Giveaway Week – NanoPi R5S router

It’s that time of year… CNX Software giveaway week! For the 9th edition, we’ll have seven items to give away, five that I will send myself, and two that will be sent directly from two companies that accepted to add their own products to the giveaway.

We’ll start the giveaway with NanoPi R5S router based on Rockchip RK3568 SoC with 2 GB DDR4 RAM, 8GB eMMC flash plus an M.2 socket for NVMe SSD, two 2.5GbE Ethernet ports, one Gigabit Ethernet port, as well as HDMI 2.0 video output and two USB 3.0 ports.

NanoPi R5S review

 

I reviewed the NanoPi R5S router with OpenWrt and Ubuntu 20.04 “FriendlyCore”, but I had to call this a “preview” since 2.5GbE was far from optimal, sometimes only a little faster than with a Gigabit Ethernet link. But I can see the company has released new images, including one based on the latest OpenWrt 22.03, so hopefully the performance has improved. Debian with desktop and Android 12 images are now available as well so the HDMI port has become more useful.

At the time of the review, I also tested an M.2 NVMe SSD on the board/router. It could reach about 380MB/s read and write speeds which may seem low, but the values are expected since the router relies on a PCIe 2.0 x1 interface.

NanoPi R5S mask key

The giveaway includes the router fully assembled. So you’ll just need a 5V/3A USB power adapter if you want to boot the pre-installed OS.

To enter the draw simply leave a comment with your country and whatever else you’d like to say (no links in the body of the comment). If the country is missing, I’ll consider the entry void. Other rules are as follows:

  • Only one entry per contest. I will filter out entries with the same IP and/or email address.
  • Contests are open for 48 hours starting at 10 am (Bangkok time) every day.
  • Comments will be closed after 48 hours. If comments are open, the contest is still going on.
  • Winners will be selected with random.org, and announced in the comments section of each giveaway.
  • I’ll contact the winner by email, and I’ll expect an answer within 24 hours, or I’ll pick another winner.
  • Note that I may not be able to contact people who log in with Facebook, Twitter, or Google, so it’s better to use an email address to enter the draw.
  • Shipping
    • $18 for registered airmail small packet or ePacket for overseas shipping payable via PayPal within 48 hours once the contest (for a given product) is complete.
    • If Paypal is not available in your country, you can still play, and I’ll cover the cost of sending the parcel by Sea and Land (SAL) without registration if you win.
  • I’ll post all prizes at the same time, around the 16th of November, except for products shipped directly by companies which will be handled separately.
  • I’ll make sure we have 7 different winners, so if you have already won a device during this giveaway week, I’ll draw another person.

Good luck!

If you don’t win and you’d like to buy the NanoPi R5S gateway with the metal case, you can do so on the FriendlyELEC storeAmazon or Aliexpress for $75 and up.

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Greg Dalton
1 year ago

Greetings from Canada! 🍁
Make My Day! 😎👍

Peter Lindquist
Peter Lindquist
1 year ago

USA

Old geeks still love new tech!

IH_Bid
IH_Bid
1 year ago

Greetings from the UK. Enjoy your articles and I love to tinker with new tech and gadgets.

THUND3R
1 year ago

Canada! Wouldn’t mind experimenting with this box.

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

That’d be neat.

Brandon S.
Brandon S.
1 year ago

United States, and I love reading the reviews and articles you post of various SBCs!

Olivier Barthelemy
Olivier Barthelemy
1 year ago

Olivier, France.
Thanks for the nice gesture !
I’ve switched my elderly mom to an Android desktop instead of Windows, that way all her devices look and work the same. But it’s hard to find Core A7x TV boxes. She’s currently on an A72 H96Max, but that’s Android 6 and the last update forced the Launcher to Android TV, which is bad. I’m planning to get her better hardware w/ more recent Android, as soon as I find a good+affordable device… looks like it’s going to be a dev board, not a TV box.

Anthony
Anthony
1 year ago

Hello from Singapore.

Cameron
Cameron
1 year ago

United States

Woohoo rk3568 go hummmmmm

David
David
1 year ago

Hi, David here in the USA. Thanks for the opportunity!

Shafiqur Rahman
Shafiqur Rahman
1 year ago

Thank you for the Giveaway Week

Ted Lin
Ted Lin
1 year ago

Greeting from Taiwan!

Christoffer Aasted
1 year ago

Denmark: Love CNX Software! Keep us updated on the good stuff!

