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.
Summary: I have been looking for such a product for a while. Apple TV just did not cut it for me as I did not want to be limited to iTunes. This one looked great per the specs. I also liked the fact that they seem to have a partnership with bittorrent so I could buy some TV shows and movies.
What is Netgear thinking?! Obviously not a technology they should be developing.
R. Badeges, Amazon
30 November 2007
Summary: Returned mine after two weeks of use. It takes too much of an effort to get it up and running. Having the product to initialize for every power up literally take minutes. Connecting external USB device, and having the device indexed all media files in order to play it, takes so much time.
**Major** disappointment to this failry tech savvy user (IT professional)
Everett B. White, Amazon
28 November 2007
Summary: Short version: I cannot express how excited I was to get this device, but after two and a half long weeks and well over 12 hours on the phone with some very polite (but ultimately inept) Indians, I had to acknowledge this experience for what it was: and exercise in futility.
Summary: The product did not work with windows vista ultimate. After many hours and constant escalation up the chain at netgear. The product would not recognize most of the folders that I was trying to share and gave different share results each time it scanned.
Summary: Wow, what a piece of expensive garbage. The setup is easy and it found my videos (although not MP4s as promised), but it simply will not play them. You'll go along great for a few minutes, and then it freezes. Or reboots. Or stops. Or returns you to the beginning of the clip.
Summary: I had great expectations for this product. I own an earlier generation media streamer based on a chip from Sigma, the company that makes the newer gen chip that is used in the EVA8000. Sadly it will not play HD content properly.
Great idea - poor implementation. Wait for a new version.
Todd Reasinger "treasinger", Amazon
20 September 2007
Summary: I know, I know - buying a new model as soon as it's released is risky, but I'm pretty tolerate of little glitches and willing to spend time doing firmware upgrades, ect... but the EVA 8000 is worse than most early release versions of a computer product (and the technical support is non-existent).
Summary: I won't bother repeating what the other reviewers have said, except to summarize: 1. This product could be great 2. It isn't, because it is totally unstable and buggy I'm a software developer too and so I am comfortable enough with the odd peculiarity or minor bug.
Summary: This product is full of defects. Definitly not ready to ship to the market. After 4 days of operation it would not boot any more. Tech Support was not able to hard reset it. Other defects: If you apply the online firmware update then you cannot use 802.11G WPA encryption any more.