Cross-Network CD Burning with NeroNET
If you've just invested in a DVD/CD burner and are trying to maximize your investment with your home network, you might be wondering how you can share your DVD/CD burner to burn DVDs and CDs over your network.
I did a pretty involved search on the Internet, scouring forums to try to figure out how to do this. The answers I found were usually, "You can't do that" or the obnoxious question answered by a question, "Why didn't you just get an external USB DVD/CD burner?" During my quest for an answer, I stumbled over a piece of software from Ahead Software AG called NeroNET. NeroNET works in tandem with the popular CD/DVD burning software Nero Burning ROM. In this article, I'll introduce you to NeroNET and how you can use it to share your CD/DVD recorder in an intranet setup.
NeroNET works using a client server/model. Clients use their own Nero Burning ROM software to record a CD/DVD. However, rather than burning the CD/DVD on a local drive, NeroNET's client component facilitates the client's recording process over the network. The CD/DVD is actually physically recorded at the NeroNET server. The NeroNET software this article covers consists of two components:
- Server program component: Responsible for burning CDs/DVDs on the server workstation
- Client program component: Responsible for sending jobs for recording to the NeroNET server
When you try to burn a CD/DVD using NeroNET, the client computer first uses NeroNET's client component (which is innately integrated into Nero Burning ROM) to generate an image of the CD/DVD you want to burn. This image is sent across to the NeroNET server machine physically equipped with a CD/DVD burner for recording.