The latest member of the Banana Pi line of single-board computers is a tiny model designed for networking applications. The Banana Pi BPI-R3 Mini has two 2.5 GbE Ethernet ports, two M.2 connectors, and support for WiFi 6E, but there’s no video output.
So you could use the board as a router, wireless repeater, gateway, or firewall, but it’s probably not your best choice for general-purpose computing. First unveiled in March, the BPI-R3 Mini is now available for purchase for $79 plus shipping.
The router board features a MediaTek Filogic processor that’s optimized for wireless networking devices like routers, repeaters, and gateways.
- MediaTek MT7986 (Filogic 830) processor
- 4 x ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores @ 2 GHz
- 2GB DDR4 memory
- 8GB eMMC flash
- 1 x USB 2.0 Type-C port
- 2 x 2.5 GbE Ethernet ports
- MT7976C chip with support for WiFi 6
- M.2 B-Key socket (M.2 2230 with support for a PCIe NVMe SSD)
- M.2 M-Key socket (M.2 3052 USB 3.0 connector with support for 5G NR module)
- DC power input
- UART pins for debugging
- Antenna connection points
- Nano SIM card slot
The board is so small that it doesn’t look like you could use both M.2 connectors at the same time, but the ability to add an SSD or 5G cellular modem to a router board this small is still pretty impressive.
The company has also posted a short video demonstrating OpenWrt booting on the board.