Banana Pi BPI-R4 Wi-Fi 7 Router Comes with Wi-Fi 6 Ghz, 2.5GbE SFP, 4G, and NVMe

Banana Pi BPI-R4 Wi-Fi 7 Router Comes with Wi-Fi 6 Ghz, 2.5GbE SFP, 4G, and NVMe

Banana Pi has recently introduced the BPI-R4 Wi-Fi 7 router, powered by the MediaTek MT7988A quad-core processor with 4GB DDR4 RAM, 8GB eMMC flash, and 128MB SPI-NAND flash.

The MT7988A (Filogic 880) is MediaTek’s flagship Wi-Fi 7 router platform. It is designed for the next generation of home and enterprise networks. The Filogic 880 supports tri-band Wi-Fi 7 with 320MHz bandwidth for a maximum throughput of 36Gbps. It also helps all of the other key features of Wi-Fi 7, such as Multi-Link Operation (MLO), Multi-User Resource Unit (MRU), and Adaptive Frequency Coordination (AFC).

The router is equipped with media tech fast path technology that offers low-latency performance for games AR/VR applications using the 6GHz spectrum. The router also supports Wi-Fi 6 with four transmit and receive antennas. It also has two 10GbE SFP cages, four 2.5GbE Ethernet ports, a USB port, a micro SD card slot, a sim card slot, an M.2 slot, and two mini PCIe slots with PCIe 3.0 to support Wi-Fi 7.

Banana Pi BPI-R4 specifications:

  • SoC: MediaTek MT7988A (Filogic 880) quad-core Arm Cortex-A73 @ 1.8GHz, AI-powered packet accelerator
  • Memory: 4GB DDR4
  • Storage: 8GB eMMC, 128MB SPI NAND Flash, microSD slot, M.2 Key M for NVMe SSD
  • Networking: 2x 10GbE SFP cages (or 1x 10Gbe SFP, 1x 2.5Gbe PHY), 4x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 (1x WAN, 3x LAN)
  • USB: USB 3.2 port
  • Expansion: M.2 slots for 5G/4G and NVMe SSD, 2x mini PCIe for Wi-Fi 7, 26-pin GPIO header
  • Debugging: 3-pin header for 3.3V serial console
  • Misc: Reset, WPS buttons, bootstrap switch, RTC battery connector
  • Power: 12V/5.2A or 19V/3.2A DC jack, 20V DC input, Optional PoE module
  • Dimensions: 148 x 100.5 mm
  • Weight: 250g

The company will be offering OpenWrt and Debian software for the board, but this is only for ethernet support. The Banana Pi BPI-R4 board doesn’t come with WiFi 7, but you can add it through two mini PCIe sockets as shown in the photo below. More information is available on their wiki, though it lacks software details.

This is an early announcement without price or availability details. Banana Pi often reveals new boards six months before selling them, so this router might be available in early 2024.

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