How to Bypass License Check for Synology Surveillance Station 7
Synology Surveillance Station 7 is a powerful and intuitive surveillance solution that allows you to monitor video streams from multiple cameras in real time, set triggers to catch suspicious behavior, and control all your security devices. However, it also requires an online activation for adding camera licenses, which can be costly and inconvenient for some users. In this article, we will show you how to bypass the license check for Synology Surveillance Station 7 using some simple methods.
Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only. We do not condone or encourage any illegal or unethical use of Synology products or services. Please respect the intellectual property rights of Synology and its partners.
Method 1: Downgrade to DSM 6
One of the easiest ways to bypass the license check for Synology Surveillance Station 7 is to downgrade your DiskStation Manager (DSM) to version 6. According to a Reddit user [^1^], the online activation requirement was introduced in version 7.1-4056 of Surveillance Station, so if you downgrade to DSM 6, you can use any shared, hacked or cracked license keys without being spotted by the Synology activation server. However, this method also means that you will lose some of the advanced features and security updates of DSM 7, so proceed with caution.
To downgrade to DSM 6, you will need to follow these steps:
Download the DSM 6.2.4-25556.pat file from here.
Log into your Synology NAS as an administrator and go to Control Panel > Update & Restore > Manual DSM Update.
Click Browse and select the downloaded .pat file.
Click OK and wait for the downgrade process to complete.
After the reboot, log into your Synology NAS again and go to Package Center > Installed > Surveillance Station.
Click Action > Stop to stop the Surveillance Station service.
Download the Surveillance Station 8.2.9-6220.spk file from here.
Go back to Package Center > Manual Install and select the downloaded .spk file.
Click Next and follow the instructions to install Surveillance Station 8.2.9.
After the installation, go to Package Center > Installed > Surveillance Station and click Action > Run to start the service.
You can now use any license keys you want for adding cameras to Surveillance Station.
Method 2: Use Xpenology
Another way to bypass the license check for Synology Surveillance Station 7 is to use Xpenology, which is a custom firmware that allows you to run DSM on non-Synology hardware. Xpenology can emulate different Synology models and support various features of DSM, including Surveillance Station. However, this method also involves some risks and challenges, such as compatibility issues, data loss, warranty voiding, and legal disputes. Therefore, we recommend that you do your own research and backup your data before attempting this method.
To use Xpenology, you will need to follow these steps:
Download the latest Xpenology bootloader image from here.
Download the latest DSM .pat file from here.
Create a bootable USB drive with the Xpenology bootloader image using a tool like Rufus or Etcher.
Plug the USB drive into your non-Synology hardware and boot from it.
Find the IP address of your Xpenology device using a tool like Synology Assistant or Advanced IP Scanner.
Type the IP address in your web browser and follow the instructions to install DSM using the downloaded .pat file.