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Supported operating systems pfSense® CE, OPNSense, OpenWRT and all other router systems are supported
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.
Memory 4 GB ECC DDR3-1333 DRAM
Storage 16GB SSD
NICs 3 x Gbit (Intel i211AT)
Ports 1x Serial, 4x USB, 3x LAN
Graphics None
BIOS Coreboot BIOS
Power consumption 6W idle, 12W under full load
Cooling Passively cooled. Silent
Dimensions 168 mm x 157 mm x 30 mm
Other can connect 2x WiFi cards
Weight 0.785 kg
Manufacturer PC Engines

APU2E5 Router reviews


APU2E5: 3x Gigabit LAN, Quad Core CPU, 16GB SSD, 4GB RAM

2,710 SEK

(3,387.5 incl. SE 25% VAT)
2,710 SEK 2099-01-01

APU2E5 is the same as APU2E4 with the exception of NIC chips. APU2E4 has i210-AT. APU2E4 has i211-AT. Performance is nearly identical. The chip has been changed due to semiconductor shortage.The price has increased due to the skyrocketing component cost. The stock is limited. 

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 open-source BIOS, open-source operating system of your choice and open hardware schematics. It's not locked down in any way.

APU2, APU3, and APU4 are very similar to each other and achieve roughly the same performance. You can see the detailed comparison here. If you aren't sure which one to choose, get APU2E4. 

Hardware supports OPNsense, pfSense, Open-WRT, *BSD and number of other operating systems.

Things to consider:

Advantages over competing hardware products

  • Completely silent. 0 dB - passively cooled. No moving parts.
  • Small: 16.8 cm X 15.7 cm 
  • Very low power consumption - 6 to 12W. 
  • Very high throughput - 1 Gbit on pfSense, OpenWRT and IPFire
  • CPU has built-in encryption support (AES-NI), allowing for high VPN throughput. 100-140Mbit/s on OpenVPN and about 700Mbit/s on Wireguard
  • Price.

Hardware included:

Advantages over the proprietary solutions:

  • Low total cost of ownership
  • No artificial add-ons requires to make your system fully functional
  • No additional charges for extra features - everything is included. unlimited users, unlimited firewall rules. unlimited VPN accounts.
  • Low power consumption. It won't show on your electric bill.
  • No moving parts. This system is designed to last decades.

Router/Firewall comes assembled, pre-configured and ready to use.