The Networked Media Tank (NMT) is a state-of-the-art integrated digital entertainment system that allows you to watch, store and share digital content on your home network. With a built-in Digital Media Player, the NMT allows for seamless integration between your digital media and your entertainment system.
I bought this to view high def (1080p) video from my desktop computer on my big screen TV in the living room.
I had tried a number of other media players and they either couldn't handle 1080p, or would not stay connected to the network.
I've had the eGreat for a week and its working very well.
Setup was not as smooth as I'd like. Documentation is pretty primitive, web site support from the manufacturer is pretty minimal. While plugging it in was a no brainer, what to do for the software to get the eGreat to connect to my desktop was not so obvious. One thing that had me stumped was that eGreat uses a guest login to the server, and I had disabled the guest account (because I run other services that are connected to the web). Finally I found support sites dedicated to the NMT (Networked Media Tank) software that the eGreat runs, and that got me on the right track. Turns out that I need to install MyiHome software on the server and that works fine, although its a not as full functioned as some of the standard DLNA servers. For example, one can only share files in one folder, rather than having multiple folders. When I did try enabling the guest account the eGreat would connect, but had trouble browsing multiple levels of folders.
Once I got connectivity straightened out, playing has been very smooth. Have played DVD files, 720p video, 1080p video in a variety of formats. One thing that I really like is the ability to skip forward and backward within the video - either with an absolute time, or with a multiple of 30 seconds skips. I don't think the other media players I was trying had this feature.Read more ›
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Got this thing in the mail from Jytech about three days after I ordered it. Hooked it up and did the set up in about 15 minutes. This thing does everything I was wanting it to do. I was mainly looking for an inexpensive link between my network and my TV. This was it.
I have an HP Windows Home Server, a Buffalo NAS, two desktop PC's and two laptop's on my network. One desktop, the server and the NAS are on a gigabit switch. The eGreat is on a 10/100 switch and the rest are wireless.
I was using an Xbox 360 through Media Center to play video and display photos on my TV. Media Center is too limited in the types and formats it will handle. This box handles everything I have thrown at it so far. Highly recommend this little box for the price and the functionality and highly recommend Jytech for a supplier.
I was looking for a media player for sometime but was confused with all the options out there, eventually came across this one online.
This unit plays back all types of media that I have including .ISO files, though I dont have many different formats, mainly .AVI and MPEG. I've noticed reviews where people claim that it "Plays everything I throw at it" that statement has been overused and is actually not true. I have not been able to play .WMV files at all, fortunately I have very few files in that format. When converting your movie library, stay away from that format. It has issues playing .mp4 and .mov files as there is no sound unless you change the sound settings from DIGITAL to PCM which results in a reduced sound effect and defeats the purpose of having the set up, however this could be a result of my AV receiver but I'm currently convinced (in order to delay the inevitable purchase of a new receiver) its the eGreat.
It also has an annoyingly bright green light on the front panel, which i have covered with some stickers.
Other than the above minor issues, its definately great value, and is my current favourite gadget. It also plays all music formats possible including FLAC, OGG, AAC, MP3 etc.... when you install a hard drive using the sata connection you can also install apps that give you a movie jukebox and a music jukebox, though I struggled setting up the movie jukebox initially, the instructions are made for people who have been using the jukebox for years and assumes that all users will want it set up in one configuration.Read more ›
So far the unit is OK. Wireless network setup is not going well, but wired network is fine. If you want any kind of aid in setup or use, go to the NMT forum, as EGreat doesn't supply anything of value.