Banana Pi BPI-W2 with Realtek RTD1296 chip design

Banana PI BPI-W2 is a highly integrated multimedia network router with Realtek RTD1296 chip design ;it can be used for high wireless performance, homeentertainment,home automation and so on…


BPI-W2 integrate a Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 MPcore operating up to 1.5GHz, The Router also includes a variety of peripherals, including HDMI RX/TX, Mini DP, PCIe2.0,PCIe1.1&SDIO,M.2 interface, USB 2.0 , USB3.0 Port,TYPE C, SATA port,2 Gbps Port Gigabit Ethernet port, also support 802.11ac/n WLAN connection thru PCI-e port

BPI-W2 1

BPI-W2 can run with Android6.0 smoothly, it also can run OpenWRT,Debian,linux,Ubuntu linux, Raspbian and others OS. The size of Banana Pi BPI-W2 same asBPI-R2, it can easily run with the game it support 1080P high definition video output, the GPIO compatible with Raspberry Pi3

More specs follow below.

  • Realtek RTD1296, Quad-core ARM Cortex-A5
  • Mali T820 MP3 GPU
  • PCIE 2.0 interface.PCEe 1.1&SDIO
  • support 2 SATA interface
  • MicroSD slot supports up to 256GB expansion
  • 8G eMMC flash (option 16/32/64G)
  • Mini DP
  • 2 port 10/100/1000 Mb Ethernet port
  • (1) USB 3.0 and (1) USB 2.0,otg port
  • 1080P high-definition video playback
  • HDMI In/Out
  • TYPE C interface

Banana Pi BPI-W2 Hardware interface:


more Realtek 1296 documents download link:

MTK doc

more please see BPI-W2 wiki online documents:

Android 6.0 and android 7.0 system support

Linux system support : now we test at kernel 4.1.35 , will try to update to kernel 4.9

Banana pi BPI W2 run OpenWRT with Linux kernel 4.4 and function demo

image download :

Source code on github:

easy to buy sample :


Nice hardware!

It has M.2 connector with SIM card slot, so it can be used as a router even with LTE modems :slight_smile:

Good scenario -> cable WAN with LTE failover :wink:

It would be really nice! Some LTE modems, like MC74xx/EM74xx are supported from kernel 4.5.

BTW Work on similar RTD1295 to be introduced in kernel mainline has already began :slight_smile:


How is this different from the BPI-R2?

At first, here at W2 we have 4-core 64-bit Cortex-A53.

Here we have a lot of possibilites to expand this board:

  • M.2 interface with USB and SIM card slot -> various modern xG modems, e. g. LTE
  • two PCIe interfaces can be used for WiFi, SATA etc cards
  • two GbE connectors are great if You have switch, otherwise RGMII connector can be used for eth expander
  • two SATA connectors enables use as NAS

For now, RTD129x has less linux mainline support than MT762x, also HW NAT seems to be bigger mistery, but platform seems to be very flexible.


Is date of board release known? :slight_smile:


we just finished all hardware function test . we also need do all Validation test . and then will do 1K at first.:slight_smile:

Great information!

My LTE modem is already waiting for BPI-W2 :slight_smile:


Nice board. If I purchase a rtl8821ae AENF wireless (, is it compatible with E key m.2 slot? Thanks.

yes, it have M.2 slot ,also sim card slot onboard. but maybe need test .

Looks like a good successor to BPI-R2. Will be good to have a 64-bit board with dual gigabit Ethernet ports.

How soon can I purchase one? I don’t want to miss out on the first 1K build.


It looks soo cool - everything I need: dual eth, dual sata, lte modem, display! Very very cool!

Just two questions:

  • HW Nat performance
  • sata performance - is this native or some kind of usb bridge ?

Just imagine: streaming box + firewall in one device! :slight_smile:

Cant wait!

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support HW Nat , when we have test performance, will updtate soon,

sata , it is use PCIE interface ,not use USB bridge.


Do you have a rough estimate when the BPI-W2 it will be available? It looks perfect for a small NAS. Is there a newsletter I can subscribe to so I don’t miss it?

we have do hardware V1.2 , it will coming In March 2018

Interesting information that new HW version is in progress!

Maybe would You like to consider SFP connector on board? There would be extra passive switch for SATA0/SGMII port like this:

and SFP connector, thats all! Eventually jumper for choosing SFP/SATA.

i see , but SFP module is too big for this board , if you want to use SFP ,you can use 20 PIN rgmii interface to connect


Thank you for announcing this interesting piece of hardware. Are you going to release an official case for the board as well? A BPI-R2-like with one or two 2.5-inch HDD slots would be really nice!

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I want to buy this, but no link in taobao or 1688

here ,have a taobao link: