APU2E0 Router + dual-band 802.11ac + 802.11n 2×2 MIMO Access Point

  • Fully open source, high performance WiFi router / access point.
  • 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD, OpenWRT operating system

2,979 SEK

(3,723.75 incl. SE 25% VAT)
2,979 SEK 2099-01-01
Consider APU2E4 with two WiFi cards instead.

This is an access point built with APU2E0 motherboard, 1-2 WiFi cards, high-quality antennas, and OpenWRT operating system.

Depending on the configuration, it's either a single-band (one card) or dual-band (two wifi cards) access point.

The dual band version has both wle200nx and wle600vx WiFi cards. The single-band version has one of these cards.  

It can be used purely as an access point, or as a full router. By default, we configure these systems as router+access point. If you would like us to configure it as a "dumb" access point only, please specify it in a note at checkout.

The router is shipped assembled, pre-configured, optimized, and ready to use (unless you choose otherwise).

APU router is the most open-source network device you can buy. It comes with an open-source BIOS, an open-source operating system of your choice, and open hardware schematics. It's not locked down in any way.

Things to consider:

  • APU2E0 is a stripped-down version of APU2E5.
    • It has 2GB of non-ECC RAM instead of 4GB ECC,
    • 2 LAN ports instead of 3
    • i211AT NIC interfaces instead of i210AT
    • no internal SATA port.
    • in practice, it has the same performance as the more expensive version!
  • APU2 supports two WiFi mPCIe cards. APU3 and APU4 support one. 
  • Detailed comparison of APU2, APU3, and APU4. 
  • Compatible with laser engraving
  • If the open-source aspect is not important to you, consider RUTX11 

Hardware included:

Advantages over proprietary Access Points

  • Very high performance in practice - over 500Mbit/s real throughput. Many commercial APs are having great throughput in theory.
  • Fully open-source. Hardware, BIOS and Operating systems are fully open.
  • High configurability - OpenWRT allows you to take full advantage of the hardware.
  • Small: 16.8 cm X 15.7 cm 
  • Very low power consumption - 6 to 12W. 
  • CPU has built-in encryption support (AES-NI), allowing for high VPN throughput.

The wle600vx card is dual-band, but can't operate in both bands simultaneously. To have a simultaneous dual-band access point, you need two wifi cards. 

This hardware can run any operating system, but we HIGHLY recommend using OpenWRT because it delivers superior WiFi performance in comparison to other systems we have tested. wle600vx wifi card is not supported by BSD(pfSense, OPNSense), it works great with Linux (OpenWRT, IPFire, Ubuntu, etc).

Processor system
CPU AMD Embedded G series GX-412TC, 1.0Ghz/1.4Ghz quad Jaguar core with 64 bit and AES-NI support, 32K data + 32K instruction cache per core, shared 2MB L2 cache.
AES-NI Supported
Graphics card Not present
This system doesn't have a graphics card. This is an advantage in some ways - less hardware = more reliability. Use serial port instead.
Memory type 2GB DDR3-1333 DRAM
Memory is soldered on the motherboard - can't be extended.
Ethernet ports 2
Ethernet speed 1 Gbps
Ethernet chipset 2x i211AT
Primary storage mSATA SSD (16-512 GB)
2nd storage SD Card
2.5'' SATA is not supported on this board.
Serial connection
Serial port 1x DB9 null-modem, serial port
External ports
External I/O DB9 serial port, 2x LAN, 2x USB 3.0, DC Jack, three front panel LEDs, pushbutton
Internal I/O ports
Internal I/O Limited. Headers not present. Front-panel pins, SPI header for CMOS, 3x mPCIe slots (1 mSATA, 1 PCI+USB, 1 PCI-only), 1 SIM slot, SD card slot
LTE/4G option
Sim slot 1x
LTE option yes, use mPCIe cards available in store
WiFi option
Wi-Fi option Yes, 1 or 2 adapters (wle200nx or wle600nx)
Idle draw 5.7W
Draw at 1 core 6.7W
Stress test draw 7.1W
Power Adapter 12V, 2A
Power DC jack 2.5 mm, center positive
OS Support
Supported operating systems OpenWRT, Debian, Ubuntu
Chassis aluminium
Dimensions 168 mm x 157 mm x 30 mm
Mounting option wall-mount option
Cooling Passive cooling from the CPU to the enclosure using a 3 mm alu heat spreader (included)
BIOS Coreboot BIOS
Warranty 24 months
Accessories and peripherals
Included Accessories - APU2E0 Motherboard
- 16GB SSD
- Chassis designed for this board
- Power adapter
- DB9-to-USB serial adapter with USB cable
- wle200nx and wle600vx, depending on the variant chosen
Other can connect 2x WiFi cards
Manufacturer PC Engines
gross weight 0.800
Graphics -

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