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.
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).
Lots of Limitations and uncertain future but I still keep it with me
Ricardo Remis, Amazon
22 May 2008
Summary: After more than a year with my EVA this product could be your dream machine or your worst nightmare depending for what you want it for: Let's make it simple This product is good for you if... - You'd like to watch You Tube in your big screen TV - You'd like to hear your big collection of Music you have in your PC (even I tunes.
Summary: Netgear EVA8000 Digital Entertainer HD Like some other reviewers I was hesitant to become an early adopter of an untried technology and my fears turned out to have been well-founded. The EVA8000 is best described as a brilliant concept that has been very poorly implemented. It does play a broad variety of media types, for which I will grant it [EDIT: ONE star]. It will play DVDs in folders, which is nice if you have lots of movies stored on HDD.
Summary: This device works as described, and has a lot of power but the interface for setup and operation modes is somewhat limited. The web interface is nice to have, but it is not nearly powerful enough to make up for the onscreen interface problems. The machine occasionally fails to respond to the remote, and had difficulty catalogging some items. Rebuilding the library by rescanning the media storage locations solved that problem.
Summary: I am using the unit wireless and a lot of my problems would probably be resolved with a network cable but with me that is not an option. Pictures work fine and a lot of video files look great until I lose my connection and have to start over. The view of the desktop from the TV is poor but again this could be my connection. In fairness with Netgear I am still learning, and some of these problems may be resolved with a call to the company.
Summary: This product needs some software and firmware upgrades to make it a viable media center. Specifically the UI structure still seems to be in Beta mode. Setup was painless (altho if you are VISTA OS make sure you upgrade the firmware), Internet Radio worked well and playing AVI & WMV files worked well, it could not find my iTunes playlists either. But the biggest bust is the confused state of the UI which makes this product unusable (especially for VOB files).