I recently won a gen3 drobo, USB 3, it is not a NAS. I'm trying to figure out what would be the best way to hook it up. Right now I have a drobo gen1 via firewire on my 2010 iMac. It is mainly my media library. If I just replace the old drobo, the new one will be on USB 2 speeds, however I do have a netgear n6250 ac router that has a USB 3 port. So where is it better? Direct connect to the older iMac via usb2 or through the router via USB 3 (though no computers are hard wired. Eventually I would like to have all of my dvds backed up and this could be a media server, either through iTunes or plex. But I'm also wondering if I could have multiple partitions 1 for media and 2 others for time machine backup for 2 machines.