Network CD/DVD Publishers

Network publishers are specialty machines that allow multiple users to duplicate and print optical discs through an automated disc publisher connected to a local network. Integrated software applications as well as USB 2.0 and Ethernet capabilities make it possible for corporations, agencies, organizations and other business environments to collectively produce large quantities of CDs, DVDs or Blu-rays.

Software bundled with the duplicator enables access across the network so that multiple users can send jobs to be duplicated and printed from their individual workstations. By sending disc duplication tasks like file and image transfers from client or employee computers onto a shared network connected to the equipment, the workflow for duplication and distribution is streamlined.

Diagram of a Networked Duplicator
Diagram of a Networked Disc Publisher

The majority of network publishers are hands-free, automatic functioning machines that do not require excessive space for storage or placement-they can be stored on a shelf, a counter, or mounted in an equipment rack. Specific media formats as well as ink and thermal ribbons are dependent on the duplicator and printer models used.

The leading manufacturers of CD, DVD and Blu-ray duplication equipment offer their own features in addition to network capabilities:

Rimage offers both desktop and professional series network disc publishers. The choice between thermal or inkjet printing and 2 or 4 disc burners is available. Higher end duplication and printer models use embedded PCs. For businesses or individuals who lack experience with installation and operation, some enterprise-level Rimage duplicators are available with on-site installation and training from a factory-authorized technician.

The network publisher from Epson features two burner drives which are linked to the network with an Ethernet interface. Epson's machine has an available security package that uses identification and password commands to prevent unauthorized users from removing discs from the machine. Epson also uses both standard and batch modes.

Primera units come with two disc hoppers for different optical media formats in their Bravo network series. This allows the robotic arm to select the appropriate type of disc without human intervention. Primera uses a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface in their latest models. Through Primera's system, the administrator can control who can submit jobs or tasks to the duplicator or publisher. Email notifications can be sent out to network users to keep them informed of system errors and ink levels. The software for networking functions offers an unlimited number of licenses for under $600 dollars.

Microboards' line of network-enabled duplicators can be administeded from nearly any PC. These duplicators provide extremely fast burn speeds at 22x DVD and 48x CD. Unlike the other manufacturer brands, the Microboards CopyWriter Pro towers will only duplicate discs. They do not have an integrated disc printer or robotic arm for loading and unloading discs.

The absence of an autoloading arm requires more user intervention due to loading and unloading each tray. However, its network capabilities allow storage in a remote location and file transfer without the use of a master disc to start the duplication procedure. Microboards network disc duplicators provide disc verification modes as well as account maintenance functions for multiple users.


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