Two New Banana Pi Boards, Both with PoE

The Banana Pi BPI-P2 Zero

The new Banana Pi BPI-P2 Zero is very similar to Banana Pi’s original BPI Zero board, which—perhaps unsurprisingly considering the name—shares a form factor with the Raspberry Pi Zero. However, the newer P2-Zero departs from that Zero’s form factor in order to provide some extra capabilities.

Banana Pi BPI-P2 Zero. (📷: SinoVoIP)
A labelled BPI P2-Zero board, top (left) and bottom (right). (📷: SinoVoIP)
Banana Pi BPI-P2 Zero with optional PoE module to the left of the RJ45 jack. (📷: SinoVoIP)

The Banana Pi BPI-R64

The new Banana Pi BPI-R64 is a very different sort of beast indeed, and is intended as a router development board. It can run on a variety of open source operating systems, including OpenWrt. It has 4 Gigabit LAN ports, along with a single Gigabit WAN port, and Wi-Fi access point functionality.

Banana Pi BPI-R64. (📷: SinoVoIP)

Availability

Hopefully the arrival of the new BPI-P2 Zero won’t lead to the original BPI Zero board being discontinued. While at $20 it’s a lot more expensive than a “real” Raspberry Pi Zero, it was sort of useful to have it around with the same form factor as the Raspberry Pi.

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Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan

Scientist, Author, Hacker, Maker, and Journalist.