• These lights are a visual indication of the health of the system. If one or more turns orange or red you know you need to add more space or you've got a failing drive.
  • This row of blue LEDs shows you approximately how much of your total storage is being used. Three lights means about the Drobo is about 30% full.
  • The Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (AEBS) has a USB port that can be used to share storage on the LAN. I wish it was Firewire 800, instead of USB 2, but it's fast enough for streaming video. I've got a gigabit switched network in the house, so the USB is a bit of a bottleneck.

AEBS and Drobo

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Now that all of my media is loaded onto the Drobo, it's taken its place in our coat closet connected to the Airport Extreme Base Station. Now the Drobo storage is accessible over our home network to all of the computers in the house.

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  1. Steve Burt 62 months ago | reply

    This is most impressive; combined with the the TruCrypted MyBook you've got a first rate setup.

  2. Rocky Hiker 62 months ago | reply

    hmmmm....and your mom can't even get the updates to install on the old pc. I'm pretty sure that there's no genetic link for this sort of thing. Actually, I'm pretty sure it's a disease of some kind.

  3. Rocky Hiker 62 months ago | reply

    Oh, by the way, I think the disease comes from staying up too late at night.

  4. ozt1ks 49 months ago | reply

    Are you able to use Drobo Dashboard considering the item is NOT hooked up directly to a Windows/Mac machine? I hear that if you hook it up to a router/AEBS, you can only use Drobo as a storage device, you can't access the software that it uses...

  5. TimWilson 49 months ago | reply

    You can't use Drobo Dashboard if your Drobo is connected remotely.

  6. ozt1ks 49 months ago | reply

    So do you just use it as a "regular" HDD since you have it hooked up to your AEBS?

  7. TimWilson 49 months ago | reply

    Right. The AEBS presents the Drobo as a generic network accessible storage device.

  8. ozt1ks 49 months ago | reply

    Everything still works as intended via the Drobo hardware lights, right? Is anything not functioning? I have a WNDR3700 from Netgear that has ReadyShare (very similar functionality to the AEBS) and I'm thinking about doing what you've done.

  9. TimWilson 49 months ago | reply

    The Drobo lights all work perfectly in this config.

  10. ozt1ks 49 months ago | reply

    I'm going to run this configuration... How does your Mac run with it not being attached, anything weird? And TM backups?

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