I understand that it says "To use the whole available space of your sdcard, you probably have to resize your partition. " but it doesn't say that I don't have to or that by doing so that I make some things more difficult.
It will be far easier to hang a usb stick on a port as a place for storage imo and - - - it looks like anyway - - - and lot less headache.
Working on (still) setting up my first iteration of OpenWRT on a nanopi R4S 4GB.
I am thinking of adding a USB stick for greater memory.
Is it possible to run a routing system working at either of 250 or 500 Mbit down/up (symmetrical)
and having enough horsepower left to also add a voip system running on asterisk?
Any caveats/gotchas or other setup tips?
3.2 Differences Between R4S Standard Version & R4S Enterprise Version
The R4S Enterprise version has a built-in EEPROM chip (Model: 24AA025E48T) which has a globally unique MAC address. This is a permanent and temper-proof address.
The R4S Standard version doesn't have this chip and has a MAC address that is generated by a software utility. Apart from this difference, the two versions have the same hardware configuration.
The Standard version doesn't have a MAC-address built-in EEPROM chip while the Enterprise version does. Both the Standard version and the Enterprise version have the same network chips (RealTek RTL8211E and R8111H). For more details please refer to the following screenshot. Retail users are recommended to choose a Standard version and enterprise users are recommended to choose an Enterprise version.
Tips: most of the existing embedded ARM boards such as RPi 3B have MAC addresses that are generated via software utilities. This generally doesn't have impact on network communication. Globally unique MAC addresses lead to better network performance in complicated network situations and are better for large-scale enterprise applications that manage multiple network devices and operations such as IP binding.
In short just make sure the Mac is unique and doesn't clash in your network and you will be fine.
Are you using snapshot instead of 22.03 stable? Every time snapshot gets a kernel update, which happens often, many/most packages become incompatible with any prior snapshot image. You should install all packages you would like to have immediately after installing a snapshot image to avoid this. Even better-use the image builder and add your desired packages to your image (including luci) before you install it.
This may also be why you do not have luci. Pre-built stable release images come with luci. Snapshot images and images built with image builder (whether stable or snapshot) do not - you must add the luci package (along with any others you want) yourself in this case.
Edit: If your issues are not specific to the NanoPi R4S, consider posting issues with installing and using OpenWrt in the "Installing and Using" sub-forum.
Hmmmmmmmmmmm - - - not sure if my issues are specific to the nanopi install or not - - - please advise (I don't want to cross post!!!).
I have absolutely NO idea what all packages I need never mind what I want or I would have installed them at the time.
How do I 'fix this'?
This was my install - - - I see nothing that labels it as a snapshot but when I do a opkg update the responses start https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots . . .
so I have a 'snapshots' version.
Did someone manage to install OpenWRT on the eMMC memory of the R4SE? Just tried to flash the OpenWRT Image with eMMC tools as described here.
No error during the installation, but after reboot, only the power led is lit and the nanopi does not boot.
I don't think it is necessary in most cases. I have Jellyfin running in a docker container on mine and temps were getting past 60C when Jellyfin has to transcode video to a lower resolution when I VPN from my phone. With the fan, I doesn't seem to go past 45C when transcoding.
It does make it run cooler though and it is cheap to add a fan.