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Feature Tour - Photos

The EVA9 says it supports JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF image formats. But I found it was most reliable for viewing JPGs, i.e. photos, since it didn't even include many PNG files in its scan results. Note that GIF isn't a supported type.

Photos are selected by folder, month / year / decade as well as camera and size. You start a slideshow by just browsing to a folder and pressing the remote Play button to play all the files in the folder in order. If you enter the folder, you can select a random slideshow play, or select individual images to view.

Pressing the fast forward and reverse remote buttons while a slideshow is playing will decrease the change delay from its 6 second default or increase it again. If you dig into the admin preference menus, you can change the transition effect (dissolve, fade, shrink [annoying!]), have the image fill the screen instead of being displayed in its natural format and tweak a few other settings. While a slide show is playing, you can navigate into the music menu and select music to accompany your slide show.

You also have the ability to view Flickr and ReadyNAS Photo online services, neither of which I tried.

Feature Tour - Other Features

Like the EVA8000, the EVA9 includes the ability to view RSS feeds and weather maps. The weather maps are much better than on the EVA8000 and are even at readable resolution! You also can control the EV9 via a web interface, accessible by pointing your browser at the EVA9's IP address (Figure 15).

Browser control

Figure 15: Browser control

The control the desktop of your PC on your TV feature has been also carried over from the EVA8000, but requires running that good ol' Windows app. You have to move the PC mouse cursor around with the remote, however, and use the Select button for mouse clicks. You can also send text messages between multiple EVA's, or arrange to have your media playback moved from one to the other.

If you need to connect the EVA9 via wireless, you should find setup pretty painless. Detected networks are displayed with indication of encryption status, frequency band and signal strength (Figure 16).

Site survey result

Figure 16: Site survey result

If you're connecting to an encrypted network, you can either enter the key manually via a pop-up keyboard. Or if you are connecting to a router that supports WPS, you can use either WPS push-button or PIN methods to connect.

Encryption methods

Figure 17: Encryption methods
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