NanoPi R2C Plus Dual GbE Router Card Adds 8GB eMMC Flash Memory


NanoPi R2C Plus is a variant of the NanoPi R2C Dual Gigabit Ethernet SBC powered by a Rockchip RK3328 processor that adds an 8GB eMMC flash for storage and replaces a 10-pin I / O header at 2.54 pitch mm by an 8-pin header with a pitch of 1.25 mm.

FriendlyELEC introduced the NanoPi R2C last August as a cheaper version of the NanoPi R2S replacing the Realtek RTL8211E Gigabit Ethernet transceiver with a Motorcomm YT8521S chip for reasons of availability and price. NanoPi R2C Plus is just an evolution of the original design.

Specifications of the NanoPi R2C Plus:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3328 1.5 GHz Quad-Core Cortex-A53 with Mali-450MP2 Arm
  • System memory – 1 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Storage – 8 GB eMMC 5.1 flash, MicroSD slot, SPI flash fingerprint
  • Connectivity
    • 1x Gigabit Ethernet (WAN) up to 941 Mbps (measured) via MotorComm YT8521S Gigabit Ethernet transceiver
    • 1x Gigabit Ethernet (LAN) up to 941 Mbps (measured) via Realtek RTL8153B USB 3.0 to Ethernet controller
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 Type-A host port, USB Type-C port (power and USB slave)
  • Debugging – 2.54mm pitch 3-pin header for serial console
  • Expansion – 8-pin 1.25mm pitch header with GPIO, I2C, UART, IR_Rx, 5V, 3.3V, and GND
  • Miscellaneous – 3x LED (WAN, LAN, SYS), 1x user button, fan header
  • Power supply – 5V /2A DC via USB-C port
  • Dimensions – Router: 60 x 60 x 29.5 mm; SBC: 57.5 x 54.3 mm (slightly larger)
  • Weight – About 80 grams with case
  • Temperature range – 0 ° C to 80 ° C (was -20 ° C to 70 ° C in NanoPi R2C)

The company previously offered a 5V / 4A power supply, but they may have found this to be overkill for such a board and switched to 5V / 2A.

NanoPi R2C vs. NanoPi R2C Plus
NanoPi R2C (left) vs. NanoPi R2C Plus (right)

FriendlyELEC provides Ubuntu Core and OpenWrt based images for NanoPi R2C Plus called FriendlyCore Lite and FriendlyWrt respectively. The same unified images are used for all FriendlyELEC RK3328 cards. People who prefer Armbian-built images can try NanoPi R2S Ubuntu / Debian images. The main issue may be the MotorComm drivers, but as the chip is used on more and more hardware with a shortage of Realtek Ethernet chips, support for the main Linux is on the way.

I only discovered the new card in the company’s Wiki, and NanoPi R2C Plus has not been officially released. This means that there is no pricing information at this time, but it should only be a matter of days or weeks before the advice is released. For reference, NanoPi R2C currently sells for $ 35 with a metal case, so I would expect NanoPi R2C Plus to cost $ 39 or $ 40 with the same case.

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