F Kardame
F Kardame
1 year ago

Hello from Kingdom of Bahrain.
I enjoy reading cnx articles.
Keep up the good work.

Frost Sandmoon
Frost Sandmoon
1 year ago

Way Hay…… UK

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

Tom from Hong Kong

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

Good evening from the USA

Devman
1 year ago

Hong Kong, and I can’t believe it’s been another year already

Tùng Nguyễn
Tùng Nguyễn
1 year ago

Vietnam. I look forward to more technical articles.

Chris Lee
Chris Lee
1 year ago

Would love to own this cool gear 😎
Singapore

Nicolai
Nicolai
1 year ago

Denmark

Nguyễn Thanh Tú
1 year ago

Hello from Vietnam!

Pham
Pham
1 year ago

Hello from Vietnam

Markus
Markus
1 year ago

Hi from Germany and thanks for all the news!

Bhupinder Singh Uppal
Bhupinder Singh Uppal
1 year ago

Greetings from Canada!

peterlee
peterlee
1 year ago

It seem great. Taiwan, Taipei

Kim
Kim
1 year ago

Canada
Since it is a router, what use would be NVMe SSD?

wudimina
wudimina
1 year ago

Hello from Malaysia

KopiJahe
KopiJahe
1 year ago

Indonesia

Geunwoo
Geunwoo
1 year ago

Korea
I am always interested in watching CNX news.

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

Hi from Russia.
Thanks for giveaway. RK3568 is interesting SoC, I would like to test it for my purposes)

Rohit
1 year ago

India….Nice work as always!!

Jason
Jason
1 year ago

Hi from United States, hope to win the Pi.

Komarov
Komarov
1 year ago

Russia.
Thanks for opportunity.

Wasabi
Wasabi
1 year ago

Greetings from the US!

Hoangdinh86
Hoangdinh86
1 year ago

Thank cnx. VietNam

lugkylag
1 year ago

Hello from Vietnam. ^^

Joe S
Joe S
1 year ago

Would love one of these units! United States of America.

Gizme
Gizme
1 year ago

Gizme from Taiwan.

I’ve bought several NanoPi Neo products from FriendlyElec. They are solid built and well supported. I am sure the R5S could be the best choice for my home router. Hope this is my day.

Erik
Erik
1 year ago

I just recently got 1000/1000 fiber connection installed in my apartment so this would be perfect.
Sweden!

Jung
Jung
1 year ago

USA! Been relying on you to keep me updated on the latest new devices! ^_^

marcozer
marcozer
1 year ago

All hopes from France !

Anand
Anand
1 year ago

Hello from India ❤️

Erdem
Erdem
1 year ago

Turkiye’den selamlar 🙋‍♂️

Mare
Mare
1 year ago

Slovenia. Hello!

Evgeni
Evgeni
1 year ago

Germany

nouknouk
nouknouk
1 year ago

I tested the NanoPi r4s, despite of a little issue on the management of MTU and VLAN tagged packeds on the WAN port, this little box was awesome to replace the router provided by my FRENCH fiber ISP.
looking forward for the NanoPi r5s capabilities.

Phuong Ly
Phuong Ly
1 year ago

Hi from Vietnam, hope i can use this board to replace my old router.

jan dan
jan dan
1 year ago

Hello from Luxembourg 🙂

Magnus
Magnus
1 year ago

Hello from Finland!

Steve Turner
Steve Turner
1 year ago

Yet, another Canadian Eh. Looks like something I could enjoy putting to use.

Jimmy Hedman
1 year ago

Hello from Sweden. A 2.5 GbE router would be great!

dav
dav
1 year ago

Dav, hi! from France
Nice opportunity…

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 year ago

Hello from the United States

altmind
altmind
1 year ago

That R5S looks like a nice router! Greetings from USA!

Jean-François
Jean-François
1 year ago

Hello from France.

Enrique Mayorga
1 year ago

Hello from Perú! I am developing parental controls based on openwrt. Si this nano pi might be a great prototyping platform <3

Karpiu
Karpiu
1 year ago

Poland

Jim
Jim
1 year ago

Japan

It is exciting to see 2.5Gbe filtering down into more and more things.

Xuanming
1 year ago

Singapore!
Would make a great replacement for my current Intel J1900 based router/server.

Sathish Guru V
Sathish Guru V
1 year ago

Vanakkam from India! cnx-software is my daily dose of Embedded news.

