Banana Pi BPI-W2 Multimedia Router / NAS Board Launched for $93

SinoVoIP has really been busy for products launches this month, as Banana Pi BPI-W2 is the fourth board they’ve started selling on Aliexpress.

The board is designed for media, storage, and networking application, thanks to its Realtek RTD1296 quad core processor combined with 2GB RAM, dual Gigabit Ethernet, dual SATA interfaces, M.2 slots, USB 3.0/2.0 ports, HDMI 2.0a output and input, and more.

Banana Pi BPI-W2 specifications have not changed since the early announcement last fall:

  • SoC – Realtek RTD1296 quad core Cortex A53 processor with ARM Mali-T820 MP3 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR4 RAM
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash (optional 16, 32 or 64GB), 2x SATA 3.0 interfaces,  micro SD slot up to 256GB
  • Video
    • Output – HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz, mini DP
    • Input – HDMI 2.0 input up to 1080p60
    • Playback – HDR, 10-bit HEVC/H.265 up to 4K @ 60fps, H.264 up to 4K @ 24 fps, VP9 up to 4K @ 30 fps, BDISO/MKV, etc…
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, mini DP, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Connectivity
    • 2x Gigabit Ethernet
    • SIM card slot (requires mPCIe modem)
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 ports, USB type C interface (still no idea if video and power are supported)
  • Expansions
    • 1x M.2 Key E “PCIe 1.1/SDIO” slot
    • 1x M.2 Key E “PCIe 2.0” slot
    • 40-pin “Raspberry Pi” GPIO header
  • Debugging – 3-pin UART connector
  • Misc – Power, reset and LSADC keys; RTC battery connector; IR receiver; fan header
  • Power Supply – 12V /2A via power barrel connector
  • Dimensions – 148 x 100.5 mm (same as Banana Pi R2 board)

Documentation is mostly in the same stage as it was last September, so not very complete, and some of the features of the boards like USB type C and M.2 slots are not fully documented. They did upload some excerpts from the datasheets listing the registers for SATA, PCIe, USB, etc…

Android 6.0 and 7.0 are supported, and the company has shown screenshot of Centos 64-bit, Debian 9, Raspbian, and Ubuntu MATE 16.04 running on the board with Linux 4.1.35. But again this was information provided last time, and maybe they have already updated to Linux 4.9 as they claimed they’d do. It’s hard to know because so far, they’ve not released any firmware images, no SDK.

If you enjoy a challenge, and some potential frustration, BPI-W2 board can be purchased for $93 + shipping on Aliexpress ($100.79 in total to the US).

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tkaiser
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> Banana Pi BPI-W2 specifications have not changed since the early announcement last fall

Of course the hardware has changed in the meantime but their brain damaged copy&paste monkey responsible for ‘technical documentation’ does not feel the need to provide correct information as usual.

Now it’s only one USB2 receptacle and the other USB2 port is available somewhere else (‘keep other USB port with PIN define dear 40 PIN GPIO’). If you follow this refreshing piece of random nonsense (Cortex-A5!) you would need to click on the link at the bottom to get some more hopefully correct details about the hardware they sell now: http://forum.banana-pi.org/t/banana-pi-bpi-w2-with-realtek-rtd1296-chip-design/3924/

tkaiser
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No Github repo with bootloader and kernel sources and the BLOBs they use indicate they’re still on a refreshing kernel version: https://github.com/BPI-SINOVOIP/BPI-files/blob/master/others/for-bpi-tools/conf/board/bpi-w2.conf#L61

Lalith
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Lalith

“If you enjoy a challenge, and some potential frustration”

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nobody can stop BPI.

tkaiser
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tkaiser

Well, they stop themselves already pretty impressive. Their moderator posting as ‘sinovoip bpi team’ in their forum (most probably the same person responsible for their ‘technical documentation’) is even too dumb to provide correct links to their own shop on Aliexpress: http://forum.banana-pi.org/t/banana-pi-bpi-w2-realtek-rtd1296-open-source-router-public-sale/5402 (using https://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/0.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.ItvOxP&orderId=91167413433502&productId=32862157238 at the time of this writing).

On the other hand… why should anyone visit the store page? For whatever reasons they started to sell a new hardware revision of this W2 thingy few days ago but on Aliexpress both description and pictures show the prototype from last year that differs significantly.

I ask myself since years whether this ‘sinovoip bpi team’ person is paid by one of their competitors to generate such a great mess all the time…

Maciek Szelągowski
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Maciek Szelągowski

sorry, Banana PI R2 was my last sinovoip board – they can only promise, but everything is wrong always …
there’e none 100% usable OS for board exist

FransM
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FransM

LOL
I also have some dust collecting a BPI board…..
(more dust than board by now I guess)

Lalith
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Lalith

Same here , I have a useless BPi A20 router broad, gathering dust. (First version with the wrong sata power supply, designed by a monkey).
Wont ever buy a Sinovoip product, at least until they get their kernel, u-boot working and documentation sorted for the given board.
Same goes for the clowns at Xunlong.

tkaiser
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tkaiser

> First version with the wrong sata power supply, designed by a monkey

Has there ever been a new hardware revision? I thought they still sell the R1 fail unmodified since 2014?

I own an R1 bought in Feb 2015 but after skipping the crappy Micro USB connector for DC-IN (using the battery connector) and switching on the SATA power pin by u-boot at least as a ‘slow NAS with integrated switch’ the hardware works. Of course SinoVoip forced community to reverse engineer everything by neither providing any correct information nor releasing schematics (took them a whole year to release!). And also of course they’re reluctant to fix the well known hardware issues: http://forum.banana-pi.org/t/new-hardware-revision-of-r1/4550

John
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John

Is 12V only needed for SATA? Can the board also run on 5V?

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Hi you said that hdmi is 2.0a but in thier website on 1.4 version so it can not be handel 4k video 60p