TinyWiFi 5G – A Clone of NanoPi NEO Air with 5GHz Wifi

Back in 2016, FriendlyARM launched the NanoPi NEO Air, an ARM-based board that featured Allwinner H3 processor, 2.5GHz WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, a camera DVP interface, and a ton of GPIO pins. The board was relatively powerful for it’s Nano size and it now costs around $28.

TinyWiFi 5G – A Clone of NanoPi NEO Air with 5GHz Wifi

Fast Forward to 2019, we have a new board called the TinyWiFi 5G based around the same NanoPi NEO board but not developed by FriendlyARM. The TinyWiFi 5G is an apparent clone of the NanoPi NEO Air but comes with some upgrades. Cloning was one of the primary reasons that drastically improve the Arduino ecosystem and also help in crashing down prices of boards allowing makers and hobbyist to join the wagon.

The TinyWiFi 5G is almost like NanoPi NEO Air board, with the same look but just one major significant difference – Connectivity. The NanoPi NEO Air board was capable of 2.4GHz WiFi 802.11n plus Bluetooth 4.0 LE thanks to its Ampak Ap6212 module, but the TinyWiFi replaces this module with the better dual-band Realtek RTL8821CS module that supports 802.11 b/g/n/ac (WiFi 5) and Bluetooth 4.2 LE.

The team behind the TinyWiFi 5G is a group of developers called TinyDebian and have also created a tool for building a bootable SD card image for ARM boards which is found in Github here.

According to tinyDebian, the developers created the board because

2.4GHz channels are crowded, 5GHz channels are much better. Low-cost boards with 5GHz Wi-Fi are hard to find.

Although little information is available for this board, it is expected that it will share virtually all specifications of the NanoPi NEO Air board. The NanoPi NEO Air usually comes with two different storage configuration (8GB or 32GB flash), but since nothing is specified for the tinyWiFi board, it is expected to carry the default 8GB storage option.

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I am an experienced technical writer holding a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan, Pakistan University. With a background spanning various industries, particularly in home automation and engineering, I have honed my skills in crafting clear and concise content. Proficient in leveraging infographics and diagrams, I strive to simplify complex concepts for readers. My strength lies in thorough research and presenting information in a structured and logical format.

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