Netgear EVA700 Digital Entertainer
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- Connect your home theater to your computer network for streaming playback of digital media
- Supports most audio and video formats including MP3, WMA, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Xvid, and AVI
- Built-in USB port to connect a USB drive and music player
- Supports wireless networks with 802.11g built-in
- Device measures 17 x 2 x 10 inches (WxHxD)
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"NETGEAR’s EVA700 Digital Entertainer plays all of your digital videos, photos and music directly from your PC, NETGEAR’s Storage Central (SC101) or streaming from the Internet, right to your TV and home stereo system. You can play files saved on a USB storage device such as a USB thumb drive, USB disk, iPOD™ or digital camera with a USB interface. EVA700 is compliant with Intel® Viiv™ 1.5 and up, and supports seamless access to content, applications and services available on Intel Viiv PCs. EVA700 also supports access to content residing in Microsoft® Windows® Media Center PCs and other UPnP AV media servers such as Rhapsody® and TwonkyVision. "
Amazon.com Product Description
The EVA700 plugs into your home theater system with a variety of outputs including RCA, S-Video, Digital Coaxial/SPDIF audio, and HD component video. The Digital Entertainer has both 802.11g wireless for up to 54 Mbps speeds, and a wired 10/100 Mbps RJ-45 jack in order to connect the device to your home network. Support for Intel Hub Connect Technology makes the connection easy to set up.
In addition to the hard drive of your PC, the EVA700 also works seamlessly with the NETGEAR SC101 storage device. There is also a USB port on the front of the device, letting you play files saved on an iPod, USB thumb drive, USB disk, or digital camera.
The Digital Entertainer boasts hardware-based WEP 40/64-bit and 128-bit encryption, as well as WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK encryption for enhanced security.
Support for Many File Formats
The Digital Entertainer can handle a large variety of file formats. Compatible audio formats include MP3 (up to 320 Kbps or VBR), WAV, WMA (up to 192 Kbps or VBR), M3U, and AAC. Compatible video formats include: MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, WMV (up to 1080p down-converted), and Xvid. Compatible photo formats include: JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF, and GIF.
An included remote control lets you control all the media files on your home network--as well as from popular internet sites--from the comfort of your couch. The NETGEAR EVA700 Digital Entertainer is backed by a 1-year warranty.
What's in the Box
EVA700 Digital Entertainer, infrared remote control (2 AA batteries included), power cable, Ethernet cable, RCA stereo-audio/composite-video cable, installation guide, resource CD, and warranty/support information card.
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As far as connecting to my network, it is hard-wired to my router and it popped right up. But like some other reviewers, setting up a wireless connection with WEP security is a royal PITA.
As far as using it for music (of any format) and picture files, it does an acceptable job. However, I bought this unit to play back video recorded in MS-DVR format from 2 different computers. The problem is that it does not recognize this format so really, it is my fault for not researching this before buying this unit. Many of the third party media programs will transcode these into a recognizable video format, but no matter which program I tried (and I think I have tried them all!) it is very choppy and essentially un-watchable.
Live and learn!
I hooked it up to a wireless router and PC with a few external hard drives and it works (almost) flawlessly. First of all, like others said, do NOT install the software that it comes with and also forget Intel Viv technology installs. Just install one of the free (or almost free) software like TVersity (my fav.), Wizd or Twonkyvision. However, except for Wizd, you can't search for a particular album/artist/genre. You have to scroll through menu after menu to find a movie/song/photo.
I am currently streaming a few hundred CDs in FLAC (lossless format) which is noticeably better than the very best MP3 format. For DVDs, I simply have the server software pointed to the Folders that have the DVD (VOB) files. The player does a very good job of picking up subtitles automatically too. I have NOT installed the photo folder as I find the usage completely useless for my needs. I shoot 6MP raw format images. I can't see myself browsing through tens of thousands of images and then waiting for 1 minute for an image to load up!
All in all, a good system for those that are not intimidated by network setups and server programs but want an uncluttered music system and (almost) instant access to movies, music and photos.
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