeRun setup application to install the DVR storage software to your NAS device.

Before running the NAS installer, you'll need to create an HDHomeRun file share and enable SSH:

Step 1

In a web browser, log-in to your Synology NAS.

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Open Shared Folder
  3. Click on the Create button

Step 2

  1. Fill out the name as

    and select the drive you want to use on your NAS, if you have more than one drive volume available.

  2. Click Next

Step 3

Click through the next three windows. No additional changes are needed.

  1. Click Next
  2. Click OK
  3. Click Apply

Close any windows that remain open and go to the next step.

Step 4

  1. the Control Panel again
  2. Click on Terminal & SNMP

Step 5

  1. Click to enable the option Enable SSH service
  2. Click Apply

You can now close your web browser.

Step 6

Download and install the latest HDHomeRun Windows Setup software (not the Windows Store App):

Step 7

Launch the HDHomeRun NAS install program:

Run HDHomeRun Setup, go the the DVR tab, and click the NAS Install button.

Step 8

Select your NAS from detected devices:

The application will auto-detect possible NAS devices on your network using UPnP. Double click on your NAS device to continue.

Step 9

Enable SSH access and log in:

If SSH access is not enabled you will see the message “Please enable SSH access”.

The install program will auto-detect when SSH has been enabled and then ask you to enter your username and password.

For Synology NAS's, you will log in with the same username and password that you use for the web interface.

Security: For increased security, it would be a good idea to disable SSH on your NAS when not using the NAS install tool.

Step 10

Create a share named “HDHomeRun”:

If there is not already a share named HDHomeRun you will see the message “Please create a share named HDHomeRun”.

The install program will auto-detect when the share has been created and continue to the next step.

Step 11


The NAS Install program should download and start the HDHomeRun RECORD engine and report SUCCESS.

Step 12

To make sure the DVR starts up whenever the Synology reboots, a task must be set up:

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Click on “Task Scheduler”
  3. Go to the “Create” menu and select “Triggered Task → User-defined script”
  4. The “Event” field should already default to “boot-up”
  5. Check the “Enabled” checkmark box and give the task a name (for example, “HDHomeRun DVR startup”)
  6. Click on the “Task Settings” tab
  7. Under “Run command” paste the following:
    /volume1/HDHomeRun/hdhomerun_record start  --conf /volume1/HDHomeRun/hdhomerun.conf

    If necessary, change “volume1” to the volume pool that you are using on your Synology NAS.

  8. Click “Okay” and make sure your new task is enabled, and click “Save” if the button is not grayed out.
  9. and you're done!

If you cannot use the normal Windows install tool, you can also install the HDHomeRun DVR software using this community package:

Once you finish setting up a DVR storage device, see our guide link below for instructions on using the DVR features in the HDHomeRun app.
Instructions on using the DVR features in the HDHomeRun app

  • Last modified: 2020/06/24 04:47