Can you not connect to this via ethernet? It seems like a shame for a device like this not to be network-connected.
Well, I guess what you lose in speed you gain in utility. For me, the best part of having a storage device like this would be to act as a basic 'server' where I can access my media from any computer in the house, or even just from the laptop when not being physically plugged in.
Same here... I was really into what Drobo was pitching until I started researching and found that while it is an awesome external hard drive with automatic data redundancy, it leaves a lot to be desired if you are into the networking side. I went with a ReadyNas NV+ about a year ago and never looked back, I couldn't go a day without it.
I agree, the lack an ethernet port out of the box is a huge ding. I've got the 2nd gen drobo and then bought the droboshare. BAD mistake. The drobo share is a *horrible* product. Drops connections all the time esp when using a snow leopard machine (see technote on drobo site). plus it's SLOOOOOOOOW. i was really excited at first about the drobo share since you could get it to run as an itunes server, but the connection/speed problems totally killed that idea. I think ppl would be better off getting the HP HomeServer. That seems more extensible.