Setup TailScale VPN Server on Synology RT6600ax Router

TailScale is great VPN. It is even greater if it runs all the time on a router! Currently it is available as 3rd party package for Synology NAS (X64-based) machines, but not for Routers (usually ARM64-based). *sigh* This blog talks about a way to set it up.

Grab the binaries

  • Copy (scp) over these two files to Synology router, say under your home directory’s subdirectory, “tailscale”.


  • Download the script that starts/stops the tailscale daemon
    • This script is derived from TailScale’s original script and is adapted to SRM environment
  • MODIFY SCRIPT with your own path for PKGVAR variable
  • Now type “./start-stop-status start” and “./start-stop-status status”
  • For the first time running, type “./tailscale –socket tailscaled.sock up –advertise-exit-node” and perform web-based login/setup. See my previous post.

Start up TailScale automatically

Copy the start-stop-status script to /usr/local/etc/rc.d/ directory

sudo cp start-stop-status /usr/local/etc/rc.d/tailscale 

HELP! However this setup current does not seem to work, while it should. I’m still investigating.

Set Up TailScale VPN Server on AWS

TailScale website has an excellent collection of documents. I just want to quickly jot down what I did for simpler reference later. A couple of notes:

  • It runs on AWS EC2 instance (t3a.micro) with Ubuntu 22.04
  • It is a server node, a.k.a. exit node in TailScale terms.


curl -fsSL | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/tailscale-archive-keyring.gpg >/dev/null
curl -fsSL | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tailscale.list

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install tailscale

First-time setup

We need to create an account first. Then we will be asked to login and make this machine as server, i.e., exit node.

sudo tailscale up   # perform web login
sudo tailscale up --advertise-exit-node

Log into TailScale website,

  • click on the “…” setting button for the server
  • select “Edit routing …” menu
  • Check “Use as exit node” button.


To use for yourself, simply turn on tailscale on your phone/PC, and use the above server as the exit node.

To share the server with others, go to tailscale web portal and click on “Share …” button for the server.

Disable/remove TailScale

sudo systemctl disable --now tailscaled     # to disable

sudo apt purge tailscale                    # to uninstall