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


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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