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SBC Linux-driven networking offers GbE, 2.5GbE, and WiFi 6. The Compex CP01 router card – also known as DR6018 – works with OpenWrt in the A53 Qualcomm IPQ6018 quadrant and has 2.5 GbE ports, 5x GbE with PoE, a lock for M.2 electronic key and dual-band 802.11ax (WiFi 6).

The Compex CP01 router card started scanning with the 802.11a/n/ac/ax (WiFi 6) standard, built on the Qualcomm Atheros IPQ6018 network processor. We could not find details about the IPQ6018 SoC – also known as the IPQ6018 Cypress – but it appears to be related to the Qualcomm 14nm, 1GHz, square -A53 IPQ6010 and IPQ6028 SoC, which includes the Pro 400 network platform. While other models operate at 1 GHz, the IPQ6018 can operate up to 1.8 GHz.

SBC Linux-driven networking offers GbE, 2.5GbE, and WiFi 6.SBC Linux-driven networking offers GbE, 2.5GbE, and WiFi 6.
Compex CP01 (AKA DR6018) and block diagram for Qualcomm Networking Pro 400 processors similar to CP01 IPQ6018
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IPQ6018 and other more powerful Qualcomm Networking Pro 400 SoC Quad-Core Cortex-A53 siblings Qualcomm Cortex-A7 IPQ4019 and IPQ4029. These two quad-core A7 processors appeared last year on the Dakota DR4019 SBC router offered by Wally’s Communications and Maxon.

The CNXSoft story that warned us about the product says that Wally’s Communications reported that the company started sampling a panel called DR6018. The report also revealed Compex’s product page and Codico’s purchase page, where the DR6018 is sold under the name Compex CP01 for 389 euros (422 dollars). We also see that 524wifi.com sells the Compex CP01 for $499.

According to CNXSoft the card works with OpenWrt 14.07 Barrier Breaker firmware and is available with the Qualcomm SDK, which comes with QCA binary drivers. The SBC 219 x 150 x 16.55 mm is equipped with 1 GB DDR3L, 256 MB NAND, 32 MB NOR and a MicroSD slot.

The Compex CP01 offers 5 GbE ports and one 2.5 GbE port. Power-over-Ethernet (24V~48V passive) is shown on the Wally page, although we imagine this refers either to the four GbE ports in the lower right corner of the detail screen on the left, or to a single GbE port next to the 2.5Gbps port.

SBC Linux-driven networking offers GbE, 2.5GbE, and WiFi 6.SBC Linux-driven networking offers GbE, 2.5GbE, and WiFi 6.
Compex CP01
Detailed view (click on images to enlarge)

The 802.11a/n/ac/ax dual-band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz standard offers lower latency and power consumption, better simultaneous data transmission and up to 30% higher speed than the second, faster 802.11ac radio wave (WiFi 5). Like Wave2 802.11ac, 802.11ax (WiFi 6) uses dual-band MU MIMO (Multi-Talker Multi-Talker Input, Multi-Talker Output) technology to connect WiFi to multiple devices simultaneously.

A 2.4 GHz radio supports physical transmission rates of up to 573 Mbps with an output power of 23 dBm per channel, while a 5 GHz radio can reach 1.2 Gbps with an output power of 20 dBm. The board supports Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) and EasyMesh grid routing. You will also receive a pair of double U.FL antenna connections.

The Compex CP01 has an M.2 dongle connector with PCIe 3.0 support, announced in Compex’ January announcement for 5G mobile modem support. Other features include a USB 2.0 host and USB 3.0 type C ports, a Bluetooth module port and a mini-USB port for debugging Bluetooth. The 12V connector supplies power to the board, which also supplies the UART, the LED connector, the JTAG connector, the reset button and the switches for start configuration and automatic activation.

Additional information

The Compex CP01 (DR6018) is sold for $495 per Compex and can be found at Codico for €389 ($422). It also sells for $499 at 524wifi.com. The royalty seems to be available through direct sales by Wally’s Communications at a secret price. For more detailed information please refer to the product page of Compex CP01.