Building a router with the Banana Pi R1 — part 2

Operating System installation

This is the sec­ond part of the arti­cle series Build­ing a router with the Banana Pi R1. To view the first part, click here.

What options do I have?

The Banana Pi R1, as stat­ed in part 1, is based on the All­win­ner A20 SoC (Sys­tem on a Chip), which is based on the ARMv7 archi­tec­ture. As such, it is com­pat­i­ble with all exist­ing oper­at­ing sys­tems for this plat­form:

  • Android
  • Lin­ux
  • FreeB­SD
  • OpenB­SD
  • NetB­SD
  • Open­WRT

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Building a router with Banana Pi R1 — part 1

Introduction

Banana Pi R1 in a case and WiFi anten­nas

WiFi (also known as the IEEE 802.11 pro­to­col stack) has become triv­ial after the boom of the Inter­net in the ear­ly years of the 21st cen­tu­ry. Most res­i­den­tial Inter­net con­nec­tion offer­ings in the mar­ket has turned the WiFi router an essen­tial piece of hard­ward, main­ly due to the pletho­ra of devices with­out any form of phys­i­cal (cabled) con­nec­tion, like smart­phones, tablets, dig­i­tal music read­ers, etc.

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