Banana Pi BPI-R3 Mini introduced as new 2.5 Gigabit router board
Banana Pi has had a busy month so far, having already shown the BPI-P2 Pro before its release. Now, the company has unveiled the BPI-R3 Mini, another headless single-board computer (SBC) that can be put to use as a router. Accordingly, the BPI-R3 Mini contains the following I/O:
- 1x 2G antenna
- 2x 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet
- 3x 5G antenna
- 1x Nano SIM
Additionally, Banana Pi has integrated a MediaTek MT7986 chipset, 2 GB of DDR4 RAM and 8 GB of eMMC flash storage. For reference, the MediaTek MT7986 is also known as the Filogic 830 and features quad ARM Cortex-A53 cores running at 2 GHz. Moreover, the SBC has M.2 B-Key and M-Key sockets, UART debugging pins, an MT7976C chip for WiFi 6, DC power input and USB 2.0 Type-C.
Banana Pi has not revealed pricing or availability yet, mirroring the BPI-P2 Pro. However, it has demonstrated the BPI-R3 Mini booting OpenWrt, a video of which we have embedded below. Please see Banana Pi's forum post for more details.
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