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SinoVoIP introduced Banana Pi BPI-R64 router board in the summer of 2018. The Linux router board is powered by MediaTek MT7622 dual-core Cortex-A53 WiFi processor with 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0 built-in, and offers more connectivity options namely 802.11ac WiFi 5 via MT7615 chip, as well as  Gigabit Ethernet ports. 4G LTE is optional via a mini PCIe socket, and a SATA port is included for storage.

At the time, I envisioned an official launch in Q1 2019, but I was off by a few quarters, as the company has only just launched Banana Pi BPI-R64 on Aliexpress for $68 plus shipping. The specifications of the Banana Pi BPI-R64 board have slightly changed since last year announcement, and we’ve got a few more details:

The optional PoE board (BPI-7402) complies with IEEE802.3at and IEEE802.3af Power-over-Ethernet standards, supports 36V to 57V Input voltage range, and can deliver up to 30 Watts to power the board. You’ll need to add $10 to the total price.

Software-wise the company offers a Linux 4.4 BSP which has not been updated in 8 months, but the board is apparently supported by mainline OpenWrt using Linux 4.14 or 4.19. The company also provides Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS, Debian 10 Buster Lite, and “AArch64 Linux Lite”  images that are allegedly all based on Linux 4.19, making it clear the Linux BSP is completely useless… You’ll find links to all those resources in the Wiki.

Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.

Pretty interesting, it could have made a nice alternative to my WRT1900ACS. This may still happen