Install Omada Controller on Synology NAS or Use Hardware Controller

If you use TP-Link Omada devices, you might know that the Omada Device works excellently with the Omada Controller. But the issue with the TP-Link is that you need to have a separate controller device installed at your home to manage all the devices within the network centrally. Many other network devices, like Grandstream, offer free cloud-based controllers to manage the home network.

TP-Link also offers cloud access, requiring physical hardware installed locally within your home network to achieve that. Recently, TP-Link introduced the fully cloud-based controller, but the license requires purchase and is a bit expensive. So most users stick to the physical hardware that is a bit less expensive than a complete cloud controller. But still, it is not 100% free.

How to Get Free Omada Controller?

Free Omada controller is technically possible, but it won’t be easy for all. To get a free Omada controller, you must run the software controller on your local matching like PC, Laptop, Docker, NAS, etc. The downside here is that you need to run the local machine all the time to access the Software controller to make any changes or to see the status of your device. It won’t be feasible to run the PC or the laptop 24×7 to use the Omada Controller.

What is Omada Controller?

Omada Controller is a central cloud controller by TP-Link that centrally manages all the TP-Link Omada devices simultaneously. Therefore, you can connect and bind all the Omada devices within your home network to a single controller device and manage them from a single dashboard rather than log in to each device separately. The Omada controller comes in two options. Mainly one is a Hardware controller, and the other is a software controller. Now a fully cloud-based controller is also available.

Why Omada Controller on NAS is Important?

As mentioned before, the Omada Controller is a separate optional system. Furthermore, the hardware controller is a separate device; you must buy it separately, costing around $100. On the other hand, you can use the Omada software controller, which can be installed on your local machine, and manage all the Omada devices using Omada Software Controller on the Windows PC/Laptop. The software controller on local macing has its downside, as mentioned above. However, if you have a docker container running within your Raspberry Pi or NAS, you can install and run it from there.

Unlike the local machine like Windows or PC, the NAS runs continuously. Therefore, you can install and run the Omada Software Controller on your NAS and manage all the Omada devices connected to the controller without purchasing the hardware controller.

TP-Link Omada Software Controller on Synology NAS

The Omada Software controller can be installed on a NAS, and here, we tested the same on a Synology DS420+ NAS. The Omada Controller can be installed as a docker container image on the NAS. Since all the NAS supports running docker containers, we can install Omada Controller on the NAS. We can run it as a standard hardware controller without purchasing additional hardware.

How to Install Omada Software Controller on Synology NAS

There are multiple ways to install the Omada Software controller on the NAS, like the Synology NAS. However, installing it from the official docker repository is the best and easiest way. Go to the docker app on your Synology, search for Omada, and then install the official docker image.

Steps to Install Omada Software Controller on Synology NAS

Before proceeding further, make sure to install docker on your NAS. You can install the docker from the package center. Once installed, proceed further to install the Omada Controller on the device. During the process, download the correct image file from the docker hub. You can install the latest and old version of the image too. To know more, you can see the official repository page.

Step 1: Open the docker app from the control panel of your Synology NAS.

Step 2: From the Docker dashboard, click on the Registry option on the left side.


Step 3: Now, on the search window, type “Omada” and you will see the Omada Controller Image for Docker named “mbentley/omada-controller

Step 4: Now, double-click on it, and the image will be downloaded to your Synology NAS.


Step 5: Once the download is completed, click on the Image option from the docker dashboard. There you will see the downloaded Omada docker image.


Step 6: Now, double-click on the mbentley/omada-controller image to start the installation process. Proceed with the installation process by keeping all the default settings.



Step 7: Once the installation steps are completed, you can see the Omada Software controller running from the Docker container section.


Done, now the Omada Software controller is installed on your Synology NAS, and you can proceed with the setup and configuration process. For that, use the IP address of your Synology NAS. For example, if the IP address of your Synology NAS is, then you can access the Omada controller with the corresponding PORT, which is 8088.

Step 8: Open your system browser and type your NAS IP address with the Omada controller port. Since the IP address of your NAS is, you can type and hit enter.

Step 9: Once you see the setup page, click the Let’s Get Started button and proceed with the Initial setup. Finally, you can use the Omada Controller on your Synology NAS like the Omada Hardware Controller.

Note: Here, the IP address used is, which is an example IP address, and you need to update it with the actual IP address of your network attached storage.

Is it Better to Have Omada Software Controller than Physical Hardware Controller?

Not; you can go for the software controller if you cannot get a physical controller and have Synology NAS and the docker running on your device. However, always use the Omada Hardware controller for the best performance and ease of use. The main drawback of the software controller is that you need to keep running the Synology NAS and the docker to run the Omada Controller.

Secondly, the Omada Software controller uses significant memory, and you may face slow performance of your Synology NAS while running the Omada software controller. Also similarly, the Omada controller dashboard will take too long to load if your Synology NAS is busy with other tasks. Therefore, considering all the facts, using the Omada Hardware controller is always the best way rather than the Omada Sofware Controller.


If you already have a network-attached storage device running at home, you could easily install and manage all your Omada devices without purchasing an additional Omada hardware controller. Like any other application running on your synology, the Omada Docker container will also run as an app in your device. However, the physical Omada hardware controller is the best option for those who wish to have the Omada controller and don’t have a NAS or server running 24×7.

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