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I have a Mac using Synology Drive. The problem is it randomly disconnects. I cannot find a whole lot on the internet to help me out.

Also, I understand that I should use Synology Drive to access my home directory but how about the other directories I need remotely access to like Web and my Movies? Should those directories be accessed using Drive or some other method?

Thanks in advance.
 
Synology Drive is not for remote connection, but for offline continuation.

For remote connection use HTTPS or VPN. Either will give you secure access to your directories/files.
HTTPS is Webdav, correct?
 
but how about the other directories I need remotely access to like Web and my Movies? Should those directories be accessed using Drive or some other method?
You could access them via Drive if you present them using Drive Admin and flag them as Team folders. In that case the folders will be visible in the Drive UI.

File Station can be used to access the files in that manner over https or vpn as Telos said.

HTTPS is Webdav, correct?
No. WebDav can work over both http and https with https being the preferred. WebDAV will be also a way to access the file/folder structure using any compatible webdav client.
 
I need remotely access to like Web and my Movies
Do you mean you want to access the shared folders? Rather than accessing Web Station's web services, and stream using Audio/Video Station? Also, which clients, just Mac?

To access the shared folders you need to decide how you want it to be made available on your client device.
  • File sharing services, such as SMB, were initially designed as LAN services and I wouldn't use them across the Internet.
  • WebDAV, securely, can be used from the LAN and also across the Internet and also can be accessed like a local file system in Mac's Finder.
  • There are other file sharing services, such as SFTP (built on SSH), that aren't natively supported in Mac Finder/Windows Explorer but third party applications can work with them. For SFTP I would configure DSM to use a different TCP port to that used by SSH, this would then enable the SFTP to be accessible from the Internet while keeping SSH inaccessible.
If that's too much then you can set up VPN Server and use a secure tunnel to gain access to the LAN, and then use SMB etc. through it.

I have various applications that I can use to access my NAS using WebDAV/HTTPS and SFTP: Transmit; FileBrowser Pro; CloudMounter. These are paid apps but there are others available, like Cyberduck, Mountain Duck, ForkLift, ExpanDrive. On iOS I mainly use FileBrowser Pro.
 
Do you mean you want to access the shared folders? Rather than accessing Web Station's web services, and stream using Audio/Video Station? Also, which clients, just Mac?

To access the shared folders you need to decide how you want it to be made available on your client device.
  • File sharing services, such as SMB, were initially designed as LAN services and I wouldn't use them across the Internet.
  • WebDAV, securely, can be used from the LAN and also across the Internet and also can be accessed like a local file system in Mac's Finder.
  • There are other file sharing services, such as SFTP (built on SSH), that aren't natively supported in Mac Finder/Windows Explorer but third party applications can work with them. For SFTP I would configure DSM to use a different TCP port to that used by SSH, this would then enable the SFTP to be accessible from the Internet while keeping SSH inaccessible.
If that's too much then you can set up VPN Server and use a secure tunnel to gain access to the LAN, and then use SMB etc. through it.

I have various applications that I can use to access my NAS using WebDAV/HTTPS and SFTP: Transmit; FileBrowser Pro; CloudMounter. These are paid apps but there are others available, like Cyberduck, Mountain Duck, ForkLift, ExpanDrive. On iOS I mainly use FileBrowser Pro.
I have remote access to DSM figured out. Yes it is accessing the files on the shares that I am working on. Thanks.
 

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