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Netgear EVA700 Digital Entertainer

2.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Connects TV, stereo or home entertainment system to your home network and the Internet
  • Streams and plays popular media formats from PCs and the Internet
  • Access content and services available on Intel® Viiv™ technology-based PCs

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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandNETGEAR
Item Weight3.7 Kg
Product Dimensions25.4 x 43.2 x 5.1 cm
Item model numberEVA700-100UKS
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
  
Additional Information
ASINB000IFTBEI
Best Sellers Rank 531,735 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.7 Kg
Date First Available8 Sept. 2006
  
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Product Description

Product Description

Bring all your digital content from your PC and the Internet directly to your TV. Digital content is changing the way you get entertainment. You listen to music files and streaming audio, and watch video files and streaming video. But watching on a small computer screen and listening on tiny speakers is keeping you from enjoying the full digital entertainment experience. Now with the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer (EVA700), you can enjoy your digital videos, photos and music with the upgraded video and audio q

Manufacturer's Description

Move the digital experience from your computer to your TV
Bring all your digital content from your PC and the Internet directly to your TV. Digital content is changing the way you get entertainment. You often listen to music files and streaming audio, and watch video files and streaming video on your PC. However, now with the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer (EVA700), you can enjoy your digital videos, photos and music on your home entertainment system or TV. The NETGEAR Digital Entertainer makes it easy to seamlessly access thousands of digital media files from your computer for viewing and listening in the comfort of your family room.

Stream Videos, Music and Photos
The Digital Entertainer EVA700 connects your TV or home entertainment system to your home computer network to deliver a world of new media enjoyment. The EVA700 streams digital movies, videos, music, radio and photos from your PC and can access thousands of digital files stored in your NETGEAR Storage Central (SC101) device. You can also play streaming media content, such as music and video from the Internet, by connecting to your home network and router. You can even play files saved on a USB storage device such as an iPOD™, USB thumb drive, USB disk, and some digital cameras with a USB interface by simply connecting any of these to the front USB port of the Digital Entertainer.

New Technology Ready
The NETGEAR Digital Entertainer is Intel® Viiv™ verified, enabling you to take advantage of Intel’s new platform for digital entertainment. The Digital Entertainer EVA700 supports seamless access to content, applications and services available on Intel® Viiv™ technology-enabled PCs. It also supports access to content on Microsoft® Windows® Media Center PCs through Windows Media Connect, and other universal plug-and-play (UPnP AV) media servers, such as TwonkyVision. You can use the wired ethernet port to connect the EVA700 directly to your wired home network, or add the optional Powerline HD Ethernet Adapter Kit (HDXB101) for high quality video and maximum streaming speeds across multiple rooms with much better results than a standard 802.11g WiFi network.

Easy On-Screen Selection
The NETGEAR Digital Entertainer gives you easy, remote control access to access to digital media files on your home network, as well as from popular Internet sites without getting up from the couch. When combined with NETGEAR’s Powerline HD Ethernet Adapter (HDXB101 two-in-one kit and HDX101 standalone, both sold separately), you can use the Digital Entertainer in any room of your home, regardless of where the computer is located. You’ll enjoy excellent quality and stable, consistent video streaming that lets you watch videos for hours without problems.


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Having recently purchased one of these units I had tremendous difficulty in getting the unit to access the media on my PC wirelessly. Windows Media Connect (built ionto media player 10 does a lamentable job. After searching and logging this issue with little result I saw references made to using TwonkyVision software. I tried this and all of a sudden all works and to be honest I have not yet got a single jitter even though all the media is accessed wirelessly from a PC upstairs. So, having regretted buying this bit of kit I now love it and can watch DVDs through my home cinema system flawlesslyQ
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Far be it from me to diagree with the previous reviewers, but I've been trying to use this player for six months now.

It's a disaster, unstable and works intermittently with every media server I've tried (five and counting). Video and MP3 files which play flawlessly on any PC, lock up at varying points on the EVA700. NetGear support is non-existant and there's never been a firmware upgrade.

If you have any doubts, go to the NetGear official forum and check. There are very few happy customers of either the EVA700 or the EVA8000.
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What it can do in theory sounds great but in practice it did none of these things for me.

Wireless connection was woeful; wired would recognise my Internet connection but not my Windows Media Centre. Third Party servers such as Twonky had to be used which is ridiculous and they did not work reliably for me either. Interface when did work is ugly.

If you have Intel Viiv on your PC or Laptop you may fare better as I think this is what it is designed to work with but why Netgear have designed a media player with such limited hardware compatibility is beyond me.

In the end I purchased Apple TV as though that is limited to Mac it works and its interface is lovely!

You can also connect your iPods and MP3 Players to this Eva Unit via its USB slot but one of my iPods was not recognised, the other was but would display no content!

Hope you have a better experience with it than me - you may see my item on Amazon as I am selling it back!
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Plugging in this device, i was greeted with nothing, due to the fact i run a purely Linux network. The manual and net indicated i needed a media server running, so tried MythTV, MediaTomb and TwonkyMedia, all three were recognised by the device, and were listed on the front screen of the Netgear as discovered servers, however TwonkyMedia was the only one i was able to get working and stream videos.

Once working, i have found some of the videos over the lan as being a bit jerky on some videos, not major, but the keen eye will spot it.

Good idea, just needs better documentation
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