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ATPM 7.12
December 2001



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Extending an AirPort Network

Routers and Hubs

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Reader Comments (5)

Steve Day · January 3, 2002 - 10:17 EST #1
I just discovered your wonderful site while searching for CD-R info. The 6.12 thread on buying a CD burner was helpful, but I need slightly different info. I am a ceramic artist, and I want to make a CD "catalog" to mail to galleries. Since I will need several hundred CDs, time is a factor. How fast can a CD burner churn out these critters? Or do I need to go to a specialist for this service?
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · January 3, 2002 - 20:17 EST #2
Steve - I'm glad you are enjoying this site. The speed at which you can burn CDs is directly dependant on the "x" speed advertised for that device. Since standard CDs are approximately 74 minutes in length (equivalent of 650 megabytes of data), a 1x burn takes approximately the same amount of time. A 2x burn will write a full disc in half the time, and so on. Even with some of the faster writers, burning a few hundred discs is gonna have you waiting a while. Of course, if each CD only contains a few megabytes of data, then it will go quick, but it's still one at a time. Otherwise, there are two options:
  1. If you plan to burn large quantities of CDs on an extremely regular basis, you might consider investing in a CD duplicator. These are essentially CD burners that do multiple discs at the same time. Try CDW and type "CD duplicator" in the search box. CDW will return various categories of hits, but you should see, in red text, a category for CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Duplicators. Click that for their complete list. You'll find a wide range of prices--everything from several hundred dollars for a unit that will make one copy of a CD at 18x speed, to $2,000-$3,000 for units that will make four or more copies at the same time. There are even professional units that will make 100 or so copies but cost multi-tens of thousands of dollars!!
  2. The other solution would be to utilize a duplication service. You'll find them almost anywhere. Start by asking various commercial print shops (not the mom-n-pop quick-print shops). You'll probably find prices less than a dollar per disc at the quantities you're talking about.
George Michas · May 31, 2002 - 03:39 EST #3
Hi. I have a 3com dual speed hub 16 with an uplink button for port 16 and a Cisco 800 series router that serves as an internet gateway. I want to connect them with a cable (I don't yet know what kind). On the hub, I have a few computers and the distance between the hub and the router is around 50 meters. Does anyone know how this thing will work?
Natasha Sobers · June 20, 2002 - 18:09 EST #4
Hi. I was looking on your web site and it is great, but I would like to know how to burn CDs on the computer without buying a CD burning because I already have one built into my computer. So, I need to know what web site to go to or what do I do to burn all the music I like to listen to. Thanks.

Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · June 22, 2002 - 22:17 EST #5
Natasha - if you computer came with a built-in CD-R drive, then you should already have the software to burn CDs. I might take for granted that you have a relatively new Mac with a CD-R, Combo Drive, or Super which case you simply use Apple's pre-installed Disc Burning software. Otherwise, I'd recommend buying a copy of Roxio Toast Titanium 5. Check their web site first to make sure your drive is supported by Toast, though there are very few drives that aren't.

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