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Affordable $100 Banana Pi BPI-R4 Router Board Featuring 2x10G SFP Ports

Nov 22, 2023 — by Giorgio Mendoza 991 views

The Banana Pi BPI-R4 is a high-performance, open-source router board, equipped with MediaTek Filogic 880 SoC and designed to cater to a wide range of networking applications requiring multiple Gigabit Ethernet ports and wireless connectivity.

A key feature of the BPI-R4 is its MediaTek Filogic 880 chipset, a premier network processor that enhances both wired and wireless networking. It supports advanced Wi-Fi 7 tri-band connectivity, offering features like 320-MHz bandwidth, 4096-QAM, and various advanced technologies such as Multi-Link Operation, Multi-Resource Unit, and Adaptive Frequency Coordination.

  • MT7988A (Filogic 880) – Quad-core Arm Cortex-A73 (up to 1.8GHz)

BPI-R4 Block Diagram
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The board also includes MediaTek’s Tunnel Offload Processor System (TOPS), which optimizes the processing of tunneling protocols, significantly boosting network offloading efficiency.

Banana Pi BPI-R4 Wi-Fi7 Module
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In terms of networking capabilities, the BPI-R4 is equipped with four Gigabit Ethernet ports and two 10Gbe SFP slots, the latter of which can be optionally configured as 1x 10Gbe SFP and 1x SoC embedded 2.5Gbe PHY, albeit necessitating hardware modifications.

The board is compatible with both Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 7 standards, positioning it at the forefront of wireless networking technology.

Banana Pi BPI-R4 Top view
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Additionally, two MiniPCIe slots with a PCIe3.0 2-lane interface are provided for Wi-Fi 7 NIC (Network Interface Card) applications. Both of these slots are located on the bottom side of the board as shown below.

Banana Pi BPI-R4 Router Board
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For technical documentation, Banana Pi provides a Getting Started Wiki page and the BPI-R4 Wiki page which also contains a few compatible OpenWRT images. The company lists a GitHub repository as well, but it seems to be a work in progress.

Specifications listed for the Banana Pi BPI-R4 include:

  • Memory/Storage:
    • 2x 4 GB DDR4 
    • 8 GB eMMC onboard
    • 1x MicroSD card slot
  • Connectivity:
    • Wi-Fi6/Wi-Fi7
    • 2x 10G SFP or 1x 10G SFP
    • 1x 2.5GbE
    • 4x 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet ports
  • Expansion:
    • 2x MiniPCIe slots
    • 1x M.2 Key-B slot
    • 1x M.2 Key-M slot
    • 3x Nano SIM slots
  • I/O Interfaces:
    • 26-Pin GPIOs
    • 1x XH-4-pin connector
    • 1x PH-3-pin connector
    • 1x VH-2-pin connector
  • USB:
    • 1x USB 3.2 slot
    • 1x USB Type-C
  • Other Features:
    • 1x Reset key, 1x WPS key, 1x Boot switch
    • PoE module RT5400 (optional)
    • RTC Battery connector
    • Debug UART
    • 2x Status LEDs
  • Power:
    • 12V/5.2A or 19V 3.2A DC
  • Mechanical:
    • 100.5 x 148mm
    • 250g

Further information

The Banana Pi BPI-R4 can be obtained for $103.15 on the SinoVoip AliExpress website.

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3 responses to “Affordable $100 Banana Pi BPI-R4 Router Board Featuring 2x10G SFP Ports”

  1. azdle says:

    Am I reading right that the WiFi 7 Module isn’t included in the linked Ali listing? Anyone know if it’s available anywhere?

  2. someone says:

    the wifi 7 module will be available in Q1/2024. but wondering who needs it and why from banana pi. the board has 2 m2-slots for wifi cards. so whatever wifi card is available with wifi7 should work with that.

  3. Berto says:

    HI, In the description I see “4 GB DDR4” but in the image you can see “4 GB DDR4x2”, which is correct?

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