How to Connect a DVD Recorder to a Computer Network

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How to Connect a DVD Recorder to a Computer Network
Ethernet ports on the back of a computer network router. (ethernet image by MATTHIEU FABISIAK from

Some DVD recorders are equipped with jacks for connecting to computer networks so that you can burn PC content onto a multimedia disc connected to the network router. On the back of your DVD recorder you'll find either a USB or Ethernet port for the network connection, which takes a standard cable, depending on the port type. USB-to-Ethernet adaptors are also available at electronics stores if your components are equipped with different ports.

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Things you need

  • Ethernet cable, USB cable or USB-to-Ethernet adaptor
  • Router
  • Computer

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  1. 1

    Turn off the power to the DVD recorder and to the router.

  2. 2

    Plug in one end of the data cable to the appropriate input port, either Ethernet or USB, on the back of the DVD recorder. Use an adaptor cable with a USB plug for the DVD recorder when connecting to a router with Ethernet ports if the DVD recorder does not have an Ethernet connection.

  3. 3

    Connect the other cable plug to the back of the router.

  4. 4

    Turn on the power to the equipment.

  5. 5

    Access the DVD recorder on the computer network by clicking the start button on a PC desktop, selecting "Control Panel" and clicking the "Network and Internet" option to view devices on your network connected through the router.

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