LEVEQUE Guillaume
LEVEQUE Guillaume
1 year ago

Bisous de France

molli123
molli123
1 year ago

Hi from Germany

Tobias
Tobias
1 year ago

Sweden !

xtract
xtract
1 year ago

Hello from Sweden!

Jansen Arruda
Jansen Arruda
1 year ago

Hello from Brazil

lifelion
lifelion
1 year ago

France! Merci pour ton site

Mark Birss
Mark Birss
1 year ago

Yes, please, South Africa

Marcin
Marcin
1 year ago

Poland! 🇵🇱
Kind regards.

Codrut R
Codrut R
1 year ago

🙂
Romania

Timothy
Timothy
1 year ago

Hello from Ukraine

jeanrhum
jeanrhum
1 year ago

Nice SBC, I’ll be happy to play with it!

jkoan
1 year ago

Hello from Germany

Jens
Jens
1 year ago

The Netherlands, thx for the giveaway!

Sweet
1 year ago

Hi from Australia. Sold my R2S and regret it ever since.

Gaël STEPHAN
1 year ago

France! And thank you for all of this 🙂

Mingus
Mingus
1 year ago

United States

Does it run mainline Linux too?

haze
haze
1 year ago

Bonjour de France

Piotr
Piotr
1 year ago

Pick me, pick me!

Max R
Max R
1 year ago

Hello from Germany. Very cool.

bence
bence
1 year ago

HUngary 😉

Huynh T Tu
Huynh T Tu
1 year ago

From Vietnam, I love cnx-software. I like this board!!!!

Alexandru Dragan
1 year ago

Hola from Spain 🇪🇦

Hong
Hong
1 year ago

USA. Interesting product.

Ajay Ramaswamy
1 year ago

Hi there from India, I wonder how this would compete with the solid-run cubox that I had a few years ago? After that broke I have not used any ARM box for more than 5 years.

Alexandre Assouad
Alexandre Assouad
1 year ago

Hello from France !

Manuel
Manuel
1 year ago

Thanks from Seville, Spain.

Umit Kayacik
Umit Kayacik
1 year ago

Hello from Turkey

anthony
anthony
1 year ago

Greetings from France !

Gabor
Gabor
1 year ago

Hungary. Need to replace my router. 😉

Ezneh
Ezneh
1 year ago

Greetings from Belgium.
That would be a good addition to the different types of SBC I have.

Best regards

WereCatf
WereCatf
1 year ago

Another entry here from Finland.

I never win anything, so I expect not to win anything in this one, either, but oh well, I guess I won’t lose anything either by joining the rowdy crowd of needy nerds!

Alexey
Alexey
1 year ago

Hi from Germany

Frank
Frank
1 year ago

Greetings from Singapore.

roel
roel
1 year ago

Belgium

Gonzalo Perez
Gonzalo Perez
1 year ago

austria.
thanks!

Phil
Phil
1 year ago

UK.

The Android image certainly adds to it’s versatility.

Nikos
1 year ago

Netherlands

Greetings

Norbert
Norbert
1 year ago

Poland here. It would be great to win that SBC!

Eli
Eli
1 year ago

Greeting from Israel.

rui Cruz
rui Cruz
1 year ago

Portugal

Marvin
Marvin
1 year ago

I ported the R4S to Talos and plan on doing the same for the R5S, if only I had one here in Germany.

Christian Rohrandt
Christian Rohrandt
1 year ago

Greetings from Germany. Like to read news from CNXSoft as I get info on devices I otherwise would not have found. Thanks!

haiko21
haiko21
1 year ago

Greetings from Czechia!

Ra Kha
Ra Kha
1 year ago

From Russia with hope.

maurer
maurer
1 year ago

maybe this year is my lucky one !
Romania

Fiodor
1 year ago

Hey, Poland here!

Jerry
1 year ago

I’m in for the giveaway from Australia 😉

Cyk
Cyk
1 year ago

Germany here.
Thanks for your work. I enjoy reading cnx-software daily.

Loki
Loki
1 year ago

Greetings !

ioana
ioana
1 year ago

Salut din Romania !

Konstantin
1 year ago

Hello from Bulgaria

Haithem Dakkam
Haithem Dakkam
1 year ago

Haithem, Libya.

I enjoy reading your articles/reviews. Keep up.

neo
neo
1 year ago

Hello from Indonesia

Jasbir
Jasbir
1 year ago

Greetings from the UK

Ingmar
Ingmar
1 year ago

Hello from Germany!

