How Best to Connect a Drobo 5D

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  1. JoelBC macrumors 6502a

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    I will be connecting i) a Drobo 5D ii) a Thunderbolt display and iii) a MBA / Mac Mini...I am little confused as to how best to make this work.

    The Drobo documentation is clear that "...the Drobo 5D performs best when it is the first in the daisy-chain, but it can also be in the middle or at the end...".

    The first Thunderbolt-only scenario which came to mind was MBA/Mac Mini --> Thunderbolt display (where the MBA/Mac Mini is connected using the Thunderbolt cable that is part of the display) --> Drobo but this puts the Drobo at the end of the daisy-chain. This one works as it is described in the Drobo manual.

    The second Thunderbolt-only scenario was MBA/Mac Mini --> Drobo --> Thunderbolt display (where the Drobo is connected using the Thunderbolt cable that is part of the display). The potential issue here is that I don't know whether this connection sequence will pass the "display" and "Ethernet connection" back to the MBA/Mac Mini through the Drobo.

    Would greatly appreciate someone answering this for me.

    Thanks,

    Joel
     
  2. JoelBC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  3. plusnq macrumors member

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    The Drobo Thunderbolt is a pass through connection so either should work.
     
  4. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    the display info, and connections for the other ports on the monitor, are actually carried as thunderbolt, not a "display signal". which is why the thunderbolt display won't work if you only have a mini-displayport on your computer (even though the ports and connectors look the same)

    the thunderbolt ports on the computer will re-configure themselves and send displayport data instead of thunderbolt if you plug in a displayport monitor.


    http://www.cnet.com/news/confusing-mini-displayport-with-thunderbolt/
     
  5. JoelBC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks to both, very much appreciated...
     

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