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Thanks Nick! Maybe I'm confusing the tower that I bought years ago which housed 15 1TB drives. It required a pci-e card and special cabling to work with my Mac Pro. So based upon what you see, do you think this just plugs inn using the ethernet port ( I guess on my router), then one configures the ip address and settings in the Drobo itself. Does this then give me the ability to get to my files from anywhere in the world that I might be? I've never had that, and it would be a plus.
Jim, please remember I don't do Mac. Not to worry about your old tower – just about anything (except a dedicated storage box) with 15 drives in it will need dedicated cards / cables / whatever.
I'm not at all sure that Apple offer an iSCSI software client (termed an Initiator) – though there are plenty of third party offerings – including Drobo apparently. AFAIK the iSCSI initiator is a software layer that connects the client (e.g your iMac) operating system to a Drobo storage box via a normal IP network – CAT 5 cables, gigabit switch, wifi (not a good idea), whatever. AFAIK a way of accessing the Drobo box from outside you “in house” network requires a static IP address on the internet side of your router, configuration of your router firewall to offer access login, forwarding of the iSCSI port traffic to the static home network address of the Drobo box. If that sounds scary – good – it is scary. I strongly recommend getting some good help for any of this external connection stuff. Keep in mind I haven’t done this stuff for about eight years.