Marco
Marco
1 year ago

Italy! Would really like to try it.

Luigi Capriotti
Luigi Capriotti
1 year ago

Hola from Spain!

Gideon
Gideon
1 year ago

Greetings from Belgium, the land of the waffles. Enjoyed the reviews so far, would be great to give it a run, potentially with a reverse proxy and a home assistant (and some other containers)!

Edgaras
Edgaras
1 year ago

Hello from Lithuania!

sparrow
1 year ago

Korea
I want to play with a fun board

pi-r
pi-r
1 year ago

+1 Gratings from Poland.

Michal Urbanowicz
Michal Urbanowicz
1 year ago

Michal from Poland here 🙂 best regards

Frank
1 year ago

The Netherlands
Another great year of blogging!
Thanks for all the information the past year!

Filippo Guerzoni
Filippo Guerzoni
1 year ago

Thank you from Italy

JaXX
1 year ago

France 🙂 Xing fingers 🤞🏻

gioni
gioni
1 year ago

greeting from romania

Sten Spans
Sten Spans
1 year ago

The Netherlands!

Ben
Ben
1 year ago

Greetings from Germany.

PKilgannon
PKilgannon
1 year ago

Hungary. CNX-Software is my go-to tech site. Thanks for all your hard work.

George
George
1 year ago

oh I’ll post from all my vpn IPs now – really want that !
:)) joking – George from France

Cezary
Cezary
1 year ago

Poland

Ivan Najdanović
Ivan Najdanović
1 year ago

Serbia

animtakhnet
animtakhnet
1 year ago

The best time of the year!
Greetings from The Netherlands!

Gigio
Gigio
1 year ago

Greetings from Italy and congratulations for this great blog!

Daniel W
Daniel W
1 year ago

Sweden, the weather here sucks. Give me some hardware “sunshine” 🙂

Jan
Jan
1 year ago

Poland

Domas
Domas
1 year ago

Greetings from Lithuania!

Daniel D.
Daniel D.
1 year ago

Let it come to Germany! 🙂

Thank you Jean-Luc for running the giveaway!

Niklas
Niklas
1 year ago

Netherlands 🙂

tscheiby
tscheiby
1 year ago

Servus from Germany and thanks for all the hard work!

Moshe
Moshe
1 year ago

I want it 😁

Nikola Samardzic
Nikola Samardzic
1 year ago

Serbia

Italian Lover
1 year ago

<3 from italy

Moshe
Moshe
1 year ago

Israel

Michael PAPADAKIS
Michael PAPADAKIS
1 year ago

Hello from Greece!! 🇬🇷 Great giveaway!

Andrius Kurtinaitis
Andrius Kurtinaitis
1 year ago

Greetings from Lithuania!

Mihai
1 year ago

As always, greetings from Romania. I may be the second one here, but there are a lot more Romanians reading your website.

Mindfunk
Mindfunk
1 year ago

Thank you for the Giveaway Week

Adam
Adam
1 year ago

Switzerland. This is such a nice little box for router, NAS or small server experimentation.

Christophe
Christophe
1 year ago

Hi from France and thanks for your reviews.

Arti Zirk
Arti Zirk
1 year ago

Estonia! R5S Would be really good upgrade for my current router.

pecelAyam
pecelAyam
1 year ago

Indonesia

Kamil
Kamil
1 year ago

Poland.

Lasha
Lasha
1 year ago

Georgia, hello 👋

GuidoL
GuidoL
1 year ago

Hi from Turkey to the GiveAway-Contest/Week 😉

Thomas
Thomas
1 year ago

Hello from Northern Ireland! Looks like an awesome wee device

fape
fape
1 year ago

hungary

Grg
Grg
1 year ago

Germany-based here
Thanks for your great (p)reviews and tips over the years! Just trying my luck this time around.

Emil Olsson
Emil Olsson
1 year ago

Hello from Sweden!

Szabolcs
Szabolcs
1 year ago

united kingdom
I’d love to win a little router 😀
Szabi

Pete
Pete
1 year ago

Pete; Australia.

Rudi
Rudi
1 year ago

Australia

Julian Intronati
Julian Intronati
1 year ago

Hi from France !

I’m reading this awesome blog every days ! For years now !

Amir
Amir
1 year ago

Hello from Germany!

