Under the Covers
Figure 12 shows the cover off of the EVA700. As you can see from Figure 12, there's a lot of unused space inside. Netgear evidently wanted it to fit in a 17" form factor.
Figure 12: Inside the EVA700 (click image to enlarge)
Figure 13 shows a close-up of the main board.
Figure 13: EVA700 Main Board (click image to enlarge)
The main CPU is completely covered by a heat sink, so I couldn't identify it. Wireless support was provided by a mini-PCI card (shown unseated from its connector in Figure 13) with an unlabeled chip. Underneath the mini-PCI card, I found a Via VT6212 that provided the USB 2.0 capabilities, and a Realtek 8100 chip for the wired network support.
As far as the software on the box, I saw a lot of familiar signs as I was testing that told me that Syabas supplied the internal software. This meant that it should be compatible with the open-source Wizd media server. And when I started Wizd on one of my NAS devices, the EVA700 recognized it and offered it as a server option. Figure 14 shows the top-level menu when I used Wizd instead of a UPnP server.
Figure 14: Wizd Display
Wizd brings a number of new capabilities with it that are not available when using standard UPnP servers. Among other features, it can play music along with a slide show, show image thumbnails, show album art while you're playing music, and play your DVD images that have been ripped to a hard drive.
If you want to browse the Web on your TV, you can do that too. Figure 15 shows an example of a webpage rendered using the EVA700. It's not that pretty, and browsing the Web using a remote is a pain, but you may find it fun and even useful to bring up a few Web sites on your TV.