BPI-R3 Powerful open-source router with MediaTek MT7986



Banana Pi R3 Router is a very high performance open-source development board with MediaTek MT7986 (Filogic 830) quad core ARM A53, MT7531A chip for network/ethernet, 2 GB DDR4 RAM and 8 GB eMMC flash onboard.

Furthermore, it supports Wi-Fi 6 2.4Gz Wi-Fi using the MT7975N chip and 5Ghz Wi-Fi using the MT7975P chip. It also contains two SFP 2.5GbE ports and five GbE network ports.

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Wiki pages

There exists separate wiki pages, which are kept up-to-date. And contain more details:

English: Banana Pi BPI-R3 - Banana Pi Wiki (banana-pi.org)

Chinese: 香蕉派 BPI-R3 - Banana Pi Wiki (banana-pi.org)

Unofficial wiki (English): https://wiki.fw-web.de/doku.php?id=en:bpi-r3:start


  • Fast quad core processor: MediaTek MT7986A (Filogic 830), ARM Cortex A53 SoC designed for routers
  • 2GB DDR4 RAM
  • Wired network:
    • 5 GbE network ports
    • 2 SFP 2.5 Gbe ports
  • Wi-Fi:
    • 4T4R 2.4Ghz 802.11bgnax Wi-Fi (MT7975N)
    • 4T4R 5Ghz 802.11anac/ax Wi-Fi (MT7975P)
    • dual-band Wi-Fi 6 support
      • Either 6GHz or 5GHz possible (see here)
      • Only WiFi 6 is natively supported. WiFi 6E (extended) requires a separate adapter.
  • 1 SD/ MMC controller:
    • 8 GB eMMC flash storage
    • Micro SD card slot
  • 1 SPI controller:
    • 128 MB NAND flash storage
    • 32 MB NOR flash storage
  • USB 3.0 Port
  • Mini PCIe slot (for 4G LTE module, only USB 2.0 connected, no PCIe/SATA lanes)
    • Sim card slot (for 4G, connected to mini PCIe interface)
  • M.2 PCIe interface (for storage or Wi-Fi, PCIe x2)
  • 26 pin GPIO
  • PoE, Power over Ethernet (optional)
  • Supports OpenWRT (BPi v21.02, 22.03 snapshot)
  • Supports Debian & Ubuntu
  • Debug-Uart
    • 3v3 TTL
    • Usb2serial adapters: cp2104,FT4232, maybe ch340 (no G)
      • Profilic, cp2102, ch340G WiFi firmware does not start issue-report
    • Connection: gnd-gnd, rx-tx, tx-rx
    • 115200 8n1 (8databits,1 startbit), no flow control

GitHub Repos



The official AliExpress Store links are listed below.

Order the router (only the board, without accessories): Banana Pi BPI-R3 Router Board - AliExpress

Order the combined package deal incl. metal case and accessories: Banana Pi BPI-R3 Router Board + case + accessories - AliExpress

Other Links

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