NanoPi R2C Plus dual GbE router board adds 8GB eMMC flash

NanoPi R2C Plus is a variation of 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 2.54mm pitch I/O header with an 8-pin 1.25mm pitch header.

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

NanoPi R2C Plus

NanoPi R2C Plus specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3328 quad-core Cortex-A53 @ 1.5 GHz with Arm Mali-450MP2
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR4 RAM
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC 5.1 flash, MicroSD Slot, SPI flash footprint
  • 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 – 3-pin 2.54mm pitch header for serial console
  • Expansion – 8-pin 1.25mm pitch header with GPIOs, I2C, UART, IR_Rx, 5V, 3.3V, and GND
  • Misc – 3x LEDs (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 54.3mm (slightly larger)
  • Weight – About 80 grams with enclosure
  • Temperature Range – 0°C to 80°C (was -20°C to 70°C in NanoPi R2C)

While the specifications have been updated with 5V/2A power requirements, the company still offers a 5V/4A power supply for the board.

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 respectively called FriendlyCore Lite and FriendlyWrt. The same unified images are used for all FriendlyELEC’s RK3328 boards  People who prefer Armbian built images, may try the NanoPi R2S Ubuntu/Debian images. The main problem may be the MotorComm drivers, but since the chip is being used on more and more hardware with Realtek Ethernet chips shortage, support in mainline Linux is being worked on. More details can be found in the Wiki.

NanoPi R2C Plus is only sold with its metal enclosure and not as a single board computer. The price is $48 plus shipping, and FriendlyELEC offers accessories such as the 5V/4A power supply ($8.99), and a USB 1602 LCD Module ($6.97). The router can also be found on Aliexpress for $62.20 including shipping.

NanoPi R2C (Plus) connected to USB2LCD module

[Updated: The post was initially published on December 28, 2021, when the board was found in the Wiki, and updated on February 12, 2022, once it became available]

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11 Replies to “NanoPi R2C Plus dual GbE router board adds 8GB eMMC flash”

  1. Can someone recommend me an SBC for a basic NAS setup?

    And btw, why are SBCs so damn expensive nowadays? Even the cheapest Orange Pi is like 20$

  2. Drop of 8GB eMMC in China? -> All SBC vendors start to solder it on.
    Why, Why just don’t put the de facto standard eMMC socket instead?

      1. Several SBC vendors chose same layout of connectors (some adding another row of pins just for rigidity). But that’s not sufficient to get an universal ‘standard eMMC socket’ for bus width reasons alone.

        FriendlyELEC had a different eMMC 20-pin eMMC socket in the past and they had to reduce clocks (and as such bandwidth) due to data corruption issues… but no idea whether they now use DT settings that allow the soldered eMMC to perform as it could or still limited.

      2. Pretty much the HardKernel pinout has become the standard. It uses a connector that supports signal integrity at high speeds and is sufficiently mechanically robust.

      1. For me it’s either soldered emmc or sd socket, the rest is just a way to sell something without telling how much it costs…

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