Should I replace my Drobo 5N? If so, with what? I need networked Time Machine shares and preferably a unit that can also run as a Plex Server.
So way back in 2015 I bought a Drobo 5N along with 5 x 3TB WDC drives (red or red plus). I put it all together, set up dual disk redundancy, enabled 3 time machine shares and a general network drive for shared files. Besides moving it to a wired connection (see below), I haven’t really touched it since.
Unfortunately, recently it has become a bit flaky.
The system and the drives all seem to be fine—provable in that if I mount the file share I can copy files on and off and have a Plex server that streams files from it. But…
After I moved my network over to Lynksys Velop mesh routers (with Homekit support) it no longer appeared on my network. I tried a heap of things and in the end connecting the 5N directly to one of the routers with an ethernet cable was the only way to bring it back.
After upgrading to Ventura, my computers will occasionally fail to make time machine backups claiming it can’t find the time machine drive. Once this happens, even attempting to mount via the Drobo Dashboard gets the unhelpful error “Drobo Dashboard could not mount this drive”. Multiple restarts of the computers and the Drobo will eventually get it to mount again but this is, at best, described as annoying.
Drobo’s website has no update since before Ventura. [I am aware of their financial troubles.]
I don’t really want to spend money to replace this system but beginning to think I might have to before things get worse.
Anyone aware of these issues being “known” and there being a fix for them? My googling has not borne good results.
If not. What would the recommendation be as a replacement? I want something that is (a) network based, and (b) supports Time Machine shares.
A unit that allows a Plex Server software to run off it (well) as compared to just hosting the data files would be awesome.
I see that Synology has offerings here. Not sure which models. Or other brands. Would love to hear good/bad experiences and recommendations.