Banana Pi BPI-R2 new image : Official OpenWRT 18.06.0

I don’t understand this device. They say that support OpenWRT, Linux, Android,… but that is impossible without problems. No WIFI or no Bluetooth, or no MiniPCIe,… continuous hangs…

I have now a Espressobin up and running as my home rooter. This router is more cheaper, support last version of OpenWRT (18.06.1), can boot from HD, I have dns, dhcp, squid proxy, e2guardian, network supervision, … with good performance.

Please, don’t sell a router that not is a router neither is another thing…

Espresspbom 40$, Banana PI R2 140$.



Use the Getting Started Guide to Learn how to properly flash
The initially provided Ubuntu Mate image from the Getting Started Wiki is bootable from SD including HDMI support but you will need TTL->USB adapter for UART interface to set emmc partition info for OpenWRT.

You flip the onboard switch from EMMC -> SD and insert your MicroSD card that you flashed with either dd or bpi-copy tools and you will boot into Ubuntu Mate.

From here what I did was take the latest shared OpenWRT EMMC images and put them on a usb thumb drive and plugged into the board while booted into Ubuntu Mate.

After that, follow the instructions from the top post here.


I have ordered recently a Banana PI R2 board that a want to use it as a router/firewall. I want to know if anyone had used it for OpenWRT and what are the current limitations or which Linux OS has the best support for this board.

I have read that the onboard wifi chip MT6625L has a very bad transfer rate and I thought that using an external MTK MT7612 2x2 2.4G&5G 802.11ac/b/g/n 867Mbps mPCIe card will be better.

Also I want to buy an extra 5dbi antenna because the box comes with only 1 piece.

Is this model compatible with the Banana PI R2 board ?


hi, Can we do the same but with the os on SD card. dont want to use emmc… ? Thanks for answer.

Is anyone using this image? Is this image running stable? If it is stable, I also plan to use it, mainly to install the official source software is more convenient.

OpenWRT don’t work and is very expensive. If you want a board as router don’t buy this board. I am waiting and trying for several months and nothing…

Make sure you have this Patch if using dual-gmac-patches: OpenWrt 18.06 malformed ip packets at bridged interface

Do you have any solution?

Yes. I compile my own image. It works. Update.My image have a problem. Many system packages (kmod-*.ipk) is empty.

That’s normal as the modules you’re talking about are built-in into the kernel. OpenWRT build system generates an “empty” kmod packages for such modules - this way you can have them “installed” thus satisfying deps other packages might have on these.