Summary: ... does not live up to its potential. When I first saw the specs on this device, I thought it would be the perfect addition to my Home Theater. What I actually got was a finicky, volatile device that did not live up to its promise. First off, video over WLAN was a no-go for me. I've read some have gotten it to work. But, I got stuttering audio and video in my environment. Furthermore, the sustained throughput swamped my router, and it kept crashing.
Summary: I bought this to replace a different brand, and as a result ended up having to completely reconfigure my media library. Most network media players are 'UPNP', or universal plug 'n' play and rely on media server software located on a remote computer for library information. This unit finds any shared folders (Windows file system only) on your network, and indexes the one you choose. EVERYTHING in the one you choose that it's capable of playing.
Summary: The score that this box deserves depends what you buy it for. I wanted a DNLA player (the box and brochures claim DLNA support). It is not a good DNLA player (1 star or zero stars!). It is a good Internet radio player (4 stars), and excellent HD video renderer (plays 1080p well - 5 stars), and a poor client for accessing media on a home network (2 stars).
Tons of cool features, good luck getting them to work!
Consult This, Amazon
19 November 2007
Summary: I read all the negative reviews, but foolishly and desperately (since there are so few alternatives) decided to give it a try. To make a long story short, after 3 days of trying, I still couldn't complete a full scan of my media (about 2000+) files without crashing the system in the process. Overall, it has been a very frustrating experience. Please do yourself a favor and stay away. If you must buy, make sure you get it in a place where you can return it easily.
Summary: NetGear....... Had never purchased a product made by this company until now. Wish today I could still make that statement. The first unit came to me DOA. No sound at all. Set up found my wireless connection and the shared files on my Media Center PC, however, file with no sound = useless. I take box 1 back and get box 2. This one sets up easily and has sound. Things seem to be picking up. Again connected wirelessly... finds all shares. Internet radio won't play.
Summary: Wait for an alternative. This unit is still under active development. Much of the functionality that it boasts does not work (for example TV Tuner cards are listed as supported on the box but Netgear openly says this does not work). The hardware is too weak to support HD and even on standard definition it frequently stutters and loses video/audio sync.
Summary: The machine has a lot of potential, with excellent format support and 1080 capability. The Youtube feature works well. I returned mine because it froze and required rebooting constantly, even while playing small MP3 files. Very frustrating.
Summary: Unit does not play avi format files from my Canon SD800is camera. Tech support is useless. Very polite technicians but they have no command of the English language and are unable to get results. Although you get to speak with a live person, you would get the same result talking to a pet shop parrot. No matter the outcome they will say, "thank you for choosing Netgear" even if you are complaining about everything.
Summary: The biggest issues with this product are its quirkiness (instability) and its poorly designed UI. The quirkiness manifests itself in the box suddenly finding, half way through a video, that it is now "unable to play this media" (even though it was playing it a moment ago). The show stops, and you are thrown back to the menu screen. Now you have to go back and find where you were (no resume playback functionality).
Summary: I have a new PC with Vista and this thing kept crashing. I called tech support and got some guy in India that new nothing. Said he would call back and never did. Get an XBOX360 instead - it does all the same things and works smoothly.