Summary: I have had this unit for almost a year. I had the older model EVA700 prior. I like the EVA8000. I use it hard wired to my ReadyNas Duo server through a switch. Music sounds great, and it can also stream FLAC files. Movies stream very well too, but some hi res HD files sometimes stall with a message saying the "network performance being insufficient - buffering". This has not happened often.
Summary: As a long-time user of networked media devices (I have three AudioTrons), I was looking for something that would make my DVD collection as useful as my CD collection is. I also recently purchased a high-capacity RAID/NAS box (5.5TB usable), so had plenty of space in which to "back up" my DVD collection (at around 6GB per DVD on average).
"Great for wired video streaming!! Lots of features!!"
28 November 2008
Pros: I have had this unit for 8 months now and can access all shared media from the PC on my network. Will play ISO, AVI and VOB formats. Just rip your DVDs to a USB, NAS unit or media server and away you go.
Cons: Does not support 1GB wired and Draft N wireless. In 100 yr old house, wireless G and N Routerscould not push signal from rear upstairs to front living room. Relocated Terastation NAS to shared gigabit switch in living room and all is streaming well
Summary: Here is the situation: I have more than 600 DVDs that I am in the process of ripping onto hard drives. They are ripped in standard DVD format (VOB/IFO) full quality, no compression/encoding, just raw dvd files. I wanted full menu support from the DVDs; basically I wanted the simulation of sticking a DVD in the drive without having to actually do so. This product accomplished this 100% and then some.
"Avoid this product - It does not work as advertised!"
21 September 2008
Pros: It has many great features (if/when they work) and it looks like an a/v component, not a computer component. I also really like that it does not require a computer to work (not a media extender) & works with a NAS device too.
Cons: I hate that most of the features didn't work for me, and when they did work, they didn't work for long. I received my first unit in June and am now with my 4th unit in Sept and none of them worked right. Frequent reboots are the biggest problem.
Summary: I am in a Network Admin so the network setup was a snap (both wireless and wired) BUT...Nothing worked. Every media format I tried to play would give me the "media format is not supported" message. Image files would not display and mp3's would not play. Even after several cold reboots. I registred on the forums and downloaded the latest Beta firmware and DEW and installed both. Finally it started to work.
Summary: I really wanted to like this unit but mine was essentailly DOA. I spent several hours with Netgear tech support and it wouldn't read networked files nor files from a usb stick directly plugged into the unit. Many other reviews which I have read note Quality Control issues on these units and unfortunatly mine was one of the bad ones too.
EVA8000 After 1 Month - Good, not Great, but what is better?
27 June 2008
Summary: It's really more of a 3.75, but definitely not a 4, so I had to rate it a 3. I have had my EVA for about 4 weeks. I have had pretty mixed results when watching video files. The device either locks up or reboots itself at 2-3 times per week, which I am not happy about. It seems to give me the best performance when I am watching a ripped DVD (using DVD Shrink with no compression).