JotaNR
JotaNR
1 year ago

Spain. Thank you for this initiative, this blog is one of my favorites that read every day!

taj
taj
1 year ago

Thanks from Pakistan.

Pawel
Pawel
1 year ago

Witam! Poland

Slavko Stojshic
Slavko Stojshic
1 year ago

Greetings From Serbia

Katlyn
Katlyn
1 year ago

United States, thanks for the opportunity

cc pp
cc pp
1 year ago

USA

Tim
Tim
1 year ago

Israel.
Keep up the good work !

Aashitech
1 year ago

Why not ..would like to have this..from India…

Nikki
Nikki
1 year ago

Hi from the UK! I love the SBCs from FriendlyELEC, they make some really great kit

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

Scotland (UK)! I love my R2S and this would be a lovely upgrade 🙂

herger
herger
1 year ago

Germany! Great work, keep it up!

ze me
ze me
1 year ago

Greetings! 😀

ze me
ze me
1 year ago

germany 🙂

Mika Aleksandroff
Mika Aleksandroff
1 year ago

Finland

Florian
Florian
1 year ago

Greetings from Germany!

Jan Fondse
Jan Fondse
1 year ago

This post is from the Netherlands. Would love to win! 🙂

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

I’m in the U.S.A. and would love to try this in place of my current router

Soheil
Soheil
1 year ago

Switzerland

Rafael Istúriz
Rafael Istúriz
1 year ago

Colombia here 🙂 … Trying 🤞… Thanks for the giveaway!

cloud777
cloud777
1 year ago

hello im from indonesia

udif
udif
1 year ago

Israel

Thanks!

Jarek
Jarek
1 year ago

Poland

Novak
Novak
1 year ago

Greetings from Slovenia! Me, me!

Akash
Akash
1 year ago

Greetings from Singapore!
Been eyeing this one for micro home labbing.

Luís Costa e Silva
Luís Costa e Silva
1 year ago

The best, from Portugal!
Thank you for the opportunity.

Joshua
Joshua
1 year ago

United States! I love reading about all the cool tech via this site

TLS
TLS
1 year ago

Would be interesting to play around with in Sweden.

Kenji
Kenji
1 year ago

Hi from Philippines!

Renata
Renata
1 year ago

Poland, it really improve my local network and I will test own docker builds!

Ignatius Tri Prasetyo
Ignatius Tri Prasetyo
1 year ago

Hi! from Indonesia.

Dominic
Dominic
1 year ago

Germany. I’d Love to Play around with a NanoPi Router Board!

tsipizic
tsipizic
1 year ago

Greece

Sebastian
Sebastian
1 year ago

Poland. Nice to win this prize.

123
123
1 year ago

Greetings from Belarus!

Could really use a router SBC right now. (=

jobe
jobe
1 year ago

thx Switzerland

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson
1 year ago

Cheers from the USA!
I would be keen to tinker with this router board in the homelab….
Thanks for your generous contest!!

— Mike R.

Taher
Taher
1 year ago

I live in United States, Colorado, Boulder. As an embedded developer I would love to get my hands dirty on this board.
Thanks

Gatolabo
1 year ago

Hi from Japan.
I built a router with a NanoPi NEO3 and a USB NIC, but the ManoPi R5S looks much better than that.

Kovacs Robert
Kovacs Robert
1 year ago

Greeting from Hungary!

mihai ion
mihai ion
1 year ago

Romania – cheers and thanks for reviews

Dainis
1 year ago

Latvia
Good luck for all! 🙂

1 year ago

Hello from Poland!

Al Martinez
Al Martinez
1 year ago

USA 🇺🇸 would like one fan of raspberries choose me

Thanks

Piotr Oniszczuk
1 year ago

Hello from Poland

I would love to add this device to https://github.com/warpme/minimyth2

j3ns
j3ns
1 year ago

Germany
Would be awesome to experiment with the r5s.

Kian Seng
Kian Seng
1 year ago

Greeting from Singapore, Would like to try this as as small vpn server when I travel out of Singapore..

Kris
Kris
1 year ago

Portugal. Keep up the good work.

Razor Burn
1 year ago

Thanks from Australia!

magaxe
magaxe
1 year ago

From Sweden; Hello World

Madde85
Madde85
1 year ago

Hello from Germany

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

United States

Love learning about all the new gear you cover.

Thank you.

Skins
Skins
1 year ago

No whammies!!

Michael
Michael
1 year ago

Hello from united states.

Marc S
Marc S
1 year ago